Every awards ceremony features its fair share of surprise wins – but rarely is there a surprise nominee. Dog President garnered two Golden Globe nominations Sunday night, which we think is probably a record for a totally made-up film.
Early in the evening, presenters Don Cheadle and Eva Longoria took the stage to hand out the award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie, rattling off the names of the nominees, including Hollywood luminaries like Sigourney Weaver, Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore.
But an uproar of laughter gripped the Beverly Hilton Hotel when Longoria wryly announced the category’s sixth nominee, Darcy St. Budge. Wait – who? Wearing a frumpy turquoise sweater and smiling more crookedly than Honey Boo Boo’s second cousin, St. Budge – who looked suspiciously like host Amy Poehler – was introduced as a “psychic who solves her own murder.”
“She can’t win, can she?” Asked Cheadle, who then prompted a momentary collective gasp when he shouted “Dar—,“ before announcing the real winner: Julianne Moore for Game Change.
Dog President‘s other star, Damien Francisco, popped up among the nominees for Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie, for his role as a volleyball player battling restless-leg syndrome. This time, it was Fey, in a bad fake mustache and Johnny Depp-style mop of hair. But she, too, wasn’t fooling anyone. (And really, was there any hope for Francisco against such heavyweights as Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner?)
So sadly, Dog President got shut out at the Golden Globes — and the connection between psychics, volleyball and canine presidents remains frustratingly unexplained. We remain as intrigued as ever by Dog President, and we certainly hope that somewhere, screenwriters are already moving on a script.