It's beginning to smell a lot like... awards season! The Golden Globe nominations, the precursor to everything Oscar, were announced bright and early this morning. Here's where you can find the complete list of nominees: http://www.hfpa.org/news/id/42
On the big picture front, I'm a little surprised that Emilio Estevez's Bobby made it into the noms, while Clint Eastwood's much-touted Letters from Iwo Jima didn't make the cut. From all acccounts Letters is Eastwood's masterpiece; he received two - count 'em, two - nominations in the Director category (the 2nd for Flags of Our Fathers), a first in Globes history. Letters did receive a nom for best Foreign Language flick.
Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio will also compete against himself as Best Actor in a Drama (for The Departed and Blood Diamond, also a first for the Globes). Early favorites Forrest Whittaker (Actor Drama, The Last King of Scotland), Helen Mirren (Actress Drama, The Queen) and Jack Nicholson (Supporting Actor Drama, The Departed) all made it in, while on the comedy side Chiwetel Eijofor (Kinky Boots) edged out Will Ferrell (Stranger Than Fiction) and Toni Collette, not Abigail Breslin, got the best actress nom for Little Miss Sunshine. 9/11 was completely shut out: neither United 93 or World Trade Center received a single nom. But the much-maligned Mel Gibson did receive a nod, as his Mayan epic Apocalypto was nominated in the Foreign Language Film category.
The big party that is the Globes happens on January 15th, just eight days before the Academy Awards nominations are announced. (The Oscars will take place on February 25th). The Globes are awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and include categories in both motion pictures and television, subdivided into comedies and dramas. They aren't a foolproof Oscar predictor (Brokeback, anyone? Ugh) but the nominations certainly narrow the field to the prime suspects. Keep it tuned here for more Oscar-focused blogs!
Sharon Stone and William H. Macy in Bobby, photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company; Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed, photo courtesy of Warner Bros.