Random thoughts on the Golden Globes


The 72nd Annual Golden Globe nominations have been announced and the awards season is officially underway. I have to admit I get really excited this time of the year. Many people dismiss the various awards and often times for good reason, but I find them to be a great time to reflect back on the movie year and jockey for the films I find the most deserving.

This year’s nominations were announced today and they started off on the right note. I mean Kate Beckinsale announcing nominees? Brilliant! As for the actual nominations, as expected there were several surprises, several snubs, and several absurdities. There were also several fun observations that have me excited for the show and the days leading up to it. So without further ado here are a few random thoughts on this year’s Golden Globe nominees.

– I was surprised at the number of movies represented that I still need to see. The Imitation Game, Big Eyes, Into the Woods, Foxcatcher, Selma, Still Alice, and Wild just to name a few. I have some fun catching up to do.

– I shared this tweet shortly after hearing the nominees:


– “The Theory of Everything” was nominated for the big one, Best Motion Picture -Drama? Many would say it’s simply an okay movie with two fabulous performances. Is that enough for a nomination?

– Where is the nomination for Marion Cotillard? Her work in “The Immigrant” was brilliant.

– “Interstellar” gets shut out with the exception of Hans Zimmer for Best Original Score. Can’t say I’m surprised, but I vehemently disagree with its omission.

– I LOVE seeing “Ida” in the foreign language category. It would be robbery if it wasn’t there. But once again I ask why is such a tremendous film restricted to one lone category.

– It was a big morning for one of my favorite filmmakers Wes Anderson. Unfortunately it is for one of my least favorite films from him. Not bad by any means, but not Wes Anderson greatness.

– EVERYTHING IS AWESOME! Love seeing “The Lego Movie” getting some love!

– What the heck is “Cake”?

– Could Emily Blunt finally be getting the recognition she deserves? Even though I haven’t seen “Into the Woods” I love that it has given Blunt some attention.

– Did I mention Meryl Streep was nominated? Oh never mind, of course she was.

– The 72nd Annual Golden Globes will once again be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I for one am very happy about that.

– George Clooney is getting a lifetime achievement award at age 53? Isn’t he a tad young for that? Surely this was just a way to get him into the show.

– This year there are several nominees that may not make their way onto Oscar’s list, but it looks like “Birdman” and “Boyhood” are the two sure things.

– The Quvenzhane Wallis nomination was a real surprise especially since every trailer I’ve seen for “Annie” has been absolutely cringe-worthy.

– It’s a good thing J.K. Simmons was nominated. If he hadn’t been I think the “Whiplash” fans would have rioted. I can’t wait to see this film.

Those are just a few random thoughts about this year’s nominations. The winners will be announced January 11, 2015 on NBC. Here are all of the movie nominees:

Best Drama

  • “Boyhood”
  • “Foxcatcher”
  • “The Imitation Game”
  • “Selma”
  • “The Theory of Everything”

Best Musical or Comedy

  • “Birdman”
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • “Into the Woods”
  • “Pride”
  • “St. Vincent”

Best Director

  • Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • Ava Duvernay, “Selma”
  • David Fincher, “Gone Girl”
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”
  • Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Actress in a Drama

  • Jennifer Aniston, “Cake”
  • Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
  • Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
  • Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
  • Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Best Actor in a Drama

  • Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”
  • David Oyelowo, “Selma”
  • Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy

  • Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
  • Bill Murray, “St. Vincent”
  • Joaquin Phoenix, “Inherent Vice”
  • Christoph Waltz, “Big Eyes”

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy

  • Amy Adams, “Big Eyes”
  • Emily Blunt, “Into the Woods”
  • Helen Mirren, “The Hundred-Foot Journey”
  • Julianne Moore, “Map to the Stars”
  • Quvenzhané Wallis, “Annie”

Best Supporting Actress

  • Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
  • Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year”
  • Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
  • Emma Stone, “Birdman”
  • Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Best Supporting Actor

  • Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
  • Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
  • Edward Norton, “Birdman”
  • Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
  • J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Screenplay

  • Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo, “Birdman”
  • Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
  • Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

Best Foreign Language Film

  • “Force Majeure Turist,” Sweden
  • “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Ansalem Gett,” Israel
  • “Ida,” Poland/Denmark
  • “Leviathan,” Russia
  • “Tangerines Mandariinid,” Estonia

Best Animated Feature

  • “Big Hero 6”
  • “The Book of Life”
  • “The Boxtrolls”
  • “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
  • “The Lego Movie”

Best Original Song

  • “Big Eyes” from “Big Eyes” music and lyrics by Lana Del Rey
  • “Glory” from “Selma,” Music and lyrics by John legend and Common
  • “Mercy Is” from “Noah,” Music and lyrics by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye
  • “Opportunity” from “Annie,” Music and lyrics by Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck
  • “Yellow Flicker Beat” from “The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1,” Music and lyrics by Lorde

Best Score

  • “The Imitation Game”
  • “The Theory of Everything”
  • “Gone Girl”
  • “Birdman”
  • “Interstellar”

29 thoughts on “Random thoughts on the Golden Globes

  1. My word! I too have to catch up on more than a few. Gonna depend on what is made available to me though. I may wait towards the Oscar noms to make more of a decision haha, but I might as well view what is available when it becomes available..

    • That’s the problem I always face. So many of these aren’t available in my area and tend to be slow getting here. But there is still plenty of time to see them.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Reading the Golden Globe nominations remind me just how out of the loop I am on movies this year! Clooney getting a lifetime achievement award, really? I will say it’s nice to see Lana Del Rey get nominated for her song. I still think she was robbed for the track she contributed to The Great Gatsby last year. Her work is straight up cinematic.

    • Hey thanks for taking time to comment. I always appreciate it.

      I was reflecting on my top five as it stands right now and I would definitely be considered out of the loop as well. That said there are several movies that were nominated that I am anxious to see .

  3. I have some similar thoughts on Meryl’s nomination in my GG post, a tad more vulgarly put, though 🙂 I think Clooney is getting that award just because they want him to show up to ceremony and have Tina and Amy make jokes at his expense:)

    • LOL! I bet you’re exactly right. George was probably skipping this year so they trumped up an award to get him to show. I mean can it be an awards show without George or Brad? (Sarcasm intended)

  4. ““Interstellar” gets shut out with the exception of Hans Zimmer for Best Original Score. Can’t say I’m surprised, but I vehemently disagree with its omission.”

    This, so much. Very disappointed to see Interstellar starting to get snubbed already. I know it’ll pick up some technical nods come the Oscars, but I was really hoping it’d be one to get a best picture nomination as well, and now I’m so certain it’ll happen. Pretty bummed about that. :\

    • I’m completely with you. It doesn’t look good although I wouldn’t be surprised if it sneaks into the best picture category namely because they expanded it to so many nominees. But even if it does it doesn’t look like it stands any chance of winning.

  5. I’m glad I’m not the only one wondering what the heck CAKE is! Great thoughts all around, Keith. I’m with you in that I have several movies to still see. I almost get frustrated because I’m dying to see all these films that yet to be released. Haha.

    • And it doesn’t make sense. I understand she’s a good actress but I have a hard time believing that she warrants so many nominations. I guess to be totally fair, I haven’t seen Into the Woods yet. But last year is a good example of what I’m talking about.

      • I posted my take on the GG/SAG noms, my biggest beef is w/ Meryl and Reese Witherspoon noms. I’ve seen both performances but wasn’t wowed by either, in fact I didn’t buy Reese in the role much at all so her nom kind aggravates me. I think Emily Blunt was good in Into The Woods though, even though all the characters are so paper thin and the story is kind of meh.

      • Into the Woods just feels like a really weird inclusion. Again, I haven’t seen it so perhaps I shouldn’t judge, but nothing about it seems to fit here.

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