Rob Marshall’s “Nine” led the always interesting, occasionally non-sensical Golden Satellite nominations, which were announced this morning. The film took 10 nominations, including best picture (comedy or musical), best director, and acting nods for Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard and Penelope Cruz.
While the awards – handed out by International Press Academy – are generally disregarded as a serious Oscar precursor due to their often inexplainable decisions (see this year’s “top ten list,” which for some reason does not coincide with their best picture nominees), this year’s batch is definitely full of worthy nominees, particularly from the specialty sector. All six of the nominees for best picture (drama) hail from specialty distributors – “Bright Star,” “An Education,” “The Hurt Locker,” “The Messenger,” “Precious” and the out-of-nowhere inclusion of “The Stoning of Soraya M,” while admirable acting nod inclusions of “The Maid”‘s Catalina Saavedra, “The Damned United”‘s Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall, and “The Stoning of Soraya M.”‘s Mozhan Marno and Shohreh Aghdashloo continued the trend.
In the best director category, three of the six nominations went to women (Jane Campion, Lone Scherfig and Kathryn Bigelow), two to openly gay men (Lee Daniels and Rob Marshall), and one to the South African director of a summer sci-fi film (Neill Blomkamp). Not present were “Up In The Air”‘s Jason Reitman, “Inglourious Basterds”‘s Quentin Tarantino,” or “A Serious Man”‘s Joel & Ethan Coen.
Other interesting nominations (for better or worse), including Emily Blunt’s double nods for “Sunshine Cleaning” and “The Young Victoria,” doc “It Might Get Loud”‘s double nod for film editing and sound, Carter Burwell and Karen O’s score nod for “Where The Wild Things Are.”
Surprise omissions (if there can be such a thing as a “surprise” here) included favorites like “Precious”‘s Gabourey Sidibe (though Sidibe did receive a special award for “outstanding new talent”), “A Single Man”‘s Julianne Moore, “The Last Station”‘s Helen Mirren, and “Julie & Julia”‘s Stanley Tucci, while as-yet-unreleased films like “Invictus,” “The Lovely Bones,” “Brothers” and “Avatar” were all shut out entirely, likely because they didn’t screen for the IFA (though nominees “Nine” and “It’s Complicated” both did)
Check out the entire list of nominations here.