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The Golden Globes Surprise Again With Nominations for St. Vincent, Quvenzhané Wallis

Bill Murray in St. Vincent.

Photo by Atsushi Nishijima © 2014 The Weinstein Company. All Rights Reserved.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominations for this year’s Golden Globes Thursday morning, and like so many other awards-giving groups, they loved Birdman, which nabbed seven nominations, including Best Picture (Drama) and Best Actor (Drama) for Michael Keaton. They also, as usual, went for a few surprise picks, in both the TV and film categories.

Quvenzhané Wallis scored her first Golden Globe nomination for her second starring role, in the Annie remake—so perhaps the question of whether or not the young actress can truly act should finally be put to rest. The tepidly received St. Vincent scored two nods: for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) for Bill Murray.

The most relieved nominees might be the makers of Selma. After the Screen Actors Guild nominations revealed yesterday that the Martin Luther King biopic’s road to Oscar is looking less smooth (it received no nominations), the film picked up three major nods from the HFPA: Best Picture (Drama), Best Director (Ava DuVernay), and Best Actor in a Drama (David Oyelowo). This is a great get for Selma, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the civil rights drama is an Oscar sure-bet, either: The Golden Globes’ picks are much less predictive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ than the SAG’s. (The latter organization’s votership overlaps a bit with the academy’s; the HFPA does not.)

In a category that has lately favored shows like The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family, the Best Television Series Comedy or Musical nominees switched things up a bit this year, making room for newcomers Transparent, Silicon Valley, and Jane the Virgin. (Fans of the latter will be happy to note that Gina Rodriguez also got a nod.) The HFPA also really likes The Affair, which was nominated for three awards: Best Television Drama, and Ruth Wilson and Dominic West for Best Actress and Actor in a Television Drama, respectively.


The awards will be presented on Jan. 11, 2015. Check out the full list of nominees below.


Best Picture, Drama
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
St. Vincent

Best Director
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
Ava DuVernay, Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Actress, Drama
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Jennifer Aniston, Cake

Best Actor, Drama
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
David Oyelowo, Selma
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Ralph Feinnes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaqun Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes 


Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year

Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Robert Duvall, The Judge


Best Screenplay
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

Best Original Song in Motion Picture
John Legend & Common, “Glory” (Selma)
Lana Del Rey, “Big Eyes” (Big Eyes)
Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, & Will Gluck, “Opportunity” (Annie
Patti Smith & Lenny Kaye, “Mercy Is” (Noah)
Lorde, “Yellow Flicker Beat” (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay)


Best Original Score
Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar

Best Animated Film
The Lego Movie
Big Hero 6
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Boxtrolls
The Book of Life


Best Foreign-Language Film
Tangerine Mandarin
Force Majeure
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem


Best Television Series Comedy or Musical
Jane the Virgin
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Best Television Drama
The Affair
Game of Thrones
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House of Cards

Best Actress, Television Drama
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Ruth Wilson, The Affair
Claire Danes, Homeland


Best Actor, Television Drama
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Clive Owen, The Knick
Dominic West, The Affair
James Spader, The Blacklist
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan*


Best Actor in a Television Series Comedy or Musical
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Louis C.K., Louie
William H. Macy, Shameless

Best Actress in a Television Series Comedy or Musical
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is The New Black
Lena Dunham, Girls
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Missing
The Normal Heart
Olive Kitteridge
True Detective

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television*
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective


Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances O’Connor, Missing
Allison Tolman, Fargo

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Matthew Bomer, The Normal Heart
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Colin Hanks, Fargo

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Allison Janney, Mom
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Michelle Monaghan, True Detective
Joan Frogatt, Downton Abbey

Correction, Dec. 11, 2014: This post originally misstated that Clive Owen and Benedict Cumberbatch were nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. They were not. It left off Billy Bob Thornton and Matthew McConaughey, who were nominated. This post also misstated that Woody Harrelson was nominated in that category for Game Change. He was nominated for True Detective.

Correction, Jan. 11, 2015: This post left out Liev Schreiber, who was nominated for Best Actor in a Television Drama for Ray Donovan.