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Globes Cool to ‘Milk’

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Posted on Dec 11, 2008

Despite widespread acclaim and gushing praise from some tough critics, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association largely overlooked Gus Van Sant’s “Milk” in choosing this year’s Golden Globe nominees, although Sean Penn is among the HFPA’s picks for best actor.


It would seem to be a battle between “Frost/Nixon” vs. “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” at the Golden Globes, with the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. handing out five noms apiece to both films, including picture, director, actor, screenplay and score.

“The Reader,” “Revolutionary Road” and “Slumdog Millionaire” rounded out the drama category, with each pic landing four overall nominations.

Focus Features had high hopes for biopic “Milk,” but only received one nom for Sean Penn as best actor.

The Globes, chosen by the 85 members of the HFPA, at times have been a bellwether for the Academy Awards. But with nominations spread out across 31 films, this year [becomes] yet another open race for Hollywood.

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By Neville Ross, January 23, 2009 at 11:04 am Link to this comment
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Maybe the Hollywood Foreign Press Association doesn’t care for Milk because they all know that it’s just another boring biopic that fudges the facts, and has made-up characters that are combinations of three real ones because the film company can’t budget enough to show all of a person’s life (I’m looking at you, Ray). Or maybe they’re tired of gay movies that are so earnest, but can’t really show any gay sex, or gay men enjoying sex (I’m looking at you, Brokeback Mountain!) Maybe that’s why they want The Dark Knight to win, like everybody else in the world.

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By Muscleboy, December 11, 2008 at 7:07 pm Link to this comment


I’ve know members of the Foreign Press Association and have found them to be quite brilliant.  They helped fight the studios digital police state tendencies.  They have sought to explore and embrace the full field of cinema out there and quite properly have shown the spotlight on the best of cinema so often in the small production realm.  A very good bunch and I dare say genuine and unfettered members of the press.

I didn’t wholly like the Batman movie for several reasons, but I certainly do hope Heath Ledger makes it for his outstanding and exceptionally compelling performance before his extremely unfortunate death.

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By David, December 11, 2008 at 2:42 pm Link to this comment
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I happen to be friends with someone in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. And I can tell you that they’re a fairly conservative bunch, and somewhat on the rigid side. Not all of them, mind you. But none of them are spring chickens, most or all of them are over 65, their outlook is fairly staid, most of them are white, and their idea of what is new and hip seemed to end somewhere in the ‘60’s, maybe even the ‘50’s…

The organization desperately needs an injection of youthful people in it, although they’re don’t seem to be any entrants. I don’t know if their lack of support for the film…apart from their nomination of Sean Penn…indicates some sort of bias against gays. I wouldn’t think so, necessarily. They’ve ALL been around Hollywood social circles long enough to have encountered a gay person at some point.

I’m just guessing that the subject matter of the film is a bit out of their league, and beyond their comfort zone.

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