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The novel approach of “Boyhood” also paid off. The drama, which director Richard Linklater shot over the course of 12 years, earned five nominations: best drama, director, screenplay, supporting actor, for Ethan Hawke, and supporting actress, for Patricia Arquette.
As anticipated, the year’s big British Biopic Duo — “The Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything” — brought in a bunch of noms, too. Both are handsomely shot, well-acted, basically above reproach. “The Imitation Game,” which follows the World War II-era work of British mathematician Alan Turing, and “Theory,” which tells the story of British physicist Stephen Hawking, got five and four nominations, respectively. They will duke it out — or cancel each other out — in the races for best drama, best actor (Benedict Cumberbatch vs. Eddie Redmayne) and best score.
“Selma,” whose awards prospects were looking bleak after a shut-out from the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations Wednesday, fared better at the Globes with four nominations. Rising star director Ava DuVernay was nominated, as was the movie’s star David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King Jr. The movie is also up for best drama and best song for “Glory” by Common and John Legend.
Two more surprising awards contenders also prospered. Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was honored in four categories, best picture (comedy/musical), best director, best screenplay and best actor, for Ralph Fiennes. And David Fincher’s bloody thriller “Gone Girl” also snagged four, for best director, actress (Rosamund Pike), score and screenplay, written by Gillian Flynn, who also penned the best-selling novel on which the movie is based.
The biggest snub? Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” which didn’t make the cut in any categories. The movie, which follows the life of Olympic athlete-turned-POW Louis Zamperini, has all the trappings of an Oscar movie with its powerful triumph-of-the-spirit storyline and solid acting. Clint Eastwood’s Navy SEAL drama “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as real-life sharpshooter Chris Kyle, was also shut out.
In addition to serving as an annual bellwether for the Oscars, the Golden Globes is the first trophy show of a more extended awards cycle for television — which means it can herald new breakout TV series more than half a year before the Emmys roll around. This year, it’s Showtime’s steamy drama “The Affair” getting the early benediction from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which granted it three Globe nominations in its freshman season, including best drama and lead acting nominations for Ruth Wilson and Dominic West, who play the adulterous lovers.
An even bigger surprise: CW’s charming soap “Jane the Virgin” landed two nods, one for best comedy and another for lead actress Gina Rodriguez, starring as the title character – a virgin who gets accidentally artificially inseminated.
Plus, Amazon’s new critically adored “Transparent,” starring Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender woman, scored big for the streaming service. In addition to Tambor’s lead comedy actor nomination, the show landed in the best comedy category, which had quite a shake-up this year: HBO’s “Girls” is the only repeat nominee. Newcomers “Orange is the New Black” and HBO’s tech culture satire “Silicon Valley” round out the list.
FX’s “Fargo” leads the TV nominations with five, with acting nominations for Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Allison Tolman. As expected, “True Detective” and it’s A-list cast continues its march across award season with four nods. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson will compete against each again, as they did at the Emmys (neither won) in the lead actor in a miniseries category. Viewers are still debating the show’s treatment of female characters, but at least Michelle Monaghan (as Harrelson’s long-suffering wife) scored a supporting actress nod.
And because eight-episode “True Detective” was shipped to the miniseries category where it truly belongs, there was some room in the drama category for some shake-ups. Now that “Breaking Bad” is gone, and the HFPA has apparently fallen out of love with “Masters of Sex,” the dramatic actor category left room for a couple new faces, such as Clive Owen in Cinemax’s early-1900s medical miniseries “The Knick.” He joins West, James Spader (NBC’s “The Blacklist”), Liev Schrieber (Showtime’s “Ray Donovan”) and Kevin Spacey (Netflix’s “House of Cards”).
Speaking of Netflix, the online streaming behemoth’s “Orange is the New Black” switched over to the comedy category — when entered as a drama, it got a measly single nomination last year — and the move paid off. Taylor Schilling landed in the best comedy actress alongside Rodriguez, Lena Dunham (HBO’s “Girls”), Edie Falco (Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie”) and the unstoppable star of HBO’s “Veep,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
While many of the TV drama categories had a “same old, same old” vibe, lead dramatic actress category at least had a couple new names: Viola Davis of ABC’s outlandish legal drama “How to Get Away With Murder” joined veterans Julianne Margulies (“CBS’s “The Good Wife”), Claire Danes (Showtime’s reinvigorated “Homeland”), and last year’s winner, “House of Cards” star Robin Wright.
The HFPA loves movie stars who slum it in TV, and HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” (based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer-winning novel from 2008) got nods for star Frances McDormand and supporting actor Bill Murray.
And it was a big year for multi-nominated actors. Julianne Moore is up for two film acting awards: her lead dramatic role in “Still Alice” and her supporting turn in “Maps to the Stars” (which is being billed as a comedy). Meanwhile, Mark Ruffalo is nominated for roles on the big and small screens, for “Foxcatcher” and HBO’s “The Normal Heart”; and the same goes for Bill Murray, who collected a big-screen nomination for “St. Vincent” as well as for “Kitteridge.”
The complete list of nominations for the 2015 Golden Globe awards:
Cecil B. DeMille Award: George Clooney
Best Motion Picture, Drama
“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: No surprise to see the British Biopic Duo (“Imitation Game” and “Theory”) or “Boyhood” here. But it’s good news for “Selma,” which had been overlooked in other early awards and deserved a spot on the short list. The only mild shock is “Foxcatcher,” which ousted awards-bait films like “Unbroken” and “American Sniper.”
Best 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”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: This lineup is identical to what we saw in the same category at the SAG Award nominations, which also raised eyebrows for shutting out Marion Cotillard’s incredible performance in “Two Days, One Night.”
Best 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”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Oyelowo, who was tremendous playing Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma,” gets some well-deserved credit after not appearing on almost any other awards lists. The biggest surprise is Gyllenhaal, whose turn as an utter antihero in “Nightcrawler” was so despicable and creepy it allowed him to beat out other buzzy contenders, such as the much-touted Timothy Spall (“Mr. Turner”) and Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper,” which was shut out.
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Into the Woods”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Per usual, the Golden Globes shied away from straightforward comedy. For all the Chris Rock buzz, no nomination for “Top Five.” Instead, the sentimental “St. Vincent” earned a nom alongside the lesser-known feel-good British film, “Pride.”
Best 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”
Quvenzhane Wallis, “Annie”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: This category was pretty much up in the air, but Angelina Jolie had seemed like a promising contender for her role in “Maleficent.” Kristen Wiig could have also easily ended up on the short list for “Skeleton Twins.” Instead, we got perennial contender Amy Adams for her portrayal of mousy real-life artist Margaret Keane in Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes,” and Mirren, who is always great, even if a nomination for “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is a surprise. The movie took some flack for being terribly by-the-book.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Bill Murray, “St. Vincent”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Inherent Vice”
Christoph Waltz, “Big Eyes”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Again, no love for Chris Rock in “Top Five.” And, unlike his “Into the Woods” co-stars Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep, James Corden didn’t earn a nomination.
Best Animated Feature Film
“Big Hero 6”
“The Book of Life”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“The LEGO Movie”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: This hewed exactly to expectations. There just wasn’t that much competition. “The Nut Job” certainly wasn’t going to get a nod.
Best Foreign Language Film
“Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: This was one of the most surprising categories. “Mommy” had seemed like a lock with other top contenders including “Wild Tales,” “Winter Sleep” and “Two Days, One Night.” Instead we ended up with two very under-the-radar movies that haven’t gotten stateside releases outside of film festivals: the divorce drama “Gett” which is making big waves in its native Israel, and the Estonian war film “Tangerines.”
Best Supporting Actress 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”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Chastain had been considered a possibility for either “Interstellar” or “A Most Violent Year.” If she hadn’t secured a nomination for the latter here, the movie would have been entirely shut out.
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Norton, Ruffalo and Simmons were certain contenders, which left Hawke and Duvall’s spots as the wild cards. Johnny Depp’s name had been floated for his role as the wolf in “Into the Woods,” and it had seemed possible that Japanese pop star Miyavi might come away with a nomination for his first-ever role as a sadistic Japanese military commander in “Unbroken.”
Best Director – Motion Picture
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Ava DuVernay, “Selma”
David Fincher, “Gone Girl”
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Ava DuVernay scored her first nomination for her MLK biopic “Selma.” It’s also notable that “Unbroken” director Angelina Jolie, who seemed like a top contender, was passed over in favor of less stereotypical awards fodder, such as “Gone Girl” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, “Birdman”
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: This doesn’t stray far from expectations. “Foxcatcher” had been expected as a contender, but you can’t really argue with this list.
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Big Eyes” (Big Eyes)
“Mercy Is” (Noah)
“Yellow Flicker Beat” (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Ditties by pop stars reign. And even though “Mockingjay” got a nomination, it wasn’t the one we might have expected — “Hanging Tree.” Apparently, even though a movie’s song can climb up the Billboard Top 40 list, it doesn’t mean it’s going to secure a Golden Globe nomination.
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”
Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, “Gone Girl”
Antonio Sanchez, “Birdman”
Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: The score was one of the most buzzed-about aspects of “Interstellar,” and not in a good way. Many people were annoyed with the blasting volume of the music, which made the dialogue incomprehensible. Still, you can’t blame Hans Zimmer for decibel level, which explains why he still managed to secure a nom.
Best TV Series, Drama
“The Affair” (Showtime)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“The Good Wife” (CBS)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Oh hi, “The Affair.” Welcome. The others are fairly standard, though “Game of Thrones” helps fill the void left by “Breaking Bad” and “Masters of Sex,” which really fell off the HFPA radar this year.
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Ruth Wilson, “The Affair” (Showtime)
Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Two (unsurprising) newcomers: Viola Davis, playing a steely law professor on ABC’s splashy new ShondaLand drama, and British star Ruth Wilson, embroiled in a steamy love triangle on Showtime’s “The Affair.” While Margulies and Wright (last year’s winner) are repeats, Taylor Schilling switching to the comedy category means Claire Danes can sneak back in with a reinvigorated season of “Homeland.”
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Clive Owen, “The Knick” (Cinemax)
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)
James Spader, “The Blacklist” (NBC)
Dominic West, “The Affair” (Showtime)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Nearly the exact same category as last year, except the HFPA swapped out one Showtime actor for another — Dominic West instead of Michael Sheen (“Masters of Sex”). Plus, Clive Owen of “The Knick,” Cinemax’s 1900s medical miniseries, takes Bryan Cranston’s old spot. RIP, “Breaking Bad.”
Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy
“Jane the Virgin” (CW)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: So many new faces! By default, that makes this one the most exciting TV category. “Girls” is the only repeat nominee, while CW’s breakout hit “Jane the Virgin” lands a spot (wow, an awards show knows the CW exists?) along with Amazon’s groundbreaking “Transparent” and HBO’s tech culture satire “Silicon Valley.” Plus, “Orange is the New Black” learned its lesson after being shunned by the drama category last year.
Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Lena Dunham, “Girls” (HBO)
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin” (CW)
Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: The HFPA loves to crown a new “It” actress every year, and this time it looks like Gina Rodriguez – with rave reviews for CW’s quirky “Jane the Virgin” – earns that title. A swap to comedy pays off for Taylor Schilling, while Edie Falco, Lena Dunham and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are non-surprises. (Guess the HFPA doesn’t feel bad about leaving last year’s winner/this year’s host Amy Poehler off the list, since they already know this is the last time she’s hosting the awards with BFF Tina Fey.)
Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Louis C.K., “Louie” (FX)
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies” (Showtime)
Ricky Gervais, “Derek” (Netflix)
William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent” (Amazon)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Big news for Amazon with two nominations for critically acclaimed “Transparent,” in which Jeffrey Tambor plays a transgender woman. And while the category is filled with an almost entirely new set of nominees from last year (save for Don Cheadle), it still feels the same as always with voter favorites William H. Macy, Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K.
Best TV Movie or Mini-series
“The Missing” (Starz)
“The Normal Heart” (HBO)
“Olive Kitteridge” (HBO)
“True Detective” (HBO)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: This category is always a wild card, though it’s going to be a tight race between “True Detective” and “Olive Kitteridge.” The HFPA loves movie stars, so it’s Matthew McConaughey vs. Frances McDormand. (Ever think you would see that sentence?)
Best Actress in a Mini-series or TV Movie
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honourable Woman” (SundanceTV)
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (FX)
Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge” (HBO)
Frances O’Connor, “The Missing” (Starz)
Allison Tolman, “Fargo” (FX)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Jessica Lange makes her scheduled appearance (she’s been nominated for every season of “American Horror Story.”) “The Honourable Woman” didn’t get much buzz this summer, but it definitely has a big boost now with Maggie Gyllenhaal in this category and her SAG Award nomination yesterday.
Best Actor in a Mini-series or TV Movie
Martin Freeman, “Fargo” (FX)
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective” (HBO)
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective” (HBO)
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo” (FX)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Yawn. Who expected anything different? “True Detective” and “Fargo” both cleaned up at the Emmy nominations as well. Now that Bryan Cranston’s out of the picture for “Breaking Bad,” this is McConaughey’s prize to lose.
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (FX)
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Allison Janney, “Mom” (CBS)
Michelle Monaghan, “True Detective” (HBO)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: This is the rare time HFPA favorite Sofia Vergara of “Modern Family” was left out of this category, bumped by Uzo Aduba and Allison Janney. No surprise about Kathy Bates or Brit actress Joanne Froggatt, while Michelle Monaghan scores a surprise nod for playing Woody Harrelson’s character’s long-suffering wife in “True Detective.”
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Colin Hanks, “Fargo” (FX)
Bill Murray, “Olive Kitteridge” (HBO)
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: No real shocks here — the HFPA’s love of movie stars shows through here, too, which is why Jon Voight gets another nod for “Ray Donovan” and Bill Murray lands one for HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge.” However, “The Good Wife” got a nice little surprise with a nomination for Alan Cumming as a hilarious campaign manager to the stars.