It's not exactly the Golden Globes,and not even The National Board of Review, for that matter, but the International Press Assn. announced its Golden Satellite Awards today. With 10 nominees in a multitude of TV and film categories, the IPA sent out a press release that includes nearly all of the films that anyone has been discussing as a contender for the last few months. However, it's still interesting to see which films the org chose to highlight for best picture — not because the Satellites are a bellwether for the Oscars. It's more about getting caught up in the spirit of awards season. It's like eggnog and fruitcake — tradition.
It would be tough to isolate any particular film that has been shut out of the Satellite noms, but there are a few interesting noms that are bound to be a welcome surprise for the recipient. The very deserving Olivia Colman received a nom for "Tyrannosaur," as did the film's director Paddy Considine for his screenplay. Vera Farmiga was nominated for her performance in her directorial debut, "Higher Ground," and Elle Fanning received a nom for "Super 8," a film that Paramount is hoping gets some Oscar consideration. "The Guard" also earned a nom for Brendan Gleeson and screenwriter John Michael McDonagh.
For best picture, the IPA chose "The Artist," "The Descendants," "Drive," "The Help," "Hugo," "Midnight in Paris," "Moneyball," "Shame," "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and "War Horse." For a full list of nominees, visit the IPA online.