Unlike the Academy Awards, the Globes feature two acting categories, for drama and musical/comedy, doubling an actor's chances of recognition. Since both Bullock and Damon successfully straddled the drama/comedy line this year, they're each in twice for, respectively, 'The Proposal' and 'The Blind Side' and 'The Informant!' and 'Invictus.' This morning, three lucky actors -- Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon and Meryl Streep -- were woken up with the news that they received not one but two Golden Globes nominations. What are the chances that any of them will walk away with a matched set of Globes on January 17, as Kate Winslet did last year?
Unlike the Academy Awards, the Globes feature two acting categories, for drama and musical/comedy, doubling an actor's chances of recognition. Since both Bullock and Damon successfully straddled the drama/comedy line this year, they're each in twice for, respectively, 'The Proposal' and 'The Blind Side' and 'The Informant!' and 'Invictus.'
While double nominations (like her other slew of acting awards) are nothing new for Streep -- this year, she's nominated for both 'Julie and Julia' and 'It's Complicated' -- it's rare that she's literally competing against herself. Both nominations are in the same category: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, so while she's likely to cancel herself out as she did last year with the dramatic 'Doubt' and the musical 'Mamma Mia!,' she just as well might end up with one win, one loss, as she did in 2003 when was nominated for both 'Adaptation' and 'The Hours' and took home the award for 'Adaptation.'
Like Streep's 2003 win and Winslet's double triumph last year (she scored Globes for both 'The Reader,' and 'Revolutionary Road'), it seems easier to collect a Globe when you're in a lead vs. supporting scenario, as opposed to a lead vs. lead race. Or else the Hollywood Foreign Press simply felt Winslet, who'd been nominated for five Globes and five Academy Awards over the years, was long overdue for a win.
Perhaps they'll feel the same about Bullock, who, despite being a well-loved and reliable box-office draw, had only been nominated twice before at the Golden Globes. Ditto for Damon, whose Golden Globe and Oscar are both for screenwriting, not for acting. Prior to his double nomination this year, Damon's two Golden Globe acting nods were for 'Good Will Hunting' and 'The Talented Mr. Ripley.'
Like any awards theory, however, there is no tried and true formula. Julianne Moore, who received double the Golden Globes and Oscar nominations in 2003 for her roles in 'The Hours' and 'Far From Heaven,' went home empty-handed at both ceremonies, despite landing in both the lead and supporting actress races.
Then again, maybe it's just a question of having the right role at the right time: Jamie Foxx, a double nominee in both awards races, took home both a Globe and an Oscar in 2004 for his portrayal of Ray Charles in 'Ray,' and the side-by-side supporting actor nominations for 'Collateral' didn't hurt.