Best supporting actor also yielded no upsets, with the five nominees identical to the Globes' selections: Matt Damon ("Invictus"), Woody Harrelson ("The Messenger"), Christopher Plummer ("The Last Station"), Stanley Tucci ("The Lovely Bones") and Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds").
They were joking about it on the set of "The Adjustment Bureau," where freshly minted Globes nominee Emily Blunt was working with Matt Damon, who scored a double whammy Tuesday with nominations for the comedy "The Informant!" and the drama "Invictus."
"I'm working with Matt today, who's got a doubleheader," Blunt said with a laugh, "so I just gave him hell because he's apparently trying to steal my thunder. He's the worst."
Her fiancé, John Krasinksi, read the list, so did Blunt have any inside scoop on her nomination for The Young Victoria?
"Oh, my God, none. None whatsoever, I promise," Blunt said.
She is wrapping up shooting in New York on The Adjustment Bureau, opposite fellow nominee Matt Damon (The Informant! and Invictus). "I can't believe he stole my thunder by being given a double header," Blunt said.
First item on Blunt's agenda when she wraps the film? Ending the diet she has been on to play a ballerina. "It's going to be carnage. This slimness is going out the window."
Morgan Freeman has hailed the Golden Globe nominations for Invictus as "wonderful news".
The 72-year-old actor plays Nelson Mandela in the film and is nominated for Best Dramatic Actor, while director Clint Eastwood is up for Best Director and Matt Damon is up for Best Supporting Actor at the awards in January.
Freeman, in South Africa to attend premieres of the movie, said: "I suspect we will do a little bit of celebration, not a whole lot, you know, but it's wonderful news."
Morgan Freeman, nominated for best Actor, Drama for "Invictus": "I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this tremendous honor. Congratulations to Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon on their nominations, and I extend my deepest gratitude to my producing partner Lori McCreary, and the entire cast and crew of ‘Invictus’ for their tireless work to make a film befitting of Nelson Mandela’s legacy. Playing Mandela was the greatest honor of my career, and I hope that I have done him proud."
In the acting categories, Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart"), Matt Damon ("The Informant!"), Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker") and Michael Stuhlbarg ("A Serious Man") will compete against Clooney for best actor.
Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) is up for awards from Chicago and the Globes while Matt Damon despite nods for his work in The Informant! from both of those groups along with Detroit is seeing his double-dip this year shifting to a body-of-work nomination in the more recent and less interesting role of Rugby captain Francois Pienaar from Invictus.
Part of the other reason the better Tucci performance might have been glossed over is that it is essentially comedic. Which brings me to Matt Damon, and his uncannily deranged performance in "The Informant!" He’s been nominated in the supporting category for nailing a South African accent and looking quite convincing as a jock in "Invictus," but what he managed to do with the narration alone in Steven Soderbergh’s corporate satire was ingenious.
Damon basically peeled off layers of comedy in this performance until the pathetic man we're left with in the final minutes is a shadow of the slick nerd we meet at the start. Soderbergh could have spun the film as a drama – a la "The Insider." But it was cleverer – shocking, even – to ask Damon to make us laugh, which he does. How that choice has failed to appeal to the awards show where only actors vote is unfortunate.
Over on the men's side, it is Matt Damon who has a double this year and a corner on the biopic. He scores nominations for portraying two very real -- and very different -- men. In the comedy slot, he grabs a nom for his role as the chubby, egotistic whistle-blower Mark Whitacre in "The Informant." He also takes home a supporting actor nom for his portrayal of the buff South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar in "Invictus."
Damon’s record of activism has helped in Oklahoma, as well. He participated in premieres of both "The Bourne Supremacy” and "The Bourne Ultimatum” that raised money for The Children’s Center in Bethany. In an exclusive comment to The Oklahoman, Damon discussed the possibility of future premieres, one of which could coincide with the release of his latest film with Paul Greengrass, "Green Zone."
"I don't have one scheduled right now... but I love it there," Damon said. "I know they're going to do a pretty big push for 'Green Zone,' so it might include a tour like that. I'm working at that time, I'm shooting the Coen brothers movie (a remake of 'True Grit') — I'll be in New Mexico around that time — so maybe they'll do one, but I'm not sure."
The film's producers were already terrified he would get hurt—and that was before our tenuous situation as tandem first-timers was compounded by the high winds. Matt is smart enough to know that the producers weren't being paranoid, that hundreds of people were counting on him to be in top form the following morning. But he is also athletic, competitive and confident in his physical ability: When he was five, I watched him tie a towel-cape around his neck, climb to the top of a jungle gym, and—before I could stop him—launch himself off the top, believing that he could fly.
Despite the cape, he'd broken his ankle.
"Let's do it," he said.
Support vehicles pulled over to check on us, including one filled with movie producers. One of them rolled down the window and shouted, "This is ridiculous—hop in the car." Another said, "We'll do a press release describing your mechanical issues and the wind, and no one will fault you for stopping."
"No way," said Matt. "We're gonna finish this thing."