2014 Golden Globe Nominations

I wasn’t kidding with yesterday’s title for the pop culture roundup; we are right in the thick of awards season. My primary interest is in the Oscars, but I’m also interested in the nominees for Independent Spirits and SAG awards as well – the former because I am at my heart an indie darling and the latter because the nominations and winners are selected by actors, so people are recognizing their peers. Most of the rest of the awards I don’t give a hoot about – I find the Grammys was too subjective and the Emmys are far too conservative and get things very, very wrong (I’m STILL mad about Jon Cryer winning in 2012). But the looniest awards of the bunch, hands down, are the Golden Globes.

Part of the problem with the Golden Globes is that they are selected by the mysterious Hollywood Foreign Press. No one seems to know much about this group or their credentials and they are small in number, so there are only 84 people selecting the award recipients. The Golden Globes also tend to have a flair for the wacky and offbeat; there are usually a few nominees that make little to no sense. The only logic to their selections is that there is seemingly no logic; there is just no predicting what is going to hit their sweet spot year to year and there is always a few nominations (or omissions) that would lead one to believe that there is a lot of free flowing champagne during their selection process.  They do, however, have one of the more fun award shows, especially since they have cracking the hosting code that has eluded so many other shows by turning over the reins to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. So they have that going for them.

The 2014 Golden Globe nominees were announced this morning and while they are not as cuckoo bananas as some other years, there are still some surprises. I don’t know that very many people have even heard of Rush, let alone thought it was one of the best movies of the year. Their television selections are always more problematic and this year is no different as several actors and shows received nominations that are pretty universally panned by most critics I follow. The Michael J. Fox Show was so meh that I had to quit watching it, so his nomination is a surprise. Someone in the Hollywood Foreign Press clearly has a crush on Hayden Panettiere, as she keeps getting nominated. I like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but I still think that it needs some work so these nominations are a bit premature in my book. And I don’t understand how both the SAG awards and the Golden Globes completely ignored Mad Men – am I the only one watching this show? Ask Pete Campbell how he feels about these nominations:

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Below is the full list of Golden Globe nominees; decide for yourself how good of a job they did (or didn’t) do.

Films

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

a. 12 YEARS A SLAVE

b. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

c. GRAVITY

d. PHILOMENA

e. RUSH

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

a. CATE BLANCHETT (BLUE JASMINE)

b. SANDRA BULLOCK (GRAVITY)

c. JUDI DENCH (PHILOMENA)

d. EMMA THOMPSON (SAVING MR. BANKS)

e. KATE WINSLET (LABOR DAY)

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

a. CHIWETEL EJIOFOR (12 YEARS A SLAVE)

b. IDRIS ELBA (MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM)

c. TOM HANKS (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS)

d. MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB)

e. ROBERT REDFORD (ALL IS LOST)

 

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. AMERICAN HUSTLE

b. HER

c. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

d. NEBRASKA

e. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. AMY ADAMS (AMERICAN HUSTLE)

b. JULIE DELPY (BEFORE MIDNIGHT)

c. GRETA GERWIG (FRANCES HA)

d. JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS (ENOUGH SAID)

e. MERYL STREEP (AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY)

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. CHRISTIAN BALE (AMERICAN HUSTLE)

b. BRUCE DERN (NEBRASKA)

c. LEONARDO DICAPRIO (THE WOLF OF WALL STREET)

d. OSCAR ISAAC (INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS)

e. JOAQUIN PHOENIX (HER)

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

a. THE CROODS

b. DESPICABLE ME 2

c. FROZEN

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

a. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (FRANCE)

b. THE GREAT BEAUTY (ITALY)

c. THE HUNT (DENMARK)

d. THE PAST (IRAN)

e. THE WIND RISES (JAPAN)

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

a. SALLY HAWKINS (BLUE JASMINE)

b. JENNIFER LAWRENCE (AMERICAN HUSTLE)

c. LUPITA NYONG’O (12 YEARS A SLAVE)

d. JULIA ROBERTS (AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY)

e. JUNE SQUIBB (NEBRASKA)

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

a. BARKHAD ABDI (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS)

b. DANIEL BRÜHL (RUSH)

c. BRADLEY COOPER (AMERICAN HUSTLE)

d. MICHAEL FASSBENDER (12 YEARS A SLAVE)

e. JARED LETO (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB)

 

1BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE

a. ALFONSO CUARÓN (GRAVITY)

b. PAUL GREENGRASS (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS)

c. STEVE MCQUEEN (12 YEARS A SLAVE)

d. ALEXANDER PAYNE (NEBRASKA)

e. DAVID O. RUSSELL (AMERICAN HUSTLE)

 

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE

a. SPIKE JONZE (HER)

b. BOB NELSON (NEBRASKA)

c. JEFF POPE and STEVE COOGAN (PHILOMENA)

d. JOHN RIDLEY (12 YEARS A SLAVE)

e. ERIC WARREN SINGER and DAVID O. RUSSELL  (AMERICAN HUSTLE)

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE

a. ALEX EBERT (ALL IS LOST)

b. ALEX HEFFES (MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM)

c. STEVEN PRICE (GRAVITY)

d. JOHN WILLIAMS (THE BOOK THIEF)

e. HANS ZIMMER (12 YEARS A SLAVE)

 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE

a. “ATLAS” — THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

b. “LET IT GO” — FROZEN

c. “ORDINARY LOVE” — MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

d. “PLEASE MR. KENNEDY” — INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

e. “SWEETER THAN FICTION” — ONE CHANCE

 

Television

 

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

a. BREAKING BAD

b. DOWNTON ABBEY

c. THE GOOD WIFE

d. HOUSE OF CARDS

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

a. JULIANNA MARGULIES (THE GOOD WIFE)

b. TATIANA MASLANY (ORPHAN BLACK)

c. TAYLOR SCHILLING (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK)

d. KERRY WASHINGTON (SCANDAL)

e. ROBIN WRIGHT (HOUSE OF CARDS)

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

a. BRYAN CRANSTON (BREAKING BAD)

b. LIEV SCHREIBER (RAY DONOVAN)

c. MICHAEL SHEEN (MASTERS OF SEX)

d. KEVIN SPACEY (HOUSE OF CARDS)

e. JAMES SPADER (THE BLACKLIST)

 

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. THE BIG BANG THEORY

b. BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

c. GIRLS

d. MODERN FAMILY

e. PARKS AND RECREATION

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. ZOOEY DESCHANEL (NEW GIRL)

b. LENA DUNHAM (GIRLS)

c. EDIE FALCO (NURSE JACKIE)

d. JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS (VEEP)

e. AMY POEHLER (PARKS AND RECREATION)

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. JASON BATEMAN (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT)

b. DON CHEADLE (HOUSE OF LIES)

c. MICHAEL J. FOX THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW

d. JIM PARSONS (THE BIG BANG THEORY)

e. ANDY SAMBERG (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE)

 

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a. AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN

b. BEHIND THE CANDELABRA

c. DANCING ON THE EDGE

d. TOP OF THE LAKE

e. WHITE QUEEN

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a. HELENA BONHAM CARTER (BURTON AND TAYLOR)

b. REBECCA FERGUSON (WHITE QUEEN)

c. JESSICA LANGE (AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN)

d. HELEN MIRREN (PHIL SPECTOR)

e. ELISABETH MOSS (TOP OF THE LAKE)

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a. MATT DAMON (BEHIND THE CANDELABRA)

b. MICHAEL DOUGLAS (BEHIND THE CANDELABRA)

c. CHIWETEL EJIOFOR (DANCING ON THE EDGE)

d. IDRIS ELBA (LUTHER)

e. AL PACINO (PHIL SPECTOR)

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a. JACQUELINE BISSET (DANCING ON THE EDGE)

b. JANET MCTEER (WHITE QUEEN)

c. HAYDEN PANETTIERE (NASHVILLE)

d. MONICA POTTER (PARENTHOOD)

e. SOFIA VERGARA (MODERN FAMILY)

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a. JOSH CHARLES (THE GOOD WIFE)

b. ROB LOWE (BEHIND THE CANDELABRA)

c. AARON PAUL (BREAKING BAD)

d. COREY STOLL (HOUSE OF CARDS)

e. JON VOIGHT (RAY DONOVAN)

 

The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2014.

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