Golden Globe Nominations: Little Love For The Dark Knight

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

golden globe 2008 Golden Globe Nominations: Little Love For The Dark Knight

The 2009 Golden Globe Nominations have been officially announced and it looks like The Dark Knight has been almost totally snubbed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

That’s right folks, The Dark Knight received just one nomination: a Best Supporting Actor nod for Heath Ledger’s groundbreaking (and freaky) turn as The Joker. No Best Director nomination for Chris Nolan; no Best Screenplay nomination for Chris and Jonathan Nolan; no Best Original Score nomination (although Dark Knight composers Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard are both nominated in that category for work on two other films).

So, want to see which films stole the slots that rightfully belong to TDK? Check out the  list of the 2009 Golden Globe Nominees in film:

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

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

ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Meryl Streep – Doubt
Kristin Scott Thomas – I’ve Loved You So Long
Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road

BEST MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Mamma Mia!
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Burn After Reading
Happy-Go-Lucky
In Bruges

ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Javier Bardem – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Colin Farrell – In Bruges
James Franco – Pineapple Express
Dustin Hoffman – Last Chance Harvey
Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges

ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Sally Hawkins – Happy-Go-Lucky
Frances McDormand – Burn After Reading
Meryl Streep – Mamma Mia!
Emma Thompson – Last Chance Harvey
Rebecca Hall – Vicky Cristina Barcelona

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Gomorrah
I’ve Loved You So Long
Waltz with Bashir
The Baader Meinhof Complex
Everlasting Moments

ANIMATED FILM
Wall-E
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Tom Cruise – Tropic Thunder
Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
Ralph Fiennes – The Duchess

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams – Doubt
Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis – Doubt
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler
Kate Winslet – The Reader

DIRECTOR
David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry – The Reader
Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon
Sam Mendes – Revolutionary Road

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

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

ORIGINAL SONG
“Down to Earth” by Peter Gabriel / Thomas Newman – Wall-E
“Gran Torino” by Clint Eastwood / Kyle Eastwood – Gran Torino
“I Thought I’d Lost You” by Miley Cyrus – Bolt
“Once in a Lifetime” by Beyoncé Knowles – Cadillac Records
“The Wrestler” by Bruce Springsteen – The Wrestler

So there’s a lot on this list I’m OK with (like Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise receiving Supporting Actor Comedy nominations for Tropic Thunder, or Kung-Fu Panda getting a nod for Best Animated Film); there are some things on this list I couldn’t care less about (Best Musical or Comedy, anyone?); and there definitely some things on this list that make my head just want to explode.

Forgetting my obvious (and aforementioned) problem with the fact that The Dark Knight has been shut out of nearly every relevant category, I think that a film as wonderful as Let The Right One In was should have earned a Best Foreign Language Film nomination. And how Colin Farrell got a Best Comedy Actor Nod for In Bruges (which also got a Best Picture Comedy nod) will forever be beyond me.

On the flip side, James Franco getting a Best Comedy Actor nod for Pineapple Express is just plain awesome; it’s also good to see Mickey Rourke back on the rise, earning a nomination for his apparently soul-wrenching turn  as a washed up athlete in The Wrestler (which I have yet to see). However it’s strange as hell that after so much early buzz Clint Eastwood’s old-man-turned-vigilante drama Gran Torino only got one nomination… for Best Original Song.

Other than that, it seems to be award season as usual. No surprise that The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is leading the pack in nominations (after all the tremendous buzz), or that a Sam Mendes domestic life drama (Revolutionary Road) is also raking in the nominations. I haven’t seen Frost/Nixon, but it seems to have impressed the right people, because it’s coming out of left field to grab up a handful of nominations. Might have to get out and see that before Oscar season rolls around.

Speaking of the little gold guy, what do you think about The Dark Knight‘s chances at the 2009 Academy Awards, now that you’ve seen the Golden Globe nominations? Do you agree with the list of nominees, or do you feel some great films didn’t get the recognition they deserve? Sound off and let us know.

(You can read the full list of Golden Globe Nominees (Film and Television) by clicking here)

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TAGS: burn after reading, gran torino, in bruges, kung fu panda, let the right one in, revolutionary road, the curious case of benjamin button, the dark knight, The Pineapple Express, the wrestler, tropic thunder, wall-e

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  1. @790 Dude, seriously…older crowd that never watched? Bad sterotype.

    LMAO…took my great-grandson to this movie, and I liked it better than he did. His mother and grandmother went also…it was his birthday, and that’s what he wanted. I told them it wasn’t a kids movie, but was outvoted. He was the most interested that Heath Ledger was dead, and I promised we would look him up on the web when we got home. Hey, he’s nine, and not socially correct yet.

    Anyway, we covered four generations, and everyone liked it but him, so can’t say that age is much of a factor.

    What’s up with “Bunch of crownies.”? If you meant “crones”, I might take offense. If you meant “cronies” I would have to agree, but I honestly don’t think age is an issue. Money is rarely age specific.

    Cool movie, awesome effects, would have enjoyed it more without the kid. It’s certainly better than most of the movies they seem determined to give awards to.

  2. Rose Marie, I was referring to the members of the Foreign Press…
    :-)

  3. @790 Oops, I stand corrected. You just can’t trust those old, foreign farts. Those slick guys with their funny accents and strange perversions…

    Think you could get me an introduction???

  4. I could tell you how to infiltrate the show, but then I would get in big trouble… Sorry.
    8-)

  5. @790 Wow, that was a relief. When I first started reading I thought you were going to say you could tell me, but then you would have to kill me.

    Small chuckle for early New Year’s Day.

    That’s ok…just the thought of strange perversions will get me through the day.

  6. The Golden Globe award show is the Kia Spectra of the award shows. The old bastards than run the show believe The Dark Knight shouldn’t be nominated because it’s a comic book movie. Ganted The Dark Knight did get a lot of over rated attention! I’ll admit that! But on the other hand it was a fantastic movie. and should have gotten alot more nominations that it recieved!

    p.s. Heath Ledger has the award in the bag. For one he did an amazing job. And two he is getting the sympathy vote. that may sound harsh but you know it’s true. But regardles of him living or dying. He deserves it!

  7. Wow. I completely disagree. The Dark Knight was amazing and was much more than just an action movie. it was very in depth and went pretty far into the morals of crime and human thought. very good, and i havent even heard of the other nominationas for best picture.

  8. I wasn’t disappointed, mostly because I knew that the Academy wouldn’t nominate The Dark Knight for anything other than SFX/technical awards. At least Heath won for his role as the Joker, and that matters, as does the acceptance speech given by his family (where was his wife, Michelle?)

    For me, the real awards The Dark Knight needs to get are the Hugo (Best Dramatic Presentation) the Saturn Awards (Best Dramatic Presentation) the Spaceys (Best Movie) and the MTV Movie Awards (Best Action Movie, Best Villain [Heath Ledger as the Joker], Best Action Sequence, etc.) Those are the awards that should really matter to fans of Batman & comic books like us.

  9. I don’t get it, why is it so important for Heath to win but not the movie? Why do I hear that so much? What, does he HAVE to win or else it’s not “fair” since he’s dead or something? Was he ACTUALLY the best supporting actor? I don’t know if he actually was or not… But it seems that all of the other nominees might as well have stayed home regardless of how good they were because they knew they would not win… Is that fair?

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