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December 11, 2008

Globes leave SJP at altar


"Sex and the City," a Golden Globe history:

Number of times the HBO show was nominated for best comedy series: 6

Times it won: 3

Number of times Sarah Jessica Parker was nominated as Carrie Bradshaw: 7

Wins: 4

Now, if you're like us, you were shocked and appalled -- aghast, even! -- by the Globe nominations this morning that very pointedly left SJP and the flick standing there all dressed up with nowhere to go. What gives, Hollywood Foreign Press Association?

Does a $415 million worldwide boxoffice take mean nothing? Not that grosses tipped the scales for the group this year, or "The Dark Knight" would've had more than one measly (but meaningful) nod. But a film that single-handedly etched the phrase, "Get me a female buddy dramedy!" into the Hollywood lexicon and pulled off a massive $57 million opening weekend is worth noting come awards time.

Some Gold Rush readers have been championing SJP for an Oscar and we just figured they might be consoled by a Globe nomination. At the very least, we thought she'd have that sewn up and would have a good chance of winning, even against Abba singing-and-dancing powerhouse Meryl Streep.

But it's not to be.

We feel your pain, dear readers, so go ahead and vent. We're here for you.



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Keith Briscoe

Give me a break -- the movie was just a yuppie ad for conspicuous consumption, and Carrie whining about her walk-in closet doesn't warrant a one-hand clap, nevermind an award as dubious as a Globe. If anything, Cynthia Nixon's omission should be the one people are upset over. At least she gave the film a tiny whiff of reality. And just because the film did good box office, it should be rewarded with nominations? What? What kind of boneheaded logic is that? Get real. Who's championing A Christmas Tale? That's the film people should be getting behind -- not this drivel about shoes and the black girl who finally gets her own designer bag from Saint Carrie.

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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

    Here are the best picture contenders in a race that, two weeks away from the Oscars, seems to be a foregone conclusion ("Slumdog") unless there's a come-from-behind possibility ("The Reader" anyone?)

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; the politically timely "Milk;" rags-to-riches fairy tale, "Slumdog Millionaire," Holocaust best-seller-based drama "The Reader," and Watergate-era biopic "Frost/Nixon."

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