Three Imaginary Girls are catching up on Golden Globe nominees

Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe is Precious

Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe is Precious

The announcement of the 2009 Golden Globe nominations (I’m still puzzling over the Sandra Bullock nom for The Proposal — um, what?) has made me realize that I’ve only got a few weeks left to catch up on a bunch of flicks before the end of the year. For anyone else in the same boat, here’s a list of stuff playing locally you should check out.

The Hurt Locker, playing at the Varsity and the Uptown: Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow), and Best Screenplay. IMO, one of the best movies of 2009, and I can’t wait till Bigelow also gets a Best Director nod from the Academy (there’s just no way she CAN’T). One of the greatest things about this film is that it isn’t taking sides about whether or not war is right — it’s just about the guys who are out there, every day, struggling to maintain their sanity in a world that’s so far from the norm, no one but them would understand it.

Up in the Air, playing at The Guild 45th and The Meridian: Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Jason Reitman), Best Screenplay, Best Actor (George Clooney), and Best Supporting Actress x2 (Vera Farigma vs. Anna Kendrick!). Clooney’s expected to get an Oscar nom as well for his turn as an HR Administrator hired to fly around the globe and fire people whilst mentoring Kendrick and being romantically entangled with Farigma. I’ll be SO happy if Farmiga wins, because even though I haven’t seen this yet, I think she’s fantastic in everything.

Invictus, playing at the Metro, Pacific Place, and Oak Tree Cinemas: Nominated for Best Actor (Morgan Freeman), Best Supporting Actor (Matt Damon), and Best Director (Clint Eastwood) -– I’ve been hesitant to see this because it screams “NOMINATE ME”, but I know it’s an interesting piece of history so I should. Freeman plays Nelson Mandela, with the focus on his quest to enlist the national rugby team to win the 1995 World Cup. Maybe I’m just scarred from Gran Torino?

Avatar, playing at the Neptune and Pacific Place: Nominated for… Best Picture and Best Director (James Cameron)? Hey, I’m as surprised as you are. After being forced to watch Titanic 100+ times while working at a video store, I am convinced Cameron cannot write a decent dramatic script, but, hey, who am I to judge, because people clearly LOVE this special-effects laden sci-fi something-something about blue people with tails. Plus, I do have a jones for good F/X. It’s also nominated for Best Original Score.

Precious, playing at the Harvard Exit: Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress (Gabby Sidibe), and Best Supporting Actress (Mo’Nique). I’ve been following the backlash against this with a lot of interest — some claim it portrays the characters in a negative, stereotypical way, but I saw this, and the one clear & strong message I came away with was that Precious could be ANYONE, and that love goes a hell of a long way to helping people out of the worst situations you can imagine.

Dreaming of a movie-filled holiday,
Amie Simon
*Three Imaginary Girls*

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