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Golden Globe Nominations for 2015

The nominations for the 72nd Annual Golden Globes Awards have been revealed… and there are a few surprises in the motion picture categories—most notably the complete absence of any nominations for Interstellar (except for its musical score, and even the box office washout Noah got that much attention). How can that be? Well, one explanation is that the Golden Globes are all about star power (bad Interstellar pun…) and there are no categories for technical awards. And that’s where I suspect the big budget sic-fi will reign loud and proud at the Oscars and the Critics Choice Awards (the latter group’s nominations will be announced on this coming Monday, December 15).  Christopher Nolan’s high flying epic aside (and Russell Crowe’s soggy prophet too), here is what the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was impressed with this past year:

1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

a. BOYHOOD
IFC Productions and Detour Filmproduction; IFC Films

b. FOXCATCHER
Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures Classic

c. THE IMITATION GAME
Black Bear Pictures; The Weinstein Company

d. SELMA
Paramount Pictures and Pathé; Paramount Pictures

e. THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Working Title Films; Focus Features


2. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

a. JENNIFER ANISTON: CAKE

b. FELICITY JONES: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

c. JULIANNE MOORE: STILL ALICE

>d. ROSAMUND PIKE: GONE GIRL

e. REESE WITHERSPOON: WILD


3. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

a. STEVE CARELL: FOXCATCHER

b. BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH: THE IMITATION GAME

c. JAKE GYLLENHAAL: NIGHTCRAWLER

d. DAVID OYELOWO: SELMA

e. EDDIE REDMAYNE: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

4. BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. BIRDMAN
Regency Enterprises and M Productions and Le Grisbi Productions; Fox Searchlight Pictures

b. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
American Empirical Picture; Fox Searchlight Pictures

c. INTO THE WOODS
Disney; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

d. PRIDE
Pathé Productions Limited, British Broadcasting Corporation, The British Film Institute and Calamity Films; CBS Films Inc.

e. ST. VINCENT
Chernin Entertainment; The Weinstein Company

5.BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. AMY ADAMS: BIG EYES

b. EMILY BLUNT: INTO THE WOODS

c. HELEN MIRREN: THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

d. JULIANNE MOORE: MAPS TO THE STARS

e. QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS: ANNIE

6. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

a. RALPH FIENNES: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

b. MICHAEL KEATON: BIRDMAN

c. BILL MURRAY: ST. VINCENT

d. JOAQUIN PHOENIX: INHERENT VICE

e. CHRISTOPH WALTZ: BIG EYES


7. BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

a. BIG HERO 6
Walt Disney Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

b. THE BOOK OF LIFE
Twentieth Century Fox and Reel FX Animation Studios; Twentieth Century Fox

c. THE BOXTROLLS
Laika; Focus Features

d. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
DreamWorks Animation LLC; Twentieth Century Fox

e. THE LEGO MOVIE
Warner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow Pictures / RatPac-Dune Entertainment / Lego System A/S / Vertigo Entertainment/Lin Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures


8. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

a. FORCE MAJEURE TURIST (SWEDEN)
Coproduction Office; Magnolia Pictures

b. GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE (ISRAEL)
AMSALEM GETT, Arte France Cinéma; Music Box Films

c. IDA (POLAND/DENMARK)
Phoenix film investments; Music Box Films

d. LEVIATHAN,(Левиафан) (RUSSIA)
Non-Stop Production, Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation of the Cinema Funds, RuArts, Foundation; Sony Pictures Classics

e. TANGERINES MANDARIINID (ESTONIA)
Allfilm


9. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

a. PATRICIA ARQUETTE: BOYHOOD

b. JESSICA CHASTAIN: A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

c. KEIRA KNIGHTLEY: THE IMITATION GAME

d. EMMA STONE: BIRDMAN

e. MERYL STREEP: INTO THE WOODS


10. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

a. ROBERT DUVALL: THE JUDGE

b. ETHAN HAWKE BOYHOOD

c. EDWARD NORTON: BIRDMAN

d. MARK RUFFALO: FOXCATCHER

e. J.K. SIMMONS: WHIPLASH

11. BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE

a. WES ANDERSON: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

b. AVA DUVERNAY: SELMA

c. DAVID FINCHER: GONE GIRL

d. ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ: BIRDMAN

e. RICHARD LINKLATER: BOYHOOD


12. BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE

a. WES ANDERSON: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

b. GILLIAN FLYNN: GONE GIRL

c. ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ IÑÁRRITU, NICOLÁS GIACOBONE, ALEXANDER DINELARIS, ARMANDO BO: BIRDMAN

d. RICHARD LINKLATER: BOYHOOD

e. GRAHAM MOORE: THE IMITATION GAME


13. BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE

a. ALEXANDRE DESPLAT: THE IMITATION GAME

b. JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

c. TRENT REZNOR, ATTICUS ROSS: GONE GIRL

d. ANTONIO SANCHEZ: BIRDMAN

e. HANS ZIMMER: INTERSTELLAR


14. BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE

a. “BIG EYES” — BIG EYES
Music by: Lana Del Rey, Lyrics by: Lana Del Rey

b. “GLORY” — SELMA
Music by: John Legend, Common, Lyrics by: John Legend, Common

c. “MERCY IS” — NOAH
Music by: Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Lyrics by: Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye

d. “OPPORTUNITY” — ANNIE
Music by: Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck, Lyrics by: Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck

e. “YELLOW FLICKER BEAT” — THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1
Music by: Lorde, Lyrics by: Lorde

More details about the movies mentioned in this post…

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

Physical disability can't cripple mental ability.

Selma

Selma

One man's dream can change history.

Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher

Hopes for Olympic glory is finished by a cheap shot.

Boyhood

Boyhood

The boyhood of Mason (as played by Ellar Coltrane), from age 5 through 18.

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

Great minds must think alike.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl

Speculation runs wild when a married woman suddenly goes missing.

Wild

Wild

How far do you need to walk to find yourself?

Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler

When does the footage become inappropriate for public viewing?

Birdman

Birdman

Life isn't over before the final curtain call.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

The rebels bunker down for the big fight.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Trouble is about to check in.

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Sometimes, when dreams come true, they're nightmares.

St. Vincent

St. Vincent

When desperate for a friend, beggars can't be choosers.

Big Eyes

Big Eyes

The eyes say it all.

Annie (2014)

Annie (2014)

The musical Annie features a black cast in this film version of the tale of an orphaned girl.

Maps to the Stars

Maps to the Stars

The map to stardom may also lead to insanity.

The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey

They may only live a hundred feet apart, but it will be a journey of many steps to bring them together.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2

A dragon is a man's best friend.

Whiplash

Whiplash

A teacher can either whip up or beat down a student.

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice

Trouble comes knocking...

Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6

Just because he's inflatable doesn't mean he's an airhead.

Interstellar

Interstellar

Hope may only be possible in the vastness of space.

Noah

Noah

With bad weather in the forecast, Noah builds an ark to ride out the storm.

The Judge

The Judge

Like father, like son...

The Book of Life

The Book of Life

All is fair in love and death.

The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls

A surprise in every box.

A Most Violent Year

A Most Violent Year

1981 was a most violent year in New York City.