Di­rec­tor race still too tight for all


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Press and, for this savvy bunch of jet-set­ters, broad, raunchy hu­mor, the kind we un­washed Amer­i­cans adore, sim­ply does not trans­late.

Hence, the nominations for “Marigold” and the bit­ter­sweet “Salmon Fish­ing in Ye­men,” a lit­tle-seen March re­lease that earned a best pic­ture nom in the com­edy/ mu­si­cal cat­e­gory seem­ingly on the strength of vot­ers’ love for stars Ewan McGre­gor and Emily Blunt and the magic wand of CBS Films’ co-pres­i­dent and HFPA whis­perer Terry Press.

3. The di­rec­tor race re­mains a blood­bath, and the Globe noms did lit­tle to change that.

The Globes have sep­a­rate cat­e­gories for drama and com­edy/mu­si­cal, but when it comes to di­rec­tor and screen­play, it’s boiled down to a group of five.

This year, Steven Spiel­berg (“Lin­coln”), Ben Af­fleck (“Argo”), Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”) and Quentin Tarantino (“Django Un­chained”) made the cut, sidelin­ing the likes of Tom Hooper (“Les Mis­er­ables”) and David O. Rus­sell (“Sil­ver Lin­ings Playbook”).

HFPA vot­ers tra­di­tion­ally fa­vor the dra­matic side here, so the ex­clu­sion of Hooper and Rus­sell doesn’t crip­ple their Os­car chances. One of them likely will join the group at the ex­pense of Tarantino, whose ul­tra­vi­o­lent epic about slav­ery won’t play well with older academy mem­bers, even if the NAACP nom­i­nated it for its an­nual Im­age Awards.

4. And the lead ac­tress race? That re­mains unset­tled, too.

We knew lit­tle Qu­ven­zhane Wal­lis wasn’t go­ing to win a SAG nom­i­na­tion since her film, “Beasts of the South­ern Wild,” was deemed in­el­i­gi­ble.

But a snub from HFPA cer­tainly doesn’t help her or the movie, which was con­spic­u­ously ab­sent from pic­ture and screen­play cat­e­gories, too. Mean­while, New York Film Crit­ics win­ner Rachel Weisz (“The Deep Blue Sea”), Naomi Watts (“The Im­pos­si­ble”) and He­len Mir­ren (“Hitch­cock”) joined Jes­sica Chas­tain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) and Mar­ion Cotil­lard (“Rust and Bone”) in drama.

We’re will­ing to put Cotil­lard, Chas­tain and “Sil­ver Lin­ings Playbook’s” Jen­nifer Lawrence into our cir­cle of trust. Af­ter that? Who knows? But we’re not will­ing to count out lit­tle Hush­puppy yet.

5. Like you and me, Globe vot­ers have their fa­vorites.

Like, say, Mag­gie Smith play­ing a vari­a­tion of her patented, smart-tongued grump­ster in “Quar­tet” and “Downton Abbey.”

Or Ni­cole Kid­man win­ning her ninth and 10th Globe nominations for the widely de­spised TV movie “Hem­ing­way & Gell­horn” and the de­ranged, sweaty melo­drama “The Pa­per­boy.”

Or Meryl Streep vacu­um­ing up her 27th Golden Globe nom­i­na­tion for “Hope Springs,” a nod that elicited a groan or two from the me­dia throng when it was an­nounced, even though Streep ar­guably de­liv­ers more nu­anced work there than she did in her Os­car-win­ning turn in “The Iron Lady” last year.

But then, “The Iron Lady” had a bene­fac­tor even more well versed than Streep in awardssea­son cur­rents: Har­vey We­in­stein.

His pres­ence loomed large at this year’s Globes, too, with We­in­stein Co. movies — “Sil­ver Lin­ings Playbook,” “Django Un­chained,” “The Master,” “Quar­tet” and for­eign film nom­i­nees “The In­touch­ables” and “Kon-Tiki” — pulling in a lead­ing 15 nominations.

We­in­stein knows how to wine and dine this bunch, but this year he had plenty of ap­peal­ing films to go along with the shrimp cock­tails.

The Globes will be awarded Jan. 13.


Jacki Weaver (left) and Robert De Niro star in “Sil­ver Lin­ings Playbook.” De Niro was not nom­i­nated for a Golden Globe for this film, de­spite get­ting great re­views.

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