‘Birdman’ & ‘Boyhood’ Lead 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

By December 11, 2014
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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s nominations for the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards, this morning the nominations for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards were revealed, honoring (mostly) quality entertainment in film and television programming. While the industry widely regards the Golden Globes as just a big party where awards can certainly be bought with the right campaigning and schmoozing, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association certainly seems to be putting the effort into making their nominations seem like less of a joke.

Birdman is on top yet again with seven nominations, including nods in major categories like Best Picture (Comedy Or Musical), Best Director, Best Actor (Comedy Or Musical), and Best Screenplay. Boyhood and The Imitation Game are next up with five each, followed closely by Gone Girl and The Grand Budapest Hotel and finally some awards love for Selma.

Meanwhile, on the television side of things, cable and streaming reigned supreme with plenty of nods for “True Detective,” “Fargo” and “House of Cards,” not to mention a surprising nomination for Clive Owen on “The Knick.” And over here, Amazon’s “Transparent” also gets some deserved recognition. Anyway, check out the full list of film and TV nominees.

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BEST DRAMA
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

BEST MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Pride
St. Vincent

BEST ACTOR (DRAMA)
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo – Selma
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

BEST ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes

BEST ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
Helen Mirren – The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis – Annie

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
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Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Force Majeure
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Ida
Leviathan
Tangerines

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

BEST DIRECTOR
Wes Andreson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay – Selma
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

BEST SCREENPLAY
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Big Eyes” from Big Eyes
“Glory” from Selma
“Mercy Is” from Noah
“Opportunity” from Annie
“Yellow Flicker Beat” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

TELEVISION

BEST TELEVISION SERIES DRAMA
“The Affair” (Showtime)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“The Good Wife” (CBS)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)

BEST TELEVISION SERIES COMEDY OR MUSICAL
“Girls” (HBO)
“Jane the Virgin” (The CW)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Transparent” (Amazon)

BEST ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES DRAMA
Claire Danes – “Homeland”
Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder”
Juliana Margulies – “The Good Wife”
Ruth Wilson – “The Affair”
Robin Wright – “House of Cards”

BEST ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES DRAMA
Clive Owen – “The Knick”
Liev Schreiber – “Ray Donovan”
Kevin Spacey – “House of Cards”
James Spader – “The Blacklist”
Dominic West – “The Affair”

BEST ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Lena Dunham – “Girls”
Edie Falco – “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”
Gina Rodriguez – “Jane the Virgin”
Taylor Schilling – “Orange is the New Black”

BEST ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Louis C.K. – “Louie”
Don Cheadle – “House of Lies”
Ricky Gervais – “Derek”
William H. Macy – “Shameless”
Jeffrey Tambor – “Transparent”

BEST MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
“Fargo” (FX)
“The Missing” (Starz)
“The Normal Heart” (HBO)
“Olive Kitteridge” (HBO)
“True Detective” (HBO)

BEST ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Maggie Gyllenhaal – “The Honorable Woman”
Jessica Lange – “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Frances McDormand – “Olive Kitteridge”
Frances O’Connor – “The Missing”
Allison Tolman – “Fargo”

BEST ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Martin Freeman – “Fargo”
Woody Harrelson – “True Detective”
Matthew McConaughey – “True Detective”
Mark Ruffalo – “The Normal Heart”
Billy Bob Thornton – “Fargo”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Uzo Adoba – “Orange is the New Black”
Kathy Bates – “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Joanne Froggat – “Downton Abbey”
Allison Janney – “Mom”
Michelle Monaghan – “True Detective”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Matt Bomer – “The Normal Heart”
Alan Cumming – “The Good Wife”
Colin Hanks – “Fargo”
Bill Murray – “Olive Kitteridge”
Jon Voight – “Ray Donovan”

Cecile B. DeMille Award
George Clooney

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And there you have it. Honestly, as far as the film nominations go, there’s not much that I’m really upset about. Naomi Watts didn’t get a nomination for Supporting Actress like she inexplicably did yesterday, and Jessica Chastain has rightfully been recognized with a nomination instead. Selma finally got some awards love, and is likely to get more at the Oscars too.

However, if I have a general complaint that happens each and every year the Golden Globes announce their nominations, it’s that they really don’t have any idea of how to define “comedy” with its own category. It seems a movie that makes you laugh a few times can be regarded as a comedy since Pride, Big Eyes and Maps to the Stars received various nominations in the Comedy or Musical category, and those films don’t fit into that classification at all. Why should comedy be paired with musical anyway? It’s never made sense and it continues to make for some weird nominations.

What I’m most excited for on the film side is that The Grand Budapest Hotel is getting so many nominations, and it seems to indicate that the Oscars might also have some love for Wes Anderson, as he rightfully deserves. However, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken was completely ignore, so what does that mean for the Oscar hopes? We’ll have to wait and see.

Parks & Recreation - Finale

On the TV side of things, there are some disappointments. I’m not sure how Amy Poehler is out of the Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical Television Series race after she’s won once and been nominated twice. The last season of “Parks & Recreation” should have gotten her a nomination in addition to getting nominated as a series itself, but newcomers like “Jane the Virgin” and “Transparent” have taken spots instead. That’s fine for the latter, but the former series from The CW seems out of place.

“Silicon Valley” absolutely deserves that nomination though, and while I’m glad “The Big Bang Theory” wasn’t nominated for anything, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was also snubbed this year, and that makes me a sad panda.

As far as drama goes, for some reason the Golden Globes didn’t have any recognition for “Mad Men” this year, and they’ve been ignoring “The Americans” for awhile. Of course, the drama race is pretty tough, and it’s hard to argue with the series that did end up with nominations, though “Sherlock” seems to have been unjustly snubbed.

Anyway, find out who takes home an award when the 72nd Golden Globe Awards are broadcast live on Sunday, January 11th, 2015 with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returning for a third year in a row.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.