Monday, November 30, 2009

Reactions to the Golden Satellite nominations

So if I had waited a day, and seen no nomination for Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side, I might have skipped it. The Golden Satellites, rivals to the Golden Globes and trailing only in recognition, respectability and awareness, issued their nominations today, and despite have 6 nominees (generally) per category, there was no love for The Blind Side. Not as a drama, nor as a comedy. Not that the Golden Satellites are strong prognosticators for the Oscars, but it would have been something of a wake-up call. My original plan, seeing An Education, might have been a more efficient use of my time; it picked up 5 Satellite nominations.

Preliminary thoughts:
  • Few nominations for A Single Man (and none for Best Picture, Director or Supporting Actress)
  • Almost no nominations for Inglorious Basterds (touted to win Best Picture by pundits at The Envelope)
  • Impressive showings for The Hurt Locker and District 9, including Best Picture and Director nominations
  • A strong showing for Push, but no nomination for Gabby Sideble (or whatever her name is) for Best Actress
  • A nomination for Terry Gilliam for Original Song for The Imaginarium thingy
I expect Nine to score strongly with Golden Globe nominations, a situation that doesn't necessarily foretell much given the shelter it will have in the Musical/Comedy category. I wonder if the Globes consider Jeff Bridges's new film Crazy Heart a Drama or a Musical/Comedy.

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