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Golden Globes Justifies Its Existence With Nods for ‘Transparent,’ ‘Jane the Virgin,’ Julianne Moore in ‘Maps to the Stars’

Golden Globes Justifies Its Existence With Nods for 'Transparent,' 'Jane the Virgin,' Julianne Moore in 'Maps to the Stars'

The Golden Globes proved its bona fides as a worthy alternative to the Oscars and the Emmys with this year’s nods. Nominees include small-screen dark horses unlikely to be recognized by the Emmys (at least this year) like Transparent, Jane the Virgin, and The Affair, as well as performances too dark for the Academy, like Julianne Moore’s in the merciless Hollywood critique Maps to the Stars

As we noted earlier, Ava DuVernay made history as the first woman of color — and just the fifth woman period — to be nominated for the Best Director prize. While we’re thrilled for DuVernay’s achievement (and excited about the rousing Selma in general), it must be noted that none of this year’s ten Best Picture nominees — in either the comedy/musical or the drama categories — feature a female protagonist. 

In addition to Moore’s turn in Maps to the Stars, the Globes nominations include some other unexpected choices in the acting categories, such as Jennifer Aniston in Cake, Hellen Mirren in The Hundred-Foot Journey, and Quvenzhané Wallis in Annie

Over on the TV side, four of the five nominated comedy series hail from women showrunners: Lena Dunham’s Girls, Jennie Urman’s Jane the Virgin, Jenji Kohan’s Orange is the New Black, and Jill Soloway’s Transparent. (All of these series’ lead performers received nominations as well.) Two of the five nominated drama series come from female creators as well: Sarah Treem’s The Affair and Robert and Michelle King’s The Good Wife

The Lisa Cholodenko-directed, Jane Anderson-penned miniseries Olive Kitteridge earned a nomination for Best TV Movie or Miniseries. Olive Kitteridge star Frances McDormand will be competing in the Best Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries with awards favorites Maggie Gyllenhaal for The Honourable Woman and Allison Tolman in Fargo

The 2015 Golden Globes will be once again hosted by the dream team of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. It will take place on January 11. 

Here are the women nominees:

Motion picture, drama


Actress in a motion picture, drama

Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Actress in a motion picture, musical or 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”


Ava Duvernay, “Selma”

Foreign language film

“Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem Gett”   

Actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

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


Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”

Original song, motion picture

“Big Eyes” from “Big Eyes” – Lana del Rey
“Mercy Is” from “Noah” – Patti Smith
“Opportunity” from “Annie” – Sia
“Yellow Flicker Beat” from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” – Lorde

TV series, comedy

“Jane the Virgin”
“Orange Is the New Black”

TV series, drama

“The Affair”
“The Good Wife”

TV movie or miniseries

“Olive Kitteridge” 

Actress in a TV 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”

Actress in a TV series, comedy

Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black”

Actress in a TV miniseries or motion picture

Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”
Frances O’Connor, “The Missing”
Allison Tolman, “Fargo”

Supporting actress in a TV series, miniseries or motion picture

Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Michelle Monaghan, “True Detective”

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