The Golden Globes nominations are here!! Yay! (I needed a distraction finals). Babel received the most, with seven. The Departed received six.
The Golden Globes are believed to predict the Academy Awards, but if you’re a believer that they don’t, here is an article for you.
That aside. Onto the nominees!
Best Motion Picture -Drama
What I Think: Before you become enraged that neither of Clint Eastwood’s movies were nominated in this category… finish reading the nominations.
The only one I didn’t expect was Bobby, but then again it’s the Golden Globes. It’s also interesting that Bobby was nominated, because it received only one other nomination: Best Original Song.
Best Actress – Drama
Penelope Cruz – Volver
Judi Dench – Notes on a Scandal
Maggie Gyllenhaal – Sherrybaby
Helen Mirren – The Queen
Kate Winslet – Little Children
What I Think: I think I guessed everything right.
Best Actor – Drama
Leonardo DiCaprio – Blood Diamond
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Departed
Peter O’Toole – Venus
Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness
Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland
What I Think: Am I surprised that Leonardo DiCaprio received two nominations? No. Do I think he stands a chance against Forest Whitaker? No. No one does, except Peter O’Toole, because he has “I’m a screen legend who never won anything” working in his favor.
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
The Devil Wears Prada
Little Miss Sunshine
Thank You For Smoking
What I Think: Is Sacha Baron Cohen going to come as himself or as Borat?
Best Actress – Comedy or Musical
Annette Bening – Running With Scissors
Toni Collette – Little Miss Sunshine
Beyonce Knowles – Dreamgirls
Meryl Steep – The Devil Wears Prada
Renee Zellweger- Miss Potter
What I Think: No Abigail Breslin!?!?! (There’s still hope…) In that case, Meryl Streep better start making room on her award shelf.
Best Actor – Comedy or Musical
Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Johnny Depp – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Aaron Eckhart – Thank You for Smoking
Chiwetel Ejiofor – Kinky Boots
Will Ferrell – Stranger Than Fiction
What I Think: He’s coming as Borat.
Also, if you have not seen Kinky Boots yet, do so NOW. It’s easily on my top ten of 2006 list.
Best Animated Feature
What I Think: Movies I never got around to writing reviews for: Happy Feet… because I just didn’t care.
Also, I’m not crazy. This category is new, right? These are the movies that will most likely be nominated for the Academy Award.
Best Foreign Language Film
Letters From Iwo Jima (USA/JAPAN)
The Lives of Others (GERMANY)
Pan’s Labyrinth (MEXICO)
What I Think: See. I told you not to panic. But it is going to be very hard for Letters From Iwo Jima to beat out Volver and Pan’s Labyrinth.
Best Supporting Actress
Adriana Barraza – Babel
Cate Blanchett – Notes On A Scandal
Emily Blunt – The Devil Wears Prada
Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi – Babel
What I Think: While I loved Emily Blunt in The Devil Wears Prada, I’m a little (and by little I mean ready to throw things at people) ticked that Abigail Breslin was not nominated for Little Miss Sunshine.
Best Supporting Actor
Ben Affleck – Hollywoodland
Eddie Murphy – Dreamgirls
Jack Nicholson – The Departed
Brad Pitt – Babel
Mark Wahlberg – The Departed
What I Think: Babel leads the pack with seven nominations and Brad Pitt’s nomination is the most unexpected (for me, at least) of all seven.
Wow, I completely forgot that Hollywoodland came out this year.
Clint Eastwood – Flags of Our Fathers
Clint Eastwood – Letters From Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears – The Queen
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Babel
Martin Scorsese – The Departed
What I Think: Well isn’t Clint Eastwood a lucky man? But my vote goes to Martin Scorsese.
Guillermo Arriga – Babel
Todd Field & Tom Perrotta – Little Children
Patrick Marber – Notes on a Scandal
William Monahan – The Departed
Peter Morgan – The Queen
What I Think: Like an idiot, I forgot that the Golden Globes doesn’t have separate categories for original and adapted screenplays. The nominees are a good mix of both but, I really wish they did.
Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat – The Painted Veil
Clint Mansell – The Fountain
Gustavo Santaolalla – Babel
Carlo Siliotto – Nomad
Hans Zimmer – The DaVinci Code
What I Think: Whew! What a relief! I was hoping The DaVinci Code wouldn’t be left out. I’m glad though that The Fountain was nominated; it had amazing music.
Best Original Song
“A Father’s Way” – The Pursuit of Happyness
Music by: Seal and Christopher Bruce
Lyrics by: Seal
“Listen” — Dreamgirls
Music & Lyrics by: Henry Krieger, Anne Preven, Scott Cutler and Beyoncé Knowles
“Never Gonna Break My Faith” — Bobby
Music & Lyrics by: Bryan Adams, Eliot Kennedy and Andrea Remanda
“The Song of the Heart” — Happy Feet
Music & Lyrics by: Prince Rogers Nelson
“Try Not To Remember” — Home of the Brave
Music & Lyrics by: Sheryl Crow
What I Think: Thank God there are no live performance during the Globes. Once is enough.