Meryl Streep, blah blah blah.
Certain names you can count on come statuette season. We wanted to know what might surprise us come tomorrow's Golden Globe nominations.
A lot, was essentially the answer we got from awards guru Tom O'Neil, of the Los Angeles Times' Gold Derby.
"You can always count on jaw-droppers among the Globe nominations," O'Neil said.
Like, for instance, how about a Best Motion Picture nomination for a film that a whole bunch of people actually saw—and liked?
Yes, that would be quite The Hangover.
"Normally, Globers don't appreciate Yankee frat-boy humor," O'Neil said. "They didn't nominate 40-Year-Old Virgin or Knocked Up, but they love The Hangover."
They love it so much O'Neil actually capitalized love, as in LOVE.
Being a comedy, the bacchanal-boasting blockbuster—certified Sunday as one of 2009's best by the American Film Institute—would compete in the Musical/Comedy category alongside the expected likes of Streep's Julie & Julia.
Here are some other blogosphere predictions that caught our eye, not because the films or actors aren't deserving, but because we've come to think awards-show voters only think people named Meryl are deserving (not that they're not, but still…):
• (500) Days of Summer: Will this tender dramedy have its heart broken by Globe voters? Awards Circuit, for one, doesn't think so—it's slotting (500) Days in the Comedy/Musical best-film category, and it's figuring on stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel to be up for acting honors. (The AFI, for what it's worth, took a pass on the movie.)
• Mariah Carey: Wait, is this the Grammys? Nope. Alt Film Guide, for one, is calling on the songbird to snag a Best Supporting Actress nod for going undercover in awards-season favorite Precious. (And the Winner even has Carey down as a "major threat" to snag an Oscar nod.)
• Maya Rudolph: Wouldn't it be cool if one of the cooler Saturday Night Live alums were recognized as being the best thing in the annoying, if admirable, Away We Go? Awards Circuit thinks it's going to happen for Rudolph in the Comedy/Musical lead-actress category. (By the by, she's already picked up a Best Actress nom from the Washington, D.C., critics.)
• Sandra Bullock: Oops. Forgot. We're not surprised about that anymore.