The live-stream Golden Globes nominations announcement came down at 5:30 am Pacific Thursday morning, the second early morning in a row for awards watchers. The winners will be announced at the always lively Golden Globes dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on January 11, followed by the best parties of the year.
Oscar frontrunner “Birdman” leads with seven nominations; also steady as they go are “Boyhood” and “The Imitation Game” with five Globes nominations each, with “Theory of Everything,” “Foxcatcher” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” gaining ground.
Notably missing from the now-usual suspects was Golden Globe favorite Angelina Jolie’s late entry “Unbroken,” which also didn’t get seen by enough SAG voters to make the cut among Wednesday’s nominations. On the other hand another Christmas picture, Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” did land not only a key Globe nomination for its Martin Luther King, British actor David Oyelowo, but a Best Drama nod and a directing slot for DuVernay, over such others as Christopher Nolan (whose “Interstellar” only picked up an Original Score nod), Clint Eastwood, (whose “American Sniper” was also snubbed, along with star Bradley Cooper), Norwegian helmer Morten Tyldum (“The Imitation Game”), Mike Leigh (“Mr. Turner”) and Brit James Marsh (“The Theory of Everything”). David Fincher snagged a nomination for directing “Gone Girl,” which also scored for Best Actress Rosamund Pike and screenplay, but failed to land a drama slot.
Jake Gyllenhaal, yet again, landed a nomination for his creepy ambulance chaser in “Nightcrawler,” beating out veteran Timothy Spall, who won best actor at Cannes for the title role in “Mr. Turner.”
Jennifer Aniston continues to make the grade for her dramatic role in “Cake,” which will help in her bid for an Oscar; that race is between “Still Alice” star Julianne Moore (who picked up two Globes nods today, for “Still Alice” and “Maps to the Stars”) and Brit Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”). Neither the Globes nor SAG went for Hilary Swank in Tommy Lee Jones’ western “The Homesman.” And no matter how much the critics pile on, Marion Cotillard is still not getting noticed for “Two Days, One Night” or “The Immigrant.” And Shailene Woodley needed this nomination to stay in the game for “The Fault in Our Stars.”
Another surprise was the HFPA selecting Jessica Chastain in the supporting actress category for “A Most Violent Year” over her role in “Interstellar.”
Given the Globes’ two categories for drama and comedy/musical, such films as “Annie,” “Big Eyes,” “The 100 Foot Journey,” “Pride,” “Inherent Vice,” “St. Vincent” and “Into the Woods” landed slots that may not repeat at the Oscars later on–it’s possible in a lean year that the voters will not select as many as ten Best Picture nominees, but could pick just six or seven. Fox Searchlight’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is making headway as it seeks an awards comeback from its March release; it remains the highest-grossing independent film of the year and landed a feature comedy slot as well as noms for Ralph Fiennes and Wes Anderson. It hits HBO this month. Chris Rock’s “Top Five” had a chance at some Globes love in the comedy category, but didn’t get it.
Among the foreign film nominations, Israel’s “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” and Estonia’s “Tangerines” snuck in ahead of Belgium’s “Two Days, One Night” and Argentina’s Oscar foreign branch fave “Wild Tales,” which should land on the Oscar shortlist of nine. Globes nominees “Force Majeure,” “Ida,” and “Leviathan” are also Oscar frontrunners.
Among the TV nominations, “Fargo” led the field with five.
The live stream is here. Full list of nominations below (updated):