Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep and Matt Damon honored twice
The biggest news with the thesp noms is the triple double: three actors score two nominations each. Not willing to settle for just one film a year can make a performer twice-blessed, which is what happened to Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep in 2009.
For Streep, this multinom stuff is old hat. She has won six Globes and now has been nominated 25 times over a 30-year span; last time out she got Globes noms for “Doubt” and “Mamma Mia!” Now she’s in competish with herself for comedic turns in “Julie and Julia” and “It’s Complicated.”
Bullock is a bit lesser experienced with the Golden Globes game: She’s been nominated twice in the past but has never won. This time she’ll be looking at the two best actress categories, nominated for the drama “The Blind Side” and the comedy “The Proposal.”
Also in the hunt are 10-time nominee and three-time winner Helen Mirren for “The Last Station”; three-time nominee and one-time winner Emily Blunt for “The Young Victoria”; and two newbies to the Globes experience, Carey Mulligan for “An Education” and Gabourey Sidibe for “Precious.”
Rounding out the comedy/musical thesp noms are HFPA favorite Julia Roberts, bringing down her seventh nom, for “Duplicity,” and Marion Cotillard for her emotional work in “Nine”; she won a Globe previously for “La Vie en rose.”
The Globe voters obviously like real-life portrayals: Julia Child, football mom Leigh Anne Tuohy, Mrs. Leo Tolstoy and Queen Victoria take their place in this season’s award-nomination bio gallery.
Over on the men’s side, it is Matt Damon who has a double this year and a corner on the biopic. He scores nominations for portraying two very real — and very different — men. In the comedy slot, he grabs a nom for his role as the chubby, egotistic whistle-blower Mark Whitacre in “The Informant.” He also takes home a supporting actor nom for his portrayal of the buff South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar in “Invictus.”
Damon now has four actor noms to his credit, as does Jeff Bridges, honored this year for his dramatic country-music turn in “Crazy Heart.”
In that lead dramatic actor slot, Bridges will be in competish with five-time nominee and one-time winner Morgan Freeman, portraying Nelson Mandela in “Invictus,” and four-time nominee and two-time winner George Clooney, for “Up in the Air.”
Not every nominee is a vet. It may come as a surprise that actors with long resumes — such as Colin Firth (“A Single Man”) and Tobey Maguire (“Brothers”) — have not previously received a Globe nom.
A couple of Globe newbies will be Damon’s competition on the comedy side: Joseph Gordon-Levitt for “500 Days of Summer” and Michael Stuhlbarg for “A Serious Man.”
Robert Downey Jr. returns to the Globes spotlight with “Sherlock Holmes.” The only previous Globes winner in the comedy/musical actor category, however, is Daniel Day-Lewis, who brings down his sixth nom with “Nine.”