Last week, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominations for the 71st Golden Globe Awards. This annual ceremony honors both television and film, and often provides insight as to what movies will be nominated for the Academy Awards. While many of the nominees — such as 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, and Breaking Bad – were expected, there were a few nominations and omissions that took Hollywood by surprise. Here’s our list of six Golden Globe shockers.
1. Tatiana Maslany
Critics and fans of the BBC America series Orphan Black have been very vocal in their praise for its breakout star, Tatiana Maslany. The Canadian actress has already won the Critics’ Choice Television Award and TCA Award for her performance as multiple clones on the science fiction program. But the Golden Globes often favor films and television shows that appeal to a mainstream audience, and Orphan Black is more of a cult favorite. So it was to the shock and delight of many – including Maslany — when she earned a nomination for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama.
2. Mad Men
This AMC drama has long been a critical darling and awards show favorite — in six seasons, it has won 15 Emmy Awards and four Golden Globes. But some critics think the show has lost its groove, and it looks like the HFPA agrees. Last year, the show was only given a nod for its leading man, Jon Hamm. This year, Mad Men received zero Golden Globe nominations, losing its key Best TV Series, Drama nod to AMC’s Breaking Bad, PBS’s Downton Abbey, CBS’s The Good Wife, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, and the Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) hit House of Cards.
3. Oprah Winfrey
Lee Daniels’ The Butler never quite got the momentum it needed to become a serious contender for this year’s main award races. But the film’s stars, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, have earned their share of praise, including nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and Satellite Awards. Many film fans and industry insiders assumed Winfrey’s turn as the wife of a White House butler made her a shoo-in for a Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture nomination. But she was left out in the cold when the names were announced on December 12.
One of the biggest surprises on the morning of December 12 was the attention the HFPA gave to Rush. This critically acclaimed racing movie from Ron Howard never received the same award buzz as some of its fellow nominees. But it managed to score two nominations: Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Daniel Brühl and, more surprisingly, Best Motion Picture, Drama.
5. Fruitvale Station
This independent drama earned the attention of many Hollywood insiders when it won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. And when Fruitvale Station earned extensive critical acclaim this summer during its wide release, it seemed destined for awards season glory. But despite numerous other accolades, the film was ignored entirely by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
6. Idris Elba
This British powerhouse has long been a gem for the television industry, winning nominations and a Golden Globe Award for his role in the BBC drama Luther. Idris Elba is now also earning praise for his work on the silver screen. Still, many were surprised when his name was announced for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, since he failed to score a Screen Actors Guild nomination for his performance in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.