Canadian directors James Cameron and Jason Reitman both been nominated for best director and best picture.
Cameron, the Oscar-winning veteran director of Titanic, is nominated for his work on Avatar. The epic science-fiction thriller was not even been publicly released yet and it is already receiving immense critical acclaim.
Reitman, a rising star in Hollywood, directed 2007’s Juno and 2006’s Thank You for Smoking. His newest release, Up in the Air, stars George Clooney (nominated for best actor in a motion picture, drama), and its dialogue and humour have captured the interest of thousands already.
Alongside the Canadians are veteran directors Clint Eastwood and Quentin Tarantino for Invictus and Inglorious Bastards. The two movies are up for best picture, along with several nominations for best acting awards.
The Golden Globes often foreshadow the nominations for the Oscar ceremonies in March, and this year is no different. This year’s movies contained many of the common Hollywood mainstay actors and directors, only involved in movies that were inconsistent with their past work. Nominees include Morgan Freeman, Meryl Streep, Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Tobey Maguire, George Clooney, Julia Roberts and many other common stars.
One unknown actress, however, who does threaten to steal the best actress award this year is Gabourey Sidibe. The actress in the tragic, Oprah-produced film Precious has received remarkable praise for her role.
The list of nominees gives the best indication of movies that you should be checking out this month.