Thursday, December 14, 2006

HFPA Golden Globe Nominations 2006

Picture, Drama:

"The Departed"
"Little Children"
"The Queen"

Score: 4/5
(United 93 for Bobby)

I did say it was a good week for Babel, and now it's getting even better. It leads the Globe nominations with seven, and its other main competitors for the 5th BP spot, United 93 and Little Miss Sunshine did much worse than expected. Also a boost for Little Children, keeping hopes alive. Bobby's nomination is partly due to a weak year, and partly because it has so many high-profile stars in it. I expect it'll stick around for SAG.

Actress, Drama:

Penelope Cruz, "Volver"
Judi Dench, "Notes on a Scandal"
Maggie Gyllenhaal, "Sherrybaby"
Helen Mirren, "The Queen"
Kate Winslet, "Little Children"

Score: 5/5

I am fantastic. High quality category.

Actor, Drama:

Leonardo DiCaprio, "Blood Diamond"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Departed"
Peter O'Toole, "Venus"
Will Smith, "The Pursuit of Happyness"
Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland"

Score: 4/5
(Gosling for Di Capro (Departed))

I thought they'd decided to push Di Capro supporting for The Departed. Obviously not. Gosling's snub is a blow, but I expect the weak state of the actor race this year will allow him to slip back in at SAG - especially if he keeps getting critics notices.

Picture, Musical or Comedy:

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"
"The Devil Wears Prada"
"Little Miss Sunshine"
"Thank You for Smoking"

Score: 4/6
(Happy Feet and Prairie for Smoking)

Well I was adventurous with my choices in this category, but obviously Happy Feet does not have the following of either Nemo, or The Incredibles. Prairie, despite the snub, could still get a SAG ensemble or Director nomination. Dreamgirls will have no trouble winning whatsoever.

Actress, Musical or Comedy:

Annette Bening, "Running With Scissors"
Toni Collette, "Little Miss Sunshine"
Beyonce Knowles, "Dreamgirls"
Meryl Streep, "The Devil Wears Prada"
Renee Zellweger, "Miss Potter"

Score: 3/5
(Dunst and Breslin for Bening and Collette)

I was right about Zellwegger unfortunately. I'm really quite shocked that Toni Collette's performance was chosen ahead of Abigail Breslin's which was much more endearing and had a lot more soul. I thought that the Running With Scissors reviews might hurt Annette but apparentely not. Dunst's absence from this list is utterly shameful.

Actor, Musical or Comedy:

Sacha Baron Cohen, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"
Johnny Depp, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
Aaron Eckhart, "Thank You for Smoking"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "Kinky Boots"
Will Ferrell, "Stranger than Fiction"

Score: 4/5
(Foxx for Ejiofor)

Ejiofor's nomination is very strange, and again testament to how sub-standard the quality is overall this year. Jamie Foxx's inability to receive something here puts him out of the hunt. Cohen is a lock for the win.

Supporting Actress:

Adriana Barraza, "Babel"
Cate Blanchett, "Notes on a Scandal"
Emily Blunt, "The Devil Wears Prada"
Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls"
Rinko Kikuchi, "Babel"

Score: 4/5
(O'Hara for Barazza)

Emily Blunt!! I don't care about anything else in this category because my favourite performance this year (at least I think it is) has been nominated for a Golden Globe. Kikuchi and Barazza get in on Babel love but I'm not sure they can both fit in the Oscar line-up.

Supporting Actor:

Ben Affleck, "Hollywoodland"
Eddie Murphy, "Dreamgirls"
Jack Nicholson, "The Departed"
Brad Pitt, "Babel"
Mark Wahlberg, "The Departed"

Score: 3/5
(Arkin and Carrell for Affleck and Wahlberg)

Obviously they did not love Sunshine as much as I thought they would. I'm happy for Wahlberg, who definitely now has a good chance of a nomination. Affleck really shouldn't be here considering this is one of the most competitive categories this year.


Clint Eastwood, "Flags of Our Fathers"
Clint Eastwood, "Letters from Iwo Jima"
Steven Frears, "The Queen"
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "Babel"
Martin Scorsese, "The Departed"

Score: 2/5
(Altman, Condon & Greengrass for Eastwood (Flags), Frears & Inarritu)

I don't want to talk about this.


Guillermo Arriaga, "Babel"
Todd Field and Tom Perrotta, "Little Children"
Patrick Marber, "Notes on a Scandal"
William Monahan, "The Departed"
Peter Morgan, "The Queen"

Score: 3/5
(Dreamgirls & Sunshine for Babel & Notes)

Again, Sunshine snubbed. Very surprising. I maybe should have seen Notes coming. And yet more Babel love extends to this category as well. Note: no comedy here.

Foreign Language:

"Apocalypto," USA
"Letters from Iwo Jima," USA/Japan
"The Lives of Others," Germany
"Pan's Labyrinth," Mexico
"Volver" Spain

Animated Film:

"Happy Feet"
"Monster House"

Original Score:

Alexandre Desplat, "The Painted Veil"
Clint Mansell, "The Fountain"
Gustavo Santaolalla, "Babel"
Carlo Siliotto, "Nomad"
Hans Zimmer, "The Da Vinci Code"

Original Song:

"A Father's Way" from "The Pursuit of Happyness"
"Listen" from "Dreamgirls"
"Never Gonna Break My Faith" from "Bobby"
"The Song of the Heart" from "Happy Feet"
"Try Not to Remember" from "Home of the Brave"

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