Monday, December 14, 2009

On the Eve of the Globes Noms...

Tomorrow morning the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will announce the Golden Globe Award nominations. While I openly admit the HFPA is not a lot more than a tiny group of star whores who pride themselves on throwing a (great) party for the Hollywood elite, their nominees are a major stepping stone to Oscar. It's a make-it-or-break-it scenario: if you've been racking up the early critics' awards, you can cement your nomination. If you've been off the radar, here's your chance to become a major blip.

The elephants in the room right now are actually a rekindled episode of Hollywood Divorce Court. James Cameron is about to unfurl his 300 million dollar baby, which is already garnering lots of acclaim from tech circles. His ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, is currently winning awards left and right for The Hurt Locker, which is quickly becoming the most acclaimed film of the year.

And there's the so-called "zeitgeist film," Up in the Air - directed by and starring slices of Hollywood royalty.

In a year with 10 Best Pic nominees and a race that seems veritably wide open right now, with the fate of so many films - Invictus, Nine, A Single Man, Inglourious Basterds, The Last Station, Avatar - still up in the air (ha) when it comes to Oscar chances, the Globes carry an extra weight tomorrow.

Will they go ga-ga for Precious, or shut it out? Will The Road recover from the Weinsteins' butcher job on its release? Can the Nine performers get any love? What of BO stars like Sandra Bullock? Aside from a few names - Bigelow, Clooney, Christoph Waltz, Meryl Strep, and Mo'Nique - the critics awards have been all over the place. Look to tomorrow morning to help settle some dust.

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