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Golden Globes 2008 nominees

GoldenGlobe.jpgThe nominees for the Golden Globes 2008 have been announced, and I'm just going to take a short stroll through them all and see what's what.

There are some total surprises, like Heath Ledger for Best Supporting Actor, and some obvious choices like Kirsten Scott Thomas for Best Actress. Wait a minute, have I got that the right way round?

Here's the complete list for you to have a look through and let everyone know what you think, and perhaps make a few predictions. The list comes through Variety.

First up, let's look through the Film nominees. I'm going to stop when there's something in particular that I think is worth noting.

BEST FEATURE - DRAMA
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures
Frost/Nixon - Imagine Entertainment, Working Title, Studio Canal; Universal Pictures
The Reader - Mirage Enterprises; The Weinstein Company
Revolutionary Road - An Evamere Entertainment BBC Films Neal Street Production; DreamWorks Pictures in Association with BBC Films and Paramount Vantage
Slumdog Millionaire -Fox Searchlight Pictures and Warner Bros.; Fox Searchlight Pictures and Warner Bros.

I'm delighted to see the competition here, and look how many of them are in the latter part of the year, ermm, all of them! What does that say for the rest of the year? Great to see British talent in there so much too.

BEST FEATURE - COMEDY
Burn After Reading - Working Title/Releasing Company; Focus Features in association with Studio Canal
Happy-Go-Lucky - Summit Entertainment, Film4, Ingenious Film Partners, Miramax Films; Miramax Films
In Bruges - Blueprint Pictures; Focus Features
Mamma Mia! - Relativity Media, Playtone, Littlestar; Universal Pictures
Vicky Cristina Barcelona - Mediapro; The Weinstein Company

Now there's another big sign, no Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express or similar American comedies, despite the talent in them being mentioned elsewhere. Once again there's a sign of intelligence and plenty of variety. This is looking really rather promising.

ACTOR - DRAMA
Leonardo DiCaprio - Revolutionary Road
Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn - Milk
Brad Pitt - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rouke - The Wrestler

This is going to be a really hard category to get a decision out of, I bet there's going to be plenty of people seeing a clear winner without question, and they'll all be different. I honestly could find it really hard to pick a winner between all of them. I think the past might haunt Mickey Rourke and keep him from a win, but I honestly can't choose between the other four, can you?

ACTRESS - DRAMA
Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie - Changeling
Meryl Streep - Doubt
Kristin Scott Thomas - I've Loved You So Long
Kate Winslet - Revolutionary Road

I have this sneaky suspicion that Meryl Streep might take the winning honours, if not for a Golden Globe then definitely for an Oscar (if the nominees are the same). There's strong competition though between her, Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie, and quite possibly Kirstin Scott Thomas.

ACTOR - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Javier Bardem - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Colin Farrell - In Bruges
James Franco - Pineapple Express
Brendan Gleeson - In Bruges
Dustin Hoffman - Last Chance Harvey

ACTRESS - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Rebecca Hall - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Sally Hawkins - Happy-Go-Lucky
Frances McDormand - Burn After Reading
Meryl Streep - Mamma Mia!
Emma Thompson - Last Chance Harvey

Meryl Streep couldn't be a real contender for this award too could she? Well actually I think she made that film and really carried it, I wouldn't be surprised. What about the others though? I have heard said that Frances McDormand was just playing the character we've seen before.

DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry -The Reader
David Fincher -The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard - Frost/Nixon
Sam Mendes -Revolutionary Road

Wow, that's great to see Danny Boyle up there for a nomination, although I'm not sure he'll win the award. Not having seen some of these films, as they are yet to be released in the UK, in fact there are a ton of films in the entire list that haven't seen the light of day in a lot of other countries.

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Tom Cruise - Tropic Thunder
Robert Downey Jr. - Tropic Thunder
Ralph Fiennes - The Duchess
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Doubt
Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight

Well here's where I have a few problems. Tom Cruise for Tropic Thunder? I don't think so. Of course he played totally against type and showed a whole heap of self-awareness by taking the role, oh and he was pretty damned good, but not an award winning role I'd say. The bit that grabs the attention is it's Tom Cruise doing something totally off the wall.

No I don't see Cruise taking the award, and neither do I see Heath Ledger taking it. Well that's not strictly true, I could see him getting the award because of his untimely death, but does he deserve it just for the performance he gave in The Dark Knight? Well he did give a great performance but I think that role was hugely built up by the score and the writing.

When that music came on it really filled me with dread and piled on the tension, and the story set-ups were wonderful, I don't think it was all in his performance.

I think Robert Downey Jr., Ralph Fiennes and Philip Seymour Hoffman are the big contenders here.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams - Doubt
Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis - Doubt
Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler
Kate Winslet - The Reader

Oh I feel like saying Kate Winslet straight away, but Marisa Tomei has to be a big option and from what I hear Amy Adams is too.

SCREENPLAY - MOTION PICTURE
Simon Beaufoy - Slumdog Millionaire
David Hare - The Reader
Peter Morgan - Frost/Nixon
Eric Roth - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley - Doubt

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Baader Meinhof Complex (Der Baader Meinhof Komplex)(Germany) - Constantin Film Produktion GmbH; Summit Entertainment, LLC
Everlasting Moments (Maria larssons eviga ögonblick) (Sweden) - Final Cut Productions Aps; IFC Films
Gomorrah (Gomorra) (Italy) - Fandango; IFC Films
I've Loved You So Long (Il y a longtemps que je t’aime) (France) - UGC YM/UGC Images/France 3 Cinema/Integral Film; Sony Pictures Classics
Waltz with Bashir (Israel) - Bridgit Folman Film Gang/Les Films D'Ici/Razor Films/Arte France/ITVS International; Sony Pictures

I've heard more talk about Waltz with Bashir and Gomorrah than I have the other films, even though I would like to see The Baader Meinhof Complex get some strong recognition.

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Bolt - Walt Disney Pictures; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Kung Fu Panda - DreamWorks Animation SKG; Paramount Pictures
Wall-E - Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

I've heard some strong things about Bolt, and although I don't think that the overall competition this year is as strong as others.

BEST SCORE
Alexandre Desplat - The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Clint Eastwood - Changeling
James Newton Howard - Defiance
A. R. Rahman - Slumdog Millionaire
Hans Zimmer - Frost/Nixon

The Dark Knight anyone?

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Down To Earth from Wall-E - Music By: Peter Gabriel, Thomas Newman; Lyrics By: Peter Gabriel
Gran Torino from Gran Torino - Music By: Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens; Lyrics By: Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens
I Thought I Lost You from Bolt - Music & Lyrics By: Miley Cyrus, Jeffrey Steele
Once In A Lifetime from Cadillac Records
Music & Lyrics By: Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Ghost, Scott Mcfarnon, Ian Dench, James Dring, Jody Street
The Wrestler from The Wrestler - Music & Lyrics By: Bruce Springsteen

Filmstalker is about films, but it's maybe worthwhile to go through the television nominees too. Particularly as I can't see Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, The Shield, The Wire, Lost, NCIS, Burn Notice...okay I'm getting into my favourites there, but come on, what about some of those series?

TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA
Dexter (Showtime) - Showtime/John Goldwyn Productions/The Colleton Company/Clyde Phillips Productions
House (Fox) - Universal Media Studios In Association With Heel And Toe Films, Shore Z Productions And Bad Hat Harry Productions
In Treatment (HBO) - Sheleg, Closest To The Hole Productions In Association With Hbo Entertainment
Mad Men (AMC) - Lionsgate Television
True Blood (HBO) - Your Face Goes Here Productions In Association With Hbo Entertainment

TELEVISION SERIES - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
30 Rock - Universal Media Studios in association with Broadway Video and Little
Stranger Inc.
Californication - Showtime Presents in association with Aggressive Mediocrity, And Then...
Entourage - Leverage and Closest to the Hole Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
The Office - Deedle Dee Productions, Reveille LLC, Universal Media Studios
Weeds - Lionsgate Television

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA
Gabriel Byrne - In Treatment
Michael C. Hall - Dexter
Jon Hamm - Mad Men
Hugh Laurie - House
Jonathan Rhys Meyers - The Tudors

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA
Sally Field - Brothers And Sisters
Mariska Hargitay - Law And Order: Special Victims Unit
January Jones - Mad Men
Anna Paquin - True Blood
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES -COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Christina Applegate - Samantha Who?
America Ferrera - Ugly Betty
Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Debra Messing - The Starter Wife
Mary-Louise Parker - Weeds

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Steve Carell - The Office
Kevin Connelly - Entourage
David Duchovny - Californication
Tony Shalhoub - Monk

MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
A Raisin in the Sun - Sony Pictures Television, Storyline Entertainment and Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment
Bernard and Doris - Trigger Street Independent Productions in association with Little Bird and Chicago Films and HBO Films
Cranford - A Co-Production of BBC and WGBH Boston.
John Adams - Playtone in association with HBO Films
Recount - Spring Creek/Mirage Productions in association with Trigger Street Productions, Everyman Pictures and HBO Films

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Ralph Fiennes - Bernard and Doris
Paul Giamatti - John Adams
Kevin Spacey - Recount
Kiefer Sutherland - 24: Redemption
Tom Wilkinson - Recount

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Judi Dench - Cranford
Catherine Keener - An American Crime
Laura Linney - John Adams
Shirley Maclaine - Coco Chanel
Susan Sarandon - Bernard And Doris

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Eileen Atkins - Cranford
Laura Dern - Recount
Melissa George - In Treatment
Rachel Griffiths - Brothers And Sisters
Dianne Wiest - In Treatment

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Neil Patrick Harris - How I Met Your Mother
Denis Leary - Recount
Jeremy Piven - Entourage
Blair Underwood - In Treatment
Tom Wilkinson - John Adams

Well what do you think of it all? I'm very disappointed with the television, particularly a lack of recognition for The Shield. The film nominees I'm rather impressed with, many of the films are from the later part of the year, and there's a varied and intelligent mix.

Any particular favourites? Do you dare make some predictions and see if they come true?





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