We’re now less than a week away from the Golden Globe nominations. Since the Globes have two Best Picture categories, most of the big Oscar contenders (Up in the Air, Precious, The Hurt Locker, Invictus, Nine, It’s Complicated, etc.) should be recognized in that respect. So I’m actually more curious to see the HFPA’s much more exclusive list for Best Director, which will only have five slots. The foregone conclusions seem to be Up in the Air’s Jason Reitman and Inglourious Basterds’ Quentin Tarantino, while I’d imagine Precious’ Lee Daniels and The Hurt Locker’s Kathryn Bigelow will earn their rightful places as well, even though they’re not marquee names like Reitman and Tarantino. As for the fifth spot, I’m thinking it’ll be Clint Eastwood for Invictus, since, well, he’s Clint Eastwood.
As for the filmmakers that’ll be left out? There’s Peter Jackson for The Lovely Bones, Tom Ford for A Single Man, and Lone Scherfig for An Education. But I’d like to see it go to Rob Marshall, who, despite Nine’s ridiculously well-decorated cast, is the real star of the musical, balancing eye-popping song-and-dance numbers with more intimate interpersonal moments. His movie will certainly score a Best Comedy or Musical nod, but I’m afraid he may end up on the cutting-room floor. Who do you fear won’t make the Globes’ Best Director cut on Tuesday?