Niki-Lauda-RushAwards: Golden Globe Nominations – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Many would have strong arguments that state that Golden Globes matter very little to the Oscar race. I think, in some cases, they matter a lot. Even since their slates started showing up more clean (No More “The Tourist” incidents) the H.F.P.A. has been given us some solid selections in each category.

This year there were a couple notable things that occurred. A couple notable films/shows that were left out of contention, and a couple of reasonable twists, and some unreasonable. So let’s take a look at these nominations and see what was good, what was bad, and what was just ugly.

For Full Nominations scroll to the bottom.

The Good

– “Rush” appears in best drama, and best supporting actor reassuring us that the critically successful (but financially unsuccessful) sports film is still in this race.

– The Comedy/Musical’s are all great films. “August” or “Mitty” wasn’t able to sneak in.

– “Captain Phillips” appears in multiple categories (including directing) despite many transparencies with critic awards.

– Alexander Payne for director in “Nebraska.” Great choice, a director’s film.

– Leonardo DiCaprio finally shows up for his raved about performance in “The Wolf of Wall Street”

– “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” doesn’t show up anywhere. The film is Weinsteins box-office darling, but it’s not awards-great. So it now showing up reflects that the HFPA may be voting more by quality than by politics.

– The Five Comedy/Musical actor nominees are the five best comedy/musical actors of 2013 critically.

– Sally Hawkins gets in for “Blue Jasmine”

– Newcomer Barkhad Abdi finds a spot on the Best Supporting Actor list for “Captain Phillips”

– “All is Lost” makes it in for it’s strong, memorable score

– “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” makes it in multiple television categories including Best Comedy Series and Best Actor in a Comedy Series

– “Masters of Sex” appears! The new television series found a place in Best Drama and a well-deserved place for Michael Sheen

– James Spader makes it in for “The Blacklist”

– Rob Lowe makes it in Supporting Actor for “Behind the Candelabra” above Scott Bakula

The Bad

– No “Saving Mr. Banks” for drama, which is excusable if only they had nominated Tom Hanks for supporting actor, but they didn’t.

– No James Gandolfini for “Enough Said,” some may argue he only got the SAG nod because he passed away. Maybe. But still it’s a great performance.

– “Fruitvale Station” doesn’t show up anywhere. Weinstein should have rode this film to the ground with award-campaigns, but he isn’t. Who am I to question Harvey’s strategies, but it seems like he missed out this year.

– Kate Winslet for Labor Day over Adele Exarchopoulous for Blue is the Warmest Color. Well there has to be a little more star-power at the ceremony after all.

– No Jonah Hill for “The Wolf of Wall Street” in supporting. Doesn’t fair well for his campaign, and already lingering lack of momentum for the film in general.

– No Spike Jonze or Martin Scorsese for director. I’m all for Greengrass and Payne, but the lack of Jonze and Scorsese may speak to their overall place in this race.

– No “Wolf of Wall Street” for screenplay, despite several critic awards in that category.

– No “Homeland.” How did that happen? Did it not qualify?

– “Downton Abbey” is still here.

– No Anna Gunn for “Breaking Bad” or Claire Danes for “Homeland” in supporting. Have no clue who is going to win here.

– White Queen

– No Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey, she’s really the only good thing left in the show.

The Ugly

– The Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie category.

– Dancing on the Edge shows up in an attempt to give Chiwetel Ejiofor a double nomination.

– The realization that American Horror Story will always be here regardless of how good it is.

– “Orange is the New Black” being considered a drama

– The Animated Motion Picture category

– The Wind Rises in Foreign but not Animated Feature. Is it not better than Despicable Me 2?

– Philomena showing up. Not bad, just ugly giving the other options.

– Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom getting 3 nominations that may or may not just be sentimental nominations given the circumstance. Don’t want to point fingers, but I think it would’ve looked different if the great Nelson Mandela hadn’t passed away.

Here is the full list:

Best Drama
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips

Best Musical/Comedy
American Hustle
Inside Lleweyn Davis
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 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 Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyer’s Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Actor in a 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 in a 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 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 Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyer’s Club

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
The Croods
Despicable Me 2

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

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


Best TV Comedy or Musical
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation
The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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

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

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 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 Miniseries or TV Movie
American Horror Story: Coven
Behind the Candelabra
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
White Queen

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson, White Queen
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV 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 Supporting Actress in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie
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 Show, Miniseries or TV Movie
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan