The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. tipped its hat to a roster of both commercial and specialty pics Tuesday morning when it announced its nominations for the 67th annual Golden Globes.
Paramount’s “Up in the Air” led the pack with six noms, including best picture, actor, director, screenplay and two supporting actress mentions. The Weinstein Co.’s “Nine” followed with five.
Avatar,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Inglourious Basterds” and “Precious” joined “Up in the Air” in the film drama category, while “500 Days of Summer,” “The Hangover,” “It’s Complicated” and “Julie and Julia” rounded out the top comedy-musical pic list.On the TV side, HBO led all nominations with 17 total, but Fox’s “Glee” received the most noms of any show, garnering mentions in the comedy-musical, actor, actress and supporting actress categories.
Both Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep reeled in dual notices in the lead actress categories. Bullock received mentions for her dramatic turn in “The Blind Side,” as well as for her lead comedic perf in “The Proposal”; Streep drew comedy bids both for “It’s Complicated” and “Julie and Julia,” adding to last year’s record-breaking tally for a total 25 nominations.
Matt Damon also received twin acting noms: comedic actor in “The Informant” and supporting for “Invictus.”
Inglourious Basterds” director-screenwriter Quentin Tarantino also garnered double nominations, screenplay and director. In the latter category he’ll vie against Jason Reitman for “Up in the Air,” along with Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker,” James Cameron for “Avatar” and Clint Eastwood for “Invictus.”
While the picture categories saw noms for smaller films and studio fare, the same pics were seemingly omitted in some expected categories.
Warner Bros.’ “Invictus” drew acting noms for Damon and Morgan Freeman in addition to Eastwood’s directing nom but was shut out of the drama pic shortlist. Par’s “The Lovely Bones,” produced by DreamWorks, landed a mention for supporting actor Stanley Tucci but failed to net a drama pic nom.
Sony Pictures Classics’ “An Education” and Fox Searchlight’s “Crazy Heart” received recognition in the acting categories for thesps Carey Mulligan and Jeff Bridges, respectively, but not much else.
Focus Features’ comedy-musical entry “A Serious Man” drew only one nom, for lead actor Michael Stuhlbarg.
The big question is, which if any, of the film noms may translate to the Oscars’ expanded roster of noms, which grew to 10 this year.
Typically, only one comedy-musical nominee (usually the Globes winner) makes it to Oscar night, but even that’s not a given. Last year’s comedy-musical Globes winner “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” failed to make the cut.
Pics nominated in the Globes’ animated feature race, including “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” “Coraline,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The Princess and the Frog” and “Up,” could also find their way into Oscar’s top 10. Toons aren’t eligible for top picture consideration at the Globes.
In all, 38 films received at least one nomination, which should help boost the Globes’ telecast popularity among viewers, especially given the populist tone of much of the nominated fare. The kudocast is being aired live on the West Coast, and it’s on NBC for the first time since 1996.
Among distributors, the Weinstein Co. topped the list with 12 noms, followed by Warner Bros. with nine and Paramount with seven. Specialty distribs Sony Pictures Classics and Lionsgate grabbed six and five mentions, respectively.
TV favorites “30 Rock,” “Big Love,” “Dexter,” “Mad Men” and “Damages” were among the shows to receive three noms each, as well as longforms “Grey Gardens” “Georgia O’Keeffe” and “Into the Storm.”
Nominees were announced at the Beverly Hilton by John Krasinski, Diane Kruger and Justin Timberlake.
The kudocast will air on NBC from 8-11 p.m. ET on Jan. 17.