Feast or famine for Golden Globe nominees

Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:55pm EST
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By Gregg Kilday

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - They were joking about it on the set of "The Adjustment Bureau," where freshly minted Globes nominee Emily Blunt was working with Matt Damon, who scored a double whammy Tuesday with nominations for the comedy "The Informant!" and the drama "Invictus."

"I'm working with Matt today, who's got a doubleheader," Blunt said with a laugh, "so I just gave him hell because he's apparently trying to steal my thunder. He's the worst."

Elsewhere, not everyone was laughing as the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. tossed multiple nominations to a lucky few while other awards hopefuls went hungry.

The biggest beneficiary of the HFPA's largesse was Sandra Bullock, who will have to brace herself for two envelope openings since she received two nominations -- for drama actress for playing a benevolent suburban mom in "The Blind Side" and for comedy actress for her role as a hard-driving exec who finds herself in an engagement of convenience in "The Proposal."

"I am beyond stunned," Bullock said. "Just to be included in the company of these amazing women I have so admired through the years has left me slack-jawed with awe."

Bullock wasn't the only actress who double-dipped. Perennial favorite Meryl Streep picked up two comedy actress noms, for "Julie & Julia" and "It's Complicated."

(While the Academy's Oscar rules allow only one performer per category, the Globes don't carry such restrictions. The last actor nominated twice in one category at the Globes was Tim Robbins, who was picked for "The Player" and "Bob Roberts" in 1993).

That meant something had to give: Saoirse Ronan, the 15-year-old actress who recounts her murder from a heavenly perch in "The Lovely Bones," was among those nominated as best actress Monday by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn., but she failed to win over the HFPA. Similarly, Abbie Cornish, who has been nominated for a British Independent Film Award for her performance as John Keats' muse in "Bright Star," also was among the missing on Tuesday.   Continued...

<p>British actress Emily Blunt poses for photographers as she arrives for the World Premiere of "Young Victoria" at Leicester Square in London March 3, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>