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The 10 Biggest Surprises of the Golden Globe Nominations

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire December 12, 2013 at 10:34AM

Here are the 10 biggest surprises of the 71st Annual Golden Globe Award nominations.
Sorry, Oprah and Forest.
Sorry, Oprah and Forest.

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.

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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).

"American Hustle"
"American Hustle"

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.

This article is related to: Awards Season Roundup, Golden Globes, Television, TV Features

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