The Golden Globes nominees for 2015 were announced on Thursday, Dec. 11. Film stars Paula Patton, Peter Krause, Jeremy Piven and Kate Beckinsale named the potential winners in 25 different categories. Theo Kingma, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that sponsors the awards, hosted the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards will take place in a gala ceremony on Jan. 11, 2015 at the same location. The final winners are decided by the HFPA. The irrepressible duo of Amy Pohler and Tina Fey will host the show for the third consecutive and final time, and it will air live on NBC. Last year’s awards enjoyed nearly 21 million viewers, the highest in a decade.
A few Golden Globes winners are not a secret. It has already been announced that George Clooney is the Cecil B. DeMille Award winner. And the choice for the annual Miss Golden Globe has fallen upon Kelsey Grammer’s daughter, Greer.
The HFPA which sponsors the Golden Globes is an association of 91 entertainment photographers and journalists in the Southern California area, employed by 55 foreign publications and outlets. It is a mix of high-profile magazines and newspapers, like U.K.’s The Telegraph and German Vogue, and others that are little known here and read mainly in their home countries. They have a combined readership and following of 250 million. They are also involved with various philanthropic activities.
The 25 categories of the Golden Globes cover 14 for movies and 11 for TV shows. Members vote first on nominees and then the winners. Each vote is weighted equally.
Voting follows a long process of watching 300 plus films and interviewing over 400 actors and moviemakers. Nomination ballots are distributed in late November and need to be filled with five names for each of the categories. They are returned to the LA headquarters of Ernst & Young early in nomination week and kept secure. A second round of ballots reaches voting members by Dec. 22., and must be returned by Jan. 7, 2015 for final tallies.
To ensure absolute accuracy each Golden Globes ballot is checked three times. Right up to the moment of truth on award day, the results are known to only three senior executives at the accounting firm.
Among dramatic movies, Birdman, predicted to inject new life into Michael Keaton’s career got seven nominations including Best Actor. Richard Linklater’s drama Boyhood, 12 years in the making, garnered five nominations. British biopic movies scored big this year with The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, getting five and four nominations respectively.
Selma, which was snubbed at the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations a day earlier, culled four nominations from the Golden Globes. Two surprising contenders are Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, and David Fincher’s gory thriller Gone Girl, each snagging four nominations.
The Golden Globes announcement of nominations for 2015 carried surprising snubs for Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, which didn’t make the cut in any category, and the Navy SEAL drama American Sniper, by Clint Eastwood. Foxcatcher unexpectedly ousted them both.
HBO leads the TV networks with 15 nominations. Girls makes a repeat appearance with newcomers Orange is the New Black and the tech satire Silicon Valley. HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge got nods for its stars. Showtime’s steamy drama The Affair was granted three Golden Globe nominations. A big surprise nominee is CW’s spoofy “telenovella” Jane the Virgin about a virgin who gets artificially inseminated.
Amazon’s critically acclaimed Transparent, wherein Jeffrey Tambor plays a transgender woman, scored big. FX’s Fargo leads the TV nominations with five. The dramatic actor category sees Clive Owen in Cinemax’s medical miniseries The Knick. Other nominees are James Spader in The Blacklist, Liev Schreiber in Ray Donovan and Kevin Spacey in Netflix’s House of Cards.
Several TV drama nominations honored returning female leads. Homeland, The Good Wife, and the winner for 2014, House of Cards. The are joined by Viola Davis of ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder.
Among stars with multiple nominations, Julianne Moore is contending for two: Maps to the Stars and Still Alice. Mark Ruffalo is nominated for roles on both the big (Foxcatcher), and small (The Normal Heart), screens. Similarly, Bill Murray collected a movie nomination for St. Vincent and one for TV’s Kitteridge.
Best Director nominations include a highly deserving line-up. Richard Linklater, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, Wes Anderson, David Fincher and Ava DuVernay are all stars in their own right.
As the winter blues wear on, television is often the major outlet for entertainment. Award season is always looked forward to, and the kick-off for 2015 with the Golden Globes nominees announcement sets the tone. The Globes are usually a fair indication of the Oscar nominees later in the year. Hence they are eagerly awaited by the stars, the industry and movie buffs alike.
By Bina Joseph
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