That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
Ron Howard’s “Frost/Nixon” captured five nominations at this morning’s announcement of the Golden Globe nods, but Gus Van Sant’s “Milk,” the season’s other major political film, was all but shut out, capturing just a single nomination for star Sean Penn.
“Frost/Nixon” scored nominations for best motion picture/drama, actor Frank Langella, screenwriter Peter Morgan, director Ron Howard and for the Hans Zimmer score.
It’s likely the “Milk” snub will be the source of much consternation this award season, particularly in light of the protests over Proposition 8 and the similarities to the era depicted in the film. It also won the New York Film Critics award for best picture on Wednesday. Gay blogger Andy Towle headlines his piece on the Globe announcements, “Day Without a Gay as ‘Milk’ is Snubbed at Golden Globes.” Greg Hernandez of Out In Hollywood writes, “Oh well. There’s always the Oscars.”
He may be right. The Globes in 2006 didn’t nominate “Crash,” and the movie went on to win best picture. It was the big upset over the favorite, “Brokeback Mountain.”
Stewart Thanks: Rick Jacobs’ Courage Campaign lauched a drive to thank Jon Stewart for challenging Mike Huckabee on gay marriage.
Stone Face: Oliver Stone has selected his next project: A documentary about Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. Chavez has tried to foster relationships with filmmakers via a government film fund, but his regime has faced opposition from the Bush administration and from emigres for populist socialism and curbs on press freedom.
Che Play: Reason.tv posts a new video tied to the release of Steven Soderbergh’s “Che.” Nick Gillespie asks why “celebs are celebrating a communist killer.”
No MLK Auction: Harry Belafonte has withdrawn Martin Luther King Jr. documents from a Sotheby’s auction after objections from King’s estate.
Vanity Fair: Artists redesign Obama’s Oval Office.
Franken’s Pitch: Al Franken makes a YouTube appeal for rejected absentee ballots.