Golden Globe Nominations Are In, ‘Avatar’ And ‘The Hangover’ Among The Surprises

The nominations for the 2010 Golden Globes were released this morning. We knew they were coming of course, but that didn’t stop the surprises. MTV’s Eric Ditzian considered the possibility yesterday that “Avatar” would join the more predictable Best Drama nominees as a wild card, but I’m still somewhat surprised to see it on the list. It’s a great movie and director James Cameron deserves the accolades he’s receiving, but I would have preferred to see one of the more original contenders, such as “District 9” or “Moon” in its place. Of course, this speaks to the monumental year that Hollywood has had; it’s hard to make a case that any Best Drama Contender doesn’t deserve to be there.

The Best Musical/Comedy category is a bit more discussion-worthy. Where on earth is “Zombieland“? Or hell, how about “The Informant!”? I would have taken either of those over “The Hangover,” which seems to be there purely for its surprising summer box office performance. It was an okay movie, with a few high points, but not exactly what I’d call one of the best comedies of the year. Hit the jump for the full list of nominations.

Best Drama
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Precious: Based on the Novel ’Push’ by Sapphire”
“Up in the Air”

Best Musical or Comedy
“(500) Days of Summer”
“The Hangover”
“It’s Complicated”
“Julie & Julia”

Actor, Drama
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman, “Invictus”
Tobey Maguire, “Brothers”

Actress, Drama
Emily Blunt, “The Young Victoria”
Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”
Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious: Based on the Novel ’Push’ by Sapphire”

Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
James Cameron, “Avatar”
Clint Eastwood, “Invictus”
Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”
Quentin Tarantino, “Inglorious Basterds”

Actor, Musical or Comedy
Matt Damon, “The Informant!”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Nine”
Robert Downey Jr., “Sherlock Holmes”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “(500) Days of Summer”
Michael Stuhlbarg, “A Serious Man”

Actress, Musical or Comedy
Sandra Bullock, “The Proposal”
Marion Cotillard, “Nine”
Julia Roberts, “Duplicity”
Meryl Streep, “It’s Complicated”
Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”

Supporting Actor
Matt Damon, “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz, “Inglorious Basterds”

Supporting Actress
Penelope Cruz, “Nine”
Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
Mo’Nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel ’Push’ by Sapphire”
Julianne Moore, “A Single Man”

Foreign Language
“Broken Embraces”
“The Maid (La Nana)”
“A Prophet”
“The White Ribbon”

Animated Film
“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Princess and the Frog”

Neill Blomkamp, “District 9″
Mark Boal, “The Hurt Locker”
Nancy Meyers, “It’s Complicated”
Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”
Quentin Tarantino, “Inglorious Basterds”

Original Score
Michael Giacchino, “Up”
Marvin Hamlisch, “The Informant!”
James Horner, “Avatar”
Abel Korzeniowski, “A Single Man”
Karen O, Carter Burwell, “Where the Wild Things Are”

Original Song
“Cinema Italiano” (written by Maury Yeston), “Nine”
“I Want to Come Home” (written by Paul McCartney), “Everybody’s Fine”
“I Will See You” (written by James Horner, Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell), “Avatar”
“The Weary Kind (Theme from ’Crazy Heart’)” (written by Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett), “Crazy Heart”
“Winter” (written by U2), “Brothers”

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