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 DRAMAThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonFrost/NixonRevolutionary RoadThe ReaderSlumdog Millionaire
ACTOR (DRAMA)Leonardo DiCaprio - Revolutionary RoadFrank Langella - Frost/NixonSean Penn - MilkBrad Pitt - The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonMickey Rourke - The Wrestler
ACTRESS (DRAMA)Angelina Jolie - ChangelingAnne Hathaway - Rachel Getting MarriedMeryl Streep - DoubtKristin Scott Thomas - I've Loved You So LongKate Winslet - Revolutionary Road
BEST MUSICAL OR COMEDYMamma Mia!Vicky Cristina BarcelonaBurn After ReadingHappy-Go-LuckyIn Bruges
ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)Javier Bardem - Vicky Cristina BarcelonaColin Farrell - In BrugesJames Franco - Pineapple ExpressDustin Hoffman - Last Chance HarveyBrendan Gleeson - In Bruges
ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)Sally Hawkins - Happy-Go-LuckyFrances McDormand - Burn After ReadingMeryl Streep - Mamma Mia!Emma Thompson - Last Chance HarveyRebecca Hall - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILMGomorrahI've Loved You So LongWaltz with BashirThe Baader Meinhof ComplexEverlasting Moments
ANIMATED FILMWall-EBoltKung Fu Panda
SUPPORTING ACTORTom Cruise - Tropic ThunderRobert Downey Jr. - Tropic ThunderPhilip Seymour Hoffman - DoubtHeath Ledger - The Dark KnightRalph Fiennes - The Duchess
SUPPORTING ACTRESSAmy Adams - DoubtPenelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina BarcelonaViola Davis - DoubtMarisa Tomei - The WrestlerKate Winslet - The Reader
DIRECTORDavid Fincher - The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonDanny Boyle - Slumdog MillionaireStephen Daldry - The ReaderRon Howard - Frost/NixonSam Mendes - Revolutionary Road
SCREENPLAYSimon Beaufoy - Slumdog MillionaireDavid Hare - The ReaderPeter Morgan - Frost/NixonEric Roth - The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonJohn Patrick Shanley - Doubt
ORIGINAL SCOREJames Newton Howard - DefianceAlexandre Desplat - The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonA.R. Rahman - Slumdog MillionaireHans Zimmer - Frost/NixonClint 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)
Source: First Showing