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'Walk' the Walk

The surprises and sure things of the Globes movie noms -- ''Brokeback'' was a given, but Woody Allen snuck into the lineup

CASHING IN Nominees Phoenix and Witherspoon make ''Walk the Line'' a contender
Image credit: Walk the Line: Suzanne Tenner
CASHING IN Nominees Phoenix and Witherspoon make ''Walk the Line'' a contender

Did the Globes pick the right movies?

As per usual, the Golden Globe nominations offered their fair share of surprises and expected sure things. Here are our top five in each category:

SURE THINGS

'Brokeback' dominates The groundbreaking Western’s ''Mountain'' of nominations — seven in all — is no surprise given the film’s stellar performance with the critics’ groups so far. It’s even more of an Oscar frontrunner today than it was yesterday.

A hat trick for George Clooney Hollywood’s favorite maverick scored nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay for Good Night, and Good Luck., as well as a Best Supporting Actor mention for Syriana. We see at least two Oscar nominations in his future.

'Walk the Line''s happy tune The Johnny Cash biopic is now the movie to beat in the Musical/Comedy categories, with nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), and Best Actress (Reese Witherspoon).

Hoffman, meet Huffman Capote’s Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Transamerica’s Felicity Huffman (also a nominee for Desperate Housewives) continued to ride their strong buzz, landing Best Actor and Actress in a Drama nominations. Huffman seems like a sure bet to win, while Hoffman will have to fend off Brokeback’s Heath Ledger.

The return of SJP The four-time winner for Sex and the City made the list again for her first post-coital film role, in the holiday comedy The Family Stone. But where was her scene-stealing costar Diane Keaton?

SURPRISES

A 'Munich' meltdown? Steven Spielberg’s latest entry earned nods for Best Director and Best Screenplay but was shut out of the Best Picture and acting categories in favor of the equally political Constant Gardener.

'Kong' isn’t king Likewise, Peter Jackson’s mega-epic was recognized only in the directing and musical score races, falling short for Best Drama and Best Actress. Expect the Academy’s tech-heavy voters to express their displeasure next year.

Bello and Linney’s category swap Maria Bello (A History of Violence) and Laura Linney (The Squid and the Whale) both earned well-deserved nods, but in the lead-actress categories, despite their supporting-actress campaigns. Let’s hope this doesn’t confuse the Academy too much.

'Match Point' evens the score After being largely ignored by most critics’ groups, the Woody Allen film earned four high-profile nominations. The movie is still an Oscar longshot, though an Original Screenplay nod for Allen is a lock.

No Jake Gyllenhaal It seems bizarre to lavish Brokeback Mountain with seven nominations and not include one of the film’s two leading man. My hunch is that Jake earned votes for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, but not enough for either one.

What do you think of the Golden Globes' movie nominations?

Originally posted Dec 13, 2005