The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 67th annual Golden Globes today, and films and TV of the fantastic have made a pretty good showing among nominees.
The big news, of course, is James Cameron's space epic Avatar and Quentin Tarantino's alternate-history World War II thriller Inglourious Basterds both getting nominations in the Best Feature - Drama category. Kind of interesting that in this category, Cameron will be up against his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow, who made the not-nearly-as-pretty-as-Avatar war movie The Hurt Locker. Cameron and Tarantino are also both nominated in the category of Director - Motion Picture ... and so is Bigelow. Could be an awkward time writing Christmas cards in the Cameron and Bigelow households this year.
In the category of Actor - Comedy or Musical, everyone's favorite millionaire/playboy/industrialist/weapons manufacturer/metallic superhero Robert Downey Jr. gets a nod for his role as the world's greatest detective in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes. And Michael Stuhlbarg is without a doubt a serious contender for his soul-cracking work in the Coen brothers' retelling of the Book of Job (and possible dybbuk/ family curse story) A Serious Man. Never before in the history of cinema has F-Troop had such deep theological implications.
Of course, playing a creep is a good way to get nominated for major awards. Just look at Joe Pesci in Goodfellas and Kathy Bates in Misery. The genre nominees for Supporting Actor certainly come through with the creep factor, with Stanley Tucci getting a nod for his role as the neighbor nobody wants next door in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones and Christoph Waltz getting a nod for his turn as the insufferably genteel Nazi antagonist of Inglourious Basterds.
Rewriting the nastier parts of 20th-century history seems the way to get a genre nod for Screenplay - Motion Picture, with Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell getting a nomination for their tweaking of South African history in the apartheid allegory District 9, and Tarantino getting another nomination for Basterds.
The Animated Feature Film category gives us a clean sweep of genre titles, with Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Princess and the Frog and Up all in the running. Looking over this list, good as the movies themselves may be, The Princess and the Frog looks like the "innovative" movie, with "traditional" 2-D animation seeming like the real novelty these days.
True Blood is up for Best Television Series - Drama, and it gets a tip of the hat in the category of Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama for star Anna Paquin.
On the musical side of things, Best Score gives us Michael Giacchino for Up, James Horner for Avatar and the college radio sounds of Karen O and Carter Burwell for Where the Wild Things Are. The genre nom for Best Original Song is "I Will See You" from Avatar, but seeing as the last time a song from a James Cameron movie was a hit it led to tens of thousands of drunken karaoke versions of "My Heart Will Go On," maybe this isn't a good thing.
So what do you think? Any genre movies that should have been nominated? Nothing for Star Trek? Has Michael Bay been cheated again? Was Dollhouse unjustly ignored?