Golden Globe Nominations: Little Love For The Dark Knight

Published 6 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:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Revolutionary Road
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Leonardo DiCaprio – Revolutionary Road
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn – Milk
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

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

Mamma Mia!
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Burn After Reading
In Bruges

Javier Bardem – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Colin Farrell – In Bruges
James Franco – Pineapple Express
Dustin Hoffman – Last Chance Harvey
Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges

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

I’ve Loved You So Long
Waltz with Bashir
The Baader Meinhof Complex
Everlasting Moments

Kung Fu Panda

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

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

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

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

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

“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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  1. Your glad about Kung Fu Panda? I’m way happier about Wall-E getting nominated.

  2. No one stole dark knight nominations.It was a good action movie nothing more…relax.Ledger deserved it by the way…and the win.

  3. Woohoo for Tom Cruise!! Too bad though, as he probably won’t get it.

  4. Kung-Fu Panda is one of my favorite movies this year. It’s just a shame that it has to go head-to-head with Wall-E.

  5. I always thought The Dark Knights best shot was a oscar nomination for Heath Ledger.
    TDK could get other oscar noms,
    But its best chance is Heaths nomination.

  6. these awards shows are sssssoooo predictable!! they wonder why no one watches these awards shows. why is it that if a movie is getting a so-so critical reception (Benjamin), it somehow gets nominated. honestly. it’s like all these voters do is enact some sort of hive mind voting procedure to figure out who gets nominated. “oh because some movie is getting early buzz, i guess it should be nominated.” it shouldn’t be about so called perceived “buzz” before a movie comes out but more about what everyone thought about the finished product when all is said and done. what bull. these critics look like hypocritical dumbasses. at least give some respect to a work that transcended it’s genre and became something more. don’t rant on me for picking on Button. i actually do want to watch Button. just give respect where respect is due.

  7. Tom Cruise getting nominated for what he did in Tropic Thunder? He wasn’t funny, and he didn’t act well at all. I thought the whole joke was that it was Tom Cruise wearing all that make-up.

  8. Tom paid for his nomination,,,

    $cientology rules hollywood… Its scary.

  9. Scientology may rule 790 but even that is governed by Hollywoods rightful ruler..

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ;)

  10. I always saw nominations for Downey and Tom Cruise coming for Tropic Thunder. Really, I did. And that’s as far as it should go. I don’t think Downey’s performance in Tropic Thunder is anywhere near Oscar worthy. I am also sort of surprised that Tropic Thunder didn’t get nominated for Best Comedy, since people hyped it up more than it deserved. Oh well, that category is worthless anyway.

    Here is the real baffle: How does Mammia Mia!, which opened the same day as TDK and is the highest grossing musical ever, get nominated for Best Musical and TDK, the biggest film since Titanic and of the decade, gets snubbed out of the drama section for some small indie film no one cares about, like The Reader? Has anyone seen The Reader’s score on Rotten Tomatoes as of late? But it’s whatever.

    I still think The Dark Knight is a strong contender for Best Picture at the Oscars, and Best Director. Ledger deserves to win the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Similar things happened with past blockbusters; The Sixth Sense got two nominations from the Golden Globes, for supporting actor and screenplay. Raiders of the Lost Ark got a Best Director nomination at the Globes, and that was it. Both movies ended up getting Best Picture nominations at the Oscars, and I think it’s the same with The Dark Knight. I have a feeling that the Academy will want to throw a blockbuster in there, so they aren’t just nominating depressing and/or political dramas that a lot of people haven’t seen. It’s taking it’s toll on the Oscars, especially with viewers.

  11. Geez Louise there is more to Hollywood than arthouse films and it really boils my baloney when the Academy thinks only certain types of films are deserving of awards…TDK sold 75-80 million tickets, so it obviously was a great film or that many people would not have seen it.It will get some love come Oscar nom time

  12. Yeah I hope O doesn’t let us down and snub TDK.

    What defines ‘Best’ anyway? I mean yeah I get that it is subjective. But $$ like TDK is generated by repeat viewings, period. And we aren’t going to see a film 3, 4, 5 times if it isn’t crap.

    Sure $$ is king in Hollywood, but at some point, you have to look past the ‘but does it enrich the social consciousness? Did it make me CRY?’ and realize that good films are what people pay good money to see over and over and over again.

    Nolan and the gang FTW IMO.

  13. wow, 9 minutes of screen time and an awkward forced dance gets a nom

    i hope dark knight got snubbed for its asstasstic dvd. should get some money back for how much this film made

  14. Oh my gosh typo!
    I mean we won’t see it again if it IS crap.


  15. Funny thing about Wall-E It cost 180 million to make not counting P+A budget..They could have made a live action version of Wall-E for cheaper(Half that amount) than that and it would have pulled the same heartstrings..I think KungFU Panda was a more enjoyable movie for my family and I so I hope Panda winds that award..Don’t get me wrong I thought Wall-E was a nice movie but I do think it’s been overrated somewhat..Just an opinion Wall-E lovers :)

  16. Panda wins I mean..crap I hate bad grammar

  17. I love (not really) how all the movies that are nominated have barely been released. Its a bunch of bull. Then they get up their and act so surprised. I never hear them say,tearfully, “I want to thank the people who released this movie right before the awards.” Obviously it matters. Though it has NOTHING to do with the quality of the movie. If I sound pissed its because they didnt nominate my favorite movie Let the Right One In. And Im cynical

  18. I saw this list yesterday and in pure frustration I slammed the lid of my laptop nearly breaking it! This is a pure example of why the awards is just a big joke! I mean if a movie makes nearly a billion dollars or it was seen reapeaditly then TDK and quite a few others should have at least gotten a nod. Instead they are giving to movies that are just getting early buzz and havent even been released yet! Im going to see Button but its too early to give it a nod if it isnt even out yet! I hope at least Ledger gets the award but I guess Ill have to wait and hear about it. I refuse to watch the acedmy awards.
    (end of major rant)

    no offense to the ones that actually do enjoy the awards.

  19. Jess, you have to realize the folks that are voting for the Globes and Oscars are mainly the older crowd that don’t relate to TDK, and prob havnt even seen it.

    The Oscars is so stale,,, sheesh if you only knew how wasteful that stupid show is.
    30+ million dollars to put on a 4 hour tv show…
    Its really just a huge aas kissing party that were allowed to watch…

    The basis of actually awarding the best is thrown to the curb,,,

    I wouldn’t get too upset because at the end of the week, who cares what the Academy thinks,,,
    Bunch of crownies.

  20. @790

    Exactly why I never watch it. :] I know what movies I like, I dont need them to tell me that but honestly, send the awards where they are deserved.

  21. Jess, that’s why I tell people to check out the Scream Awards. That’s the award show that honors the kind of films everyones into here,,,

    Nolan won a (Scream Award) for Best director and Ledger won best Villain/ legend… (Standing ovations!!!)

    Also the Independent Spirit Awards is awesome because the honor independent films. And the show is unrated. (They also serve free booze)

  22. I think thats the only award show I watch lol

  23. Dude! Are you friggin kidding me? I think we’ve all touched briefly upon some of the outrages on this list, but let me toss up another couple. Movies like Button that haven’t even been released yet being nominated for Oscars? Bullcrap! Looks cool, but TDK is the biggest cinematic adventure I’ve ever experienced, in 20 years of movie-going. Secondly, why give Cruise the supporting nom? You guys nailed it in saying he bought that crap. Downey deserves it definitely-watching his transition between various roles(none of them himself) is what real acting is all about. Amazing talent and hilarious. But how about James Franco(almost tossed an expletive in as his middle name, I’m so frustrated.) Pineapple Express was a crappy movie. I don’t get why everyone’s so hot for these stoner wanna-be-comedies that honestly-have no point other than to make Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow, and friends more money and actually feel like real movie-makers. Meanwhile, Nolan didn’t get nominated(one of the best working filmakers I can name) and Christian Bale, an oft-snubbed extremely talented actor(no nom for American Psycho, Machinist, or 3:10 to Yuma) delivers an amazing performance(sorry Keaton-lovers, he is Batman) not to mention the wonderful performance of Aaron Eckhart as Harvey/Two-face. Granted, he was overshadowed by Ledger in the supporting category, but he deserves at least a nod. Sheesh, this is some crap here. Perhaps if the Joker had been gay, or they had included Robin for Batman to molest the bigwigs would’ve tossed them more noms, as it seems that sensationalized films are the ones that win big now(bull.)

  24. @HunttheJest,,,
    What you call “some crap here” is what I call politics and manipulation,,,

    Sucks but thats why you really can’t hold these awards too high up there in esteem… :-(

  25. Wall-E wasn’t good at all, but it’s going to win because it has the environmentalist hippy message.

  26. Eh… Wall-E was definitely a good film,Ken J, but Kung-Fu Panda, IMO, was just a stunning achievement. I’ve watched it a dozen times and the beyond the great animation and Kung-Fu action the Zen Buddhist themes of the story are so tight and well woven. For example: go back and watch the end fight between Po and Tai Lung. Every part of that fight sequence incorporates an sequence/lesson/or “accident” Po experienced earlier in the film, therefore lending truth to Master Oogway’s claim that “there are no accidents.” Profound Zen stuff, dude.

    (I may need to stop watching KFP for a bit.)

  27. Well, Wall-E was definitely a good film in your opinion. I know what you meant, don’t worry. :-)

  28. @hunttheest

    That last point you made is both funny and true.

  29. Chris said that “Raiders of the Lost Ark” got a nomination for “Best Picture” not true, the film received “Best Director”.