Award season officially kicks off, and ‘The Butler’ gets snubbed

December 12, 2013

Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker star in “The Butler. (Anne Marie Fox/The Weinstein Company)

Okay, now it’s officially award season – the Golden Globe nominations Thursday morning kicked off the race to the Oscars, so get ready for endless chatter about what is unexpectedly hot (Ron Howard’s “Rush.” Really?) and what got snubbed (nada for “The Butler”). The Globes ceremony next month, hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is essentially a big boozy party – but generally still a solid predictor of what films will get Oscars in March. (Read more about the movie and TV nominations here.)

In a year stacked with really good movies, the frontrunners look like “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle,” which got seven nominations each. Acting nods went to Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender for “Slave”; Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale were all nominated for “Hustle.”

In other star power: Tom Hanks’s “Captain Phillips” and George Clooney-Sandra Bullock space drama “Gravity” weren’t far behind. Recent and soon-to-be releases “Nebraska,” “Her,” “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” all got nods and great box office publicity.

Biggest snub? That would be “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” the film inspired by a Washington Post story about Eugene Allen, who served eight presidents working at the White House. The celeb-heavy movie received zero attention from the Globes: Nothing for lead Forrest Whittaker, or more notably, Oprah Winfrey, who many thought was a shoo-in for best supporting actress.

Luckily for Whittaker and Winfrey, the Screen Actors Guild thought differently – both were nominated Wednesday, while the ensemble was nominated for best cast in a motion picture.

All Globes coverage:

Full list of TV and movie nominees

Major takeaways from this year’s nominations

Ann Hornaday: ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Her,’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ – more wistful than comedic

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