Golden Globes: nominees, snubs and surprises

Golden Globes

Aziz Ansari, Olivia Wilde and Zoe Saldana announced the Golden Globe nominees this morning and while there were only a few surprises, the few omissions were startling.

The Butler

First, Lee Daniels’ The Butler received no nominations. Oprah Winfrey was overlooked in the best supporting actress – motion picture category in favour of Sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine, June Squibb in Nebraska and expected nominees Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) and Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle).

Forest Whitaker will also have to sit this one out. His work in The Butler wasn’t recognized in the best actor – motion picture drama category. Instead, the nominees were Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) and Robert Redford (All is Lost).

The Butler director Lee Daniels could not crack the top 5 in that category. Instead, it will be Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Alexander Payne (Nebraska) or David O. Russell (American Hustle) who will be taking home the award on Jan. 12, 2014.


The next major surprise came in the best animated feature category. Since its inception in 2006, Pixar was nominated for this award and won every time except in 2012 when its Cars 2 lost to Tintin. This year, Pixar’s Monsters University is not nominated: The CroodsDespicable Me 2 and Frozen are the three films vying for the award.

Fruitvale Station

The snub that stings more than some others is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s failure to recognize Fruitvale Station in any category. Director Ryan Coogler and actors Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer were especially deserving.

Quebec director Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club garnered two nominations for its actors, Matthew McConaughey (lead actor, drama) and Jared Leto (supporting actor). Prisoners, directed by fellow Québécois Denis Villeneuve and starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, received no nominations.

On the TV side, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is up for two awards, best comedy series and best lead actor for Andy Samberg’s work. It’s a series that has improved since its pilot, but that’s nowhere near as deserving as New Girl, which had an excellent second season, or The Mindy Project.

Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black

A welcome nomination for Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany for her work in Orphan Black in the lead actress – drama series category. She’ll be up against Juliana Marguiles ,Taylor Schilling, Kerry Washington and Robin Wright. The other Canadian nominated: Michael J. Fox in the lead actor, TV comedy category for his new sitcom The Michael J. Fox Show.

Highlights from the nomination announcement: Aziz Ansari pronouncing “Osage” “Oh-saj,” as in August: Oh-saj County; Zoe Saldana rolling the Rs in Cuaron’s name when she announced he was nominated for best director.

The movie to beat seems to be 12 Years a Slave. It garnered seven nominations in pretty much every category it could have received one: Best motion picture – drama, best actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), best director (Steve McQueen), best supporting actor and actress (Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o), best screenplay (John Ridley, adapted from the Solomon Northup autobiography) and best score (Hans Zimmer).

David O. Russell’s American Hustle also received seven nominations: best motion picture – comedy, best actor (Christian Bale), best actress (Amy Adams), best supporting actress (Jennifer Lawrence), best supporting actor (Bradley Cooper), best director (David O. Russell) and best screenplay (Eric Singer, Russell).

For a full list of all the nominees, check out this handy PDF.

The Golden Globes will be broadcast live on NBC/CTV on Jan. 12, 2014, and will be hosted by duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who picked up a nomination for her work on Parks and Recreation.


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