This morning at 5 a.m. PT, the nominees for the 2010 Golden Globes were announced. At the Beverly Hilton, stars John Krasinski, Diane Kruger and Justin Timberlake joined Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk in announcing this year’s nominations.
Often predictive of the Oscars, the Golden Globes are awarded in 25 categories, including superlatives in television, and offering separate categories for films in the genres of musical/comedy and drama.
One surprise for 2010 was the nomination of James Cameron’s glitzy, CGI-filled Avatar, the crazy-praised, yet-to-be-released film which will arrive in U.S. theaters this Friday, Dec. 18.
Other categories are filled in more predictable ways. Best drama nominees, other than Avatar, are the small, but acclaimed The Hurt Locker, as well as Inglourious Basterds, Precious and Up in the Air. The comedic nominees are (500) Days of Summer, The Hangover, Julie & Julia, and the as-yet-unreleased films, Nancy Meyers’ It’s Complicated helmed by Meryl Streep, and Rob Marshall’s star-filled musical Nine.
The nominees for Best Original Song in a drama include Paul McCartney’s “I Want to Come Home” from Everybody’s Fine and “The Weary Kind,” the theme from Crazy Heart, by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett.
In Best Television Comedy, newcomers Glee and Modern Family were nominated alongside 2009’s Globe winner 30 Rock, and 2009 nominees The Office and Entourage.
Although not seamlessly prophetic for the Oscars in every category, the Globes are often a foreshadowing of the Academy Awards. In 2009, Slumdog Millionaire won four Golden Globes including Best Picture and several months later it cleaned up at the Oscars, taking home eight statues including Best Motion Picture of the Year.
The 67th Annual Golden Globes will be broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, Jan. 17 on NBC, and will be hosted by Golden Globe winner Ricky Gervais first host the show has had in 15 years.