Whatever. The Globes have retained their status by usually picking the right batch of films—Oscar favorites with a few critical outsiders and populist choices mixed in—and recently they've been hiring interesting hosts (Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler) to give their ceremonies some verve. Fey and Poehler will be back for January's upcoming show, and for many, that'll be reason enough to tune in.
Given the usual glitz, and the fact that the Globes nominate 10 films thanks to the Comedy/Drama split, it was a little surprising that Gone Girl couldn't scrape a Best Picture nod, losing out to Boyhood, Selma, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and Foxcatcher. It’s particularly strange given that director David Fincher got a nomination (neither of the British math biopics nor Foxcatcher made the cut in Best Director), along with lead actress Rosamund Pike, writer Gillian Flynn, and composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Gone Girl was a critical sensation, a box-office smash, and probably the most talked-about movie of the fall, but still it's likely to get boxed out of the biggest category by the long line of biopics in front of it, some of which (i.e. Selma) are far more interesting than others.
The Globes wisely corrected the SAG Awards' mistake on Selma—yesterday's nominee list from the Actors Guild was particularly glaring for its utter lack of actors of color, even among the vast Best Ensembles nominated. Selma's snubbing there was attributed by some to its late release and lack of screeners, but the Globes saw fit to nominate it for Best Picture, Director, and Actor (David Oyelowo for his portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr.).
Bennett Miller's chilly true-crime tale Foxcatcher, whose buzz had been ebbing after months of hype, shored up its credentials with nominations for Best Picture, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo, who also scored at SAG and seem like safe bets for nominations. There were also nods to two insurgent candidacies—Robert Duvall in the hoary throwback family drama The Judge, and Jennifer Aniston's work as a chronically depressed woman who becomes obsessed with a friend's suicide in the yet-to-be-released Cake. Neither film is particularly beloved by critics, but Duvall is a cherished vet who hasn't had Oscar attention in a while, and Aniston is part of the long awards tradition of "deglam," where beautiful actresses get attention for looking plain or even ugly in low-budget indies. What bravery!
Perhaps the most surprising and exciting development in the recent awards news is the continued support for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, which got a SAG Ensemble nomination yesterday (equivalent to Best Picture for that body) and four Globe nominations—Best Picture (Comedy), Best Actor (Ralph Fiennes), Best Director, and Best Screenplay (Wes Anderson). Given Oscar's expanded Best Picture lineup, The Grand Budapest Hotel increasingly looks like a strong possibility to sneak in—it'd be the first Wes Anderson film to secure that nomination, and it'd be an especially impressive feat given its March release date.