Golden Globe Nominations

The nominees for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards have been announced, taking us further into award season. Winners will be announced and honored in a ceremony on January 11, 2015. Hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the glitzy event will be broadcast on NBC beginning at 8pm. Herein, the full list of nominees.


Best Motion Picture—Drama
  • Boyhood
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
Remember: at the Globes, films compete in either the drama or comedy/musical category so if one of your favorites isn't listed here, scroll down for the other nominees. I haven't seen any of these but Boyhood has topped nearly every Best Of list.

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
This is the exact same slate of nominees as the SAG Awards, meaning that SAG members didn't nominate an actress in a leading role of a comedy or musical.

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
Here is another example of actors and films breaking into the pack because of the separation of drama and comedy/musical. With Michael Keaton elsewhere, there was room for Oyelowo.

Best Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical
  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Into the Woods
  • Pride
  • St. Vincent
Pride will soon be out on DVD. It's directed by Matthew Warchus (Matilda, The Norman Conquests), and centers on the fight for LGBT rights in a small UK town.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical
  • Amy Adams, Big Eyes
  • Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
  • Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
  • Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
  • Quvenzhane Wallis, Annie
As noted above, none of these women were nominated for individual SAG Awards (for these performances). Of these nominees, perennial nominee Adams poses the biggest threat for an Oscar nomination.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical
  • Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Michael Keaton, Birdman
  • Bill Murray, St. Vincent
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
  • Christoph Waltz, Big Eye
Good money says this is Keaton's to lose, although this being the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, it's not a lock. (Also, if you've seen Bridget Everett's Rock Bottom, you have to be somewhat tickled when you see Fiennes's name.)

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
This is mostly the same slate as the SAG Awards, with Chastain in for Naomi Watts (in St. Vincent).

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 
This is the same slate as the SAG Awards. Again, Simmons has been lauded since Whiplash started making the rounds.

Best Director
  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ava Duvernay, Selma 
  • David Fincher, Gone Girl
  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
This is a good category, with veterans and rookies, unique storytelling methods and riveting cinematography.

Best Screenplay
  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
  • Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Birdman
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  • Graham Moore, The Imitation Game  
Note that, unlike the Oscars, at the Globes this category isn't split into original and adapted screenplay. Also note that three of the nominees also directed their films, and were nominated for that work, as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the quirky-but-accessible-but-still-Anderson-y Grand Budapest Hotel, so it gets my vote.

Best Original Score
  • Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
  • Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Gone Girl
  • Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
  • Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
There are many familiar names to those who follow film and award shows. While I found Reznor and Ross's score effective, it didn't pack quite the same power as Sanchez's original drum licks, which served as another character in Birdman.

Best Original Song
  • "Big Eyes," Big Eyes, music and lyrics by Lana Del Rey
  • "Glory," Selma, music and lyrics by John Legend and Common
  • "Mercy Is," Noah, music and lyrics by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye
  • "Opportunity," Annie, music and lyrics by Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler and Will Gluck
  • "Yellow Flicker Beat," The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I, music and lyrics by Lorde
I haven't heard any of these songs but I find it interesting to note that each song was written by at least one pop star. It looks like we won't be having any musical theatre writer pride this year.

Best Animated Feature
  • Big Hero 6
  • The Book of Life
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • The Lego Movie
Best Foreign Language Film
  • Force Majeure Turist (Sweden)
  • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett (Israel)
  • Ida (Poland/Denmark)
  • Leviathan (Russia)
  • Tangerines Mandariinid (Estonia)


Best Television Series—Drama
  • The Affair
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Good Wife
  • House of Cards
There's The Good Wife (and, to an extent, Downton Abbey) representing the broadcast networks. Tough category. But the Globes are known for wanting to be a taste-maker, so it's no surprise they've nominated The Affair. Still, I'm going back and forth between Game of Thrones and House of Cards.

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
As with the SAG Awards, I'm going to the Wright stuff.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Drama
  • Clive Owen, The Knick
  • Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
  • Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
  • James Spader, The Blacklist
  • Dominic West, The Affair
This is an interesting category, and one that's difficult to compare to the SAG Awards. At the SAG Awards, there is not a category for supporting actor and True Detective was treated as a regular series. Not so here. Keep scrolling for more.

Best Television Series—Comedy or Musical
  • Girls
  • Jane the Virgin
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Silicon Valley
  • Transparent
I'm happy to see the Silicon Valley love. Note that Transparent is an Amazon Originals series, and it has been earning raves.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—Comedy or Musical
  • Lena Dunham, Girls
  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
  • Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
Louis-Dreyfus is terrific (as is Falco, though it always baffles me when Nurse Jackie is in the comedy category), but I miss Globes host Amy Poehler in this category.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Comedy or Musical
  • Louis C.K., Louie
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Ricky Gervais, Derek
  • William H. Macy, Shameless
  • Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Transparent has been earning raves, as I mentioned earlier, and the Globes love to be out in front on something, so this could fall Tambor's way. It's far from a lock, though; this shapes up to be a competitive category.

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Fargo
  • The Missing
  • The Normal Heart
  • Olive Kitteridge
  • True Detective
See? Here, unlike at the Emmys and the SAG Awards, True Detective is competing in the mini-series category, shaking things up. While The Normal Heart is compelling, I found this version less potent than the stage version. My vote goes to the deeply affecting Olive Kitteridge.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
  • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
  • Frances O'Connor, The Missing
  • Allison Tolman, Fargo
As I declared yesterday, I'm Team McDormand all the way.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or 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
While I've watched a couple of episodes of True Detective, I haven't seen enough to lavish praise on Harrelson or McConaughey. I'm surprised and a bit upset to see Richard Jenkins (Olive Kitteridge) left off this list. Of the nominees, I'm rooting for Ruffalo.

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: Freak Show
  • Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
  • Allison Janney, Mom
  • Michelle Monaghan, True Detective
I don't like that regular series are not separated from mini-series and TV movies, and I don't like that comedy and drama aren't separated, either, but I guess that's what the Emmys are for. Anna had quite an arc on Downton Abbey so I'm in Froggatt's corner.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Televsion
  • Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
  • Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
  • Colin Hanks, Fargo
  • Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
  • Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
So happy to see the nomination for Bomer, who stunned in The Normal Heart. And kudos to Tony winner Cumming (who can be seen on Broadway in Cabaret) for earning a nod for his portrayal of the slick Eli Gold. But don't count out the beloved Murray, who turned in an effective (if brief) performance in Olive Kitteridge. It is rather shocking, however, to see exactly zero acting nominations for the Game of Thrones cast.

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