Mallika Chopra: Which actors deserve a Golden Globe this year?

A few weeks ago, I asked our community to share their favorite movies over the last year.  The responses were fantastic, and I have a new list of movies to see now!

Today, the Golden Globe nominations were announced.  While I have not seen most of the movies – the reality of being a parent with two young kids – I was very happy to see that Slumdog Millionaire was nominated for Best Drama, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Original Score.  You can see the full list here.

For those of you who haven’t heard Gothams interview with Danny Boyle, the director of Slumdog Millionaire, I encourage you to listen.  His passion, intellect and commitment to good storytelling were very inspiring!  He captured part of the soul of India and the human need to survive and live in such a touching and powerful way.

(And, I have to add, we are so excited about AR Rahman being recognized for his incredible talent.)

I plan to take advantage of visiting my parents during the holidays to sneak out and watch some more movies. 

In the meantime, what performances do you think were amazing this year? 

I think Heath Ledger in Batman was amazing, and his nomination is well deserved… Seems both Kate Winslet and Meryl Streep gave great performances in films this year as well.  Would love your thoughts…


  1. Treat yourself to Milk.

    Sean Penn gifted us with another stellar performance.

    He is truly amazing!

    Slumdog Millionaire isn't playing in my town yet, (neither was Milk – I had to go to the next county to see it), however I am looking forward to seeing it.

    Peace out

  2. Mallika,

    I agree totally with your rave for Slumdog Millionaire. What a film, and what a look into the world we know so little about here in the US.

    I loved the film "Frozen River", about two impoverished women who become friends at the border of New York and Canada. The film is deeply moving, showing a friendship forged from poverty and what some are moved to do to survive.

    I also loved a film called "Fugitive Pieces". This is an excellent portrayal of a man haunted by memories, and the humanitarian who changed his life.

    These were two of my top picks for the year, but there were others that don't come to mind at the moment.

    peace, Jess

  3. I've seen Mamma Mia and it was fun! But can't replace the Musical itself which I saw in London's West End in 05. I think mainly cause of the fact that at the end of the theatre show the cast comes togehter to sing a few songs and cause it is a live performance you get a different feel and people stand up and are singing, clapping, dancing etc. In the film they try to capture that effect a bit at the end too…

    Most of the other films are not showing here yet cause many still arent even released in the US either! I plan to see Seven Pounds next wk which I saw previewed on Oprah and am excited to see and it seems to be opening bout same time as US. Looking fwd…

    Many of the others are on my multiplexes coming soon list so should be able to see them if I wish between now and Jan.

    Although the two I really want to see arent- Slumdog Millionaire and The…Adv of Benjamin Button. I heard bout Slumdog on here and have wanted to see it since. And saw the Button one on Oprah when Brad Pitt visited with that amazing actress and co-star:Cate Blanchett. Always seems like Australia and Canada breathes so much acting talent!

    A. R. Rahman is listed as one of my favs so glad for him. I've always wanted to catch Bollywood Dreams (the theatre prod) but was not able to so far…isnt it showing in the US now? Didnt know back then that is was written by Shekhar Kapur.

    I actually passed on the Batman film-Dark Knight cause it was on here in the summer too but I was very busy then and I thought people just was going on bout it cause Heath Ledger had died and somehow the idea of a film with a by then dead co-star and already on a dark kinda topic being a Batman film and another Batman film just didnt draw me to the cinema. Of course everything I've heard about that performance and the overall film was positive…so it must just be me! And I guess in all reality I should have gone see it! But I passed…I've also not seen the films Heath Ledger is more famous for…I've only seen Casanova…which was quite fun and he seemed good in it. I never saw Brokeback Mountain cause it didnt interest me not that I'm against homosexuality of anything.

    I was watching Saregamapa (a music contest show) on Zee TV and saw Amir Khan was on as they were doing a Taare Zameen Par inspired show and they were asking him bout his run for Best Foreign Lang Film I guess. I see he said he didnt get through in the Golden Globes but there were lots of people liking his film in the rounds so far so he feels positive for his Oscar run. His film Lagaan was nominated in the past for the Oscar for best foreign lang film but lost. I really liked Lagaan and know lots of people who do too. Nice music on that movie too. I take it Taare Zameen Par is Bollywood's and so India's entry this year in the foreign film category. I've never seen it but think it's bout differently abled kids? I just never got about to seeing it yet.

  4. I am really rooting for Slumdog Millionaire and Danny Boyle! I think performance wise Heath Ledger for sure….I am not as passionately rooting for someone as I was for Marion Cotillard and Javier Bardem last year but this year my favorites are: Heath Ledger, Kate Winslet. I'm hoping Bratt Pitt or Leonardo DiCaprio win but I think its Mickey Rourke's year….LOVE award season!

  5. I have just seen "Australia" and thoroughly enjoyed it. The scenery and effects are awesome, and, while the story is a little predictable i.e two leading actors who hate each on first sight, eventually fall in love after surviving hardships, I thought the young boy "Nullah" played by Australian novice actor Brandon Walters (13)was riveting. He has never acted before, but his performance was amazing, he played both funny and tragic scenes with a professionalism not often seen in some mature actors. I think (hope) we will see a lot more of Brandon in future projects.

  6. its not current but I watched an old video of Gene Wilder in Willy wonkas chocolate factory- Also- an old movie called_ cinderfella- with jerry lewis. I cant wait to see slumdog!