Os­car clues in Globe gongs?

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News - By Don­ald Clarke

We shouldn’t get too car­ried away with this du­bi­ous, of­ten-dis­proved no­tion that the Golden Globes are an ac­cu­rate pre­dic­tor of the Os­cars. The an­nounce­ment of the Globe nom­i­na­tions on Tues­day does, how­ever, of­fer a use­ful pré­cis of the cur­rent state of awards sea­son.

Up in the Air, Pre­cious and The Hurt Locker, all nom­i­nated for best dra­matic pic­ture, re­main the fron­trun­ners for the best pic­ture Os­car. Avatar, also short­listed in that sec­tion, is de­fy­ing early neg­a­tive buzz to be­come an un­ex­pected awards player. Nine, de­spite a few har­rumphs from crit­ics, is still lurk­ing in the slip­stream.

The real shocker is, per­haps, In­glou­ri­ous Bas­terds grab­bing a best dra­matic pic­ture nod ahead of Clint East­wood’s In­vic­tus. With Clint di­rect­ing and Mor­gan Free­man play­ing Nel­son Man­dela, the great man’s study of South Africa’s ef­forts to win the rugby World Cup seemed de­signed for gong glory. Mind you, Free­man did get men­tioned in the best ac­tor race and East­wood got a di­rec­tor nod. So, who knows?

What else is miss­ing? Well, with just one nom­i­na­tion (Stan­ley Tucci for best sup­port­ing ac­tor) Peter Jack­son’s in­dif­fer­ently re­ceived The Lovely Bones now seems an awards gonner. Many felt that Saoirse Ro­nan de­served a nom for her fine turn as a ghostly teenager but, sadly, the Car­low girl’s name was not on the fi­nal list.

The Golden Globe win­ners will be an­nounced on Jan­uary 17th.

Saoirse Ro­nan and co-star Su­san Saran­don at the Aus­tralian pre­miere of The Lovely Bones. De­spite pre­dic­tions to the con­trary, Ro­nan’s per­for­mance didn’t re­ceive a Golden Globe nom­i­na­tion, which may not bode well for her Os­car chances

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