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In a year marked by a studio comeback, the indies still earned plenty of love from the Hollywood Foreign Press — more love than some had expected.
Three of the premiere Gotham distribs — the Weinstein Company, Miramax and Sony Pictures Classics –were repped in all the Globes’ major categories.
The Weinstein Company drew a coveted nom in the category of best drama with the Emilio Estevez-helmed historical pic “Bobby.” Movie also was nominated for original song.
The company the Weinsteins left behind didn’t do too badly itself. In its first full awards season under new topper Daniel Battsek, Miramax landed an impressive seven noms, including one in all five of the major categories of drama, drama actor, drama actress, director and screenplay.
Label’s breakout hit “The Queen” was responsible for four of those noms, but it also earned a somewhat unexpected nom in the drama actor nom for Peter O’Toole, who has never won an Oscar in the category. And Chiwetel Ejiofor, who starred in Miramax’s cross-dressing comedy “Kinky Boots,” earned a comedy actor nom.
In the foreign film category, despite the presence of two American productions, Sony Pictures Classics scored two noms, for German-language “The Lives of Others” and Pedro Almodovar’s “Volver.” SPC also scored a drama actress nom for Penelope Cruz’s role in “Volver.”
The final foreign nom went to another Gotham-based label, Bob Berney’s New Line/HBO joint venture Picturehouse, which earned a nomination with the Guillermo del Toro historical-fantasy “Pan’s Labyrinth.”
Perhaps most unconventional was the drama actress category, where Maggie Gyllenhaal was shortlisted for her role as an addict mother in “Sherrybaby.” The movie was released by a somewhat unfamiliar Globes player — IFC and Netflix’s Red Envelope label.
Some of the bigger niche players did come up somewhat empty; after winning drama for “Brokeback Mountain” last year, U specialty unit Focus drew only one nom: Ben Affleck, who was shortlisted for supporting actor.
But other specialty divisions fared relatively well, with Par Vantage’s “Babel” leading all noms with seven, and Fox Searchlight scored seven noms, including at least one in all four of the actor categories and two movies in the musical or comedy category.