The Golden Globe nominations have been announced and as usual, there are some names that make for more interesting headlines that the others. This time around, a few prominent names are surprisingly making news even when they aren’t a part of the list, or maybe a part of it but not in as big a way as many would have thought. Here’s the lowdown.
Heading the list of nominees is Birdman with seven nominations, which include prominent categories like Best Comedy, Best Director for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for Michael Keaton, Best Supporting Actress for Emma Stone and Best Supporting Actor for Edward Norton. The movie also found a place in the Best Screenplay and Best Score categories. Next in line is Boyhood with nominations in Best Drama, Best Director for Richard Linklater, Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette, Best Supporting Actor for Ethan Hawke and Best Screenplay. Surprisingly, the main protagonist of the movie Ellar Coltrane could not bag a nomination. The Imitation Game was another winner on the list with nominations in Best Drama, Best Actor in a Drama for Benedict Cumberbatch, Best Supporting Actress for Keira Knightley, Best Screenplay for Graham Moore and Best Score coming its way.
Other prominent nominees included Jennifer Aniston for Cake, Julianne Moore for Still Alice, Reese Witherspoon for Wild, Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything and Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl, all of them making the Best Actress in a Drama list. The Best Actor in a Drama list included Steve Carell for Foxcatcher, Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler, Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything and David Oyelowo for Selma. In the Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy category, Ralph Fiennes for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Bill Murray for St. Vincent, Christoph Waltz for Big Eyes and Joaquin Phoenix for Inherent Vice all join Keaton in the race while the Best Actress nominations in the same genre include Helen Mirren for The Hundred-Foot Journey, Quvenzhané Wallis for Annie, Emily Blunt for Into the Woods, Julianne Moore for Map to the Stars and Amy Adams for Big Eyes.
A few nasty surprises were in store too, and Unbroken and Interstellar topped this list. While Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken has been making headlines all over, it was, unfortunately, completely ignored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Interstellar too didn’t do very well and its only nomination came in the Best Score category. Other movies that distressingly did not make the list were American Sniper, Mr. Turner, Rosewater and The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. The journalists on the panel seemed to have nurtured an aversion for hunks too as Channing Tatum did not make it to the list of nominees for his performance in Foxcatcher and neither did Ben Affleck for Gone Girl. Bradley Cooper too failed to impress them in American Sniper.
The ones who made it were elated of course and among them were the ones who are rocking the music world already and have now made an impression in the world of movies too. Lorde has made quite an impression with her track Yellow Flicker Beat in The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part I and so has Lana Del Ray for her Big Eyes for the movie with the same name and have rightfully won nominations. Sia Furler, Will Gluck and Greg Kurstin join them on the list too, for their Opportunity number in Annie.
The 72nd Golden Globes awards night will be held on 11th January, 2015 with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler again taking to the stage as hosts.