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Golden Globe nominations announced

Here are the nominees in the movie categories for this year’s Golden Globe awards. Up in the Air scored the most nods with six. The trophies will be handed out on Jan. 17 at the Beverly Hilton. Please follow me on Twitter (@davekarger) for Oscar updates.

Best Picture, Drama
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
Up in the Air

The big omission here is Invictus, which was recognized for Best Director, Actor, and Supporting Actor. The HFPA’s late-in-the-game love for Avatar killed its chances.

Best Picture, Musical/Comedy
500 Days of Summer
The Hangover
It’s Complicated
Julie & Julia
Nine

I’m surprised the Coen brothers’ A Serious Man was left out. If only it had had bigger stars in it, then I’m sure the Globes would have liked it a bit more.

Best Actor, Drama
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Tobey Maguire, Brothers

For me, the morning’s happiest surprise was Maguire’s inclusion for the completely underrated Brothers. I would’ve like to have seen The Hurt Locker’s Jeremy Renner in there as well, but he was overcome by star power.

Best Actress, Drama
Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

Blunt’s totally convincing portrayal of The Young Victoria should make her a stronger contender for an Oscar nod as more people see the film. I fear Bright Star’s Abbie Cornish is all but gone from the race now.

Best Actor, Musical/Comedy
Matt Damon, The Informant!
Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine
Robert Downey, Jr., Sherlock Holmes
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 500 Days of Summer
Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man

I expected The Hangover’s Bradley Cooper to pop up here. But it’s cool to see Downey in his place for the rollicking Sherlock Holmes. I pray Matt Damon has a shot to win this one.

Best Actress, Musical/Comedy
Sandra Bullock, The Proposal
Marion Cotillard, Nine
Julia Roberts, Duplicity
Meryl Streep, It’s Complicated
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

There’s a chance Streep could split her own vote, but my hunch is her turn in Julia will emerge victorious.

Best Supporting Actor
Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

No big surprises here except the lack of Alfred Molina for An Education. Many HFPA voters were bigger fans of Peter Sarsgaard in the film; clearly neither one of them had enough support.

Best Supporting Actress
Penelope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Mo’Nique, Precious
Julianne Moore, A Single Man

The most predictable category of the morning.

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Clint Eastwood, Invictus
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

The snub here is Lee Daniels for Precious. But obviously the Globe voters went for the biggest names on the ballot. Have two formerly married directors (Bigelow and Cameron) ever competed against each other?

Best Screenplay
Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell, District 9
Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
Nancy Meyers, It’s Complicated
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air

I can hear all you District 9 fans jumping for joy! I’m surprised An Education and Precious didn’t make it in here.

Best Score
Up
The Informant!
Avatar
A Single Man
Where the Wild Things Are

I love the eclectic mix of this race. Pop, jazz, classical, rock…they’re all here.

Best Song
“Cinema Italiano,” Nine
“I Want to Come Home,” Everybody’s Fine
“I Will See You,” Avatar
“The Weary Kind,” Crazy Heart
“Winter,” Brothers

The Globes usually go for the songs sung by the better-known performers. But it’s cool to see T-Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart) mixed in with tunes performed by U2 (Brothers), Paul McCartney (Everybody’s Fine), and Leona Lewis (Avatar).

Best Animated Film
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess & The Frog
Up

This one’s a race between Up and Mr. Fox.

Best Foreign Language Film
Baria
Broken Embraces
The Maid
A Prophet
The White Ribbon

It’s either Cannes winner The White Ribbon or Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces.

Photo credit: Dale Robinette