The most bizarre Golden Globe nominations ever!

I don’t think I was alone in varying amounts of confusion, terror, and glee with the Golden Globe nominations this morning. The big boys this year seem to be “Frost/Nixon,” “Doubt,” and my most anticipated Oscar bait film – which looks to be a rebirth of the modern “American” film in the vein of “Forrest Gump” – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” I haven’t had a lot of time to see many of these films before these announcements (last year I’d seen almost half of the films already), but this school semester has been … stressful. I have a review of “Happy-Go-Lucky” that needs to go up (I just need to make a few adjustments) and after that I’ll be on my annual Oscar journey to see every single film nominated. As for the Golden Globes, I can only ask of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – what have you been smoking?

I was in the .0001% of filmgoers who did not appreciate the screen presence of Tom Cruise in this summer’s hilarious-yet-cliched “Tropic Thunder.” But my fellow critics seemed to find his annoying performance something of a genius portrayal. Whatever the case may be, this nod is way out of left field and I hope for all our sake that the Academy laughs this one off. On the other hand I am thrilled that Robert Downey Jr. was nominated for his role in the same film. He was the reason I bought the DVD today, and his inclusion in today’s nominations hopefully help his chances with Oscar.

Although I’m not voting for his win. For now, I am fully supporting a nomination for Heath Ledger’s Joker – he deserves it. Many people are calling this a pity vote. I don’t. Had Ledger not died I would have fully supported any kind of award consideration. He was a revelation. I have yet to see Josh Brolin’s performance in “Milk” (although I did see “W.” yet never wrote on it because I was too busy – it would’ve been nice to see his name on the Best Actor list), which has been plowing through the critics awards in the supporting category. For whatever reason, the HFPA decided that Tom Cruise’s hefty check would outweigh what looks like another model performance by Brolin and didn’t nominate him.

I have to say something. I used to hate James Franco. His “portrayal” of Harry Osborn in the “Spider-man” films was nothing short of garbage. His recent choices have undoubtedly changed my mind. I haven’t seen either of his roles in “Milk” (which he was not nominated for) and “Pineapple Express” (a total surprise nod) but I can’t wait to see both of them.

One question: where’s WALL-E? He only got a best animated nod/automatic win and a song nod, but that film is completely deserving of a best picture nomination against all the competition.

I have yet to see Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” but it seems I’ll have to get the DVD as Penelope Cruz seems to be on her way to her first Oscar.

The biggest problem with these nominations is that it is quite hard to predict the five best picture Oscar noms. “Benjamin Button” is certainly a lock. Otherwise, “Doubt,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Revolutionary Road,” “Milk,” “The Wrestler” and “The Dark Knight” are all serious contenders. Some of those films didn’t get big Globe-nom-love, but they are still hot in the critics awards and … well … this race is getting hot.

One other thing … in terms of television all I’ve been watching is “30 Rock” so I’ll just stick behind that in every category it’s nominated for.

Here’s the nominations:

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

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

BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

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

FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE

“The Baader Meinhof Complex”
“Everlasting Moments”
“Gomorrah”
“I’ve Loved You So Long”
“Waltz With Bashir”

BEST DIRECTOR

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

BEST DRAMATIC ACTOR

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

BEST DRAMATIC ACTRESS

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

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

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

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

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

SUPPORTING ACTOR

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

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

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

ANIMATED FILM

“Bolt”
“Kung Fu Panda”
“Wall-E”

SCREENPLAY

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

ORIGINAL SCORE

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

SONG

“Down to Earth” (performed by Peter Gabriel, written by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman), “Wall-E”
“Gran Torino” (performed by Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens, lyrics by: Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens), “Gran Torino”
“I Thought I Lost You” (performed by Miley Cyrus and John Travolta, written by Miley Cyrus and Jeffrey Steele), “Bolt”
“Once in a Lifetime” (performed by Beyoncé, written by Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Ghost, Scott McFarnon, Ian Dench, James Dring, Jody Street), “Cadillac Records”
“The Wrestler” (performed by Bruce Springsteen, written by Bruce Springsteen), “The Wrestler”

TELEVISION CATEGORIES

DRAMATIC TV SERIES

“Dexter”
“House M.D.”
“In Treatment”
“Mad Men”
“True Blood”

BEST ACTOR, TV DRAMA

Gabriel Byrne, “In Treatment”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Hugh Laurie, “House M.D.”
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, “The Tudors”

BEST ACTRESS, TV DRAMA

Sally Field, “Brothers & Sisters”
Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU”
January Jones, “Mad Men”
Anna Paquin, “True Blood”
Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer”

TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

“Californication”
“Entourage”
“The Office”
“30 Rock”
“Weeds”

BEST ACTOR, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Steve Carell, “The Office”
Kevin Connolly, “Entourage”
David Duchovny, “Californication”
Tony Shalhoub, “Monk”

BEST ACTRESS, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Christina Applegate, “Samantha Who?”
America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Debra Messing, “The Starter Wife”
Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds”

BEST MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

“Cranford”
“Bernard & Doris”
“John Adams”
“A Raisin in the Sun”
“Recount”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Judi Dench, “Cranford”
Laura Linney, “John Adams”
Catherine Keener, “An American Crime”
Shirley MacLaine, “Coco Chanel”
Susan Sarandon, “Bernard & Doris”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Ralph Fiennes, “Bernard and Doris”
Paul Giammatti, “John Adams”
Kevin Spacey, “Recount”
Kiefer Sutherland, “24: Redemption”
Tom Wilkinson, “Recount”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Eileen Atkins, “Cranford”
Laura Dern, “Recount”
Melissa George, “In Treatment”
Rachel Griffiths, “Brothers & Sisters”
Dianne Wiest, “In Treatment”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”
Denis Leary, “Recount”
Jeremy Piven, “Entourage”
Blair Underwood, “In Treatment”
Tom Wilkinson, “John Adams”

CECIL B. DEMILLE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Steven Spielberg

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