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The Golden Globe film nominations

Posted by Ty Burr  December 15, 2009 08:29 AM

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The 2009 Golden Globe nominations are in, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has glitzed up the room. "Up in the Air" leads the pack with six nominations (best drama, director, actor, screenplay, and two supporting actress nominations). Meryl Streep got nominated twice in the same category (best actress in a musical or comedy, for "It's Complicated" and "Julie & Julia") -- she now has 25 career Globe nominations.

Sandra Bullock got nominated twice, too, but in separate categories: best actress, drama ("The Blind Side") and best actress, musical or comedy ("The Proposal"). No mention of "All About Steve" -- guess we'll have to wait for the Razzies. Oh, and Stanley Tucci got nominated, but for the wrong movie -- "The Lovely Bones" rather than "Julie & Julia."

What got shut out? "Invictus," for one -- Clint Eastwood was nominated for best director, and Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon picked up lead actor and supporting actor nods, but the film wasn't mentioned in the best picture (drama) category. "The Hurt Locker" squeaked in there and picked up nominations for director Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay, but star Jeremy Renner went unnoticed. "Avatar" got a best picture (drama) nomination and James Cameron picked up a nod but the film went unrewarded elsewhere. It's not really the Globes' kind of movie: The HFPA likes stars and they likes 'em big.

Like Bullock -- really, a nomination for "The Proposal"? Or Julia Roberts, who picked up a best actress nomination for "Duplicity," a perfectly fine 2009 movie that nobody saw. Or Tobey Maguire, who I bet wouldn't have been nominated as best actor (drama) for "Brothers" if not for "Spider-Man".

Me, I'm just happy to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Stuhlbarg get nominations. Who'da thunk?

Here are most of the nominations.

Best Picture - Drama
"Avatar"
"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire"
"Up in the Air"

Best Picture -- Musical or Comedy
"(500) Days of Summer"
"The Hangover"
"It's Complicated"
"Julie & Julia"
"Nine"

Best Actress -- Drama
Emily Blunt, "The Young Victoria"
Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side"
Helen Mirren, "The Last Station"
Carey Mulligan, "An Education"
Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious"

Best Actor -- Drama
Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
Morgan Freeman,"Invictus"
Tobey Maguire, "Brothers"

Best Actress -- Musical or Comedy
Sandra Bullock, "The Proposal"
Marion Cotillard, "Nine"
Julia Roberts, "Duplicity"
Meryl Streep, "It's Complicated"
Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia"

Best Actor -- Musical or 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"

Best Supporting Actor
Matt Damon, "Invictus"
Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"
Christopher Plummer, "The Last Station"
Stanley Tucci, "The Lovely Bones"
Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"

Best Supporting Actress
Penelope Cruz, "Nine"
Vera Farmiga, "Up in the Air"
Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"
Mo'Nique, "Precious"
Julianne Moore, "A Simple Man"

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
James Cameron, "Avatar"
Clint Eastwood, "Invictus"
Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air"
Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"

Best Screenplay
"District 9"
"The Hurt Locker"
"It's Complicated"
"Up in the Air"
"Inglourious Basterds"

Best Animated Film
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"
"Coraline"
"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
"The Princess and the Frog"
"Up"

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