This morning the nominees were announced for the 67th Annual Golden Globes, and for the most part they were consistent with what we’ve seen from other critic awards. But there are a few surprises that make you want to scratch your head and ask the Hollywood Foreign Press, “Why?” We’re going to do a rundown of the 2010 nominations and go over who came out on top, the surprises, and the snubs.
Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air leads the pack with 6 nominations, that include Best Motion Picture-Drama, Best Director for Jason Reitman, Best Screenplay for Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama for George Clooney, and two Best Performances by Actresses in a Supporting Role for both Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick. There’s a taste of irony with this coup, because Reitman’s last film Juno didn’t get as much love from the Hollywood Foreign Press two years ago, and now he’s at the top of the food chain. Perhaps, they’re starting to accept his cynical view on life or feel pressured by the other critics to give him his due.
Nipping at Reitman’s heels is Rob Marshall‘s Nine with five nominations including Best Musical or Comedy, and acting nods for Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Daniel Day-Lewis. Precious also managed to get a Best Lead and Supporting Actress nomination for Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique, as well as Best Picture. Then there’s James Cameron‘s Avatar, which is one of the biggest surprises earning a Best Motion Picture and Director nomination.
A few more pleasant surprises include Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer) and Robert Downey Jr.(Sherlock Holmes) in the Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy category, and Tobey Maguire for Best Actor in a Drama for his dark turn in Jim Sheridan‘s Brothers. Another shock came when Julia Roberts resurfaced to nab a Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy nod for Duplicity, alongside Sandra Bullock for The Proposal (who also got nominated for her dramatic performance in The Blind Side), and Meryl Streep for It’s Complicated and Julie & Julia (she appears twice on the list!).
The BIGGEST snubs were Jeremy Renner from The Hurt Locker and Sam Rockwell from Moon in the Best Actor – Drama category. Ben Foster also got swept under the rug for his performance in The Messenger, even though co-star Woody Harrelson got a Best Supporting Actor nod. Moon also didn’t find its way onto the Best Motion Picture list, and none of the actresses from Inglourious Basterds got recognized, most noticeably Melanie Laurent. Boo!
After looking at this year’s roster you can tell that the Hollywood Foreign Press tried to add variety, by reaching out to a few unlikely candidates, too bad those won’t be the ones taking home the Globe. I feel like a lot of these people were nominated for “OK” performances and this show is supposed to recognize the best of the best. Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side is a bit much considering the movie had more comedic than dramatic moments. Also, is there a personal vendetta against Sam Rockwell? How is it that an actor or film can have great reviews throughout the entire year, but when award season comes around they get nothing?
What’s your take on the insanity that is this year’s nominations?
Be sure to check out the full 2010 Golden Globes Nomination List, along with our own personal reaction.