As Pete Hammond notes in his report on today's noms for the Critics Choice Awards, we saw noticeably less support for "American Gangster" and some other films that we kudos gurus expected. (Click here.)
I suspect that we're going to see more of the same when Golden Globe nominations are announced on Thursday morning. From what I hear, HFPA members prefer Denzel Washington's performance in "The Great Debaters," for example, but prefer Russell Crowe's good-guy turn in "Gangster" to his deliciously sinister portrayal in "3:10 to Yuma." Although Crowe is currently competing in the supporting slot at the Oscars for "Gangster," HPFA's eligibility committee placed him in lead for "Gangster." Expect director Ridley Scott to be snubbed again at the Globes, as he was by BFCA.
The chief difference between the two lists of nominees will be over "Into the Wild," which reaped the most Critics Choice bids, but doesn't seem to get much Globe love. Also, we'll see "The Great Debaters" do well. It's off the BFCA list because DVD screeners weren't available in time to ship to the broadcast critics before they voted.