Back to IndieWire

The 10 Biggest Surprises of the Golden Globe Nominations

The 10 Biggest Surprises of the Golden Globe Nominations

The 71st Annual Golden Globe Award nominations were announced this morning, with “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” leading the pack. While that wasn’t particularly surprising, there were definitely a few shockers amidst the rest of the nominees. Here are 10 of note:

1. Noprah! You’d think given the Golden Globes’ history of serious starf**king that Oprah Winfrey was among the surest bets for a nomination this morning. But somehow her performance in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” got snubbed in favor of the much less famous likes of Sally Hawkins in “Blue Jasmine.” The Globes dealt a big blow to both Winfrey and “The Butler” itself (which didn’t receive a single nomination) after the film was one of the star performers at yesterday’s SAG Award nominations.

READ MORE: Indiewire 2013 Awards Season Spotlight

2. “Philomena” and “Mandela” turn out to be the Weinsteins’ surprise MVPs.  The Weinsteins surely expected that it would be “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” or “August: Osage County” leading its nomination count this morning, but in the end it was “Philomena” and “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.” Though Judi Dench’s best actress nom for “Philomena” was wholly expected, the film’s bid for best picture (the only Weinstein film to end up in one of the best picture categories) and best screenplay were surprises. “Mandela,” meanwhile, got nods for best actor (Idris Elba), best original song and best original score.  “August: Osage County” got two acting noms (for Streep and Roberts), but that was it, and as noted, “The Butler” (not to mention “Fruitvale Station”) was shut out entirely.

3. The unusually classy comedy/musical acting nominees! One of the loveliest surprises of the Globes was the inclusion of Julie Delpy (“Before Midnight”), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Enough Said”), Greta Gerwig (“Frances Ha”), Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) and Joaquin Phoenix (“Her”) in the comedy/musical acting categories.  All long shots for Oscar nominees, these five very deserving folks got in over more typical Globe choices like Ben Stiller (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”) or Melissa McCarthy (“The Heat”). And while its arguable a few of them belong in the comedy/musical category (“Her” and “Before Midnight in particular), who cares if it means they get their awards season dues. Notably, the Globes somehow made up for where both the Indie Spirit and Gotham Award nominations went wrong by acknowledging all three actress (Louis-Dreyfus and Gerwig were snubbed from both, while Delpy just got a Spirit nod).

4. Almost everyone in the cast of “American Hustle” gets in. Sorry, Jeremy Renner! The Golden Globes really liked everything about “American Hustle”… Except you. Renner was the only primary cast member not nominated from David O. Russell’s film, which received a whopping seven nominations, including bids for Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. That should certainly help it open big this weekend.

5. “Saving Mr. Banks” takes another hit. Also opening this weekend, John Lee Hancock’s “Saving Mr. Banks” didn’t get much of a helping hand from the Globes. Like at yesterday’s SAG Award nods, only Emma Thompson received a mention as Tom Hanks and the film itself were AWOL. The fact that “Philomena” and “Rush” got nods for best picture over “Mr. Banks” does not help its hopes for the Oscars.

6.  Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor both are double nominees. While many expected Tom Hanks to be this morning’s double nominee, Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor managed the feat instead by getting mentions for both their film work (“Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” and “12 Years a Slave”) and TV work (“Luther” and “Dancing On The Edge”). They’ll be competing against each other in both categories, though in the latter neither are likely to beat one of the “Behind The Candelabra” boys.

7. “Homeland” and “Mad Men” completely snubbed. Speaking of the television nominations, the Globes were very much “out with the old, in with the new” by snubbing past favorites “Homeland” and “Mad Men” entirely. A slew of new drama series reaped the benefits, with “House of Cards,” “Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan” all getting multiple nods.

8. “Orange” isn’t quite the new black for the Globes. While Taylor Schilling did get a best actress nomination, one new show that didn’t quite jump into the Globes’ good graces in its first season was “Orange is the New Black.” It seemed of all the new series, it had the kind of buzz the Globes love to tap into. But it lost out on a series nom to “Masters of Sex.”

9. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” however, is. Fox’s low-rated but critically acclaimed cop comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” surprised with nominations for both series and actor (Andy Samberg), becoming the Globes’ new comedy series MVP over the Robin Williams-powered “The Crazy Ones,” which unexpectedly didn’t receive any nominations.

10. Tatiana Maslany! Probably my favorite nomination of the Globes (save maybe Greta Gerwig) was an extremely well-deserved bid for “Orphan Black” actress Tatiana Maslany, who was overlooked by the Emmys earlier this year for her incredible work on the BBC America series in which she plays several identical women who are revealed to be clones. Here’s hoping her win will be one of the biggest surprises come January 12th.

This Article is related to: Awards and tagged , , ,


Max of Dimitrios

I'm feeling much better. I'm a dedicated fan of Forest Whitaker, however one of my biggest disappointments this year was THE BUTLER. Whitaker was excellent but in my singular observation this film was way overrated, publicized and ultimately a token of "political correctness" for the times. Unless you were underprivileged or underage the material was a rehash of what most of us clearly remember and regard as a time of major and overdue change in the USA. I believe the film will be quickly forgotten, but not the events it depicted It has been done so much better in so many ways. If only they would have given us more of what was going on in the White House.

Peter Stark

For sure I thought 42(Jackie Robinson)movie would receive some nom.
Especially Harrison Ford…

Gaspar Marino

The Oscars I think will go for The Butler more than the Golden Globes, as The Butler was about American figures. I did think the film was overrated, but is worthy of nominations, but not wins. Oprah, in my estimation was one weak link. I think that basically the SAG nominations, as well as the Globes were pretty fair though and a good indication of the way the Academy will lean, come Oscar time.

my roomate's mother makes $80 an hour on the computer. She has been without a job for 9 months but last month her pay check was $19253 just working on the computer for a few hours. learn the facts here now

Joe H.

Remember that the Globes and Oscars only agree about half the time, not only on winners but even nominees. As such, it's rather pointless to make too many predictions about the Oscars based on Globe and SAG nominations. They often have substantially different picks for Best Picture, and divergent choices for supporting actors/actresses. Saving Mr. Banks is still a safe bet for Supporting Actor, Actress, and maybe even Best Picture at the Oscars.


Lolz @ Renner people. Nice to know I'm not the only one not rubbed right by that.

Let's stop and think for a sec Pete. Two white boys from the same film in the same category in the tightest competition in years? Ain't gonna happen, at least not when cooper is an executive producer w/ actual screen time. Altho I don't doubt that Renner deserves that kind of attention based on the reviews he's getting, this isn't a year for subtle performances. Saying GG liked everyone but Renner just because he didn't nab fassbenders spot and then highlighting it as though he is an exclusion from his award-worthy cast mates is not only inaccurate, it's ridiculous. Please refer to the chapter on "Objectivity in Reporting" along with "How Sensational Claims will not Further My Career" the Bloggers Bible before attempting another movie-reference piece. Thank you.


Peter – Dislike Jeremy Renner much? I have to agree with the other posters, your statement was a little uncalled for because the guy is getting great reviews for his role in American Hustle. While the NY Times called Cooper 'very good', they pointed out Renner was 'excellent'.

YAY for Irdis, Tatiana, Sally, Philomena, Bruhl!


TATIANA MASLANY!!! So happy she got nominated


if i was in charge,,

best actor drama –Dennis Quaid –At Any Price

best actor comedy –vince Vaughan –Delivery Man

best actor tv drama –mads mikkelsen –hannibal


the categories split drama/comedy gives opportunity to nominate several actors that probably don't get a chance at the oscars… esp. the category best supp. actor which is unreal crowded! Yeah for Bruhl, great performance! Renner is fantastic, a memorable performance with real emotions. For me he's the underrated MVP , imho.


"sorry Jeremy Renner, everyone .. except you!" What an unfair sneer, does the guy really deserve this gloating over him ? There was no chance of a second nom for one film in the same cat., and his performance is not a "showy" one , but a lot reviews do praise him and many have predicted that it would be underrated! I agree with Ken, he's used to be over looked I guess, and yes Sam Rockwell! such an underrated and talented actor, it's a shame nobody notices him ! oh well.. Looking forward seeing AmHustle!


I feel a bit sorry for Jeremy Renner, not for failing to get nominated, since a second nomination for one film in the same category was never going to happen this year and Cooper's role is much bigger and flashier, but because so many reviewers are failing to even mention his rather lovely performance. Still, he had plenty of years of being over looked to get used to it and it is nothing compared with poor Sam Rockwell, who can't seem to get the attention of the big awards voters no matter what he does.


I do not know why Indiewire writers keep swooning on the Lee Daniels bomb 'The Butler'. I found it to be one of the worst films of the year and definitely Lee's worst film.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *