by Sara Michelle Fetters -
SGN A&E Writer
It's hard for me to get excited about the Golden Globes. Voted on by a nebulous body of a 140 or so members whose affiliation and association with the Hollywood Foreign Press has never been entirely clear, the group's history of handing out nominations to reviled and undeserving films is legendary. Even stars Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp made fun of the group when their film, The Tourist, received three high profile nods in 2010, making the organization and their awards more of an industry laughingstock than they already were.
Still, as someone who writes about the Academy Awards, I'm not a fool. While I'd never say Golden Globe winners have much of a say on who will take home an Oscar, they can play a part in starting to write the narrative as far as nominations are concerned. There are times some of the surprises ushered inside the Drama and Musical/Comedy categories can add a little insight as to who might make the final five as far as the high-profile (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress) Academy Award categories are concerned, this year being no exception.
All of which makes yesterday's announcement of the 2015 Golden Globe nominees all the more interesting. While there weren't a ton of surprises, the films receiving nods do start to help bring next year's Oscar race into a bit clearer focus. Films long foreseen as major frontrunners (Jolie's Unbroken, indie drama Whiplash, Christopher Nolan's sci-fi extravaganza Interstellar) took a minor hit, while a few that were thought to be on the outside looking in (Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler, the Civil Rights docudrama Selma) got a major lift.
Unsurprisingly, Alejandro González Iñárritu's spellbinding Broadway-based industry comedy-drama hybrid, Birdman, nabbed the most nominations, receiving seven nods for Best Picture Musical/Comedy, Director, Actor Musical/Comedy Michael Keaton, Supporting Actor Edward Norton, Supporting Actress Emma Stone, Screenplay and Score. Right behind with five each are the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game (Picture Drama, Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, Supporting Actress Keira Knightley, Screenplay and Score) and Richard Linklater's 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood (Picture Drama, Director, Supporting Actor Ethan Hawke, Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, Screenplay), both films long held to be strong contenders to take top honors when Oscars are handed out on February 22 of next year.
Also doing quite well were the aforementioned The Grand Budapest Hotel and Selma, those two along with David Fincher's Gone Girl and the Stephen Hawking biography The Theory of Everything scoring four nominations apiece. With her Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nomination earlier in the week coupled with a Best Actress Drama nod here, Jennifer Aniston threw herself in the Academy Award conversation for her performance in the still to be released indie effort Cake, while former winner and industry legend Robert Duvall looks like a sure bet for a Supporting Actor nod for The Judge after getting noticed by the Hollywood Foreign Press.
The full list of nominees in both Film and Television categories are as follows. The 2015 Golden Globe Awards will be broadcast live starting at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 11, 2015 on NBC and will be hosted once again by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Best Picture - DRAMA
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Best Picture - MUSICAL / COMEDY
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
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
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DRAMA
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - MUSICAL / COMEDY
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - MUSICAL / 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 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
Best Performance 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
Best Director - Motion Picture
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay, Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Annie - Sia ('Opportunity')
Big Eyes - Lana Del Ray ('Big Eyes')
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 - Lorde ('Yellow Flicker Beat')
Noah - Patty Smith, Lenny Kaye ('Mercy Is')
Selma - John Legend, Common ('Glory')
Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Trent Reznor, Gone Girl
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory of Everything
Best Animated Film
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The LEGO Movie
Best Foreign Language Film
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Best Television Series - DRAMA
'Game of Thrones'
'The Good Wife'
'House of Cards'
Best Television Series - MUSICAL / COMEDY
'Jane the Virgin'
'Orange Is the New Black'
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Normal Heart
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DRAMA
Clive Owen, 'The Knick'
Kevin Spacey, 'House of Cards'
James Spader, 'The Blacklist'
Liev Schreiber, 'Ray Donovan'
Dominic West, 'The Affair'
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - DRAMA
Claire Danes, 'Homeland'
Viola Davis, 'How to Get Away with Murder'
Julianna Margulies, 'The Good Wife'
Ruth Wilson, 'The Affair'
Robin Wright, 'House of Cards'
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - MUSICAL / COMEDY
Louis C.K., 'Louie'
Don Cheadle, 'House of Lies'
Ricky Gervais, 'Derek'
William H. Macy, 'Shameless'
Jeffrey Tambor, 'Transparent'
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - MUSICAL / COMEDY
Lena Dunham, 'Girls'
Edie Falco, 'Nurse Jackie'
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 'Veep'
Gina Rodriguez, 'Jane the Virgin'
Taylor Schilling, 'Orange Is the New Black'
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Martin Freeman, 'Fargo'
Woody Harrelson, 'True Detective'
Matthew McConaughey, 'True Detective'
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, 'Fargo'
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Maggie Gyllenhaal, 'The Honourable Woman'
Jessica Lange, 'American Horror Story'
Frances McDormand, 'Olive Kitteridge'
Frances O'Connor, 'The Missing'
Allison Tolman, 'Fargo'
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Alan Cumming, 'The Good Wife'
Colin Hanks, 'Fargo'
Bill Murray, 'Olive Kitteridge'
Jon Voight, 'Ray Donovan'
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Uzo Aduba, 'Orange Is the New Black'
Kathy Bates, 'American Horror Story'
Joanne Froggatt, 'Downton Abbey'
Allison Janney, 'Mom'
Michelle Monaghan, 'True Detective'
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