Lots of talent, but little gold to go around
It’s a crowded field and the Hollywood Foreign Press doesn’t seem to know what funny is
Awards season is officially here, thanks to the announcements of the Golden Globe nominations, and the best word to describe this year’s crop is crowded. So crowded, in fact, that some heavy hitters have been almost left out.
Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is still considered the lead favourite, with nominations for the film itself, director McQueen, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o, screenwriter John Ridley and composer Hans Zimmer.
But with such a crowded year it’s easy for votes to get split. At least McQueen doesn’t have to worry about David O. Russell’s nomination-heavy American Hustle until the Oscars, as the Hollywood Foreign Press (HFPA) have placed it in the musical or comedy category (see sidebar).
Though it earned several nominations earlier in the week from the Screen Actors Guild, Lee Daniels’ the Butler didn’t garner a mention — not even for Oprah Winfrey, despite the HFPA’s starstruck reputation. And while Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street nabbed nominations for the film and star Leonardo DiCaprio, it didn’t make the cut in any other major category. Sorry, Scorsese.
Ejiofor, Idris Elba and Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be pulling double duty come the night of the awards, with nominations in both the film and television categories. And ceremony cohost Amy Poehler might have to take a break to make an acceptance speech, as she’s up for her work on Parks and Recreation.
But what’s most noteworthy about the television nominations is what and who didn’t get nominated. The HFPA obviously didn’t respond to the most recent season of Mad Men, as the series didn’t score a single nod. Neither did HBO’s Game of Thrones or Showtime’s Homeland. And while Downton Abbey earned a nomination for the series itself, none of the cast — not even Maggie Smith — warranted a mention.
The Golden Globes will be awarded during a televised ceremony Jan. 12, four days before the Academy Awards nominations are announced.
Zoe Saldana, Aziz Ansari and Olivia Wilde have a laugh before announcing the noms for the Golden Globes on Thursday in California.