Dave Karger's analysis: The HFPA puts ''Charlie Wilson's War'' in the Oscar race -- but where were ''Into the Wild,'' Tommy Lee Jones, and ''Knocked Up''?

By Dave Karger
December 14, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST
François Duhamel

As usual, the Golden Globe movie nominations offered their fair share of surprises (seven nominees for Best Drama? Really, Hollywood Foreign Press?) and expected sure things. Here are our top five in each category:


Atonement dominates
The sweeping period drama scored seven nominations — the most for any movie — including Best Picture and acting nods for three of its cast members: James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, and Saoirse Ronan, all of whom were overlooked by the Broadcast Film Critics Association earlier this week.

The HFPA spreads the wealth
Between their two Best Picture categories and the foreign-film list (which included The Kite Runner and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), 10 of the 11 top contenders for the Oscar all received some sort of major nomination. The only one that didn’t? Into the Wild. (See surprises below.)

Sweeney comes out singing
Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s sumptuous musical Sweeney Todd was one of the top nominees in the comedy/musical categories, even scoring a Best Actress nod for Helena Bonham Carter.

Juno chugs along
The Little Movie That Could keeps on, well, could-ing with three big nominations: Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress for Ellen Page. All those Little Miss Sunshine comparisons grow more apt by the day.

Philip Seymour Hoffman times two!
The character actor extraordinaire picked up nods for Best Actor in a Comedy (The Savages) and Best Supporting Actor (Charlie Wilson’s War). Asking for a Best Actor in a Drama nod for Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead would just be greedy now.


Charlie Wilson finally joins the war
The star-studded comedic drama (or is it dramatic comedy?) picked up a big five nominations: Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and three acting nods for Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Julia Roberts (who’s really hardly in the movie). That needed to happen to save it from being completely shut out of the Oscar race.

Not wild for Wild?
After Into the Wild scored the most nods from the broadcast critics, it only managed two Globe nominations, for its music. Was Sean Penn mean to the voters or something?

No room for Tommy Lee Jones
The guy who turned in arguably two of the best performances of the year (in No Country for Old Men and In the Valley of Elah) got snubbed in both acting races. There’s simply no excuse for the oversight.

Where was Knocked Up?
Easily the best-reviewed comedy of the year got no love at all, not Best Picture, not Best Actress for Katherine Heigl, not Best Supporting Actor for Paul Rudd — nothing. Was it punishment for Heigl’s very uncool trashing of the film in Vanity Fair?

Two drag nominations
No surprise that Cate Blanchett made it into the supporting-actress category for playing Bob Dylan in I’m Not There. But John Travolta’s nod for his priceless gender-bending in Hairspray was unexpected — particularly because it denied Into the Wild‘s heartbreaking Hal Holbrook a slot.

See more EW.com Golden Globes coverage:
Golden Globes: What the TV ballot got right — and wrong
Golden Globes snubs: Who got robbed?
Golden Globes: The 2008 Nominees