If you’re any kind of glitzy award show junky, you’ve probably heard the Golden Globes referred to as the “pre-Oscars,” an “Academy Award bellweather,” or something to that effect. Basically, the Golden Globes get cast as the slummy, early predictor of their bigger, better cousins. And looking at this years nominations its obvious why: they nominate every freaking movie that comes out.
Like the Oscars tend to do, this year’s Golden Globe nominations include their fair share of stately movies most people never see — The King’s Speech and Black Swan — and wider release prestige films — Inception, The Social Network. (The Fighter probably falls somewhere in between.) These films are nominated in the “drama” category, and are pretty typical. 2009’s best dramas, according to the Globes, were Slumdog Millionaire, The Reader, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, and Revolutionary Road. While some of these movies blow, for the most part they could all have been considered Oscar bait.