Oliver Stone may have an interesting subject for his next conspiracy tale: himself. The director’s 9/11 drama World Trade Center, as well as director Paul Greengrass’s United 93, were both snubbed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as a rather subdued Rosario Dawson, Jessica Biel, and Matthew Perry announced the nominations for 64th Annual Golden Globes this morning. Both films have been generating awards heat in the U.S., so it’s, uh, interesting that the foreign press have bypassed the political duo.
Overall, while some nods were guaranteed – seriously, folks, we might as well hand out Oscars to Helen Mirren and Forrest Whitaker now, in my opinion – others were more wonky, as were the omissions. (The two other most unsurprising nods? Annette Bening, whose hubby Warren Beatty is receiving the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement Award, and Jack Nicholson, whose daughter Lorraine is this year’s Miss Golden Globes.) Most egregious in my opinion? Denying Bill Condon a directing or writing mention for Dreamgirls, despite the film and several stars (Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, and even, yes, Beyoncé – hey, the Globes like pretty people to attend their party, OK?) getting nods.
Also, I know the Golden Globes are more about the big screen than the small, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get huffy about the lack of love shown towards The Office’s Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski, who’s currently in town directing his first feature, an adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men. And skipping over Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh (pictured) after actually giving her the statue last year? Oh, fickle, fickle HFPA.
But what about you, PopWatchers? Who are your glaring omissions? And before you cite the magnificent Letters From Iwo Jima or Mel Gibson’s gorefest Apocalypto, check out the best foreign film nominations.