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Huh?: The 2010 Golden Globes Winners

Mo'Nique was there to pick up her statue. James Cameron was a far more gracious "king of the world" this time around. There were as many predictable turns as there were outright stunners. And Ricky Gervais was generally funny. All in all, the Hollywood Foreign Press and their annual Golden Globes argued for their continued obsolescence and/or cutting edge insight into the current state of cinema, rewarding some clear consensus picks while pulling a few jaw-droppers out of their swanky continental collective. For those who missed the ceremony, here is a recap of the major movie awards:

Best Motion Picture - Drama

Nominees:

Avatar

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Up in the Air

Perhaps the only real surprise here is that a film that's made over $1 billion dollars internationally would NOT win the best picture award. Cameron's epic has clearly touched a nerve overseas, and with this win (beating presumptive favorite Hurt Locker and Up in the Air) definitely positions itself as the new Oscar frontrunner…for now…until the inevitable backlash begins (if it hasn't already).

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Nominees:

(500) Days of Summer

The Hangover

It's Complicated

Julie & Julia

Nine

Considering its gross out, over the top, toilet bowl buffoonery, a Hangover win definitely stands as almost unbelievable. It would be easier to see any of the other films nominated picking up the little gold orb over this massive mainstream hit. While (500) Days of Summer would be preferable, it's amazing that the Hollywood Foreign Press have decided to reward Todd Phillips film over what many might see as more "traditional" fare.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Nominees:

Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart

George Clooney for Up in the Air

Colin Firth for A Single Man

Morgan Freeman for Invictus

Tobey Maguire for Brothers

Give the DVD and marketers behind the late in the season Bridges vehicle credit - few knew of this film or performance prior to the last few weeks in December, and clearly the wily old Hollywood vet (and a plethora of screeners) left an impact. While not necessarily a lock come Oscar time, he will definitely be in the "career overview lifetime achievement acknowledgment" running. Don't count out some spillover from the comedy category, either.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Nominees:

Emily Blunt for The Young Victoria

Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side (2009)

Helen Mirren for The Last Station (2009)

Carey Mulligan for An Education (2009)

Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by

Sapphire (2009)

To quote our handicapping of the category - "Bullock…(has) no chance". It's stunning how wrong we were. Wrapping up a year which saw two box office hits and a single cinematic flop, Bullock can now add Golden Globe winner to her career resume. Whether this will mean anything come late February is another issue all together. Sometimes, the Hollywood Foreign Press picks popular over proficient. We may have a 'won/one and done' situation for Ms. Bullock this time around.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Nominees:

Matt Damon for The Informant!

Daniel Day-Lewis for Nine

Robert Downey Jr. for Sherlock Holmes

Joseph Gordon-Levitt for (500) Days of Summer

Michael Stuhlbarg for A Serious Man

In discussing this category a month ago, we suggested that Downey Jr. was only part of this list because of all the blackmail fodder he possessed. Apparently, said evidence is more than racy. The beloved actor scored a stunner, winning a race that many thought he wasn't even supposed to be in. Going out on a limb once more, we'll wager that this is the one and only time Guy Ritchie's take on the iconic detective sees award season acceptance.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Nominees:

Sandra Bullock for The Proposal

Marion Cotillard for Nine

Julia Roberts for Duplicity

Meryl Streep for It's Complicated

Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia

Bullock had already won for the superior Blind Side. Coitllard and Roberts really had no chance. So it's no big revelation that Streep picked up her seventh Golden Globe statue. It will be interesting to see if she can sustain this well-earned recognition for another few weeks, or if the Dramatic Actress category will dominate.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Nominees:

Matt Damon for Invictus

Woody Harrelson for The Messenger

Christopher Plummer for The Last Station

Stanley Tucci for The Lovely Bones

Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds

…since any other decision would have been a sin.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Nominees:

Penélope Cruz for Nine

Vera Farmiga for Up in the Air

Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air

Mo'Nique for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Julianne Moore for A Single Man

Ditto.

Best Director - Motion Picture

Nominees:

Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker

James Cameron for Avatar

Clint Eastwood for Invictus

Jason Reitman for Up in the Air

Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds

That's gotta hurt! Bigelow has been riding the frontrunner rails all season long, secure in the knowledge that she would easily become the first female director ever to win an Oscar…and now her ex-husband humbly swipes the first major Academy indicator away from her. While her chances remain solid, this has to send some shockwaves through the Hurt Locker faithful.

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

Nominees:

District 9: Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell

The Hurt Locker: Mark Boal

Inglourious Basterds : Quentin Tarantino

It's Complicated: Nancy Meyers

Up in the Air: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner

For the last few months, Paramount has been pushing Up in the Air as their cinematic savior, the film that would bring about a bevy of awards season accolades come the end of 2009. It was the main reason The Lovely Bones was held until this month. Indeed, many critics groups have picked Reitman's film in several major categories. Clearly, the Golden Globes community felt this was the only area is deserved to be recognized. May be indicative of the movie's future come February.

Best Animated Film

Nominees:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Coraline

Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Princess and the Frog

Up

While we will continue to celebrate the inclusion of the indeed Fantastic Mr. Fox and the sublime Coraline, chalk up another Pixar win. No real bombshell here…sadly.

Best Foreign Language Film

Nominees:

Broken Embraces/Los abrazos rotos

Baarìa

The White Ribbon/Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte

The Maid/La nana

A Prophet/Un prophète

Cannes clearly has its finger on the pulse of the international film community. Haneke's harrowing tale of rural Germany between the wars is the kind of dark, sinister commentary that the Globes love to champion. As the presumptive Oscar favorite/winner, look for another Waltz with Bashir/Pan's Labyrinth situation in which an otherwise unknown movie steps in come the Academy Awards and dims this film's limelight.

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