The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, made up of the 90 or so scribes who vote on the Golden Globes, kicked off awards season this morning by giving a warm, fuzzy embrace to the downsizing dramedy Up in the Air (which led the field with six nominations), Meryl Streep (two noms for best comedy actress in Julie & Julia and It's Complicated) and Sandra Bullock (comedy actress nom for The Proposal and dramatic actress bid for The Blind Side.
Unlike the Oscars, the Globes divide nominees between drama and comedy. Best drama contenders are "The Hurt Locker, Avatar, Precious, Up in the Air and Inglourious Basterds. Comedy nominees are The Hangover, (500) Days of Summer, It's Complicated, Julie & Julia and Nine. I'm not sure that these titles are an altogether accurate predicter of Oscar nominees - which will have 10 best picture contenders this year. I expect that the Pixar animation Up, and Clint Eastwood's Nelson Mandela story Invictus will make the Oscar cut.
But several interesting themes emerge: As I blogged yesterday, Oscar season promises to be a race between those ex-spouses James Cameron (Avatar) and Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker). And it may be the first time in Academy history that more than one woman gets a best director nomination. The Globes cited Bigelow for Hurt Locket. It also nominated Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia and Nancy Meyers' It's Complicated for best comedy. If I were a betting woman, I'd put my money on Mo'Nique, a lock for best supporting actress for her performance as the abusive mother in Precious. Given the nods for Streep, Ephron, Meyers and Mo'Nique, I think we can safely say that we're seeing the creative sec ond wind of women of a certain age, what anthropologist Margaret Mead called "post-menopausal zest."
Click here for a list of the nominees.