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'Up in the Air" Leads Golden Globe Nominations

By Eugene Hernandez | Indiewire December 15, 2009 at 1:31AM

Jason Reitman's "Up In The Air" led the 2009 Golden Globe nominations this morning, taking six, including best picture, best director, best screenplay, and acting nods for George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick. The film was joined in the drama picture category by "Avatar," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," and "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire," while "500 Days of Summer," "The Hangover," "It's Complicated," "Julie & Julia," and "Nine" rounded out the nominations for best picture comedy or musical.
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Jason Reitman's "Up In The Air" led the 2009 Golden Globe nominations this morning, taking six, including best picture, best director, best screenplay, and acting nods for George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick. The film was joined in the drama picture category by "Avatar," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," and "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire," while "500 Days of Summer," "The Hangover," "It's Complicated," "Julie & Julia," and "Nine" rounded out the nominations for best picture comedy or musical.

True to their nature, the Globes favored star wattage, giving surprise nominations to Julia Roberts for "Duplicity" and Tobey Maguire for "Brothers" in lead acting categories, and somewhat expected double nods for Sandra Bullock ("The Proposal" and "The Blind Side"), Meryl Streep ("Julie & Julia" and "It's Complicated"), and Matt Damon ("Invictus" and "The Informant!").

This unfortunately was at the expense of a variety of performances from smaller films that had been gaining momentum: Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie both missed out for "The Hurt Locker," Alfred Molina didn't make the cut for "An Education," and Samantha Morton was snubbed for "The Messenger."

Other major snubs included both Lone Scherfig's "An Education" and Clint Eastwood's "Invictus" failing to make the best drama picture category, while Joel & Ethan Coen's "A Serious Man" was overlooked in the comedy or musical category in favor of the likes of "The Hangover" and "It's Complicated." Though Eastwood did manage a best director nod, beating out the likes of "Precious"'s Lee Daniels and "Nine"'s Rob Marshall.

In the foreign-language film category, Oscar hopefuls Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon," Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet" and Giuseppe Tornatore's "Baaria" joined the likes of Pedro Almodovar's "Broken Embraces" (which was not submitted by Spain for the Oscars) and Sebastian Silva's "The Maid" (ineligible at the Oscars for best foreign language).

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning in Hollywood, CA. The Golden Globes ceremony, to be hosted by Ricky Gervais, will be broadcast live on Sunday, January 17, 2010 from The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. For a complete list of recently announced awards, click here.

Full list of film nominations:

BEST PICTURE: DRAMA
"Avatar"
"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"Precious"
"Up in the Air"

BEST PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL
"500 Days of Summer"
"The Hangover"
"It's Complicated"
"Julie & Julia"
"Nine"

BEST DIRECTOR
Kathryn 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"
Gabourey Sibide, "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"
Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"
Mo'Nique, "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"
"Baaria"
"Broken Embraces"
"The Maid"
"The White Ribbon"

BEST SCREENPLAY
"District 9"
"The Hurt Locker"
"It's Complicated"
"Up in the Air"
"Inglourious Basterds"

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Michael Giacchino, "Up"
Marvin Hamlisch, "The Informant"
James Horner, "Avatar"
Abel Krozeniowski, "A Single Man"
Karen O. and Carter Burwell, "Where the Wild Things Are"

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"
"Coraline"
"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
"The Princess and the Frog"
"Up"

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Cinema Italiano" from "Nine"
"I Want to Come Home" from "Everybody's Fine"
"I Will See You" from "Avatar"
"The Weary Kind" from "Crazy Heart"
"Winter" from "Brothers"

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