Bad news for "The Messenger" star Ben Foster. Yes, he's made it onto the Golden Globe eligibility list for best lead drama actor, but so did costar Woody Harrelson. Woody was upped to lead status by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. qualification committee after being submitted for the supporting race.
A press rep for the film insists that Woody will continue to aim for the supporting slot at the Oscars and Screen Actors Guild Awards, but such category confusion can cause a problem. Ask Jack Nicholson, who certainly would've been nominated for best supporting actor in 2006 best picture champ "The Departed" if he focused specifically on one race instead of straddling lead and supporting. Furthermore, he probably would've won and today would be ranked with Katharine Hepburn as Oscar's biggest winner (four victories).
Fifteen films qualify for best animated feature at the Globes: "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," "Battle for Terra," "A Christmas Carol," "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," "Coraline," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," "Mary and Max," "The Missing Lynx," "Monsters vs. Aliens," "9," "Planet 51," "Ponyo," "The Princess and the Frog," "Up." That means five animated films submitted for Oscar consideration did not make the Globes' list: "Astro Boy," "The Dolphin – Story of a Dreamer," "The Secret of Kells," "Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure," "A Town Called Panic." They were not officially entered for competition.
Cheer up, Miley Cyrus and Adam Lambert fans! While those mean ole Oscars have disqualified most songs from Miley's "Hannah Montana" and Lambert's "Time for Miracles" from "2012," the Golden Globes will be much more accommodating. Two "Hannah Montana" songs are on the Globes' official eligibility list: "The Climb" and "Butterfly Fly Away." The latter is the only song that qualifies at the Oscars because it was written specifically for the film. "Time for Miracles" is also on the Globes' list, but not on the Oscars' rundown because it wasn't penned for the flick.
Now the bad news for Miley and Adam fans: Neither star will actually win the Globe if their song triumphs because they don't share songwriter credit.
Another curious entry on the Globes' list: While "London River" was disqualified from the race for best foreign film at the Oscars, it's been OKd for that race at the Globes – along with 68 other films.
Golden Globe nominations will be announced on Dec. 15.
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