The Hollywood Foreign Press Association splits their love between The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Doubt and Frost/Nixon by giving each film five Golden Globe nominations each.

The main surprise for me is that they didn’t give more love to The Dark Knight. Why? My cynical side thinks they figured the movie’s biggest star couldn’t show up for their party anyway so why bother? Meanwhile, my optimistic side hits the snooze button and rolls over for a few more minutes of sweet sweet unconsciousness.


  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Frost/Nixon
  • The Reader
  • Revolutionary Road
  • Slumdog Millionaire


  • Burn After Reading
  • Happy-Go-Lucky
  • In Bruges
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona


  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road
  • Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
  • Sean Penn, Milk
  • Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler


  • Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
  • Angelina Jolie, Changeling
  • Meryl Streep, Doubt
  • Kristin Scott Thomas, I’ve Loved You So Long
  • Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road


  • Javier Bardem, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Colin Farrell, In Bruges
  • James Franco, Pineapple Express
  • Brendan Gleeson, In Bruges
  • Dustin Hoffman, Last Chance Harvey


  • Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
  • Frances McDormand, Burn After Reading
  • Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia!
  • Emma Thompson, Last Chance Harvey


  • Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Stephen Daldry, The Reader
  • David Fincher, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  • Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
  • Sam Mendes, Revolutionary Road


  • Tom Cruise, Tropic Thunder
  • Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
  • Ray Fiennes, The Duchess
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
  • Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight


  • Amy Adams, Doubt
  • Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Viola Davis, Doubt
  • Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
  • Kate Winslet, The Reader


  • Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
  • David Hare, The Reader
  • Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
  • Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • John Patrick Shanley, Doubt


  • The Baader Meinhof Complex (Der badder meinhof komplex) – Germany)
  • Everlasting Moments (Maria larssons eviga ögonblick) – Sweden
  • Gomorrah (Gomorra) – Italy
  • I’ve Loved You So Long (Il y a longtemps que je t’aime) – France
  • Waltz with Bashir – Israel


  • Bolt
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Wall-E


  • Alexandre Desplat, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  • Clint Eastwood, Changeling
  • James Newton Howard, Defiance
  • A. R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Hans Zimmer, Frost/Nixon


  • Down To Earth, Music By: Peter Gabriel, Thomas Newman; Lyrics By: Peter Gabriel – from Wall-E
  • Gran Torino, Music By: Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens; Lyrics By: Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens – from “Gran Torino”
  • I Thought I Lost You, Music & Lyrics By: Miley Cyrus, Jeffrey Steele from Bolt
  • Once In A Lifetime, Music & Lyrics By: Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Ghost, Scott Mcfarnon, Ian Dench, James Dring, Jody Street – from Cadillac Records
  • The Wrestler, Music & Lyrics By: Bruce Springsteen – from The Wrestler

Full story, complete list and reactions at: Variety

62 Responses to “The Golden Globe Nominations”

  1. Please allow me to stick up for FIRE WALK WITH ME, which (a) has some incredibly scary and effective scenes, and (b) is pretty mainstream, for Lynch. Less so than ELEPHANT MAN or most of Twin Peaks, the series, but more so than MULHOLLAND or INLAND EMPIRE.

  2. Jeff, I’d be willing to accept that TP:FWM is better than I give it credit for, but it’s just never appealed to me. Of course, it’s entirely possible that part of my dislike is actually resentment that Lynch chose to dwell on events I had little interest in rather than use his TP feature film option to complete the damn series. The cliffhanger ending of Twin Peaks remains to this day one of my greatest annoyances as a nerdy fan of TV and film.

    By the way, if you’re interested and stoked with expendable income (and who isn’t in these prosperous times?), Lynch just released this crazy box set that supposedly contains a ton of deleted scenes from FWM.

  3. That must be the ‘Mystery disc’. I’ve seen the box on sale but it’s a little pricey (not to mention I already have half the stuff in it).

  4. Well, my beef with TP:FWWM is not some of the very effective Lynchian moments, but the fact that it strayed so far from the Twin Peaks universe that Lynch perversely cut out almost of the characters we loved. I told him that when I interviewed him and asked if he would do a director’s cut with the missing scenes. He said, “Well I did a director’s cut.” Touche!

    I’m getting that box if it does have the FWM scenes…

  5. Cursed public wi-fi!!!

    I made the best. comment. ever. Tried to post, didn’t realize I’d been disconnected and it got swallowed forever. D’oh!

    This comment will be 47% less awesome at least.

    Backtracking to Evan’s Lynch followup that I missed:

    For me, I don’t so much connect to Lynch emotionally as I connect with him viscerally. He’s a purveyor of waking nightmares and they genuinely scare me in ways that traditional horror never does.

    I’ll even defend Fire Walk With Me. I agree it’s regretable it diverged from the TV show (of which I was a massive fan) but it has some supremely excellent stuff in it…it’s almost masochistic the way it defies the TV audience, most of whom were fair weather Lynch fans anyway. In retrospect it might’ve been more satisfying as a stand alone film rather than being Twin Peaks tied.

    We’ve already talked about Lost Highway before…I like it. Great first half, flies off the rails in the 2nd half, but it’s still watchable.

    Back to Ben Button. That’s interesting Evan. I was misinformed. Nevertheless…I still can’t wait….

    Ok, that’s all for me, Che is starting soon…

  6. Let me just remind everybody that the opening shot of TP: FWWM is a TV, full of static, that someone smashes with an axe.

  7. Yeah, you think Lynch was a bit pissed off over his TV experience?

  8. Lynch had a lot of freedom with TP — it got him on the cover of TIME. By his own admisssion, he thinks they should never have solved the mystery.

  9. I’m more or less with Evan on The Fall, but I love Lynch dearly and in a contest between he and Tarsem, just based on their respective bodies of work if nothing else, Lynch mops the floor with Tarsem.

    I agree with Jeff that Fire Walk With Me, while flawed, has some of Lynch’s most effective and scariest sequences. Christian, that story about your interviewing Lynch and him telling you he did the director’s cut is priceless. That’s the Lynch we all know and love/hate/are puzzled by. I agree with Craig that Lynch’s cinema is primarily a visceral animal and powerfully burrows deep within the mind of the viewer.

    I seem to have enjoyed Tropic Thunder and Tom Cruise’s performance therein more than most LiCers. I’m not entirely dismissive of the nomination, though it does seem to be a case of Golden Globe star-worship.

    Let’s give the Hollywood Foreign Press one thing: they seem to have a longer memory than AMPAS. In Bruges and Colin Farrell remembered! Reaching all the way back from February. Query: is In Bruges the darkest, bloodiest “Comedy” to be nominated for “Best Comedy”? (It’s safe to assume it’s not deemed a musical, in which case perhaps the darkest and bloodiest picture would be last year’s Sweeney Todd?)

    The separate category business is endlessly annoying. Remember last year when Larry King expressed dismay during the strike-hampered telecast because Daniel Day-Lewis didn’t win Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical?

  10. I think Lynch is America’s greatest surrealist, and so distinctive an auteur that he constitutes a one-man genre. I love that such a unique artistic sensibility has found a place in the cinema world, producing mainstream entertainments I’ve variously found elegant, moving, intriguing, and funny and art house ones that confound and challenge yet so powerfully stimulate the most primitive fears – that can function partially or wholly independent of rational thought.

  11. And my greatest Hollywood sight will always be David Lynch sitting next to a cow and banner on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard.

  12. Laura Dern for your consideration!

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