Golden Globe Preview: Drama
In contrast to 2009′s heavily American lineup, most of this year’s contenders for the Golden Globe’s drama pic award exude a distinctly international air. Even the U.S.-based stories demonstrate a Continental brand of verbal sophistication and visual flair that should sit well with the Hollywood Foreign Press — and make their selection process that much harder.
Classic Precursor: With highly theatrical material filmed in tight hand-held closeups, half the time you might think you’re watching John Cassavetes’ “Faces” (1969).
Shot at a Globe Nod: May exude more indie intensity than most pix the foreign scribblers ordinarily single out.
If Not the Big One: Don’t bet against seven-time nominee (three-time winner) Nicole Kidman making it eight.