Let's get into it...
BEST PICTURE (DRAMA)
The Great Debaters
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
Duh. Does Ridley Scott just automatically get nominated nowadays? Him and Ron Howard... it's like clockwork. The only surprise here is Eastern Promises. That's really bizarre to me. I liked the film... it's just bizarre that it got a nom.
What's missing? : Rescue Dawn, The Darjeeling Limited, Lars and The Real Girl
BEST PICTURE (COMEDY or MUSICAL)
Across The Universe
Charlie Wilson's War
The fact that Once did not get a mention here is proof that the HFPA doesn't watch movies (unless the screener comes with a gift basket, check, or "escort"...) and doesn't keep it's finger on the pulse of film culture.
What's missing? : Knocked Up, Once, Waitress, Hot Fuzz.
BEST ACTOR (DRAMA)
George Clooney – Michael Clayton
Daniel Lewis – There Will Be Blood
James McAvoy – Atonement
Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises
Denzel Washington – American Gangster
Denzel, George Clooney, and "Daniel Lewis" have automatic bids whenever they're in a movie.
Who's missing? : Adrian Brody (The Darjeeling Limited), Terrence Howard (Pride), Christian Bale (Rescue Dawn), Benicio Del Toro (Things We Lost In The Fire), Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men), and many, many, many more.
BEST ACTOR (COMEDY or MUSICAL)
Johnny Depp - Sweeney Todd
Ryan Gosling - Lars & The Real Girl
Tom Hanks - Charlie Wilson's War
Phillips Seymour Hoffman - The Savages
John C Reilly - Walk Hard
I'm very happy that Ryan Gosling gets a nod here.
Who's missing?: Steve Carrell (Dan in Real Life), Jonah Hill (Superbad), Adam Sandler (I Now Pronouce You Chuck And Larry), Glen Hansard (Once), Dany Boon (My Best Friend)
BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie – Away From Her
Jodie Foster – The Brave One
Angelina Jolie – A Mighty Heart
Keira Knightley – Atonement
Cate Blanchett has the "automatic" privilege just like Clooney et. al. Angelina Jolie is terrible in that A Mighty Heart. Yay for Julie Christie. Yay for Jodie Foster. They are both good in there respective movies.
Who's missing? : Kristen Stewart (The Messengers), Parker Posey (Fay Grim), Carice van Houten (Black Book)
BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY OR MUSICAL)
Amy Adams – Enchanted
Nikki Blonsky – Hairspray
Helena Bonham Carter - Sweeney Todd
Marion Cotillard - La vie en rose
Ellen Page - Juno
Amy Adams and Marion Cotillard are both great.
Who's missing? : Keri Russell (Waitress), Kristen Stewart (In The Land of Women), Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up), Kelli Garner (Lars and the Real Girl), Scarlett Johannson (The Nanny Diaries).
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Casey Affleck - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Javier Bardem - No Country for Old Men
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Charlie Wilson’s War
John Travolta - Hairspray
Tom Wilkinson - Michael Clayton
Javier Bardem has to win this.
Who's missing? : Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard), Albert Finney (Amazing Grace), Ken Marino (Diggers), Samuel Boidin (Flanders), Michael Shannon (Bug), Stephen Graham (This Is England)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett - I’m Not There
Saoirse Ronan - Atonement
Julia Roberts - Charlie Wilson’s War
Amy Ryan - Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton - Michael Clayton
Who's missing? : Adrienne Shelley (Waitress), Gabrielle Union (Daddy's Little Girls)