Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds snags four Golden Globe nods
Despite anticipation that Israeli films including Lebanon and Ajami would be nominated, both got snubbed.
The nominations for the 67th annual Golden Globes were announced on Tuesday morning, with the recession-era tale Up in the Air leading film contenders with six nominations and the musical Nine running second with five nominations.
With four nominations, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds had a surprisingly strong showing. The film was a hit with audiences and critics, but it was considered an awards long-shot beyond the performance by Christoph Waltz, a supporting-actor nominee as a gleefully savage Nazi.
Tarantino also was nominated for the screenplay, in which he changes the war's ending with a ferocious bloodbath at a Paris cinema.
"I'm extremely excited and overwhelmed," said Inglourious Basterds co-star Diane Kruger, who helped announce the nominations.
"It's the first time I've been part of such a big movie that encountered so much success and love. I'm extremely happy for Quentin and Christoph. I think he gave one of those inspiring performances that only come around once in awhile."
Despite anticipation in Israel that local films including Lebanon and Ajami would be nominated for best foreign film, neither made the cut. The nominations for Best Foreign Language Film inclide Baaria (Italy), Broken Embraces (Spain), The maid (Chile), A Prophet (France) and The White Ribbon (Germany).
Israeli director Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir won best foreign film at the 66th Golden Globes ceremony last year.
The 67th annual Globes will be handed out Jan. 17, six days before nomination voting closes for the Oscars.