The nominations for the 2008 Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning, and there are many AfterEllen.com favorites among the nominees. Here are the highlights:
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
- Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
- Julie Christie, Away From Her
- Jodie Foster, The Brave One
- Angelina Jolie, A Mighty Heart
- Keira Knightley, Atonement
I’m thrilled to see Jodie on that list (especially considering the lukewarm reviews for The Brave One), but I’m even happier about Angelina’s nomination. A Mighty Heart deserves a bigger audience, and Angelina deserves much more credit for her performance in it. I thought it was some of her finest work yet. Meanwhile, I can’t wait to see Atonement — everybody’s raving about it.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical
- Amy Adams, Enchanted
- Nikki Blonsky, Hairspray
- Helena Bonham Carter, Sweeney Todd
- Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
- Ellen Page, Juno
Oh — Ellen Page. Yes! Guess that movie got released just in time.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
- Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There
- Julia Roberts, Charlie Wilson’s War
- Saoirse Ronan, Atonement
- Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
- Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton
Wow. Julia’s the only “normal” one here, if normal is a big Hollywood actress in a big Hollywood film. And Cate should have her own special award this year, for Best Performance by an Actress Playing a Guy. Otherwise, this is the category of People Who Aren’t Household Names but Are Incredibly Awesome.
The Best Motion Picure — Drama category is quite male-oriented, with the notable (and exciting) exception of Atonement:
- American Gangster
- Eastern Promises
- The Great Debaters
- Michael Clayton
- No Country for Old Men
- There Will Be Bood
And the Best Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical category includes some surprises:
Yay, Juno! Yay, Hairspray! And Across the Universe … wha? Sorry, I guess I’m just a philistine when it comes to filmic interpretations of the Beatles catalogue. But hooray, that means there’s a lesbian character in one of the nominated movies!
Other notable movie nominations include Diablo Cody for Best Screenplay (Juno), Persepolis for Best Foreign Language Film and Shakira for Best Original Song — Motion Picture (“Despedida,” Love in the Time of Cholera).
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama
- Patricia Arquette, Medium
- Glenn Close, Damages
- Minnie Driver, The Riches
- Edie Falco, The Sopranos
- Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
- Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
- Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
I think they must have accidentally read my list of nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in My Most Erotic Dream Ever.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical
- Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
- America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
- Tina Fey, 30 Rock
- Anna Friel, Pushing Daisies
- Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds
Tina, America and Mary-Louise always get my love, but I’m so thrilled to see Christina Applegate here. If you haven’t been watching Samantha Who? you must give it a try. It’s surprisingly good.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
- Bryce Dallas Howard, As You Like It
- Debra Messing, The Starter Wife
- Queen Latifah, Life Support
- Sissy Spacek, Pictures of Hollis Woods
- Ruth Wilson, Jane Eyre
Will The Starter Wife never die? Meanwhile, I bet AfterEllen.com is the only site you’ll visit today that already has a post about Pictures of Hollis Woods. Our fingers are on the pulse, people!
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
- Rose Byrne, Damages
- Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters
- Katherine Heigl, Grey’s Anatomy
- Samantha Morton, Longford
- Anna Paquin, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
- Jamie Pressly, My Name Is Earl
Hang in there, Jamie Pressly. You’re the only good thing on that show.
Best Television Series — Drama
Yay for Damages! But, uh, The Tudors? Who knew that aggressive advertising during The L Word would pay off?
Best Television Series — Comedy or Musical
Californication?! Ick. Just give this to 30 Rock already.
The big surprise overall is that Atonement led all motion picture nominees, with seven nominations. Charlie Wilson’s War is next with five, and Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men and Sweeney Todd each got four. In the television categories, Damages and Longford lead with four nominations, and 30 Rock got three.
The Golden Globe Awards presentation airs Jan. 13 on NBC.