With this morning's announcement of the nominees for this year's Golden Globes, the movie awards season is officially in full swing. As we watched the nominees being named (and then rewound on our DVR, coz that's, like, so much information so quickly, don'tcha think?), there were the usual moments of "Wha?!?!" and "Oh, yeah!!" Let's review, shall we?
Best Picture -- Drama
Wha?!?! Moment No 'United 93' on this list? There's room for 'Bobby,' an ambitious movie to be sure, but no seat at the table for the small, incredibly moving 9/11 drama? 'Guess that's the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's way of saying, "yes, it was too soon for that film."
Oh, yeah!! Moment Two words: 'The Departed.' My No. 1 movie of the year; so glad it's here.
Best Picture - Comedy
Wha?!?! Moment Actually pretty shocked that 'Borat' grabbed a nom. It's so far out there, just seemed like a long shot that it would be recognized by such a mainstream award.
Oh, yeah!! Moment Same as Wha?!?! Moment. See above.
Best Actress - Drama
Wha?!?! Moment None, really. No big snubs or shocking inclusions in this category.
Oh, yeah!! Moment Maggie Gyllenhaal, being recognized for her outstanding turn in the tiny little movie 'Sherrybaby.' She's been conspicuously absent from other awards list -- Indie Spirits, for one.
Best Actor - Drama
Wha?!?! Moment Poor Matt Damon. He was acting right up there alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Departed,' and yet no mention of his name. Speaking of Leo: he's competing against himself. Will that split his votes? Probably. Oh, and second Wha?!?! Moment in this category: Where is Ryan Gosling, for his super-fantastic turn as a drug-addicted high school teacher in 'Half Nelson.' Note to the Academy -- do NOT snub this man. Unless you WANT to embarrass yourselves.
Oh, yeah!! Moment Forest Whitaker, the strong favorite, is here. Best Actor is his to lose.
Best Actress - Comedy
Wha?!?! Moment No big snubs or shocking inclusions in this category.
Oh, yeah!! Moment Meryl Streep in 'Devil Wears Prada.' We didn't know if the HFPA would deem this a leading or supporting role. We had a feeling they'd put her in this category, but just wasn't sure.
Best Actor - Comedy
Wha?!?! Moment Chiwetel Ejiofor, in the little-seen, lukewarmly received 'Kinky Boots'? Don't get us wrong, we love Ejiofor, just don't think this is a particularly Golden-Globe-worthy role.
Oh, yeah!! Moment Oh, man! Love that Sacha Baron Cohen was nominated. Bet it's the first time an actor has been nominated for the Golden Globes at the same time he's being sued for the very same movie.