Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Milk not ‘Golden’

It seems that the “Day Without A Gay” protest came a day late as the Golden Globe Award nominations snubbed Gus Van Sant’s critically acclaimed film Milk in the directing, best picture, and most acting categories.

The nominations were announced December 11.

The Focus Features film, about slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, received only one nomination – a best actor nod in the dramatic category for Sean Penn in the title role.

Others in the best actor category include Leonardo DiCaprio (Revolutionary Road); Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon); Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button); and Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler).

James Franco, who the Los Angeles Times noted has received “rave reviews” for his portrayal as Milk’s lover Scott Smith in the film, instead earned a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a motion picture, comedy, or musical for his role in the stoner movie Pineapple Express.

For best dramatic picture, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, The Reader, and Revolutionary Road.

Directors receiving nominations in the dramatic category included Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire); David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button); Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon); Stephen Daldry (The Reader); and Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road).

The late Heath Ledger, who played a wicked Joker in Christopher Dolan’s Batman movie The Dark Knight, received a best supporting actor nomination. Ledger, who died in January, won the hearts of gay men the world over for his portrayal of gay cowboy Ennis Del Mar in 2005’s Brokeback Mountain.

The Golden Globes will be broadcast on NBC January 11.

— Cynthia Laird, December 11, 2008 @ 12:07 pm PST
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