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

Inglourious Basterds

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

The Hangover

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

Colin Firth, A Single Man

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

Helen Mirren, The Last Station

Carey Mulligan, An Education

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!

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

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

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

Mo’Nique, Precious

The most predictable category of the morning.

Best Director

Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

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

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

Best Song

“The Weary Kind,” Crazy Heart

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

Fantastic Mr. Fox

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

Best Foreign Language Film


A Prophet

The White Ribbon

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

Photo credit: Dale Robinette