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The Golden Globes nominates 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, Breaking Bad, and a bunch of celebrities it wants to party with

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced its nominees for the annual Golden Globes, and once again it’s an absolutely unassailable list of the year’s best entertainment as made by famous people it would be fun to party with on television. Of course, those allegations of payola and blatant appeals to ratings that have dogged the HFPA for years aren’t entirely borne out by this list, which didn’t say, blatantly nominate Brad Pitt or Oprah Winfrey, just to ensure they’ll attend. (As a producer of 12 Years A Slave, Pitt will probably be there anyway.) But the Globes did continue to break with the by-now-established awards season norm here and there, for better or for “What the hell?”

On the film side, beyond expected nods for Gravity and 12 Years A Slave, the Globes offered the first big recognition for Rush, which scored a Best Drama nomination and another Best Supporting Actor nod for SAG nominee Daniel Bruhl; the only recognition so far for Kate Winslet, Sally Hawkins, Julie Delpy, and Idris Elba; and a lot of love for Her, Frances Ha, Philomena, and Nebraska across all its categories. Still, it’s a dead heat race between long-presumed frontrunner 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle, with seven nods apiece.

Although, they won’t actually compete against each other, seeing as American Hustle submitted itself as a comedy, possibly based entirely on Bradley Cooper’s hair. Instead it’ll face off against the year’s other exercises in hilarity and/or intermittent singing Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Her, and even The Wolf Of Wall Street, possibly based entirely on Jonah Hill’s face. And while you might not regard bleak stories of struggling musicians, sour old men, digital-age loneliness, or the rampant abuse of Wall Street as “comedy,” you certainly can’t blame these movies for not wanting to compete with 12 Years A Slave or Gravity. For all the explanation you need, just look at Saving Mr. Banks—a movie whose stars and sentimentality seem like surefire Globes-bait, but it was almost entirely shut out after opting to submit as a drama.


Most of the biggest “snubs” came on the television side, where seemingly permanent nominees Mad Men, Homeland, Game Of Thrones, and 30 Rock are, surprisingly, nowhere to be found. Instead their spots were entirely usurped by newer shows like House Of Cards, Masters Of Sex, and even Brooklyn Nine-Nine—a comedy that’s aired only 11 intermittently good but still improving episodes, yet it’s already been deemed worthy of pushing out the likes of Veep. That admirable, if not exactly justified commitment to shake things up led to nominations for a lot of actors seemingly being rewarded just for being in new (and semi-new) series this year, like Michael J. Fox, Jason Bateman, Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, and James Spader. And with a list like that, perhaps the real surprise on the TV side is that the HFPA didn’t give anything to The Crazy Ones’ Robin Williams, based entirely on the fact that he’d be fun on the red carpet.

Still, for all the talk of baffling categorizations and inexplicable choices, it’s important to remember that a) Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany finally got something, so everything is automatically fine and b) really, this is just the Golden Globes, and all this “awards” stuff is but a framework constructed entirely so you can watch Amy Poehler and Tina Fey goof around while celebrities get drunk. Keep that in mind while you peruse this list.


Best Motion Picture - Drama
12 Years A Slave
Captain Phillips

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
American Hustle
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Wolf Of Wall Street


Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Actor in a 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 in a Drama
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Best Actor in a Comedy or 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 in a Comedy or Musical
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
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
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 and Steve Coogan, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave
David O. Russell and Eric Singer, 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

Best Original Song
"Let It Go,” Frozen
“Atlas,” The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
"Please Mr. Kennedy," Inside Llewyn Davis
"Ordinary Love," Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
"Sweeter Than Fiction," One Chance

Best Original Score
Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
John Williams, The Book Thief
Steven Price, Gravity
Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years A Slave



Best TV Drama
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
Masters Of Sex
House Of Cards

Best TV Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Modern Family
Parks And Recreation

Best TV Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story: Coven
Behind The Candelabra
Dancing On The Edge
Top Of The Lake
White Queen


Best Actor in a TV Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters Of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House Of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist

Best Actress in a TV Drama
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 Actor in a TV Comedy
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 TV Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Lena Dunham, Girls
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

Best Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie
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 TV Miniseries or Movie
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 Actress in a TV Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture
Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing On The Edge
Janet McTeer, White Queen
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Rob Lowe, Behind The Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House Of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

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