Analysis: The Golden Globes is so packed they forgot Oprah

Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor, from "12 Years a Slave," are among the Golden Globe nominees. Credit: Fox Searchlight
Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor, from “12 Years a Slave,” are among the Golden Globe nominees.
Credit: Fox Searchlight

Awards season is officially here with the announcement of this year’s Golden Globe nominations, and the best word to describe 2013′s crop is crowded. So crowded, in fact, that some heavy hitters have been left out.

Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” is still considered the favorite, with nominations for the film itself, director McQueen, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o, screenwriter John Ridley and composer Hans Zimmer, but with such a crowded year it’s easy for votes to get split. At least McQueen doesn’t have to worry about David O. Russell’s nomination-heavy “American Hustle” until the Oscars, as the Hollywood Foreign Press (HFPA) have placed it in the Musical or Comedy category.

Though it earned several nominations earlier in the week from the Screen Actors Guild, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” didn’t garner a mention — not even for Oprah Winfrey, despite the HFPA’s starstruck reputation. And while Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” nabbed nominations for the film and star Leonardo DiCaprio, it didn’t make the cut in any other major category. Sorry, Scorsese.

Ejiofor, Idris Elba and Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be pulling double duty come the night of the awards, with nominations in both the film and television categories. And ceremony co-host Amy Poehler might have to take a break to make an acceptance speech, as she’s up for her work on “Parks and Recreation.”

But what’s most noteworthy about the television nominations is what and who didn’t get nominated. The HFPA obviously didn’t respond to the most recent season of “Mad Men,” as the series didn’t score a single nod. Neither did HBO’s “Game of Thrones” or Showtime’s “Homeland.” And while “Downton Abbey” earned a nomination for the series itself, none of the cast — not even Maggie Smith — warranted a mention.

The Golden Globes will be awarded during a televised ceremony Jan. 12, four days before the Academy Awards nominations are announced.

That’s not funny

The HFPA is earning more than the usual amount of criticism this year for its Musical or Comedy film categories not really honoring musicals or comedies. The five films filling the top category — from David O. Russell, Spike Jonze, the Coen brothers, Alexander Payne and Martin Scorsese — shouldn’t really be considered comedies, critics are arguing. Producers have been criticized in the past for positioning serious fare in the comedy category to increase a film’s chances, but this year it seems dramas have completely dominated.

“How come there are no musicals or comedies in the Musical or Comedy category of the Golden Globes?” Simon Pegg, star of Edgar Wright’s “The World’s End,” posted to Twitter. Comedy kingpin Judd Apatow was a bit more pointed, posting, “How about ‘best musical or movie that thinks the comedy category would be easier to win than the drama category because of ’12 Years a Slave’?”

And the nominees are…

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“12 Years a Slave”
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity”
“Philomena”
“Rush”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“American Hustle”
“Her”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Nebraska”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Paul Greengrass, “Captain Phillips”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

Best Actor – Motion Picture 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 Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “the Wolf of Wall Street”
Oscar Isaac, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Her”

Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”
Kate Winslet, “Labor Day”

Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Julie Delpy, “Before Midnight”
Greta Gerwig, “Frances Ha”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Enough Said”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Bruhl, “Rush”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”

Best Screenplay
Spike Jonze, “Her”
Bob Nelson, “Nebraska”
Jeff Pope, Steve Coogan, “Philomena”
John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”
Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Blue Is the Warmest Color”
“The Great Beauty”
“The Hunt”
“The Past”
“The Wind Rises”

Best Animated Feature Film
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2″
“Frozen”

Best Drama Series
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“The Good Wife”
“House of Cards”
“Masters of Sex”

Best Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
“Girls”
“Modern Family”
“Parks and Recreation”

Best Actor in a Television Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Lieve Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Michael Sheen, “Masters of Sex”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
James Spader, “the Blacklist”

Best Actor in a Television Comedy Series
Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Michael J. Fox, “The Michael J. Fox Show”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Andy Samberg, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Best Actress in a Television Drama Series
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Best Actress in a Television Comedy Series
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television
“American Horror Story: Coven”
“Behind the Candelabra”
“Dancing on the Edge”
“Top of the Lake”
“White Queen”

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television
Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”

Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
Rebecca Ferguson, “White Queen”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
Rob Lowe, “Behind the Candelabra”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Corey Stoll, “House of Cards”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television
Jacqueline Bisset, “Dancing on the Edge”
Janet McTeer, “White Queen”
Hayden Panettiere, “Nashville”
Monica Potter, “Parenthood”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”



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