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article imageGolden Globes give 'Birdman' 7 nominations to lead all movies

By Tim O'Brien     Dec 11, 2014 in Entertainment
Fresh off an early morning (Dec. 10) for Hollywood with the SAG nominations, today (Dec. 11), it is the Golden Globes. One thing for certain now is that "Birdman" and "Boyhood" have award season love.
Now, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) have made their voices heard. The pattern has been for the two "B" movies battling it out and picking up awards along the way. "Birdman" leads the way with seven nominations while "Boyhood" and "The Imitation Game" have five each.
These days the argument arises as to which award has more Oscar influence - the SAG or the Globes. Let's go with the SAG Awards, but the Globes are often the most fun. So, they get their time in the spotlight, perhaps too much so, as they can tend to water down the award season with the abundance of nominations. Much like the Grammys (83 categories), but not quite that bad.
The Globes split their top movie prizes into drama and then musical/comedy. This allow some to think they stand a chance come Oscar time. Not really, but that is also part of the fun.
Golden Globes
Motion picture, musical or comedy
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
"Into the Woods"
"St. Vincent"
Notes: "With "Birdman" in here, it looks like they could name two potential front-runners when these are announced. See next category.
Motion picture, drama
"The Imitation Game"
"The Theory of Everything"
Notes: No "Unbroken" or "American Sniper." Wait, no "Interstellar" either. Hard to disagree with this but that means something needs to be left out. "Boyhood" is the favorite here, but since this is the Hollywood Foreign Press, "The Imitation Game" may be stronger than many think. They could name "Boyhood" and "Birdman" and be solid with the rest of award season winners.
Actor in a motion picture, drama
Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"
Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"
Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler"
Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"
David Oyelowo, "Selma"
Notes: This category has both Jake Gyllenhaal with Oyelowo. The SAG had Gyllenhaal and not Oyelowo. Now, which one makes the final cut come Oscar time? The others are likely to hold up.
Actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy
Ralph Fiennes, "Grand Budapest Hotel"
Michael Keaton, "Birdman"
Bill Murray, "St. Vincent"
Joaquin Phoenix, "Inherent Vice"
Christoph Waltz, "Big Eyes"
Notes: Because this is the musical/comedy, many here will not be around later, but have some fun with it. On the other hand it brings back Murray into the conversation, but this is Keaton's to lose.
Animated feature film
"Big Hero 6"
"The Book Of Life"
"The Boxtrolls"
"How To Train Your Dragon 2"
"The LEGO Movie"
Notes: It feels a little weak, but there is no "Frozen" here and "The LEGO Movie" has what it takes.
Best Director
Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman"
Ava DuVernay, "Selma"
David Fincher, "Gone Girl"
Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Notes: The only film here that did not pop up in the the drama and musical/comedy categories is "Gone Girl," and that one is odd. Clint Eastwood for "American Sniper" and Angelina Jolie for "Unbroken" find no love, either. A battle of the "B" movies.
Foreign language film
"Force Majeure Turist"
"Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem Gett"
"Tangerines Mandariinid"
Notes: "Ida" is a favorite.
Actress in a motion picture, drama
Jennifer Aniston, "Cake"
Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything"
Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"
Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"
Reese Witherspoon, "Wild"
Notes: Another nod for Aniston, who is picking up momentum. A SAG and a Globe nomination is a good two-day punch.
Actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy
Amy Adams, "Big Eyes"
Emily Blunt, "Into the Woods"
Helen Mirren, "The Hundred-foot Journey"
Julianne Moore, "Maps To The Stars"
Quvenzhané Wallis, "Annie"
Notes: Two acting nods for "Big Eyes" with Adams and Waltz as supporting actor. Again, since this is the Hollywood Foreign Press, Mirren is not surprise.
Actress in a supporting role in a motion picture
Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game"
Emma Stone, "Birdman"
Meryl Streep, "Into The Woods"
Jessica Chastain, "A Most Violent Year"
Notes: Streep gets in and why not? But, so far, Arquette may be the favorite right now.
Actor in a supporting role in a motion picture
Robert Duvall, "The Judge"
Ethan Hawke, "Boyhood"
Edward Norton, "Birdman"
Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher"
J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"
Notes: Duvall is on a roll with a bad movie.
Best Original Song
John Legend & Common, “Glory" ("Selma")
Lana Del Rey, “Big Eyes” ("Big Eyes")
"Mercy Is" ("Noah")
"Opportunity" ("Annie")
Lorde, "Yellow Flicker Beat" ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I")
Best Original Score
Johann Johannsson, "The Theory of Everything"
Alexandre Desplat, "The Imitation Game"
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, "Gone Girl"
Antonio Sanchez, "Birdman"
Hans Zimmer, "Interstellar"
Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
"Gone Girl"
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
"The Imitation Game"
Notes: Does a screenplay make a movie? Sure it can, but it takes so much more.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are back for one last hosting gig with the Golden Globes on Jan. 11, live for Beverly Hills, CA. For the complete list, head here.
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