Dec 122014
 

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The Golden Globe nominations were announced overnight, with Birdman leading the pack with 7 nominations. Notable films missing from the nominations include Unbroken and American Sniper; while Interstellar received only one nomination, for score.

The Golden Globes, voted for by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of approximately 85 foreign entertainment reporters in LA. As always the awards are a mixed bag, with some interesting inclusions (how anyone from Into the Woods could get an acting nomination, I do not understand) and bizarre categorisation (Birdman is a comedy?). The real impact of the Globes on the Oscars is momentum, keeping or bringing films into the awards conversation.

Two of the greatest women alive, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will host the Golden Globes on Sunday 11 January (US time), which ends up being around midday on Monday 12 January for those of us in Australia.

The nominees and Andrew’s commentary are after the jump. [ed]

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

Okay, lets assume these five will be eventual Best Picture nominees. How it works. Boyhood the favourite, but Foxcatcher and Selma seem to be the challengers. Selma even more so, considering DuVernay’s Best Director nomination.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Jennifer Anniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

The same five nominees as the SAG. Still no Marion Cotillard, despite all of the love from the critics associations.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

With Keaton shifting over to the Comedy category, this left a slot open here. Carrell, Redmayne and Cumberbatch seem like locks for an Oscar, with Gyllenhaal, Oyelowo and perhaps Timothy Spall up for the last spot. I honestly don’t know who wins here. Perhaps Redmayne. My vote would go to Gyllenhaal.

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Pride
St Vincent

This will come down to Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel, all-but locks for Oscar Best Picture, surely. Birdman led all nominees with seven (Budapest still had four including Best Director) so I would expect it to win. I am stoked for Pride, which I have been championing.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhane Wallis, Annie

I don’t remember laughing in Maps to the Stars, but okay. Julianne Moore has two lead nominations, and could potentially win both. She won at Cannes for this performance. Apart from Adams (the likely winner) I don’t think any have a chance at a follow-up Oscar nomination. Emily Blunt was my favourite part of Into the Woods but how she has been declared lead I do not know.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Bill Murray, St Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

It is likely that only Keaton will follow this up with an Oscar nomination, but I like this category. Great to see some love for Inherent Vice, and Bill Murray is very good in St Vincent.

Best Animated Film

Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How To Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

I have seen these five nominees before. No Tale of the Princess Kaguya or Paddington? The latter probably hasn’t been seen by too many in the U.S so far.

Best Foreign Language Film

Force Majeure
Gett: The Trail of Viviane Amsalem
Ida
Leviathan
Tangerines

Interesting. This category is so unpredictable. Notable omissions: Mommy, Two Days, One Night and Winter Sleep. Lots of support for Gett, recently. Tangerines, from Estonia, I have never heard of.

Best Supporting by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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

Streep again! Chastain replaces Watts from the SAG, but four of the same nominees. Arquette, likely.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K Simmons, Whiplash

The same five as the SAG, and for good reason. A strong category. The winner here – likely Simmons – is the favourite for the Oscar. Hawke, Norton and Ruffalo are all in films with multiple nominations, which could give them an extra boost.

Best Director

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay, Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Interesting to note: Gone Girl was not nominated for Best Film, despite Fincher’s nomination here. I find that curious. This doesn’t give us any indication as to how the Oscar voters will go, but if Anderson can gain his first Best Director nomination for Budapest that will be alright.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

Moore’s nomination here is a surprise. Budapest and Birdman have been splitting the award so far, so this will probably come down to them.

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar

Pretty boring. Yet to experience Johannsson’s work but my favourite score from the rest of the nominees would be Sanchez’s. I didn’t mind Desplat’s and I have given Reznor and Ross’ Gone Girl score solid post-film listening, but there are better scores out there this year.

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

‘Big Eyes, Big Eyes – Lana Del Rey
‘Glory’, Selma – John legend, Common
‘Mercy Is’, Noah – Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye
‘Opportunity’, Annie – Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck
‘Yellow Flicker Beat’, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – Lorde

Lorde is having one heck of a year.

 
For a full list of all nominees, including those in the Television categories, head to the official website.

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