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66th Annual Golden Globe Nominations + My Thoughts

And. Here. We. Go.

Guess what? It's awards season...

Seen as a precursor to the granddaddy of them all, the Oscars, I present to you the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations, along with my guess on who/what will win in each category:

Best Picture - Drama
'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'
'The Reader'
'Revolutionary Road'
'Slumdog Millionaire'

Tambay says - I've only seen 2 films on the list, but I'll go with the overwhelming critical and audience favorite, Slumdog Millionaire, which I did finally see yesterday, but wouldn't consider it the best I've seen this year.

Best Director
Danny Boyle, 'Slumdog Millionaire'
Stephen Daldry, 'The Reader'
David Fincher, 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'
Ron Howard, 'Frost/Nixon'
Sam Mendes, 'Revolutionary Road'

Tambay says - well, more often than not, I think the director of the film winning in the "Best Picture" category takes home the "Best Director" prize as well. So, I'll give it to Danny Boyle. Interestingly, 3 of the above 5 names are Englishmen. I'm always looking for any reason to say, "The British are coming... the British are coming..." :o)

Best Actor - Drama
Leonardo DiCaprio, 'Revolutionary Road'
Frank Langella, 'Frost/Nixon'
Sean Penn, 'Milk'
Brad Pitt, 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'
Mickey Rourke, 'The Wrestler'

Tambay says - I haven't seen Milk yet, but I think this one belongs to Sean Penn. The timing is just about perfect, with the 800-pound gorilla known as Prop 8 consuming the thoughts of many, especially in Hollywood's home, the state of California, where the title character played by Sean Penn (Harvey Milk) made and left his mark.

Best Actress - Drama
Anne Hathaway, 'Rachel Getting Married'
Angelina Jolie, 'The Changeling'
Meryl Streep, 'Doubt'
Kristin Scott Thomas, 'I've Loved You So Long'
Kate Winslet, 'Revolutionary Road'

Tambay says - I'll be seeing Doubt this weekend, so I'll get to witness the sublimity of a Meryl Streep dramatic performance; but I'm going to go out on a limb (or maybe not really) and give the award to Anne Hathaway, for her work in Rachel Getting Married. Why? I haven't seen it, and really have no interest. But, I've heard and read many a kind word written or spoken in her favor - not necessarily pounding drums, but just enough to tickle ones ears.

Best Supporting Actor
Tom Cruise, 'Tropic Thunder'
Robert Downey Jr., 'Tropic Thunder'
Ralph Fiennes, 'The Duchess'
Philip Seymour Hoffman, 'Doubt'
Heath Ledger, 'The Dark Knight'

Tambay says - Are you fucking kidding me? 2 nominations for Tropic Thunder? Get the hell outta here! I heard about the viral campaign for a "Best Supporting Actor" award for Robert Downey Jr, which I posted an entry about earlier this week - one that I don't think he deserves, certainly not for Tropic Thunder! The addition of Tom Cruise to the mix is silly! So, I'm just going to pretend that I don't see either of their names on this list, narrowing it down to just 3 candidates. And of those 3, I'll go with the obvious favorite, Heath Ledger. I'm counting on a strong performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt, when I see it on Saturday; but, I think it will be difficult for the Globes not to give it to Ledger. I can almost hear the thunderous "boos" that will fill the air if an actor other than Heath Ledger wins this award. In fact, if the name of one of the other candidates is called, I can picture whoever that person is, standing behind the podium, accepting the award, but then, in front of millions of TV viewers, immediately relinquishing the title, and offering the statue to Ledger and his family.

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, 'Doubt'
Penelope Cruz, 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona'
Viola Davis, 'Doubt'
Marisa Tomei, 'The Wrestler'
Kate Winslet, 'The Reader'

Tambay says - My heart says Viola Davis, for obvious reasons. Although, this is a strong category this year, I think. She's got some competition. Each of these actresses has shown up on one critical favorites list or another (well, maybe except for Amy Adams), so I think they all have a legitimate shot at winning. But, I'm going with Viola! Again, I'll be seeing Doubt this weekend, so I'll know much more afterwards. 

Best Screenplay
Simon Beafoy, 'Slumdog Millionaire'
David Hare, 'The Reader'
Peter MOrgan, 'Frost/Nixon'
Eric Roth, 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'
John Patrick Shanley, 'Doubt'

Tambay says - This is a toughie actually. How about a game of eeny meeny miney moe? Frost/Nixon has to win something (I did see it, and mostly enjoyed it). So, I'll give this one to Opie and company.

Best Foreign Language Film
'The Baader Meinhof Complex' (Germany)
'Everlasting Moments' (Sweden)
'Gomorrah' (Italy)
'I've Loved You So Long' (France)
'Waltz with Bashir' (Israel)

Tambay says - well, since I'm only familiar with 1 film on this list, I'll have to go with that one - Waltz With Bashir (which is actually on my list of films to see).

Alright, that's my shortened list! The entire list of nominations is about 3 times the length of what I have here, but, frankly, I don't have the will to go through every single item.

The Golden Globe Awards Ceremony airs exactly one month from today, January 11th, 2009 on NBC.

You can find the rest here, if interested: GOLDEN GLOBES.


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