Nominations for the Golden Globe Awards -- Oscar's less focused, less cared about little brother -- were announced today.
The nominations are exciting because they're usually a good indication of who is going to get the Academy Award nod. The ceremony itself is exciting because most of the celebrities get hammered, make inappropriate comments in their acceptance speeches, or even bring their cocktails on stage with them while they're presenting awards (not that it wasn't entertaining, Harrison Ford).
This year was more gripping than most because, in an unprecedented awards show onanism, an actor and a director were nominated twice in the same category in the same year. Clint Eastwood is up against himself as Best Director for his films Letters from Iwa Jima and Flags of Our Fathers. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio was twice nominated for Best Actor for his roles in The Departed and Blood Diamond. Helen Mirren was recognized for playing both Elizabeth I in a TV miniseries and Elizabeth II in The Queen, but that monarch-on-monarch nomination was less surprising than the other double-noms (the royals do love them some incest, after all). Anne Hathaway was shut out of the nominations for her role in The Devil Wears Prada, while Meryl Streep got the nod for Best Actress and Emily Blunt for Best Supporting Actress. Awk-ward!
To recap: Babel led the charge with seven nominations (including Best Drama), The Departed brought in six. Despite his anti-Semitic rant earlier this year, Mel Gibson's Apocalypto got a nom for Best Foreign Film Featuring People With Scary Things Stuck in Their Faces. Borat was nominated for Best Comedy or Musical to Draw the Ire of Both Kazakhstan and Racist Fraternity Brothers With Endangered Livers.
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