The snubs and sur­prises of the Golden Globes

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Guild Award for her role as Glo­ria Gaines in Lee Daniels’ The But­ler on Wed­nes­day, she was left off the Globes list. In fact The But­ler was com­pletely ex­cluded, in­clud­ing For­est Whi­taker in the ti­tle role. The true-life in­jus­tice tale was numb­ing and re­ceived a large amount of praise and buzz. How­ever, the indie film may be a bit of a dis­tant mem­ory for the HFPA, since it was re­leased. Plus there are no big stars here, sans Oc­tavia Spenser’s ap­pear­ance. But a com­plete out is quite a burn.

A Dis­ney movie about a Dis­ney low­ing on SoundCloud to a four­time Grammy nom­i­nee with com­mer­cial suc­cess and plenty of crit­i­cal raves.

Roy­als, which has sold close to 4 mil­lion tracks, was at the top spot on Bill­board’s Hot 100 chart for nine weeks, and Rolling Stone named the song as the sec­ond best sin­gle of the year.

Lorde was named Spo­tify’s most vi­ral new artist, and NPR (Na­tional Pub­lic Ra­dio) re­cently com­pared her to Nir­vana – a pretty heady com­par­i­son for some­one who’s still in high school.

But Lorde is miles apart from the typ­i­cal teen artist – or pop star.

Her de­but, Pure Hero­ine, touches on what she de­scribes as teen life: re­la­tion­ship drama, school, movie would seem like the per­fect Hol­ly­wood wet kiss in the com­edy or mu­sic sec­tion. And with Emma Thomp­son, who is nom­i­nated for best ac­tress for her role as Mary Pop­pins au­thor PL Travers, and Tom Hanks as Walt Dis­ney, it’s a won­der this one was over­looked. De­spite his pres­tige, Martin Scors­ese was over­looked as best di­rec­tor, while Jonah Hill failed to nab a sup­port­ing ac­tor nom­i­na­tion. But the pic­ture was nom­i­nated in the best com­edy or mu­si­cal cat­e­gory. party life and sub­ur­ban liv­ing. But it hardly comes off that way.

With the help of her col­lab­o­ra­tor, Joel Lit­tle, Lorde fash­ioned a moody, lyri­cally rich al­bum told in a far more ma­ture way than most teens would ever de­scribe.

“When you con­sider how lit­tle life ex­pe­ri­ence any­one who is 16 could pos­si­bly have, and then you lis­ten to th­ese lyrics, you go, ‘Wow, how do you know?’. She wrote th­ese songs when she was 15,” said Ja­son Flom, head of Lava Records, which signed her to a ma­jor la­bel. “She’s a once-in-a-life­time type of artist.”

Roy­als has been nom­i­nated for best pop solo per­for­mance and Pure Hero­ine is up for best pop vo­cal al­bum at the Gram­mys. No nod for Ben Stiller or men­tion of the film. The usual funny-man’s im­pres­sive dra­matic turn as a long-time Life mag­a­zine photo ed­i­tor failed to cap­ture the HFPA. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were nom­i­nated in act­ing cat­e­gories, but the crit­i­cally ac­claimed film was re­buffed by the for­eign press. Mark Wahlberg, a favourite Hol­ly­wood ev­ery­man, stars in the Navy SEAL film about a botched mis­sion in Afghanistan. But the ac­tor and the war­time pic were un­ac­counted for. Julie Delpy scored an ac­tress nom­i­na­tion for the raw ro­man­tic com­edy, but the act­ing abil­i­ties of co-star Ethan Hawke were over­looked, as was the film it­self. Ju­lia-Louis Drey­fus, the lead­ing lady of the film, cleaned up on Globe nom­i­na­tions, re­ceiv­ing bids in both film and tele­vi­sion cat­e­gories. But no post­hu­mous nod was given to the revered late So­pra­nos star James Gan­dolfini.

Lorde, who says she started writ­ing mu­sic when she was 12, down­plays the hype.

She was quoted as call­ing DJ/pro­ducer David Guetta “gross”, has made dis­parag­ing com­ments about Se­lena Gomez and Mi­ley Cyrus, and com­plained that Tay­lor Swift seemed “too per­fect” (though the pair were re­cently spot­ted hang­ing out to­gether).

Lorde was un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally mum and de­clined to clar­ify those com­ments in this in­ter­view.

She blamed oth­ers for try­ing to la­bel her as the “anti-other things that are hap­pen­ing right now”.

“My kind of in­ter­est in mak­ing mu­sic was born out of this de­sire to hear some­thing that I hadn’t yet heard,” she said. – Sapa-AP Nei­ther show, both of which de­vel­oped a cult-like fan base, made the cut.

Maybe HBO should re­think its ap­proach to killing off some of our favourite char­ac­ters. While Zooey Deschanel was nom­i­nated for her per­for­mance in the se­ries, the pop­u­lar com­edy about a set of room­mates liv­ing in down­town Los An­ge­les did not make the bill. The show, which pre­miered in 2011, was com­pletely ab­sent from this year’s list. In­stead new shows like Net­flix’s House of Cards and Show­time’s Mas­ters of Sex fresh­ened up the drama se­ries and act­ing cat­e­gories. Though it has been well­re­ceived, it seemed like it might get lost in the shuf­fle. But the HFPA, which ranked it in the best pic­ture cat­e­gory, loves Judi Dench. Even Ron Howard was shocked at this best pic­ture nom­i­na­tion. “It’s re­ally more than I ex­pected by a long shot,” he said on Thurs­day morn­ing. The film didn’t fare well at the box of­fice, but it was a unique – and big bud­get – take on the For­mula One sub­cul­ture. The Fox com­edy, still in its first sea­son, gar­nered two nom­i­na­tions. The show’s star, Andy Sam­berg, is nom­i­nated in the comedic ac­tor cat­e­gory and the show it­self is in the run­ning for best com­edy se­ries. – Sapa-AP

NEW VOICE: Lorde in con­cert. The 17-year-old New Zealand star has two Grammy nom­i­na­tions.

A-LIS­TER: Leonardo DiCaprio

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