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Biggest snubs at the Golden Globe nominations: Hey, where's 'Invictus,' 'A Serious Man' and poor Bryan Cranston?

December 15, 2009 |  7:23 am

When Golden Globe nominations were unveiled this morning, Clint Eastwood was nominated for best director and Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon scored bids as thespians, but "Invictus" was snubbed in the race for best drama picture. This same odd split occurred in 2006 when Eastwood was nominated TWICE for best director for "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters From Iwo Jima," but "Flags" was snubbed for best drama picture. ("Iwo Jima" wasn't eligible for that category but ended up contending for best foreign-lingo film.)

Speaking of that directors' category: where's Lee Daniels ("Precious")?

Other Golden Globe oddities: "A Serious Man" wasn't taken too seriously in the race for best comedy/musical picture. It got skunked, but star Michael Stuhlbarg made the list for best actor. By contrast, over the last week, "A Serious Man" was nominated for best picture by the Critics' Choice Awards, and it made the top 10 lists from the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review.

Golden Globes nominationos news

There's something else funny (or not so funny) about the Golden Globes' comedy race: "(500) Days of Summer" and star Joseph Gordon-Levitt were nominated for best picture and actor, but costar Zoey Deschanel ("Summer" herself! — that's the lead character's name) got the cold shoulder!

Alec Baldwin wasn't nommed for "It's Complicated" — oh, no! Let's hope that doesn't hurt his odds for an Oscar bid. For maximum mischief and drama's sake, Baldwin must be nominated while hosting the Academy Awards ceremony, don't you agree?

Over on the TV side: poor Bryan Cranston. The "Breaking Bad" star recently won best drama actor twice at the Emmys, but he can't catch a break at the Globes.

Considering how much the Globes usually love the hottest new TV shows, it's surprising not to see "FlashForward" or "The Good Wife" up for best drama series.

NOT NOMINATED FOR BEST DRAMA PICTURE
"The Blind Side"
"District 9"
"The Lovely Bones"
"The Messenger"
"An Education"
"A Single Man"

NOT NOMINATED FOR BEST COMEDY/MUSICAL PICTURE
"The Proposal"
"A Serious Man"
"Sherlock Holmes"

NOT NOMINATED FOR BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Nicolas Cage, "Bad Lieutenant"
Sharlto Copley, "District 9"
Robert De Niro, "Everybody's Fine"
Ben Foster, "The Messenger"
Hal Holbrook, "That Evening Sun"
Viggo Mortensen, "The Road"
Brad Pitt, "Inglourious Basterds"
Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"
Michael Sheen, "The Damned United"

NOT NOMINATED FOR BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Shohreh Aghdashloo, "The Stoning of Soraya M."
Brenda Blethyn, "London River"
Abbie Cornish, "Bright Star"
Penelope Cruz, "Broken Embraces"
Maggie Gyllenhaal, "Crazy Heart"
Saoirse Ronan, "The Lovely Bones"
Audrey Tautou, "Coco Before Chanel"

NOT NOMINATED FOR BEST COMEDY/MUSICAL ACTOR
Jim Carrey, "A Christmas Carol"
Sacha Baron Cohen, "Bruno"
Bradley Cooper, "The Hangover"
Ryan Reynolds, "The Proposal"

NOT NOMINATED FOR BEST COMEDY/MUSICAL ACTRESS
Amy Adams, "Julie & Julia"
Zoey Deschanel, "(500) Days of Summer"
Katherine Hiegl, "The Ugly Truth"
Ellen Page, "Whip It"
Sarah Jessica Parker, "Did You Hear About the Morgans?"


TV AWARDS

NOT NOMINATED FOR BEST DRAMA SERIES
"Breaking Bad"
"Damages"
"FlashForward"
"The Good Wife"
"In Treatment"
"The Mentalist"
"Lost"
"Sons of Anarchy"
"The Tudors"

NOT NOMINATED FOR BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Gabriel Byrne, "In Treatment"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Joseph Fiennes, "FlashForward"

NOT NOMINATED FOR BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Sally Field, "Brothers and Sisters"
Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"
Katey Sagal, "Sons of Anarchy"
Jeanne Tripplehorn, "Big Love"
Anna Torv, "Fringe"

NOT NOMINATED FOR BEST COMEDY SERIES
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Bored to Death"
"Californication"
"Cougar Town"
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
"Family Guy"
"Hung"
"How I Met Your Mother"
"Nurse Jackie"
"Parks and Recreation"
"United States of Tara"
"Weeds"

NOT NOMINATED FOR BEST COMEDY ACTOR
Kevin Connelly, "Entourage"
Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Joel McHale, "Community"
Ed O'Neill, "Modern Family"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
Jason Schwartzman, "Bored to Death"
Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"

NOT NOMINATED FOR BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
Christina Applegate, "Samantha Who?"
Kaley Cuoco, "Big Bang Theory"
America Ferrera, "Ugly Betty"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "New Adventures of Old Christine"
Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds"
Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"

Photos: "Invictus" (Warner Bros.), "A Serious Man" (Focus Features), "Breaking Bad" (AMC)

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