Idyll banter on the Golden Globe nominations. . .
These folks are a weird, starfu**ing bunch. All 90 of them. I don't read much into these nominations, especially when they do silly stuff like pick 7 movies for best picture - drama. Come on. And in that 7 they nominate "Eastern Promises," a fine film mind you, but certainly not one of the 7 best drama of the year (they, of course, also cheat by excluding films for consideration for best picture-drama or comedy/musical that are eligible in the foreign language category thereby allowing MORE films to be included overall).
I'm not sure what to make of "The Great Debaters" so we'll see. It feels like an HFPA film, just like "Bobby" did last year. "Into the Wild" is nowhere on this list (score and song only). That's a crying shame and certainly not indicative of the pulse ("Into the Wild" led the BFCA nominations, a better Oscar indicator). I can't say I take issue with any of the other BP - drama nominations. "American Gangster", okay. I wouldn't vote for it. I thought "There Will Be Blood," would be too "indy" for them, and by all accounts it probably was (only 3 noms). Not enough stars, despite being (according to every critics group around) one the best films of the year. Still, kudos for the BP nod. It probably came in 7th, causing certain members of the HPFA to cry "I won't get to see Ben Affleck!"
As for BP-Comedy/Musical, anyone who follows this awards stuff knows this race is between "Sweeney Todd" and "Juno". How or why "Hairspray," John Travolta or Nikki Blonsky got nominated is beyond me. Oh wait, that starf***ing word again. That movie was bad, all the way around. But I'm accused of hating the movie musical. Not true, but whatever. I haven't seen "Sweeney Todd." I think the "Across the Universe" pick is a brave one. Evan Rachel Wood would have been even more brave.
I was glad Judd Apatow was secondarily represented with John C. Reilly's nom for "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story." I still think "Knocked Up" and "Superbad" were two of the smartest, funniest films of the year with fine performances in both.
Julie Roberts takes the starf***er distinction to new levels. Same with Travolta. Give me a break. Both of their films were nominated. I think they were likely to show. Hal Holbrook, Catherine Keener, Laura Linney, and Katherine Heigl won't (Heigl wasn't coming anyway, but still).
If Aaron Sorkin's script for "Charlie Wilson's War" is one of the 5 best of the year, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow, Sean Penn, Kelly Masterson, David Benioff, Sarah Polley, Nancy Oliver, John Carney and Tamara Jenkins can flip the HFPA the bird from the picket lines.