While the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. was busy slobbering over A-list celebrities such as George Clooney, Madonna and Angelina Jolie, it left some key films off this year's Golden Globe nominations. Among the movies ignored this year were Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," Tomas Alfredson's John le Carre adaptation, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," and Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life."
Rather than choose Gary Oldman for his portrayal of George Smiley in "Tinker Tailor," the HFPA went with Ryan Gosling for his role in the political drama "Ides of March." Despite being a British-set drama lauded by critics, the foreign journalists ignored the quiet spy story completely.
Though "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" only began screening for voters less than two weeks before the deadline for nominations, only 81 HFPA members needed to see the film, so the movie arguably had enough time to capture votes. But the HFPA members bypassed the film's Max Von Sydow in the supporting actor category, Daldry in the best director category and the film for a best drama nod. Not even the star power of Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks in supporting roles seemed to attract the voters this year.
"Tree of Life," Malick's divisive meditation on humanity, also didn't connect with the voters, with the Brad Pitt-Sean Penn-Jessica Chastain starrer not landing any nominations. Rather, the HFPA went with more commercial fare for the best picture drama category, including "The Descendants," "The Help", "Hugo," "The Ides of March", "Moneyball" and "War Horse."
-- Nicole Sperling
Photo: Gary Oldman as George Smiley in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." Credit: Focus Features