But let me just do a little reaction post to the Golden Globe nominations this year:
Best Motion Picture - Drama
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Yes, well. As I’ve seen none of these films, I can’t comment, though I think The Reader looks rather interesting. Rated 15 for “strong sex”, it is.
Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Burn After Reading
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
I’ve seen the former four of these movies. Burn After Reading, I found complete and utter shite, but Happy-Go-Lucky was lovely, In Bruges was wrong but hilarious and Mamma Mia! was one of the most entertaining cinemagoing experiences I’ve had this year.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Leonardo DiCaprio for Revolutionary Road
Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn for Milk
Brad Pitt for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler
I’ve not seen any of these, but I get the feeling I’ll be backing Leo in this category, purely for the superficial fact that I fancy him. I’ve read some strong stuff about Sean Penn in Milk, though.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Anne Hathaway for Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie for Changeling
Meryl Streep for Doubt
Kristin Scott Thomas for Il y a longtemps que je t'aime
Kate Winslet for Revolutionary Road
Oooh! I have seen Il y a longtemps que je t'aime; I went to the Little Theatre Cinema in Bath with my friend Luke to see it and whilst we were both impressed but not bowled over by the film itself, we both thought Kristen Scott Thomas was amazing.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Javier Bardem for Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Colin Farrell for In Bruges
James Franco for Pineapple Express
Brendan Gleeson for In Bruges
Dustin Hoffman for Last Chance Harvey
Yup, both men in In Bruges were good value for money. I think I shall give Pineapple Express a watch this week.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Rebecca Hall for Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky
Frances McDormand for Burn After Reading
Meryl Streep for Mamma Mia!
Emma Thompson for Last Chance Harvey
Sally Hawkins was an absolute delight and I’d nominate Meryl Streep for appearing in a paper bag, simply because she is THE Merly Streep (exemplified in her double nominations this year). Frances McDormand gave one of the most annoying performances of all time in Burn After Reading, though.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Tom Cruise for Tropic Thunder
Robert Downey Jr. for Tropic Thunder
Ralph Fiennes for The Duchess
Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt
Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight
Ah, it’s quite obvious who’s gonna win this one!
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams for Doubt
Penélope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis for Doubt
Marisa Tomei for The Wrestler
Kate Winslet for The Reader
*shrugs* Emmabung hasn’t actually seen any of these performances, but would back Amy Adams or Penélope Cruz cos she adores them.
Best Director - Motion Picture
Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry for The Reader
David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon
Sam Mendes for Revolutionary Road
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button : Eric Roth, Robin Swicord
Doubt: John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon: Peter Morgan
The Reader: David Hare
Slumdog Millionaire: Simon Beaufoy
*shrugs like a goon*
Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Bolt ("I Thought I Lost You")
Cadillac Records ("Once in a Lifetime")
Gran Torino ("Gran Torino")
WALL·E ("Down to Earth")
The Wrestler ("The Wrestler")
Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Changeling : Clint Eastwood
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button : Alexandre Desplat
Defiance : James Newton Howard
Frost/Nixon : Hans Zimmer
Slumdog Millionaire : A.R. Rahman
DESPLAT. That is all.
Best Animated Film
Kung Fu Panda
Any other year, I’d give Kung Fu Panda this in a second. It was an adorable little movie. But not when its up against my number one of the year, WALL·E.
I was a bit rubbish for that, to be honest. I shall watch many more films in this Christmas holiday and redeem myself!