By Dave Karger
December 15, 2009 at 02:05 PM EST

Here are the nominees in the movie categories for this year’s Golden Globe awards. Up in the Air scored the most nods with six. The trophies will be handed out on Jan. 17 at the Beverly Hilton. Please follow me on Twitter (@davekarger) for Oscar updates.

Best Picture, Drama


The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds


Up in the Air

The big omission here is Invictus, which was recognized for Best Director, Actor, and Supporting Actor. The HFPA’s late-in-the-game love for Avatar killed its chances.

Best Picture, Musical/Comedy

500 Days of Summer

The Hangover

It’s Complicated

Julie & Julia


I’m surprised the Coen brothers’ A Serious Man was left out. If only it had had bigger stars in it, then I’m sure the Globes would have liked it a bit more.

Best Actor, Drama

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

George Clooney, Up in the Air

Colin Firth, A Single Man

Morgan Freeman, Invictus

Tobey Maguire, Brothers

For me, the morning’s happiest surprise was Maguire’s inclusion for the completely underrated Brothers. I would’ve like to have seen The Hurt Locker‘s Jeremy Renner in there as well, but he was overcome by star power.

Best Actress, Drama

Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria

Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

Helen Mirren, The Last Station

Carey Mulligan, An Education

Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

Blunt’s totally convincing portrayal of The Young Victoria should make her a stronger contender for an Oscar nod as more people see the film. I fear Bright Star‘s Abbie Cornish is all but gone from the race now.

Best Actor, Musical/Comedy

Matt Damon, The Informant!

Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine

Robert Downey, Jr., Sherlock Holmes

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 500 Days of Summer

Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man

I expected The Hangover‘s Bradley Cooper to pop up here. But it’s cool to see Downey in his place for the rollicking Sherlock Holmes. I pray Matt Damon has a shot to win this one.

Best Actress, Musical/Comedy

Sandra Bullock, The Proposal

Marion Cotillard, Nine

Julia Roberts, Duplicity

Meryl Streep, It’s Complicated

Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

There’s a chance Streep could split her own vote, but my hunch is her turn in Julia will emerge victorious.

Best Supporting Actor

Matt Damon, Invictus

Woody Harrelson, The Messenger

Christopher Plummer, The Last Station

Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

No big surprises here except the lack of Alfred Molina for An Education. Many HFPA voters were bigger fans of Peter Sarsgaard in the film; clearly neither one of them had enough support.

Best Supporting Actress

Penelope Cruz, Nine

Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air

Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air

Mo’Nique, Precious

Julianne Moore, A Single Man

The most predictable category of the morning.

Best Director

Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

James Cameron, Avatar

Clint Eastwood, Invictus

Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

The snub here is Lee Daniels for Precious. But obviously the Globe voters went for the biggest names on the ballot. Have two formerly married directors (Bigelow and Cameron) ever competed against each other?

Best Screenplay

Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell, District 9

Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker

Nancy Meyers, It’s Complicated

Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air

I can hear all you District 9 fans jumping for joy! I’m surprised An Education and Precious didn’t make it in here.

Best Score


The Informant!


A Single Man

Where the Wild Things Are

I love the eclectic mix of this race. Pop, jazz, classical, rock…they’re all here.

Best Song

“Cinema Italiano,” Nine

“I Want to Come Home,” Everybody’s Fine

“I Will See You,” Avatar

“The Weary Kind,” Crazy Heart

“Winter,” Brothers

The Globes usually go for the songs sung by the better-known performers. But it’s cool to see T-Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart) mixed in with tunes performed by U2 (Brothers), Paul McCartney (Everybody’s Fine), and Leona Lewis (Avatar).

Best Animated Film

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs


Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Princess & The Frog


This one’s a race between Up and Mr. Fox.

Best Foreign Language Film


Broken Embraces

The Maid

A Prophet

The White Ribbon

It’s either Cannes winner The White Ribbon or Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces.

Photo credit: Dale Robinette