2014 Golden Globe Nominations

The 2014 Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning and 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle both lead the pack with seven nominations each. Despite not having yet seen American Hustle I am excited to see it receiving a fair amount of love, at least in the recognition the Hollywood Foreign Press has given it. The new David O. Russell film is currently sitting at a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes which is somewhat surprising given I've read a few unflattering reviews, but am still very anxious to see it for myself in a week. Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence all received acting nominations for their work as did Russel for his directing and writing work. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o both received nominations for their incredible performances in 12 Years a Slave and both Steve McQueen and John Ridley scored nominationss for their directing and writing duties.

The real surprise or rather confusion in this years nominations come from the distinction between what qualifies a picture as a comedy/musical or drama. All of the films in the drama category are suitable, but Philomena feels as if it might be more at home in the comedy/musical category than say something like Her or Nebraska. I haven't seen either of those films yet, but the tones the trailers give off don't seem to lend either of them a particularly strong comedic or musical aspect. The Golden Globes have always offered a bit of variety as opposed to the Oscars who show little love for lighter fare, but it would be nice to get some kind of clarification on how these films were categorized. I will have to wait until the first week of January to see Her (as well as August: Osage County which Meryl Streep of course was nominated for), but will be able to screen Nebraska next week and so I may get a better insight, but I was also surprised to see little mention of Saving Mr. Banks in any of the categories other than for Emma Thompson for Best Actress. While none of these surprises are particularly upsetting it was nice to see Greta Gerwig, Daniel Bruhl, and Barkhad Abdi receive acting nominations for their solid work in films I assumed the awards shows would forget about.

My current favorite film of the year is still Gravity and was happy to see it receive four nominations in the directing, best actress for Sandra Bullock, best director for Alfonso Cuaron and best original score categories. I truly loved the experience that film offered, but as I said prior, I still have many more to see before I compile a top ten list for the year and the most anticipated of those is easily The Wolf of Wall Street which did grab a few nominations in the best picture and best actor categories, but Martin Scorsese was noticeably absent from the best director category. A few of the other major snubs include no nominations whatsoever for either The Butler or Fruitvale Station. Many expected Oprah to be recognized as well as new director Ryan Coogler for his work on Fruitvale, but we will have to wait and see if the Academy rewards these highly-praised dramas. There is no shortage of quality film this year and in any of these awards season contests it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. The 2014 Golden Globe Awards will air on January 14, 2013 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST)/8:00-11:00 p.m. EST. This years hosts are Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Following is a list of the nominees for all of the motion picture categories...

MOTION PICTURE NOMINEES

BEST PICTURE (DRAMA)

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Captain Phillips
  • Gravity
  • Philomena
  • Rush

BEST PICTURE (COMEDY/MUSICAL)

  • American Hustle
  • Her
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Nebraska
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST ACTOR (DRAMA)

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
  • Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
  • Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Robert Redford (All is Lost)

BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA)

  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)
  • Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)
  • Kate Winslet (Labor Day)

BEST ACTOR (COMEDY/MUSICAL)

  • Christian Bale (American Hustle)
  • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (Her)

BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY/MUSICAL)

  • Amy Adams (American Hustle)
  • Julie Delpy (Before Midnight)
  • Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Enough Said)
  • Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
  • Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
  • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Daniel Bruhl (Rush)
  • Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
  • Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
  • Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
  • June Squibb (Nebraska)

DIRECTOR

  • Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
  • Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
  • Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
  • David O. Russell (American Hustle)

ANIMATED FILM

  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Frozen

SCREENPLAY

  • Spike Jonze (Her)
  • Bob Nelson (Nebraska)
  • Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan (Philomena)
  • John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)
  • David O. Russell and Eric Singer (American Hustle)

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

  • Blue is the Warmest Color
  • The Great Beauty
  • The Hunt
  • The Past
  • The Wind Rises

ORIGINAL SCORE

  • All Is Lost
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • Gravity
  • The Book Thief
  • 12 Years a Slave

ORIGINAL SONG

  • "Atlas" from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • "Let It Go" from Frozen
  • "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • "Please Mr. Kennedy" from Inside Llewyn Davis
  • "Sweeter Than Fiction" from One Chance

CECIL B. DEMILLE AWARD

  • Woody Allen