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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)

Source: First Showing

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