Nods and Snubs: Weighing the 2015 Golden Globe Nominees

David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King in Selma, which received multiple Golden Globe nominations.

Following on the heels of yesterday’s Screen Actors Guild award nominations, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association doled out its annual Golden Globe nods this morning (see the full list below). Cue the cheers for the nominees and the jeers for the snubs.

Of course, to really cheer or jeer, you probably have to consider an award show like the Golden Globes as something more than a chance for rich people to gratuitously pat each other on the back while exchanging little gold statuettes. I, personally, am not quite that jaded (as, I suspect, neither are most reading this). True, award shows can seem pretty hollow, and they run way, WAY too long. But if we’re going to hand out little gold statuettes for movies and TV, there’s a part of me (and, likely, you) that wants to see my favourite actors/actresses receive those little gold statuettes.

And it was precisely that part of me that was growling at the television this morning when the Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, nominees were announced, and the name “Timothy Spall” did not appear on the list. This is the same man who won the top acting award at Cannes this year for his career-defining performance as English painter J.M.W. Turner in the stunning biopic Mr. Turner. No offence to Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), but he somehow managed to nab Spall’s spot.

And Spall isn’t the only perceived high-profile “snub.” Angelina Jolie (Unbroken) and Jean-Marc Vallee (Wild) for Best Director, Hilary Swank (The Homesman) for Best Actress, Drama, the wonderful Quebecois drama Mommy for Best Foreign Language Film or The Walking Dead for Best TV Series, Drama, to name a few, have raised the ire of film/TV buffs.

But let’s not dwell too long on the snubs. For those who received nods, this could prove the beginning of a very successful award season. Take Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo, who received well-deserved nominations for Best Director and Best Actor, Drama, respectively for the brilliant Martin Luther King Jr. civil rights drama Selma (both were in Toronto, by the way, to screen the film last night at the TIFF Bell Lightbox). Selma is also in the running for Best Picture, Drama. It’s also great to see Michael Keaton back in the spotlight, this time for Birdman (which nabbed Keaton a Best Actor nod and the film on the Best Picture, Comedy or Musical list).

I question St. Vincent landing on the Best Picture, Comedy or Musical list – for me, it’s the 2014 version of Inside Llewyn Davis, a film receiving way more praise than it probably deserves – but I was thrilled to see Julianne Moore get two Best Actress nods (for drama in Still Alice and comedy in Maps to the Stars).

On the TV side, with Breaking Bad and Mad Men out of the mix, shows like The Affair, How to Get Away with Murder and the medical drama The Knick are making plays for a few statuettes in multiple categories. Meanwhile, Amazon’s comedy Transparent, starring Jeffrey Tambor as a transgendered woman, nabbed the show and its star top nods.

See the next page for the full list of nominees. And don’t forget, the Jan. 11 Golden Globe broadcast is hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – which means that, at best, it’ll be an award ceremony filled with cutting quips and lots of laugh-out-loud moments. And, at worst, the show will only feel three hours long – about half as long as these shows usually feel when they’re being dragged along by lesser hosts.

The Nominees

Best Motion Picture, Drama




The Imitation Game

The Theory of Everything

Best Actress in a 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 in a 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 In A Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Amy Adams (Big Eyes)

Julianne Moore (Maps To The Stars)

Emily Blunt (Into the Woods)

Helen Mirren (The Hundred Foot Journey)

Quvenzhané Wallis (Annie)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Michael Keaton (Birdman)

Bill Murray (St. Vincent)

Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)

Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes)

Best Animated Feature Film

Big Hero 6

The Book of Life

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Lego Movie

Best Foreign Language Film

Force Majeure Turist (Sweden)

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett (Israel)

Ida (Poland/Denmark)

Leviathan (Russia)

Tangerines Mandariinid (Estonia)

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)

Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)

Emma Stone (Birdman)

Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Robert Duvall (The Judge)

Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)

Edward Norton (Birdman)

Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)

J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Best Director – Motion Picture

Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

Alejandro Iñárritu (Birdman)

Ava DuVernay (Selma)

Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

David Fincher (Gone Girl)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo (Birdman)

Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)

Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory Of Everything)

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross (Gone Girl)

Antonio Sanchez (Birdman)

Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“Opportunity” (Annie)

“Big Eyes” (Big Eyes)

“Mercy Is” (Noah)

“Glory” (Selma)

“Yellow Flicker Beat” (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1)

Best TV Series, Drama

The Affair

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

The Good Wife

House of Cards

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama

Claire Danes (Homeland)

Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder)

Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)

Ruth Wilson (The Affair)

Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama

Clive Owen (The Knick)

Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)

Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

James Spader (The Blacklist)

Dominic West (The Affair)

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy


Jane the Virgin

Orange Is the New Black

Silicon Valley


Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Lena Dunham (Girls)

Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)

Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin)

Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black)

Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Don Cheadle (House of Lies)

Louis C.K. (Louie)

Ricky Gervais (Derek)

William H. Macy (Shameless)

Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)

Best TV Movie or Mini-Series


The Missing

The Normal Heart

Olive Kitteridge

True Detective

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honorable Woman)

Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Freak Show)

Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge)

Frances O’Connor (The Missing)

Allison Tolman (Fargo)

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

Martin Freeman (Fargo)

Woody Harrelson (True Detective)

Matthew McConaughey (True Detective)

Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart)

Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black)

Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Freak Show)

Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)

Allison Janney (Mom)

Michelle Monaghan (True Detective)

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart)

Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)

Colin Hanks (Fargo)

Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge)

Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)