It’s time for the Golden Globe nominations once again – you know, the statues that aren’t the Oscars or the Emmys, but somehow sort of both. Honoring the best movies and TV of 2009, this year’s selections are comforting old friends as well as some new acquaintances. We’ve got all the major categories as well as my picks for the winners in each below the jump.
Best Motion Picture, Drama
The Hurt Locker
Up in the Air
This is a tough one, but I’m going to be cynical here. Precious was made entirely as statue-bait (you can read my review here), and it’s going to succeed. In a just world, The Hurt Locker would take this home, but this world is unjust.
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
500 Days of Summer
Julie & Julia
This one’s going to go to Julie & Julia, despite the fact that The Hangover was far funnier. Nine is sort of a wildcard here, as I haven’t seen it, but Streep’s performance in Julie & Julia has everybody talking. The less said about the execrable 500 Days Of Summer, the better.
Best Director in a Motion Picture
Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker
James Cameron Avatar
Clint Eastwood Invictus
Jason Reitman Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds
I can see this being the category that Avatar does take – what is that movie but a celebration of the modern director’s toolset?
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Jeff Bridges Crazy Heart
George Clooney Up in the Air
Colin Firth A Single Man
Morgan Freeman Invictus
Tobey Maguire Brothers
Invictus is already getting mixed reactions for Morgan Freeman-as-Nelson Mandela, with many complaining that a less famous actor should have got the part, but this is the kind of performance the Globes love, although Jeff Bridges could dark horse this one.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Emily Blunt The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock The Blind Side
Helen Mirren The Last Station
Carey Mulligan An Education
Gabourey Sidibe Precious
Carey Mulligan is something in An Education. It’s a breakthrough performance by a new face, and unlike Gabourey Sidibe, it’s actually a performance. She should take this.
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Matt Damon Invictus
Woody Harrelson The Messenger
Christopher Plummer The Last Station
Stanley Tucci The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz Inglourious Basterds
This is probably the strongest all-around category on the docket this year, but Christoph Walz‘s turn as Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds was one of the most electrifying performances I’ve seen in years, single-handedly elevating the movie above its ludicrous premise.
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Penelope Cruz Nine
Vera Farmiga Up in the Air
Anna Kendrick Up in the Air
Mo’Nique Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Julianne Moore A Single Man
Mo’Nique will win this because the Globes love it when comedians get serious. That is, if you can take Precious seriously.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy
Matt Damon The Informant!
Daniel Day-Lewis Nine
Robert Downey, Jr. Sherlock Holmes
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500) Days of Summer
Michael Stuhlbarg A Serious Man
Matt Damon, The Informant! Why? Mustache.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy
Sandra Bullock The Proposal
Marion Cotillard Nine
Julia Roberts Duplicity
Meryl Streep It’s Complicated
Meryl Streep Julie and Julia
Sandra Bullock got as many nominations this year as Meryl Streep did. Roll that around in your skull for a little bit, and then have a good cry. This is Streep’s to lose for Julie & Julia.
Best Animated Feature Film
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The Princess and the Frog
Nobody can beat Pixar at this game, although Fantastic Mr. Fox was plenty charming.
Best Television Series, Drama
Mad Men is just unstoppable right now, coming off of their best season yet. Dexter has plenty of buzz and is exciting as hell, but it’s not even close here. Is House still on?
Best Televison Series, Comedy or Musical
I think this is the year that 30 Rock gets unseated from its throne in favor of the fresher, funnier, and more homo-appealing Glee. In positive news, this is the first time in like seven years that Two And A Half Men isn’t nominated in this category.
Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama
Simon Baker The Mentalist
Michael C. Hall Dexter
Jon Hamm Mad Men
Hugh Laurie House
Bill Paxtion Big Love
The sad thing is that Jon Hamm isn’t even the fourth-best actor on Mad Men. But he’s astronaut handsome, so he’s got this one on lock.
Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama
Julianna Margulies The Good Wife
Glenn Close Damages
January Jones Mad Men
Anna Paquin True Blood
Kyra Sedgwick The Closer
January Jones is one of the most under-rated aspects of Mad Men – it’s like just because she’s hot, people don’t think she can act. Betty Draper has morphed into a twisted mirror image of Don, and Jones’ performance has sold it every step of the way.
Best Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin 30 Rock
Steve Carell The Office
Thomas Jane Hung
David Duchovny Californication
Matthew Morrison Glee
At this point, they should just rename this the Alec Baldwin Memorial Statuette. He owns every scene he’s in on 30 Rock and that’s not likely to change. It’s also funny that people don’t realize that, unlike the British show, Michael Scott is actually the weakest part of The Office.
Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical
Toni Collette United States of Tara
Courteney Cox Cougar Town
Tina Fey 30 Rock
Edie Falco Nurse Jackie
Lea Michele Glee
Lea Michele is just one part of the amazing ensemble machine that is Glee, but she certainly deserves the nod here.