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Golden Globes Go Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

Three-time Golden Globe nominee Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced this year’s Golden Globe nominations this morning, and taking the lead is Lincoln, clothed in the immense power of seven nominations. Ben Affleck’s Argo and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained follow with five, which is a bit of a surprise for Django. In addition to a nomination for best drama, the bloody western scored nominations for screenplay and director, along with two nominations for supporting actor (for Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio).


Perhaps the biggest surprise, though, was Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Despite the fact that there is no salmon fishing in that country, nor is it usually called “the Yemen,” the fishing romance managed to reel in 3 awards, including a nomination for best comedy or musical and acting nominations for stars Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt.


Salmon’s unlikely haul comes as a helpful reminder that the Globes should not be taken too seriously as an Oscar predictor. In this perceived role the Globes are of course especially clumsy in areas that split up the nominees into separate categories for drama and comedy or musical. Salmon likely won’t be the only comedy to be shut out come Oscar time. (I’m looking at you, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.)


Still, many of the nominees on the comedy or musical side of things were a pleasant surprise. Moonrise Kingdom picked up a nomination for best comedy or musical, even though Wes Anderson has never before been nominated at the Globes. Together with Moonrise’s recent win at the Gotham Awards, we’re hoping its modest momentum will turn into Anderson’s first Oscar nomination for best picture. Similarly, I’m happy to see that Jack Black has earned some well-deserved love for his wonderful performance in Bernie. That said, the best actor field is so crowded that I don’t expect to see him at the Oscars.

As for the snubs, many Oscar bloggers will be surprised to see no Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) or Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the best actress category. The former runs up against appearing in a foreign film, and the latter some say is too young for the category. Jonny Greenwood was not nominated for his gorgeous score for The Master, and Holy Motors wasn’t nominated for best foreign-language film. In the best animated feature category, ParaNorman emerged empty-handed, along with my pick for the best animated film of 2012, Don Hertzfeldt’s It’s Such a Beautiful Day.


Perhaps the biggest snub of all, however, came on the TV side, where Mad Men was snubbed in favor of The Newsroom. The full list of TV and film nominees is below.



Best Picture, Drama
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Director
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Actress, Drama
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marian Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Actor, Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight


Best Actor, Musical or Comedy
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Ewan MCGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy


Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Screenplay
Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
David O’Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Chris Terrio, Argo


Best Original Song in Motion Picture
“For You” (Act of Valor) by Keith Urban
“Not Running Anymore” (Stand Up Guys) by Stand Up Guys
“Safe and Sound” (The Hunger Games) by Taylor Swift
“Skyfall” (Skyfall) by Adele
“Suddenly” (Les Miserables)

Best Original Score
Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
Alexandre Desplat, Argo
Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
Tom Tyker, Johnny Klimek, Rein Holdheil, Cloud Atlas
John Williams, Lincoln


Best Animated Film
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Foreign-Language Film
A Royal Affair
The Untouchables
Kon Tiki
Rust and Bone 


Best Television Series Comedy or Musical
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family

Best Television Drama
Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Downton Abbey
The Newsroom


Best Actress, Television Drama
Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Julianne Margalies, The Good Wife
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

Best Actor, Television Drama
Best Actor, TV Drama Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”


Best Actor in a Television Series Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louis
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress in a Television Series Comedy or Musical
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Veep
Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Amy Poehler, Parks & Rec

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Game Change
The Girl
Hatfields & McCoys
The Hour
Political Animals


Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Toby Jones, The Girl
Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gellhorn

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Max Greenfield, The New Girl
Ed Harris, Game Change
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey 
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Jodie Foster