Thursday, December 11, 2014

OSCAR WATCH: Golden Globe Nominations

The HFPA chimed in with their nods today and...they're not half bad! As expected, "Boyman" is still very strong but some other films got a big boost today. These include Selma and The Grand Budapest Hotel, with both getting the crucial Picture-Director combo as well as slew of other nods throughout. It's clear that Selma is indeed in our Top 5 for this Oscar race, despite the SAG slipup yesterday. Foxcatcher pulled out a key mention too, finding its way into a tight Best Picture lineup. Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo are also looking good at this stage. Apart from that, most of the other frontrunners claimed their expected spots.
Of course, everyone can't be a winner so let's talk about today's losers. The big story is the complete shutout of Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, which seemed like a no-brainer considering this group's usual taste. I mentioned in my review how uninspiring the film turned out to be and that's clearly playing out in the awards season so far. The starry American Sniper also took a significant knock, with no mentions to speak of. We'll see if the Critics Choice Awards will revive these films on Monday, but I get the sense that the field is already narrowing down. Have a gander at what the Golden Globes brought to the table:

Best Picture (Drama)
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
St. Vincent

Best Actor (Drama)
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actor (Musical/Comedy)
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

Best Actress (Drama)
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Actress (Musical/Comedy)
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhane Wallis, Annie

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Director
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Avu Duvernay, Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Screenplay
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game

Best Animated Film
The Boxtrolls
Big Hero 6
The Book Of Life
How To Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

Best Foreign Language Film
Force Majure
Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Best Original Song
"Big Eyes" - Big Eyes
"Glory" - Selma
"Mercy Is" - Noah
"Opportunity" - Annie
"Yellow Flicker Beat" - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1

Best Original Score
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Gone Girl

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