Wow, seven Best Picture nominees, and I haven't seen a single one of them! That's probably because none of them has been shown in Singapore yet. Most award-baiting movies are released in the year after it premiered in the US, making it difficult for me to put them on my Best Movies list. Should I hold my Best Movies of 2007 list till I've seen these movies, which may be released as late as March 2008, or do I throw them into the 2008 list instead, but that will make my list out of sync with what goes on in the American film industry? Let's say if I stayed strictly chronological, and I found No Country For Old Men to be the best movie released in 2008, wouldn't it be a little weird to see it competing for the best pic position on my 2008 list, which will only be completed in 2009, one long year after all the hype about it has already passed?
The best solution, I think would be to delay the BMF list till after the Oscar nominees are announced (January 22, 2008). Let's make it a tentative February 2, so that I have some time to catch up on whatever's left that needs watching. It'll give me time to catch some of the Golden Horse winners too, which should have all been released on DVDs by then. If you haven't noticed, I'm a purist in terms of watching movies in their original language, and in Singapore you can only legally watch a Hong Kong movie in Cantonese when they're released on DVD with a Cantonese track included. It's likely that Stephen Chow's CJ7 won't make it into my 2007 list despite being released within the new window period, but I consider CJ7 to be a 2008 movie anyway, so it's no biggie.
Back to the Globes. What I like about the Golden Globes is that it has special categories that separate the dramas from the comedies and musicals. Not that it's trying to give fair playing ground to these genres or something, but to provide a spotlight for movies that may not make the limited five-nominee space for the Oscar best pic trophy. I'm eager to watch American Gangster, No Country for Old Men, Eastern Promises, Across the Universe, Juno, Sweeney Todd, Charlie Wilson's War, and ok, maybe Atonement. Though I haven't seen it, but from what I've heard about it Bee Movie doesn't seem like the type to deserve a nom, and Persepolis should have been in its place instead of competing against live-action flicks in the Best Foreign Film category, which will likely be won by either Lust, Caution or The Kite Runner, both really big critics and awards favourites. Unable to comment on the rest until I've seen the movies.
Anyway, enough of my ranting. Here's the link to the Globe noms, or go directly to the official Globe site here.