2015 Golden Globes Nominations

You know the drill. We discussed the SAG nominations yesterday, and today the Golden Globe nominations came out.

Personally, I think the Golden Globes are like participation awards because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association split the Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress categories into “Drama” and “Musical or Comedy” so they could recognize more movies. YAWN. Nominate or don’t nominate, HFPA. It’s not that hard. Any way, Tina and Amy are back again this year (Yay!), and we’ve got nominations to discuss.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • Boyhood
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything

Glad to see Selma (the movie about Martin Luther King Jr.) made the list because I have a feeling it will get no recognition at the Oscars.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Into the Woods
  • Pride
  • St. Vincent

Agree with the first three, and I’m glad The Grand Budapest Hotel is getting some love. Never heard of Pride, but apparently it’s about British gay activists helping miners during the 1984 National Union of Mineworkers strike, so that could be interesting (Sounds like the random gem you’d find on Netflix). I’m annoyed that St. Vincent is getting nominated at all. It was such a “blah” movie.

Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

  • Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
  • David Oyelowo, Selma
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

It’s similar to the SAG actor list, but David Oyelowo is a new addition (since Michael Keaton is nominated for Musical or Comedy actor). Have a feeling he’ll get ignored by the Oscars, though.

Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

  • Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Michael Keaton, Birdman
  • Bill Murray, St. Vincent
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
  • Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

I’m sorry Bill Murray. I love you, but not St. Vincent. Joaquin Phoenix for Inherent Vice feels like they were really scraping for actors in this category. Meanwhile, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Keaton, and Christoph Waltz are the big contenders, and I’m okay with that.

Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama

  • Jennifer Aniston, Cake
  • Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
  • Julianne Moore, Still Alice
  • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
  • Reese Witherspoon, Wild

This is the same list as the SAG list (which tells me the Musical or Comedy actress section is a total wash). And yet again, Jennifer Aniston appears on the nominee list. Is this the year that she actually gets nominated for an Academy Award? Right now, it looks that way. Somehow, that shocks me even more than Matthew McConaughey.

Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

  • Amy Adams, Big Eyes
  • Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
  • Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
  • Julianne Moore, Map to the Stars
  • Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie

This is interesting. Julianne Moore is nominated for Best Actress in both the Drama and Musical or Comedy fields. It’s the year of Julianne, it would seem. Not surprising to see Amy Adams on this list. She’s basically Young Meryl Streep (in that she gets nominated for existing). And woohoo, Quvenzhané Wallis! This is her second time being nominated for a Golden Globe, and she’s only 11.

Best Supporting Actor

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

Also the same list as the SAGs, so no major snubs or surprises.

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

Oh, good. They nominated Jessica Chastain instead of Naomi Watts (who was nominated for a SAG for St. Vincent…ugh).

Best Director

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

Angelina Jolie is nowhere to be found on this list for Unbroken, which is interesting because she and the media have been pushing it hard. However, Ava Duvernay was included for Selma. This is noteworthy because, if I’m correct, she’s the first black woman to be nominated for a Best Director award. Curious to see if she makes the Oscar list.

Best Screenplay

  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicholas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo, Birdman
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  • Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

Not surprised by anything on this list. Can we let Wes Anderson have this one, though? The Grand Budapest Hotel is awesome.

Best Original Score

  • Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory of Everything
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Gone Girl
  • Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
  • Hans Zimmer, Interstellar

I’ll admit I’m totally biased on this one. I’m a Hans Zimmer fan, and I thought the Interstellar soundtrack was gorgeous.

Best Original Song

  • “Big Eyes” – Big Eyes, Lana Del Rey
  • “Glory” – Selma, John Legend
  • “Mercy Is” – Noah, Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye
  • “Opportunity” – Annie, Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck
  • “Yellow Flicker Beat” – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Lorde

Is it just me, or are popular musicians starting to get more involved in film soundtracks by curating and writing new songs? We’ve seen Taylor Swift, Melissa Etheridge, Adele, and Pharrell nominated in the last few years, and there are three pop stars on this year’s list.

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Big Hero 6
  • The Book of Life
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • The LEGO Movie

Oh, shit. This is a tough list. These movies are SO different.


I didn’t include the entire list of nominations because they include television. You can see the rest here.

The 72nd Annual Golden Globes will be live Sunday, Jan. 11 on NBC at 8pm E/7pm C.

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