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AWARDS WATCH | "Button," "Nixon," "Doubt" Atop Golden Globe Nominations

By Andy Lauer | Indiewire December 11, 2008 at 9:56AM

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon" and "Doubt" led the rather surprising 66th Annual Golden Globe Award nominations, grabbing five nominations a piece. "Button" and "Nixon" were among the best motion picture drama nominees, a category that also included "The Reader," "Revolutionary Road" and "Slumdog Millionaire" but snubbed heavy favorites like "Milk" and "The Dark Knight." Shocking inclusions, on in the other hand, included an acting nod for Tom Cruise for his work on "Tropic Thunder."
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"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon" and "Doubt" led the rather surprising 66th Annual Golden Globe Award nominations, grabbing five nominations a piece. "Button" and "Nixon" were among the best motion picture drama nominees, a category that also included "The Reader," "Revolutionary Road" and "Slumdog Millionaire" but snubbed heavy favorites like "Milk" and "The Dark Knight." Shocking inclusions, on in the other hand, included an acting nod for Tom Cruise for his work on "Tropic Thunder."

In the unusually Oscar-hopeful free comedy or musical categories, Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" led with four nominees, including actor (Javier Bardem), actress (Rebecca Hall) and supporting actress (Penelope Cruz). "Vicky" also got a best motion picture comedy or musical category, joining "In Bruges," "Mamma Mia!," "Happy-Go-Lucky" and "Burn After Reading."

After nearly across-the-board snubs from the LA critics', NY critics', and Critics' Choice, both Sam Mendes' "Revolutionary Road" and Stephen Daldry's "The Reader" received a much-needed boost from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Globes. Each received four nods, including picture, director, and dual acting nods for the films' shared star, Kate Winslet. Other double nominees included Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, though Eastwood's nods came in the score and song categories, and not for his acting work in "Gran Torino," which was expected.

Major snubs, in addition to the all-but-one nod exclusions of "Milk" and "The Dark Knight" (meaning films like "Bolt," "In Bruges," "Mamma Mia!" and "Tropic Thunder" all received more nominations than the two critics' faves), include Richard Jenkins work in "The Visitor," "Frozen River"'s Melissa Leo, "Rachel Getting Married"'s Debra Winger and Rosemarie DeWitt, "Revolutionary Road"'s Michael Shannon," and perhaps suggestive of the HFPA's overall feelings toward it, "Benjamin Button"'s Cate Blanchett and Taraji P. Hensen. Though perhaps the most the surprising thing about the nominations was that there was only five nominees in every category.

The Golden Globes certainly have a history of bizarre omissions and inclusions, perhaps best exemplified here by Tom Cruise, but they also do generally have considerable overlap with the Academy Awards. Last year, all five of the Oscars' best picture nominees received best drama or comedy nominations at the Globes, while all five best actress nominees and four of five best actor, supporting actor and supporting actress nominees did the same.


The nominees are...

BEST PICTURE: DRAMA
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"Frost/Nixon"
"The Reader"
"Revolutionary Road"
"Slumdog Millionaire"

BEST PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL
"Burn After Reading"
"Happy-go-lucky"
"In Bruges"
"Mamma Mia"
"Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

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"

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"

BEST ACTRESS: DRAMA
Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married"
Angelina Jolie, "Changeling"
Meryl Streep, "Doubt"
Kristin Scott Thomas, "I've Loved You So Long"
Kate Winslet, "Revolutionary Road"

BEST ACTRESS: COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Rebecca Hall, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
Sally Hawkins, "Happy-go-lucky"
Frances McDormand, "Burn After Reading"
Meryl Streep, "Mamma Mia"
Emma Thompson, "Last Chance Harvey"

BEST ACTOR: COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Javier Bardem, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
Colin Farrell, "In Bruges"
James Franco, "Pineapple Express"
Brendan Gleeseon, "In Bruges"
Dustin Hoffman, "Last Chance Harvey"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, "Doubt"
Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barecelona"
Viola Davis, "Doubt"
Marisa Tomei, "The Wrestler"
Kate Winslet, "The Reader"

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"

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"The Baader Meinhof Complex" (Germany)
"Everlasting Moments" (Sweden/Denmark)
"Gomorrah" (Italy)
"I've Loved You So Long" (France)
"Waltz With Bashir" (Israel)

BEST SCREENPLAY
Simon Beaufoy, "Slumdog Millionaire'
David Hare, "The Reader"
Peter Morgan, "Frost/Nixon"
Eric Roth, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
John Patrick Shanley, "Doubt"

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Clint Eastwood, "Changeling"
James Newton Howard, "Defiance"
A.R. Rahman," "Slumdog Millionaire"
Hans Zimmer, "Frost/Nixon"

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
"Bolt"
"Kung Fu Panda"
"Wall-E"

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Down To Earth" ("Wall-E")
Music by: Peter Gabriel, Thomas Newman
Lyrics by: Peter Gabriel
"Gran Torino" ("Gran Torino")
Music by: Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens
Lyrics by: Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens
"I Thought I Lost You" ("Bolt")
Music & Lyrics by: Miley Cyrus, Jeffrey Steele
"Once In a Lifetime" ("Cadillac Records")
Music & Lyrics by: Beyonce Knowles, Amanda Ghost, Scott McFarnon, Ian Dench, James Dring, Jody Street
"The Wrestler" ("The Wrestler")
Music & Lyrics by: Bruce Springsteen


NOMINATIONS BY FILM
"The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" - 5
"Doubt" - 5
"Frost/Nixon" - 5
"The Reader" - 4
"Revolutionary Road" - 4
"Slumdog Millionaire" - 4
"Vicky Cristina Barcelona" - 4
"In Bruges" - 3
"The Wrestler" - 3
"Bolt" - 2
"Burn After Reading" - 2
"Changeling" - 2
"Happy-Go-Lucky" - 2
"I've Loved You So Long" - 2
"Last Chance Harvey" - 2
"Mamma Mia!" - 2
"Tropic Thunder" - 2
"Wall-E" - 2
"Baader Meinhof Complex" - 1
"Cadillac Records" - 1
"The Dark Knight" - 1
"Defiance" - 1
"The Duchess" - 1
"Everlasting Moments" - 1
"Gomorrah" - 1
"Gran Torino" - 1
"Kung Fu Panda" - 1
"Milk" - 1
"Pineapple Express" - 1
"Rachel Getting Married" - 1
"Waltz With Bashir" - 1

NOMINATIONS BY DISTRIBUTOR
Warner Bros. Pictures - 11
Universal Pictures - 9
The Weinstein Company - 8
Fox Searchlight Pictures - 7
Miramax Films - 7
DreamWorks Pictures - 6
Focus Features - 6
Paramount Pictures - 6
Paramount Vantage - 6
BBC Films - 5
Sony Pictures Classics - 4
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures - 4
IFC Films - 2
Overture Films - 2
Sony Pictures Releasing - 2
Studio Canal - 2
Pathe - 1
Summit Entertainment, LLC - 1
Village Roadshow - 1

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