Golden Globe Nominations: 2014 Surprises

Golden Globe nominations. Every year the mere mention of this trophy-fest brings joy to many and anger to many others. There’s never been much rhyme or reason for many for the annual decisions made by the mysterious Hollywood Foreign Press, but if nothing else they do give us something to discuss until the more respected Academy Awards and Emmy Awards come around.

Airing Jan. 12 on NBC, The Golden Globes telecast does offer the rare opportunity to see movie stars and TV stars mingling together. And with all of the drinking that is allowed at this event, the speeches tend to get better as the night goes along.

This year, however, we are seeing some TV/movie crossover with Julia Louis-Dreyfus being nominated for work on the big and small screens (Good Enough, Veep) and movie stars Matt Damon and Michael Douglas getting nods for the HBO biopic Behind the Candelabra, Jon Voight for Showtime’s Ray Donovan and Al Pacino for HBO’s Phil Spector. 

David O’Russell is carrying on where he left off with his highly acclaimed Silver Linings Playbook. In addition to O’Russell being nominated for best director for American Hustle, four of his actors in Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper also got nods. 12 Years a Slave also did very well.

As always, there are some snubs that had people grumbling today. Lee Daniels’ The Butler received rave reviews from critics but landed no nominations for Best Movie or actors Forest Whitaker or Oprah Winfrey. For a group that has often been accused of being star struck, they showed surprising restraint by turning Oprah away. The good news is they will have Robert Redford, who was nominated for All Is Lost.

On the TV side, it was odd to see Mad Men and Homeland both shut out of the Best Drama category, although the former did have a lackluster season. Still, there are few characters better on television that Don Draper, and Jon Hamm deserved to be recognized. And while I was thrilled to see Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul nominated for Breaking Bad, I’m at a loss as to how their Emmy-winning colleague Anna Gunn was not.

In terms of head scratchers, I admit to watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Michael J. Fox Show, and I’m puzzled as to how Andy Samberg and Michael J. Fox both received nominations. Although Brooklyn Nine-Nine is significantly better than Fox’s disappointing show, I never thought I’d hear “Samberg” and “best actor” in the same sentence.

Perhaps most surprising is how only one actor — Sofia Vergara — was nominated from ABC’s Modern Family. While the show was once again nominated, it seems like a big omission for what is largely considered the best sitcom to come along in years.

Oh, well, it’s all for fun, right? Below is the list of nominees for the major movie and television categories. Enjoy.

Motion Pictures

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

Best Animated Feature Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2


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

Best Actor in a Television Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Black List

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 Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

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 Comedy Series
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Mini-Series 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 Mini-Series 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 Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson, The White Queen
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for TV
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, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for TV
Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
Janet McTeer, White Queen
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family