Golden Globe Nomination Breakdown (Open Letter to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association)

Dear Hollywood Foreign Press Association,

I’m aware that the task of choosing the best actors, actresses, films, and directors for the year can be quite daunting. And usually you rarely disappoint. I look forward to watching your show “The Golden Globe Awards,” every year, in anticipation of whats to come throughout the awards season.  Let it be known that this letter is in no way meant to bash you, it just poses a few questions and concerns…..

For starters, where the heck is “Invictus” in the Best Motion Picture-Drama category? For the second year in a row Clint Eastwood is snubbed in this category, last year it was for “Gran Torino”.  Don’t get me wrong, “Avatar”, “The Hurt Locker”, “Inglorious Basterds”, “Precious”, and “Up in The Air” are all worthy nominees but some shuffling could have been done to insure “Invictus” a spot. (i.e. Inglorious Basterds be moved to the Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical category)

And speaking of the Best Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical category, “The Hangover”, although one of my favorite comedies of the year,  is really pushing it. What about Sherlock Holmes or A Serious Man or…YAHTZEE “Inglorious Basterds”? It’s almost as if you’re trying to prove a point, whatever it that point may be.

Staying on topic with the Comedy or Musical categories, let’s  talk about the Best Actress in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical. I mean like…really talk. Julia Roberts? Whose ass did that get pulled out of? Duplicity was probably one of THE MOST forgettable movies of the year, yet Julia Roberts is nominated for a Golden Globe? If you wanted her to show up, you should have just asked her to present. No disrespect at all to Julia because I think she’s great but Duplicity was not. And Sandra Bullock for “The Proposal”  plus Meryl Streep having two nominations in the SAME category!! I love Meryl, she is one of my favorite actresses but one of her nominations could have easily  gone to Zooey Deschanel for “(500) Days of Summer” or her co-star in “Julie & Julia”, Amy Adams.

Moving right along to the Best Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama, I would have loved to see Abbie Cornish on the list  for “Bright Star”, she had a lot of buzz surrounding her throughout the summer but even I know you can’t get everything you want. However, I must say that Emily Blunt was a pleasant surprises, so kudos to you HFPA.

The nominees in the other main categories were pretty much what I expected. Although it would have been nice for Jeremy Remner to be included in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama category. However, the Best Director- Motion Picture category is how I would have picked it down to the letter, only I would have someway, somehow, tried to throw Lee Daniels (Precious) into the mix.

All in all it’s shaping up to be a pretty decent awards season, and I am  looking forward to watching how it all unfolds on  January 17th, 2010.

But really HFPA…Julia Roberts? (all I can do is shake my head and sigh)



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