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Hollywood’s best movie contenders — did they get it right?

December 12, 2008

Hollywood’s movie awards season got seriously underway with the Golden Globe nominations on Thursday. But have those who pick the best movies and actors of the year got it right?USA/

Some pundits are already crying foul over the absence of Australian actress Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt’s co-star in ”The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”,  from the Golden Globe contenders, not to mention the fact that the San Francisco gay drama “Milk” got just one nomination, for actor Sean Penn.

And how about “The Dark Knight” –  the biggest box office success of the year — which picked up a single nomination for the late, beloved actor Heath Ledger but came away empty-handed otherwise?.PEOPLE-LEDGER/

Since several of the movies, including “Benjamin Button” and “Revolutionary Road” haven’t been released in theaters yet (awards voters get sneak previews of those arriving at the end of the year), it’s hard for regular movie goers to make a fair assessment at this stage of the game.

This year’s list of Golden Globe nominees is top-heavy with A-list stars. Everyone from Brad and Angelina to Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway will likely be walking the red carpet when the awards are handed out on January 11.USA/

But who do you think got unfairly shut out,  and which nominations were most surprising? Most importantly who deserves to win the top Golden Globes, or Oscars, for 2008?


Cate Blanchett! I’ve seen both The Changeling and Ben Button and Cate most definitely deserved the nomination over Angelina. Angie’s performance was flat and OTT and Cate’s was sensitive, subtle, & brilliant in handling the delicate balance of a character aging throughout the film. So real, so moving. I think I’ll be skipping these awards this year!

Posted by Candy | Report as abusive

The Dark Knight was the best movie of the year hands down. It’s disgusting if the Academy does not recognize it with several wins. It will show howmuch they know.

Posted by Danny | Report as abusive

I am dying to see Benjamin Button. It’s always maddening to hear Golden Globe nominations on films I haven’t been able to see yet!


Where, oh where, is Melissa Leo? I’ve seen Frozen River and Changeling, and Ms. Leo’s performance was far superior to Jolie’s.

Posted by Pamela | Report as abusive

Of Course, Batman and Heath ledger must be winner

Posted by sali | Report as abusive

the films that are nominated for the various awards are selected not for there entertainment value or for the quality of the scripts that,s why the selections are box office failures.the nominations are either a venue for an actor to get an award or a method for the industry to try and validate there moral standards of there political points of view ,that,s why my family walked away from being the viewing cowboys and lonely transvestites are ok but not our choice of entertainment thank you.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

I absolutely loved Dark Knight **WINNER** : )

Miss You Ledger


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