Nominations for the 60th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced on Thursday, and the big surprise was, well, that there were so few surprises. As expected, Gangs of New York, The Hours, Chicago, Adaptation and My Big Fat Greek Wedding all scored multiple nods in the major film categories. The same was true on the television side, where, for the most part, old perennials like Friends, The West Wing and The Sopranos reigned supreme. But as TV Guide critic Matt Roush points out, "It's nice that TV is invited to the party, but the Globes is really a movie event. Besides, it's hard to take any organization seriously that nominates last season's lackluster Sex and the City and Will & Grace while completely snubbing Everybody Loves Raymond." And don't even get us started on the Gilmore Girls snub. Here are some other Golden Globe developments that seemed a tad funny in a hmmm... way:
Antwone Fisher, where art thou?
Topping the list of glaring Globe omissions was Denzel Washington's weepy crowd-pleaser, which was completely shut out. "That was shocking," admits Tom O'Neil, host of awards site GoldDerby.com. What will this do to the film's Oscar chances? "I don't place a huge significance on anything that happens at the Golden Globes," grumbles Entertainment Tonight's movie guru Leonard Maltin. "It's such an arbitrary selection. Their track record speaks for itself." Ouch! Also strangely MIA: Far From Heaven and Road to Perdition for best picture; director Steven Spielberg for Catch Me If You Can or Minority Report; Robin Williams for One Hour Photo or Insomnia; and Tom Hanks for Road to Perdition or Catch Me If You Can.
The MTV Movie Awards maybe...
And the award for happiest Golden Globe nominee goes to... "[Banger Sisters star] Goldie Hawn," says Maltin. "This is not a performance that is going to be singled out by critics' groups or, I suspect, [Oscar], so to get this kind of recognition must be very pleasant indeed." Also sure to be drunk with glee: Adam Sandler, nominated for his dramatic work in Punch Drunk Love, and rapper-turned-thesp Queen Latifah, singled out for her supporting turn as Mama Morton in Chicago.
More than just a few good men.
There are nine yes, nine performers nominated for best supporting actor in a TV series/miniseries/telepic. What gives? It's a statistical thing, explains O'Neil. "If there's a certain fractional difference between the contenders for the fifth slot, then they all make the cut," he says. One solution would be to scale back the crowded field of potential nominees by splitting the supporting categories between series and TV-movie actors á la the Emmys.
Lorelai Gilmore, where art thou?
Among small screeners snubbed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: Everybody Loves Raymond; the WB's delightfully clever Gilmore Girls and its stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel; Alias for best drama series; and the entire Scrubs ensemble. On the bright side, the HFPA should be applauded for recognizing FX's The Shield, 24, Monk's Tony Shaloub; Bonnie Hunt (Life With Bonnie) and...
After 14 years of being dissed by the HFPA, The Simpsons scored its first nomination for best TV comedy. What took so long? "It's proof that the Globes can be delightfully crazy," says O'Neil. "But we have to wonder, if The Simpsons wins, how will Bart appear at the podium?" We're guessing he'll be too busy commiserating with Christine Lahti in the bathroom.
The 60th annual Golden Globes ceremony will air Jan. 19 live on NBC. For a list of the major nominees, click here.