December 15th, 2009
02:34 PM ET

"Hurt Locker" isn't hurting for honors

This morning's Golden Globe nominations included the latest kudos for "The Hurt Locker," a small film that's receiving a lot of attention this awards season.  The HFPA nominated the drama, about a U.S. army bomb disposal unit serving in Iraq, for Best Motion Picture – Drama, and Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director.  She's up against James Cameron (her ex-husband) for "Avatar," Clint Eastwood for "Invictus," Jason Reitmand for "Up In The Air," and Quentin Tarantino for "Inglourious Basterds."

This is Bigelow's first Golden Globe nod, but accepting honors for "The Hurt Locker" is getting to be old hat: the movie has received top honors from the New York and Los Angeles film critics, and both groups named Bigelow best director as well.  Here's how she reacted to this morning's nominations:

"I am thrilled that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has chosen to honor 'The Hurt Locker' this year alongside so many other great films.  It is doubly exciting to be recognized for my work as as director on this film which is so very close to my heart, and which shines a light on the impossible situation overseas."

Another oft-repeated name this awards season is Christoph Waltz.  The Austrian actor has received raves and honors for his role as a Nazi colonel in "Inglourious Basterds," including Best Actor at Cannes, and this morning he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, along with Matt Damon for "Invictus," Woody Harrelson for "The Messenger," Christopher Plummer for "The Last Station," and Stanley Tucci for "The Lovely Bones."  Waltz's reaction:

"Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press who have transported me from the unbelievable into the unimaginable."

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