Golden Globes lift ‘Birdman,’ but Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ is out to sea

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BirdmanMichael Keaton in “Birdman.”

LOS ANGELES — So much for the Golden Globes‘ reputation for celebrity-chasing.

The Hollywood Foreign Press announced its nominees
on Thursday, a group that for once favored prestige over popularity —
at least on the film side — including five nominations for Oscar
frontrunner Boyhood and a leading seven nods for Birdman.

Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, meanwhile, went off the script;
if the WWII epic was going to pick up awards traction anywhere, it was
here, with the star-obsessed HFPA. But it was shut out, following suit with the Screen Actors Guild on Wednesday.

Additional Drama Best Picture nominees included Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, Selma and The Theory of Everything, all of which are fairly conventional choices, particularly by the HFPA’s well-documented cukoo-for-celebrities standards.

Though it was nominated on the comedy/musical side, Birdman re-asserted itself as an Oscar heavy-hitter, edging out Boyhood in total nominations again Thursday after nipping it 4-3 with SAG. But in both cases, this was due to Birdman‘s
strong ensemble cast; Michael Keaton was a slam dunk for lead acting,
while Emma Stone and Edward Norton were each nominated for supporting
Golden Globe and SAG awards.

The HFPA did nothing to weaken Boyhood‘s standing as the
Oscar Best Picture frontrunner, however, granting Richard Linklater’s
12-years-in-the-making family saga nominations for Best Picture (drama),
Best Director, Best Screenplay and supporting nods for Patricia
Arquette and Ethan Hawke. Right behind it with four nominations each
were The Theory of Everything, Selma, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Gone Girl.

While the drama category held little in the way of surprises,

the Golden Globes’ ponderous musical/comedy category continued its tradition of producing a few head-scratchers

the Golden Globes’ ponderous musical/comedy category
continued its tradition of producing a few head-scratchers, including a
Best Picture nomination for the well-received but lightweight St. Vincent starring Bill Murray, and a Best Actress nod for Quvenzhane Wallis, star of Sony’s just-leaked Annie (by way of Beasts of the Southern Wild).
Other comedy Best Picture nominees included Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, the Disney musical Into the Woods and CBS Films’ Pride.

Robert Duvall may have just snuck into the Oscar conversation, too — though The Judge
was politely received by critics at best, Duvall’s brooding performance
opposite Robert Downey Jr. was nominated for a supporting/drama Golden
Globe a day after his SAG peers also gave him the nod. Besides Hawke and
Norton, he’ll be competing against Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher) and J.K. Simmons, the presumed Oscar frontrunner for his blistering performance as a music director in Whiplash.

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Jennifer Aniston in “Cake.”

Jennifer Aniston also added a Golden Globe nomination to her SAG nom for Cake, putting her squarely in an up-for-grabs Best Actress category that includes Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Reese Witherspoon (Wild).

On the actors’ side for drama, the nominees included Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), David Oyelowo (Selma) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything). This list that could easily mirror the Oscars’, with one exception: Keaton, who is sure to bounce someone from this group.

The HFPA also gave some unexpected love to There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, nominating Joaquin Phoenix’s feverish performance as a stoner private eye for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical.

Ava Duvernay continued to be the breakout star of this awards season.

Ava Duvernay continued to be the breakout star of this awards season. Not only was her Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma
included (as expected) among the Best Picture/Drama nominees, but she
picked up a Best Director nomination as well. She’ll compete in the
category with David Fincher (Gone Girl), Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman), Anderson and of course, Linklater.
The 72nd Golden Globes, hosted for the third time by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will air on Jan. 11. on NBC.

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