16 December, 2008

Strong Nod To Europeans With Golden Globe Nominations

Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle, UK)

by Sandy Mandelberger, North American Editor

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the Golden Globe Awards in mid January, has announced their nominations. International films and non-American talents figured strongly in the award nods. Among the films with international credentials nominated for Best Drama are FROST/NIXON, THE READER and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (in a list that also includes THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD and DOUBT). In the Best Comedy or Musical race, non-Hollywood titles including HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, IN BRUGES and VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA were prominent (in a list that also includes the musical hit MAMMA MIA!, which began life as a UK stage production and the Coen Brothers satire BURN AFTER READING).

In the acting categories, British thespian Kate Winslet scored a double nomination, winning recognition as Best Actress for her unhappy housewife in REVOLUTIONARY ROAD and Best Supporting Actress for her German prison guard in THE READER. British actress Kristin Scott Thomas received a nod for her French language role as a former prisoner attempting to reconnect with her family in the French drama I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG.

Other non-American receiving recognition with Golden Globe nominations include British actress Rebecca Hall, playing an American abroad, Spanish actor Javier Bardem as a seductive painter, and Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, as a mentally unstable artist, in Woody Allen’s VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; British actress Emma Thompson as a frustrated single woman in LAST CHANCE HARVEY; Irish actors Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, who play a team of hit-men in the offbeat IN BRUGES; British actor Ralph Fiennes as the imperious husband in THE DUCHESS; and the late Australian actor Heath Ledger, who scored a Best Supporting Actor nom for his performance as the anarchic Joker in director Chris Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT.

Three British directors received nominations, including Danny Boyle (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE), Stephen Daldry (THE READER) and Sam Mendes (REVOLUTIONARY ROAD). The nominees for Best Foreign Language Film are Germany's THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX, Sweden/Denmark's EVERLASTING MOMENTS, Italy's GOMORRAH, France's I’VE LOVED YOU FOR SO LONG and Israel's WALTZ WITH BASHIR.

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