Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Golden Globessszzzzzz…

I sense that awards fatigue is already setting in among readers, so I’ll just offer a brief paragraph on the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations this afternoon. There weren’t many surprises and our pointers towards the Oscars — for …

Tue, Dec 15, 2009, 17:25

   

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I sense that awards fatigue is already setting in among readers, so I’ll just offer a brief paragraph on the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations this afternoon. There weren’t many surprises and our pointers towards the Oscars — for which the Globes are, despite what you might hear, no great predictors — remain largely unaltered. The big three are still The Hurt Locker, Precious and Up in the Air, all of which received nominations for best dramatic picture. Avatar, coming up on the rails, defies early bad buzz to become an awards player and Inglourious Basterds, boosted by the Weinstein’s goon squad, also secures an unexpected number of nods. The biggest surprise was, perhaps, Basterds beating Clint Eastwood’s Invictus to a best dramatic picture nomination. Is it all over for the great man’s study of South Africa’s attempt to win the Rugby World Cup? Not at all. Clint is nominated for best director and Morgan Freeman gets a nod for his turn as Nelson Mandela. The film will certainly be one of the 10 best picture nominees at the Oscars and could, erm, manage a scrum turnaround to score a late try-goal. (Could somebody tutor me on rugby metaphors before the blasted thing opens?)

The big loser remains the poorly reviewed The Lovely Bones. After its kicking from the American press, nobody much expected Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel to get a best picture nod, but our own Saoirse Ronan looked like a good bet for the best dramatic actress shortlist.  Sadly, the call did not come.

The most outrageous exclusion is, however, A Serious Man in the best comedy or musical category. How to put this? The Coen Brothers latest is one of the very best films of the decade; Julie & Julia does not even deserve to pass water in the same lavatory. Stupid Hollywood Foreign Press Association! (Whoever the hell they are.)

Ricky Gervais hosts the awards on January 17th.

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