Nominations for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards were announced on Thursday (Dec. 11) and, as expected, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association showered “Birdman” with seven nominations while “Boyhood” and “The Imitation Game” earned five bids each. Three films — “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Selma” and “The Theory of Everything” — picked up four nominations apiece.
The surprise of the day was the strong showing by spring release “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which could be the strongest rival to “Birdman” for Best Comedy/Musical. Writer/director Wes Anderson earned nods in both those races while Ralph Fiennes contends against Keaton for Comedy/Musical Actor.
Also in that race are Globe favorites Bill Murray (“St. Vincent”) and Joaquin Phoenix (“Inherent Vice”) and, in a surprise, Christoph Waltz who had been expected to contend in supporting for his scene-stealing performance in “Big Eyes.”
Keaton’s strongest Oscar rivals are all over in Drama Actor: Cumberbatch, Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), David Oyelowo (“Selma”), Eddie Redmayne (“Theory of Everything”) and a surging Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler“) who surprised us with a SAG nomination on Wednesday.
Likewise, watch out for Jennifer Aniston (“Cake“) in Drama Actress; she also earned a SAG bid. She could pull off an upset against Oscars frontrunner Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”). The rest of the race includes three other formidable Oscar contenders: Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”), Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) and Reese Witherspoon (“Wild“).
Moore also earned a Comedy/Musical Actress nominations for her Cannes-winning performance in “Map to the Stars.” There she faces off against Amy Adams (“Big Eyes”), Emily Blunt (“Into the Woods”), Helen Mirren (“The Hundred-Foot Journey”) and Quvenzhane Wallis (“Annie“).