It’s that time of year again. Where the Golden Globes are, Oscars are just around the corner. And one has been known to foretell the results of the other. However, this year’s nominations did not cause surprise by who was included, but rather by who was ignored.
Frost/Nixon, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Doubt were propelled to front-runner position with five nominations each, the two former receiving nods for best dramatic picture. Unsurprisingly, Mickey Rourke is listed in the best dramatic actor category for The Wrestler, while Heath Ledger got the best dramatic supporting actor nomination for his final role as The Joker in The Dark Knight (the film’s only nomination).
But no amount of searching will locate the names of what were assumed to be Oscar shoo-ins. Australia and Globes darling Nicole Kidman received zilch, which greatly lowers Academy hopes. The critically acclaimed Milk, a biopic starring Sean Penn, only received a single nod for the film’s star. Even Clint Eastwood will have to settle for musical nominations, having been left out of the directing and acting categories.
On the other hand, this years nominations spread the love around with no one film dominating all the categories. Here is the film nomination list:
Best 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"
Best actress, drama
Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married"
Angelina Jolie, "Changeling"
Meryl Streep, "Doubt"
Kristin Scott Thomas, "I've Loved You So Long"
Kate Winslet, "Revolutionary Road"
Best actress in a musical or comedy
Kristen Bell, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"
Sally Hawkins, "Happy-Go-Lucky"
Frances McDormand, "Burn After Reading"
Meryl Streep, "Mamma Mia!"
Emma Thompson, "Last Chance Harvey"
Best supporting actor in a motion picture
Tom Cruise, "Tropic Thunder"
Robert Downey Jr., "Tropic Thunder"
Ralph Fiennes, "The Duchess"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Doubt"
Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight"
Best director, motion picture
Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire"
Stephen Daldry, "The Reader"
David Fincher, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Ron Howard, "Frost/Nixon"
Sam Mendes, "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
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
Best animated film
"Kung Fu Panda"
Best foreign-language film
"The Baader Meinhof Complex"
"Maria Larssons eviga ogonblick"
"I've Loved You So Long"
"Waltz With Bashir"