Thursday, December 14, 2006

Golden Globe Nominations!

The Departed
Little Children
The Queen

Penelope Cruz - Volver
Judi Dench - Notes on a Scandal
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Sherrybaby
Helen Mirren - The Queen
Kate Winslet - Little Children

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

The Devil Wears Prada
Little Miss Sunshine
Thank You For Smoking

Annette Bening - Running with Scissors
Toni Collette - Little Miss Sunshine
Beyoncé Knowles - Dreamgirls
Meryl Streep - The Devil Wears Prada
Rene Zellweger - Miss Potter

Sasha Baron Cohen - Borat
Johnny Depp - POC: Dead Man's Chest
Aaron Eckhart - Thank You for Smoking
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Kinky Boots
Will Farrell - Stranger Than Fiction

Apocalypto (USA)
Letters from Iwo Jima (USA/Japan)
The Lives of Others (Germany)
Pan's Labyrinth
Volver (Spain)

Adriana Barraza - Babel
Cate Blanchett - Notes on a Scandal
Emily Blunt - The Devil Wears Prada
Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi - Babel

Ben Affleck - Hollywoodland
Jack Nicholson - The Departed
Eddie Murphy - Dreamgirls
Brad Pitt - Babel
Mark Wahlberg - The Departed

Clint Eastwood - Flags of Our Fathers
Clint Eastwood - Letters from Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears - The Queen
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Babel
Martin Scorsese - The Departed

Guillermo Arriaga - Babel
Todd Field & Tom Perrotta - Little Children
Patrick Marber - Notes on a Scandal
William Monahan - The Departed
Peter Morgan - The Queen

Happy Feet
Monster House

Alexandre Desplat - The Painted Veil
Clint Mansell - The Fountain
Gustavo Santaolalla - Babel
Carlo Siliotto - Nomad
Hans Zimmer - The Da Vinci Code

“A Father’s Way” (Seal) - Pursuit of Happyness
“Listen” (Henry Krieger & Beyoncé Knowles) - Dreamgirls
“Never Gonna Break My Faith” (Bryan Adams) - Bobby
“The Song of the Heart” (Prince) - Happy Feet
“Try Not to Remember” (Sheryl Crow) - Home of the Brave

Complete List

Okay, I’m not down with all the Clint Eastwood love. Enough already. His lugubrious films tend to put me to sleep. Flags of Our Fathers didn’t even get a best picture nod (and could somebody please tell me how the hell that poor excuse for a film called Bobby made the final cut?). Why the need for the Clint double whammy? Anybody else would do: Pedro Almodovar, Paul Greengrass, Todd Field, Bill Condon. Just not two nods for Clint. It’s so over-the-top.

Same goes for Leo DiCaprio. Ever since Martin Scorsese crowned him the next DeNiro, he has overacted and been so damn, well… earnest. I don’t like earnest. I haven’t seen Blood Diamond, but I hear Leo’s super in it. Fine. No reason to give him a nod for The Departed as well. Spread the wealth, HFPA! I know you like to starfuck, but I didn’t realize you had the hots for Leo. You could’ve given Ryan Gosling a shoutout for Half Nelson. But that woulda been too much like right.

And thanks for snubbing Bill Condon. I guess musicals direct themselves. Yeah. Right. And while the critics dismissed Babel, HFPA spewed all over it, giving it the most nods with 7. I thought surely Dreamgirls would get the most nods. At least Eddie Murphy finally showed up and Jennifer Hudson is right where she belongs (and you got your shoutout, too, Miss Beyoncé). Here’s hoping the Babel actresses cancel each other out, Cate Blanchett’s ubiquitous year sours in voters minds, and J-Hud cruises to victory. She needs it. I’m beginning to worry about her Oscar. But I’m getting ahead of myself...

The best actor in a comedy or musical category: whacked. No Jamie Foxx? So what he has underwhelmed critics, but his performance is at least as solid as anybody else HFPA threw up in this category. And what the hell is Kinky Boots about and who the hell is Chiwetel Ejiofor?

Biggest surprises: Other than the aforemen-tioned double whammies (and did I mention no Bill Condon?), a snub for Djimon Honsou in Blood Diamond and Emily Blunt coming out of naywhere to get a nod for Devil Wears Prada in supporting take the cake.

The awards season circus is officially underway. Enjoy.

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Ron Buckmire said...

Hey Craig

Chiwetel Ejiofor was the co-star in this year's The Inside Man with Denzel Washington, and he was also in Dirty Pretty Things, Stephen Frears' previous movie before The Queen. He's a great actor, although I have not seen Kinky Boots he is supposed to be the best thing in it.

Craig Hickman said...

Thanks, Mad.

Didn't see any of those films.

That category is still whacked.

Emma said...

Agreed on the surprises. But what nice surprises they were.

Hound Doggy said...

Sorry to be off topic but thanks for the comments on my site.

Actually, you and I have many other similarites... I'll leave it at that.

There are only 2 more copies of your book available at Amazon.

Craig Hickman said...

Hi Dan,

I love off-topic remarks.

And I figured as much.

And thanks! Enjoy. (It gets rough after the "honeymoon" ends. You'll know what I mean soon enough.)


Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see Dream Girls.