Everybody Loves Birdman, Especially The Golden Globes

<em>Selma</em> gets redeemed, <em>St. Vincent</em> gets remembered, <em>Mad Men</em> gets snubbed

With this morning’s Golden Globes nominations, awards season is officially on—and we have an official frontrunner. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association—like the SAG Awards (announced yesterday) and the Spirit Awards (announced before Thanksgiving)—showed big love for Birdman, bestowing the film with seven nods including Best Picture (for comedy) and Best Actor (for Michael Keaton).

Selma, which earned five Spirit nods but was snubbed by SAG, came back strong with four Golden Globe nominations. Jennifer Aniston, who surprised us yesterday with her Best Actress SAG nomination for Cake, also earned a Best Actress nod from the Golden Globes. Reese Witherspoon’s starring role in Wild, the adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, is a solid, middle-of-the-road contender.

When it comes to film dramas, it’s still a Battle of the British Biopics with Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking (The Theory of Everything) going head to head with Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing (The Imitation Game).

It’s the Best Actress, Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy category where things get interesting. You’ve got the youngest nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis of Annie, competing against one of the oldest, Helen Mirren for the mostly unseen The Hundred-Foot Journey. Julianne Moore is always terrific but Maps to the Stars as a comedy? Though it has moments of dark humor, ha-ha funny it isn’t. That leaves Emily Blunt (Into the Woods) and Amy Adams (Big Eyes) to duke it out for the statue. We’re betting on Adams but this may be the most wide-open category of the show.

On the TV side, Mad Men was snubbed, which makes sense given how no one seems to be excited about the show’s final season. Was it a bad idea to follow in Breaking Bad’s footsteps and split the season in half ? Has the show’s tone become too lugubrious? Or do fans simply have viewing fatigue? Questions to consider for another time.

Otherwise all the big names you’d expect to see were on the Golden Globes list: Game of Thrones, House of Cards, True Detective, Orange is the New Black, GirlsHomeland, Louie, Veep, The Good Wife, American Horror Story.

Newcomers Transparent, How to Get Away With Murder, Olive Kitteridge, and Jane the Virgin made a strong showing as did The Affair. Wait, The Affair? Yes, the Showtime drama that critics have praised but practically no one has seen scored three nominations. Another outlier: Downton Abbey, which has devolved into the British equivalent of Melrose Place (minus the hair-pulling), earned two nods.

The Golden Globes will air on NBC on January 11, 2015.

Best Motion Picture, Drama

The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

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

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

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

Best Actress, Motion Picture, 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 Actor, Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes 

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

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

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

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

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

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

Best Original Song
John Legend & Common, “Glory” (Selma)
Lana Del Rey, “Big Eyes” (Big Eyes)
Patti Smith, “Mercy Is” (Noah)
Sia, “Opportunity” (Annie)
Lorde, “Yellow Flicker Beat” (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I)

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 TV Drama

The Good Wife
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
The Affair
House of Cards

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

Best Actress, TV Series, 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 TV Comedy
Jane the Virgin
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Best Actress In A TV Series, Comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Lena Dunham, Girls
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Best Actor In A TV Series, Comedy
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Louis C.K., Louie
William H. Macy, Shameless

Best TV Miniseries Or Movie
True Detective
The Normal Heart
Olive Kitteridge
The Missing

Best Actress In A TV Miniseries Or Movie
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances O’Connor, Missing
Allison Tolman, Fargo

Best Actor In A TV Miniseries Or Movie
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart

Best Supporting Actress In A TV Series, Miniseries, Or Motion Picture
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

Best Supporting Actor In A TV Series, Miniseries, Or Motion Picture
Matthew Bomer, The Normal Heart
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Colin Hanks, Fargo