Gabourey Sidibe Gets Nothing, and Four More Surprises From the Golden Satellites' Bizarro Awards Universe


The Golden Satellites -- the annual awards fest held at the Century City InterContinental and voted upon by a consortium of over 100 entertainment journalists calling themselves the International Press Academy -- is noteworthy for being one of the first out of the gate, and a bit spazzy with their nominations. This year's list is no exception, but nonetheless offers some interesting and overlooked choices, while snubbing some other favorites -- including the unknown actress who stunned as Precious' titular fried chicken bandit.

The IPA is often accused of nominating films they haven't even screened or seen. This year, however, they insist they did show most of the films in contention, including Invictus and The Lovely Bones -- neither of which earned nominations. Nine nabbed the most categories -- earning nine-plus-one nominations, including Best Picture (Comedy or Musical), Best Director, and acting nods for Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard and Penelope Cruz.

Some other notable trends:

The Best Picture (Drama) Nominees Were All From Mini-Majors

Suggesting a comeback of sorts for independent cinema and/or trumpeting the death of the big-budget studio drama, the five films vying for their top drama awards -- The Hurt Locker, Bright Star, An Education, The Messenger, Precious and surprise longshot The Stoning of Soraya M. -- were all small films from specialty distributors.

Three of the Six Best Director Nominees Were Women

Lone Scherfig, Kathryn Bigelow and Jane Campion were all recognized for their work this year -- as was young South African/Canadian wunderkind Neill Blonkamp, for his amazingly sophisticated work on District 9.


Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Plummer, Julianne Moore, Gabourey Sidibe, Quentin Tarantino, Jason Reitman, and the Coens were among those whose efforts were politely given the press-group equivalent of the finger. Thanks for playing!

Congratulations, Hugh Dancy and Catalina Saavedra!

On the other hand, two actors virtually off the radar -- Adam's Dancy and The Maid's Saavedra -- were singled out, both deservedly so.

The full list of nominations:

Motion Picture, Drama

The Hurt Locker

Bright Star

An Education

The Messenger


The Stoning of Soraya M.

Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical

Julie & Julia

The Informant!

A Serious Man

It's Complicated

Up in the Air


Actress, Drama

Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria

Abbie Cornish, Bright Star

Carey Mulligan, An Education

Shohreh Aghdashloo, The Stoning of Soraya M.

Catalina Saavedra, The Maid

Penélope Cruz, Broken Embraces

Actor, Drama

Johnny Depp, Public Enemies

Hugh Dancy, Adam

Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

Michael Sheen, The Damned United

Colin Firth, A Single Man

Actress, Comedy/Musical

Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Zooey Deschanel, (500) Days of Summer

Katherine Heigl, The Ugly Truth

Sandra Bullock, The Proposal

Marion Cotillard, Nine

Actor, Comedy/Musical

Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine

Bradley Cooper, The Hangover

Matt Damon, The Informant!

Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man

George Clooney, Up in the Air

Supporting Actress

Emily Blunt, Sunshine Cleaning

Mozhan Marno, The Stoning of Soraya M.

Mo'Nique, Precious

Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air

Penélope Cruz, Nine

Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Alfred Molina, An Education

Woody Harrelson, The Messenger

James McAvoy, The Last Station

Timothy Spall, The Damned United


Neill Blonkamp, District 9

Rob Marshall, Nine

Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

Lee Daniels, Precious

Jane Campion, Bright Star

Lone Scherfig, An Education

Original Screenplay

Jane Campion, Bright Star

Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker

Bob Peterson & Pete Docter, Up

Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, (500) Days of Summer

Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man

Adapted Screenplay

Nora Ephron, Julie & Julia

Nick Hornby, An Education

Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious

Neill Blonkamp & Terri Tatchell, District 9

Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air

Foreign Language Film

Red Cliff

The Maid

The White Ribbon

Broken Embraces

I Killed My Mother

Winter in Wartime

Animated or Mixed Media Film


Where the Wild Things Are

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Princess and the Frog

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs


Every Little Step

The Cove

It Might Get Loud

The September Issue

The Beaches of Agnes

Valentino: The Last Emperor


Elliot Goldenthal, Public Enemies

Rolfe Kent, Up in the Air

Michael Giacchino, Up

Carter Burwell & Karen O, Where the Wild Things Are

Marvin Hamlisch, The Informant!

Gabriel Yared, Amelia


"Almost There," Randy Newman, The Princess and the Frog

"I Can See In Color," Mary J. Blige, Precious

"Down in New Orleans," Randy Newman, The Princess and the Frog

"Cinema Italiano," Maury Yeston, Nine

"The Weary Kind," Ryan Bingham & T-Bone Burnett, Crazy Heart

"We Are the Children of the World," Terry Gilliam, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus



Public Enemies

It Might Get Loud

Red Cliff

A Serious Man

Inglourious Basterds

Visual Effects

Transformers: Rise of the Fallen

Red Cliff

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Fantastic Mr. Fox

District 9



It Might Get Loud

Red Cliff

District 9


The Hurt Locker



Terminator: Salvation

Transformers: Rise of the Fallen

It Might Get Loud

Red Cliff



Art Direction

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Public Enemies

Red Cliff

The Road


A Single Man

Costume Design

Red Cliff


The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Young Victoria