So, the Golden Globes nominees have been announced for 2015, and while the list does contain a few usual suspects, some big names have been left out and those in and around the race have dropped out. Complete snubs for Unbroken, American Sniper and Mr. Turner are real shocks, as well as the attention for films like Annie, Cake and Maps to the Stars.
Best Film- Drama: There are the main 3 as expected (Boyhood, The Imitation Game, Selma)- these are the ones that will be battling it out to win. I put The Theory of Everything into my predictions just yesterday, and I’m pleased it got a nod. The film I didn’t expect to see was Foxcatcher, which took the place of Gone Girl/Unbroken, and I’m really happy to see it in contention as it’s my most anticipated film of the season. Unbroken’s poor critical response has definitely cost them dear.
Best Film- Comedy/Musical: Birdman will win here and the rest are just filler. As expected, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Into the Woods and St. Vincent appear, and Pride completes the line-up. I was expecting to see Inherent Vice, but the universal praise of Pride has deserved it’s place in the line-up and will be flying the flag for the UK here.
Best Actor- Drama: Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch, both nominated and will battle it out in this category. Steve Carell and David Oyelowo are also nominated, as expected, and Jake Gyllenhaal completes the set. I would have thought that it would have been between Timothy Spall and Bradley Cooper for the 5th spot, with Spall edging it, but I’m happy for Gyllenhaal, probably the best of the 3 and keeps his Oscar hopes alive.
Best Actor- Comedy/Musical: Michael Keaton will obviously win, but expected and deserving nominees Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray and Joaquin Phoenix will be closely behind. Christoph Waltz’s nod for Big Eyes makes sense but I didn’t expect it. However I’d much prefer him to get the nod than Chris Rock or James Corden, as they’re not really actors.
Best Actress- Drama: This is the first category that I got 5/5 in, with a last minute change to Jennifer Aniston from Shailene Woodley after her SAG nod yesterday. She is joined by two Americans, Julianne Moore and Reese Witherspoon, and two Brits, Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones, with Moore ultimately winning.
Best Actress- Comedy/Musical: I only got 3/5 in this category and I’m really glad I put Helen Mirren in my predictions yesterday, even though it was at the expense of Julianne Moore, who earned a surprise nod for Maps to the Stars. Amy Adams and Emily Blunt appear as expected, they’ll battle it out for the win. Quvenzhane Wallis completes the list with an out of nowhere nomination, ahead of Keira Knightley and Angelina Jolie who were major contenders.
Best Supporting Actor: 5/5 here, as the list replicates yesterday’s SAG nominations of J.K. Simmons (the likely eventual winner), Edward Norton, Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Duvall. Duvall’s nod is still an odd one as critics hated The Judge, leaving Tom Wilkinson and Miyavi miffed. This may keep his Oscar chances alive.
Best Supporting Actress: After Naomi Watts’ shock nomination yesterday, this category is back on track, with nominations for Patricia Arquette, Keira Knightley, Emma Stone and Meryl Streep, with Jessica Chastain beating Laura Dern to replacing Watts.
Best Director: The 4 as expected got nods (Richard Linklater, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Ava Duvernay and David Fincher), with Wes Anderson picking up a surprise nod ahead of Bennett Miller, Morten Tyldum and, especially shocking, Angelina Jolie. I’m pleased for Anderson, but Jolie will be gutted.
Best Screenplay: This category went as expected, with Birdman, Boyhood, The Imitation Game, Gone Girl and The Grand Budapest Hotel picking up nominations. I would expect Birdman to win it, but with The Grand Budapest Hotel’s fabulous showing, it could easily win.
For the full list of film nominees as well as TV nominations: http://www.awardscircuit.com/2014/12/11/golden-globe-nominations-announced-tba/