The London Film critics Circle gave We Need to Talk About Kevin a nomination for best British film of the Year, gave dierctor Lynne Ramsay a nomination for best director where she will compete against the top guys who are in Oscar contention.
Other female nominees include: Bridget O’Connor for co-writing Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
I like the Golden Globe show cause it's always goofy. People drink, say funny stuff and you get TV and film people in one place. People who are awards watchers don't take it too seriously because they have two different film categories -- comedy and drama -- which no other awards do. The also kiss a lot of celebrity butt in order to have a star ladened show rather than a serious awards show. So you must not take anything these people do too seriously.
But they do get coverage and they do get talked about so it matters that with 11 films nominated in the two categories there is not a single woman directed film nominated for best drama or best comedy/musical. The Help and Bridesmaids continued their good week and I think that we will have to settle for one (The Help) or hopefully both of these films representing the chicks at the Oscars. So it will be films about women that will represent women, not films by women. But weirdly, the Bridesmaids writers did not get nominated here, nor did any other female film writers (except for Angelina Jolie who got a best foreign language film nomination).
Maybe being a movie about women won't hurt The Help, and the Bridesmaids nod along with the rising Melissa McCarthy makes me think it could potentially sneak in with a best picture nod because both men and women really love this movie. (As they should.)
There is no good reason why this film and this director is not a part of the year end conversation. The only reason why I can think of is because the film is by a woman about a woman, a mother who has raised a monster. The movie scares the crap out of people and it touches nerves and makes people uncomfortable. But isn't that one of the things that makes a great movie?