This year's Golden Globes nominations indicate a not-bad year for women, including The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow and Precious's Mo'Nique and Gabourey Sidibe and their respective films. Bonus: Justin Timberlake yuks about John Krasinski getting laid tonight.
In the Best Director category, Bigelow is up against heavyweights like Clint Eastwood (Invictus) and Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), relative newbie Jason Reitman (Up In The Air) — and her own ex-husband, James Cameron (Avatar). According to Women & Hollywood's Melissa Silverstein, whose take we asked for this morning, Bigelow is the fourth woman to be nominated in the category (Barbra Streisand was nominated twice and won once, and Jane Campion and Sofia Coppola each once).
She would be the first woman to win. She would be the second woman to win, after Barbra Streisand for Yentl.
In the actress categories, it was a good year for women over forty: double nominations for Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock, including for The Proposal and It's Complicated. (Clearly, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association doesn't agree with Manohla Dargis about the current state of romantic comedies.) Silverstein points out that Marion Cotillard is the only woman under forty in the best actress in a comedy or musical category, up against Meryl Streep (twice), Julia Roberts, and Sandra Bullock.
Nancy Meyers' heavily promoted It's Complicated, which doesn't go into wide release until December 25, was also recognized for its screenplay, making Ms. Meyers the sole woman in the category. In the best picture category, she'll go head-to-head with Nora Ephron, to whom she's often compared.
In the television nominations, Glee led with four nominations, but cable, unsurprisingly, ruled overall. More surprising: January Jones nominated for best actress in a television drama, and Courteney Cox for Cougar Town. Silverstein points out that made-for-television movies are often fertile ground for representations of women, and this year proved it: it included a film about Georgia O'Keeffe as well as Little Dorrit and Grey Gardens, and lots of strong roles for actresses like Joan Allen and Sigourney Weaver.
On a less happy note, Jane Campion's Bright Star was shut out entirely, despite critical kudos for Abbie Cornish and Campion's screenplay.
The awards will be held on January 17. The full list is here. Below, Justin Timberlake's early morning sex joke.
HFPA's 2010 Golden Globes Nominations [Deadline Hollywood Daily]