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

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - Scene - NED EHRBAR Metro World News in Hol­ly­wood

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.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Zoe Sal­dana, Aziz An­sari and Olivia Wilde have a laugh be­fore an­nounc­ing the noms for the Golden Globes on Thurs­day in Cal­i­for­nia.

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