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The 2009 Golden Globe Nominations

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 15, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 15, 2009 |

Here are your 2009 Golden Globe nominations, brought to you by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. But before you start rambling about the idiocy of the HFPA, let’s remember one thing: They don’t make movies and television shows, they only choose which ones are best. They don’t always have an amazing pool of choices. And given the sheer amount of nominations, they basically just choose everything with a whiff of decency, which is probably why you see Sandra Bullock among the nominations. Twice. For two different films. Sandra Bullock. Sandra fucking Bullock. The star of Miss Congeniality. Let me put it another way: Sandra Bullock has the same number of nominations as Meryl Streep. And Matt Damon. And all she was doing in The Blind Side was an impression of Connie Britton in “Friday Night Lights.” And a bad one, at that.


How bad is it? Julia Roberts is also nominated for a mediocre performance in a mediocre movie.

That said, it’s good to see some love for The Hurt Locker and District 9, even if the latter is only in the screenplay category (where (500) Days was unfairly shut out, though it did get a nom for best comedy or musical). With the exception of Bullock’s two (2!) nominations, there’s no real surprises here, except perhaps Tobey Maguire for Brothers (which is deserved). I’m a little perplexed by the number of nominations for It’s Complicated. I haven’t seen it. But, come on: it’s a Nancy Meyers film.

Other notes: Clint Eastwood got a nomination for director, but not for his movie Invictus, while Lee Daniels got no director nom for Precious, but the movie did (I actually agree with that — Precious was good in spite of Daniels).

Anyway, quibble away.

Best Picture: Drama
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Up in the Air

Best Picture: Comedy or Musical
500 Days of Summer
The Hangover
It’s Complicated
Julie & Julia

Best Director
Katheryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Clint Eastwood, Invictus
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Best Actor: Drama
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Tobey Maguire, Brothers

Best Actress: Drama
Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabire Sadibe, Precious

Best Actress: Comedy or Musical
Sandra Bullock, The Proposal
Marion Cotillard, Nine
Julia Roberts, Duplicity
Mery Streep, It’s Complicated
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Best Actor: Comedy or Musical
Matt Damon, The Informant
Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine
Robert Downey, Jr., Sherlock Holmes
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man

Best Supporting Actress
Penelope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Anne Kendrick, Up in the Air
MoNique, Precious
Julianne Moore, A Single Man

Best Supporting Actor
Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Foreign-Language Film
A Prophet
Broken Embraces
The Maid
The White Ribbon
Broken Embraces

Best Screenplay
District 9
The Hurt Locker
It’s Complicated
Up in the Air
Inglourious Basterds

Best Animated Feature Film
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog

As for the television side, it’s largely the same series and actors that have been nominated in past years, save for the addition of “Glee” and “Modern Family.” It’s good to see Jane Lynch among the nominees, but “Glee’s” Matthew Morrison is fairly close to a terrible actor who happens to have a good voice. I guess all that really matters, though, is that John Lithgow was nominated. All sins can be forgiven after that (so long as he wins).

Strange to see “Lost” not in the Best Drama category, considering that last season was one of its very best.

Best Television Series: Drama
“Mad Men”
“True Blood”
“Big Love”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series: Drama
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Hugh Laurie, “House”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
Simon Baker, “The Mentalist”
Bill Paxton, “Big Love”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series: Drama
Anna Paquin, “True Blood”
Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Glenn Close, “Damages”
January Jones, “Mad Men”

Best Television Series: Comedy
“30 Rock”
“The Office”
“Modern Family”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series: Comedy
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Toni Collette, “The United States of Tara”
Lea Michele, “Glee”
Courteney Cox, “Cougar Town”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series: Comedy
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Steve Carell, “The Office”
David Duchovny, “Californication”
Matthew Morrison, “Glee”
Thomas Jane, “Hung”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jeremy Piven, “Entourage”
Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”
William Hurt, “Damages”
John Lithgow, “Dexter”
Michael Emerson, “Lost”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jane Lynch, “Glee”
Rose Byrne, “Damages”
Janet McTeer, “Into the Storm”
Jane Adams, “Hung”
Chloe Sevigny, “Big Love”

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