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The Golden Globes: The Nominations Announced

Good morning once again. It feels like just yesterday we were getting up early to watch a major awards precursor announce their list of nominees. Well, that's because it was just yesterday. Yikes! First SAG, now the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Spread it out, guys! The movies, and us fools who love them, are still all going to be here tomorrow. Or next week! Next week would have been a fabulous time to announce your nominees! I'm still here in bed wrapped up like that Golden Globe award to your left. Anyway, we're all here now and we're going to get the titles to you as fast as presenters Zoe Saldana, Aziz Ansari and Olivia Wilde can read 'em and I can write 'em. My brain nor my typing fingers work particularly well before 10am (okay - noon!), but here's hoping for some surprises. 

While we wait, any last minute hunches? Will the HFPA mimic SAG's shockeroo of no Robert Redford? Will Dallas Buyers Club find its way into the best picture category? Will the comedy categories actually honour a non-prestige comedy? I'm pulling for This is the End if they do, but what about you? Gah! It's so exciting...

Before the nominations have even started and I have to heartily congratulate the HFPA on their "streming". Whatever that means. It's not like thousands are viewing the feed or anything.

Okay, here is the complete list of film nominations with commentary. (We'll get to TV eventually - they were certainly a more interesting lot than SAG; oh hi Orange is the New Black and Orphan Black! - for now let's keep it to film).

Best Motion Picture -  Drama

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Captain Phillips
  • Gravity
  • Philomena
  • Rush


Harvey Weinstein must be getting whiplash. Yesterday it was Lee Daniels The Butler and August: Osage County picking up big awards and Philomena getting a lone acting nod and zero for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Today it's The Butler getting zero (not even OPRAH!!), August getting a couple of acting, Mandela getting three and Philomena getting three biggies. The common denominator? Nothing for Fruitvale Station at either awards. I wasn't a fan of the movie, but it feels so long ago that people thought it was a Best Picture certainty.

It also makes sense for Rush to show up here since formula one is so much more popular in Europe where I imagine many HFPA voters come from. Plus now they can invite Chris Hemsworth and actually give him a reason to go. Still, that nomination is so... blegh. That film was not good. The other three are solid as rocks right about now.

Lastly, can we discuss whether Saving Mr Banks was hurt by being submitted as a drama? Given the comedy category below, it probably wouldn't have made it in there, either. The lack of any nominations outside of Emma Thompson both here and at the SAG means it's a much weaker property than initially thought. One of the unexpected twists of the last two days.

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

  • American Hustle
  • Her
  • Llewyn Davis
  • Nebraska
  • Wolf of Wall Street 


Sigh. They went all highbrow prestige. Well done Hollywood, you've won. You even somehow managed to make the annual fun set of award nominations look boring. They may as well have just combined the two best picture categories into one since that's what they look like. Every single one of these films straddles the drama/comedy line so I can't get entirely mad, I guess, it's just frustrating. No The Heat or This is the End, nor any of the smaller comedies like Frances Ha or Enough Said. Boo. 

This may just be my favourite tweet of the morning.



Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

  • Chewitel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
  • Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
  • Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Robert Redford, All is Lost 


This looks about right. Redford made up for yesterday's SAG snub like he needed too, but without Dern or DiCaprio to compete against that was much easier. This will surely be Elba's - and the film's - one day in the sun, I'm positive.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

  • Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  • Sandra Bullock, Gravity
  • Judi Dench, Philomena
  • Emma Thompson, Saving Mr Banks
  • Kate Winslet, Labor Day  


With Streep deferred over the musical/comedy, Kate Winslet is a suitably starry replacement. And she's good in the film, too. Shame, however, that they couldn't stump for Adele Exarchopoulos whose long shot odds just got longer without a Golden Globe or SAG nomination. Likewise for Brie Larson in Short Term 12.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

  • Christian Bale, American Hustle
  • Bruce Dern, Nebraska
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Her 


Yup. I genuinely have very little to say about the musical/comedy categories this year, which is sad because they're usually one of the season's high points. A place to honour filmmakers who made excellent genre pictures that nonetheless don't get recognized elsewhere. These five look like an Oscar shortlist. We're thinking this has to go to DiCaprio or Phoenix though, right? Although the internet may not too secretly be wishing for an Oscar Isaac upset on Globes night.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

  • Amy Adams, American Hustle
  • Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
  • Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
  • Julia Louis Dreyfus, Enough Said
  • Meryl Streep, August: Osage County 


Okay, I like this musical/comedy category. I'm not as keen of Adams' work, but she gets points for *going there*. Loving the Gerwig nomination - who needs an Independent Spirit nomination now, huh? As entirely un-hilarious as Delpy in Before Midnight, I guess we should just be thankful that they nominated her at all. This is Adams' race to win now, right? Streep has recently won (a lot) and the other three seem too small. That being said, Sally Hawkins did win for Happy-go-Lucky so you never know. 

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

  • Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
  • Daniel Bruhl, Rush
  • Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
  • Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
  • Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club


Wow. For all the talk of how open this category was, within two days it appears to have formed around six names with little room for anyone else. At the Globes they went with Cooper over the late Gandolfini (that rumour of them not nominating him because "he won't show up" going around a month or so ago came true!) I still wonder if Bruhl will have any momentum with Oscar, or if today and SAG are merely the effect of voting a month ago. I'm glad for Cooper since his work is so strong in the film, but even happier for Abdi who - for all the jokes about the HFPA's starf**king - I assumed they wouldn't think twice about ignoring in favour of Jonah Hill.

Meanwhile... after not being seen by SAG, Jonah Hill now misses with an organisation that clearly did see the film. I wouldn't say he's out, but he's dropped back in the rankings definitely.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

  • Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
  • Jennifer Lawence, American Hustle
  • Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
  • Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
  • June Squibb, Nebraska


No OPRAH?!?! Meanwhile, it appears that Sally Hawkins is officially a HFPA pet. With this and a couple of critics nominations so far she's still in the hunt for Oscar. No OPRAH?!?! I don't think Oprah is in danger of missing an Oscar nomination, but boy is that a doozy of a miss. I'm not going to call it a "snub" since they clearly just did not like the movie so they weren't actively voting against her. Still, how does Oprah miss? Again, they could have so easily just ignored the likes of June Squibb.

Best Director

  • Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
  • Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
  • Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
  • Alexander Payne, Nebraska
  • David O. Russell, American Hustle 


No Scorsese means Hustle clearly has the upper hand in the Best Picture - Musical or Comedy category. This looks like it could be the Oscar nominees, too, don't you think? I had a joke here about McQueen being the only person here who's not a middle-aged white man, but was corrected that Cuaron isn't one either. It did just dawn on me that this will be two years in a row where the Best Director prize hasn't gone to a white man. Ang Lee last year. Cuaron/McQueen this year. Interesting!

Best Screenplay

  • Spike Jonze, Her
  • Bob Nelson, Nebraska
  • Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, Philomena
  • John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
  • Eric Singer and David O. Russel, American Hustle 


Maybe there's a large number of Alan Patridge fans in the HFPA.

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Blue is the Warmest Color
  • The Great Beauty
  • The Hunt
  • The Past
  • The Wind Rises 


This is a very solid list. Hopefully Blue's nomination means we get to see Adele and Lea on the red carpet after all, despite the organisation failing them in the acting categories. I'm glad The Wind Rises was able to get in here since...

Best Animated Feature

  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Frozen 


The Wind Rises good for foreign language, but not animated? I'm going to assume they don't allow cross-over or else that's bit wacky.

Original Song

  • "Atlas", The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 
  • "Let It Go", Frozen
  • "Ordinary Love", Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • "Please Mr Kennedy", Inside Llewyn Davis
  • "Sweeter than Fiction", One Chance 


Even though "Please Mr Kennedy" isn't actually an original song. This is like that time the BFCAs nominated "Seasons of Love" from Rent! If there's one category to take zero heed from in terms of Oscar, it's this. They always go for names like U2, Taylor Swift, Coldplay (added bonus of meaning Gwyneth Paltrow gets invited), Justin Timberlake and, yes, Demi Lovato over the likes of Lana Del Rey, Fantasia or Keith Stanfield. 


  • Alex Ebert, All is Lost
  • Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • Steven Price, Gravity
  • John Williams, The Book Thief
  • Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave 


Is John Williams really going to get his upteenth Oscar nomination for a movie that - I think literally - nobody likes? The music branch can't be that transparent, can they? I admit I recall nothing of the Mandela score (that entire film is fuzzy and I only saw it two weeks ago) and All is Lost. Price and Zimmer continue on their way to battle it out for the Oscar. Zimmer is a bigger name so he'll probably win the Globe.

So that's it for now. I hope you'll forgive me, but I am deliriously tired so I'm going back for a pre-noon nap. Continue to discuss in the comments. Can't wait to see what y'all have to say!

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December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTB

No Oprah!!! :-) :-) ;-)

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Whoa! Kate Winslet taking Meryl's spot!

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid


December 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterslb

Kate took Adele's spot...Meryl was nommed in comedy.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMB76

Meryl is in Comedy/musical.

Rush, Best Drama???

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDomgo

I missed almost half of the nominees because of a poor internet connection that made the streaming problematic. I'm surprised about Rushing making it into Drama and A:OC missing out in Comedy. I was secretly hoping Gatsby would pull off a guilty pleasure nom for Picture Drama... oh well. Also, nothing for Don Jon makes me sad although this was a difficult year for Comedy when everyone campaigned as one this year. Strong showings for Wolf even though it missed Director though! I wonder how much of a player it will end up being...

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTom

saving mr banks is fading fast

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpar

I did not see Kate Winslet getting in but I forgot the Globes LOVE her, a shame for Adele Excharpoulous

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrancois

Really happy to see Julie, Greta and Julia nominated.

Why is Kate Winslet in there?

And I thought it was hilarious that the last nominee announced was...Rush. LOL

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

I was convinced they were gonna throw a comedy nom to Tina Fey for Admission.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMB76

The one that stood out to me was that Dreyfuss got a nomination for Enough Said while Gandolfini didn't. Shows how much they love Bruhl in Rush I guess.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterQueermyntcritic

Chewitel Ejiofor and Idris Elba, double nominees in two same categories. They really love the two of them. They really love Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. And you were right yesterday saying they will nominate Rush for Best Picture. Kate Winslet is not a surprise, they nominated her for Carnage, they will nominate her for everything.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

I'm pretty in love with the actress-comedy lineup. It's nice to see some major recognition for Julie, Greta and Julia.
Also, that director lineup is GOLD.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

Comedy actress is a pretty innovative line-up.

Boo to SAG and now The Globes snubbing Mad Men! WTF?!!

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBia


December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTyler


December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterValentin


I do not get the Rush or Philomena love. But at least it's not The Butler, I guess.

Finally good to see Cooper in there. Very deserved.

And that Comedy Actress lineup is the greatest thing the HFPA has ever done.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

I know the Best Picture Comedy/Musical category is very prestige-y and every single one of them are dramedies, but at least it's a quality lineup. At least no Burlesque/Alice in Wonderland/The Tourist fiascos.

The only thing that really irks me is that Adele missed out to Kate Winslet (who I love) in a film that has zero buzz. They obviously love Kate and would nominated her for ANYTHING. Should've seen that coming. But still. UGH. I thought Adele would be nominated here.

Kind of surprised how well Captain Phillips and Nebraska did here. Surprised Marty missed out on director since they're obsessed with him. Rush for best picture (UMMM???).

I'm kind of gleeful that Harvey was kicked in the balls this morning with ZILCH for The Butler.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

No Oprah, people. Apocalypse is coming! Or a Lupita N'yongo win for best supporting actress Oscar. One of the two. Hell busting open seems fun and all, but I'm personally hoping for the latter.

Strong showing for Cap. Phillips and great catch for Abdi. Globes being star-f*ckers, this was the one award he had his weakest prospects, I guess. Nice to see him there. Nice to see Hanks for lead. If he has to miss a nomination, I rather it be for Banks.

Great haul for Hustle, with four acting nods, in all its eligible categories. Let's see if Cooper and, more unlikely, Adams manage to breakthrough with Oscars. JLaw is one acting lock from the movie so far and Bale does not stand a chance.

Hustle and Wolf unseen, I sorta like the C/M nominees, but I think it's a shame they had no love whatsoever for The Heat.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen Sandiego

.....but where's Young and Beautiful for best song? I thought that would've been a sure nom.

Other than Julie Delpy getting a Before Midnight nom, everything else is basically eye-roll inducing.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDerreck.

Idris & chewit nom in two same categories. What does this mean? I
See only one category (actor drama) where they show up.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMe

TV drama is a joke. The 3 best shows of the year - Game of Thrones S3, Boardwalk Empire S4, and Mad Men S6 - were snubbed. Boo.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdaniel23

Me, they were also nominated in TV/mini-series categories that we haven't posted yet.

December 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterGlenn Dunks

So maybe, for awards completist purposes, I don't have to see Saving Mr. Banks? Because I really don't care to see Saving Mr. Banks.

These nominations are fantastic. HFPA forever.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

If this is how they really want it to be from here on in, why didn't they just turn it into three categories:

Best _ Drama
Best _ Dramedy/Musical
Best _ Comedy

Who would be where?

Drama Picture:

12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Blue Jasmine

Musical/Dramedy Picture:

American Hustle
Inside Llewyn Davis
Philomena or August: Osage County

Comedy Picture:

The Wolf of Wall Street (yes, a very dark and vulgar breed of comedy (and a very long movie on top of that), but it looks like an almost unquestionable comedy)
The World's End (If dramedy is sliced away to it's own category, why WOULDN'T this movie that many consider a slice of fried gold manage a slot?)
This is the End
The Heat
Don Jon (Frances Ha and Enough Said would probably be kept in the Dramedy category, if only to bolster up the actress showings there.)

Drama Actor:


Drama Actress:

Dench is moved to dramedy, Larson or Exarchopolous takes her vacated slot.

Dramedy Actor:

Leo DiCaprio is moved to the out and out comedy category, Gandolfini is allowed his non category frauded moment in the sun to fill the slot.

Dramedy Actress:

Dench is moved down, pushing out Julie Delpy.

Comedy Actor:

Leo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Simon Pegg, The World's End
Seth Rogen, This is the End
JGL, Don Jon
Mark Wahlberg, Pain & Gain

Comedy Actress:

Melissa McCarthy, The Heat
Sandra Bullock, The Heat
ScarJo, Don Jon
Vanessa Hudgens, Spring Breakers
Chloe Moretz, Kick-Ass 2

Does this look like a plausible construction of the year if these were their categories?

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Great lists that shake things up a bit at least movie wise. Nice to see Good Wife recognized. Need to find the rest of the TV noms.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

Wow. TV look great too. Not perfect, but then it never would be. But great to mix it up so much more than it could have been.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

Oprah, arguably the world's biggest celebrity, will not be a nominee at the Golden Globes. Somewhere, somebody wants a recount.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

Disappointing list due to the genre fraud (which has replaced category fraud as the compalint of the year, I guess), though the no Oprah, yes to character actors nominations say something, I guess You never can tell with the Globes. And no to a dramedy field-adding more categories is almost never the answer.

Also, it's worth noting that this is the first time ever that Pixar has missed with the Globes since that category began (even Cars 2 made it). Considering there are six big names in that race (Monsters U, Despicable Me 2, Croods, Frozen, E&C, and Wind Rises), could Monsters U be the odd man out? Espcielly if Oscar throws a Band of Misfits-style curveball and nominates something like Epic?

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

Alfonso Cusron ain't white, Nat!

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEli B

John, it hadn't even occurred to me about MONSTER'S U, which sounds about right considering how much of a shrug that movie felt like.

Eli, I wrote the piece up (Nat is overseas on a mission), but you're right. I amended it.

December 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterGlenn Dunks

The travesty with the genres is just too much for me. I'm done

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I don't like Formula 1 racing but I went to see Rush as my mum told me it was good and I really enjoyed it.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobMiles

Cuaron is pretty much a white Mexican. I guess Americans are still in that idea that all people from Latin America can't be white because they have a darker skin tone their their northern european ancestors.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJuanL

I was going to say something like this... can't someone from latin america be white? a friend of mine who could not be more white (and of italian descent) was still labeled "non-white" or "hispanic" in the usa because he was from brazil.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

Idris Elba!!!

Yay for Hawkins, Delphy, Rush, Greta

I don't know what Winslet is doing there. Ooh dear Adele!

No Oprah! ha ha ha thats iiiis good news!

And my Queen Blanchett is still marching on to her Oscar win

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManuel


I love you for saying "mum", so cute!

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJill

That Greta Gerwig nomination is giving me LIFE. Actually, the Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy lineup AS A WHOLE is causing me to jump for joy. Although - Before Midnight is a comedy? Is there one person who saw that movie who thinks that? I'm thrilled for Julie Delpy, but that is one weird category placement. Has JLD had a good run with the Globes on the TV side? I'm thinking this category might actually be hers to lose if she has.

I had a moment while reading the Foreign Film list where I misread The Great Beauty as The Great Gatsby and got REALLY confused. I mean, I know the HFPA is wacky, but... and then I read it again and calmed down.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

Am I the only person starting to think that Emma Thompson could be the vulnerable one in the six-wide Best Actress field? The Globes just gave out FOUR acting nods to American Hustle-it seems unlikely that Oscar only gives it one after that. Thompson has a film that is losing steam and a studio that doesn't have a great history with AMPAS (you know Harvey will have Dench and Streep out hitting the circuit after the last two days). Saving Mr. Banks could be a surprise financial hit (it has that vibe), but I would hardly say she's a lock in the vein of Bullock or Blanchett right now.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

@JuanL and Marcelo,

It's true that Hispanic/Latino is an ethnic or cultural designation, rather than a racial one. People of Latin descent can come from any race - white, black, Asian, Native American, and every shade in between. However, within the film industry (and American society at large) people of Latin descent are dramatically underrepresented, regardless of their race, so a win for Cuarón, on top of being well-deserved on its own merits (IMO) would also be significant in terms of awards bodies and the industry acknowledging the work of minority filmmakers.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJonny

GRETA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Justice!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I found most of the comedy selections non-objectionable even though I wish Gandolfini got nominated and completely know **why** that didn't happen. Thanks HFPA member, for revealing what sausages your group makes. I can live with Sandra not a twice-nominee if it means Amy Adams can get traction.

Oooh! The Past vs. BITWC in Foreign Language picture!!!!

Drama is uninteresting. 12 Years a Slave has a clear path to win there.

Do I really have to think about Daniel Bruhl happening now?

TV was very disappointing. I can live with the Homeland shut-outs but Ray Donovan in for Mad Men? ABSURD!!!! Good luck to Breaking Bad, I guess. Comedy category is too scattered. OITNB made such a huge mistake not just submitting into comedy. That's going to be a problem the whole awards season.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

Oh my God, Karen, you can't just ask people why they're white.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

Good on Rush, and Dern vs Bale vs Dicaprio. Good one.

Thankfully that melodrama the Butler got no Whitaker or Oprah.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

Thrilled for Julie Delpy and Kate Winslet! Two beautiful performances. And I disagree that Amy Adams is ahead for the win. Though Meryl has won like 5 times in the last ten years, I don't think that will stop the HFPA from awarding her again.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Sad man - LMFAO, I can spot a Mean Girls reference from a mile away :)

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJill

sad man - lol!

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

Greta Gerwig! FINALLY! I actually love these nominations. Even though Oprah was snubbed you know she's gonna show up looking fabulous and make them pay for what they did. :)

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStan

I'm so thrilled for Greta Gerwig and especially Sally Hawkins. #JusticeforPoppy

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike M.

Cuaron is a foreigner, just like Michael Haneke and Jaques Audiard. To include him in a list of minority directors because the American film industry under-represents minorities is absurd. Cuaron has benefited from his European white ancestry in Mexico as have other Mexican directors such as Carlos Reygadas and Guillermo del Toro. A nomination for them just continues the racial disparity in Latin America. I highly doubt Cuaron or any of his compatriots would have had made any films if they had been born to much more indigenous Mexican families that had no benefit from European influence and money established in the hacienda and caste systems. It's like basically saying that a nomination for Pedro Almodovar, Javier Bardem, and Penelope Cruz are big steps for "Hispanics" and "Latinos" in the United States even though they are all rich and European. It's pretty absurd and Cuaron should be treated like other white foreign born directors.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJuanL

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