Golden Globe nominations (Film): Good (‘Selma’), Bad (no ‘Top Five’) & Ugly (where’s Rene Russo?)

The Golden Globes are an important stop on the road to Oscars. Though the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is in no way connected to the motion picture academy, the high-profile event can kick-start a film’s momentum or stall it on the Oscar campaign trail. So what did our writers and editors think of the Globes’ choices?

Golden Globe nominations (TV):
Good (‘Jane the Virgin’), Bad (no Emmy Rossum) & Ugly (Amy Poehler diss)

GOOD
Loving that Musical/Comedy Actor field with some of my all-time favorites: Michael Keaton, Bill Murray, Ralph Fiennes. – Chris Beachum

I am ecstatic that “Pride” got nominated for Best Musical/Comedy Picture. The tale of a group of gay and lesbian activists who help support the striking coal miners in 1984 was full of heart and stayed very true to the events that actually happened. This could give it a boost to make it into an expanded Best Picture race. “The Full Monty” was able to do it in 1997 back when there were only five nominees for Best Picture. – Charles Bright

Two nominations stand out as my clear favorites. The first was the Best Musical/Comedy Picture nomination for “Pride,” a feel-good film with a real political fire in its belly; it has one of this year’s biggest and best ensemble casts, but it came and went in theaters so quickly and with so little fanfare that I had given up hope for awards recognition. The other was the recognition for Ava DuVernay as Best Director for “Selma.” The Golden Globes love big stars, both in front of and behind the camera, so it’s gratifying to see them nominate DuVernay over more famous filmmakers like Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie. – Daniel Montgomery

I know it’s been said, but it bears repeating: Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler“). A small film but a huge performance that many “experts” thought would be forgotten. He’s now landed himself a Globe and SAG nod. Onto the Oscars! – Ralph Galvan

Foxcatcher” lands a Best Drama Picture nomination over heavyweight contender “Unbroken.” This goes a long way in boosting the film’s chances at the Oscars. And while I would’ve liked to see a Director nod for Bennett Miller, it’s hard to argue with a lineup that includes Wes Anderson (“The Grand Budapest Hotel“), Ava DuVernay (“Selma”), David Fincher (“Gone Girl“), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Birdman“), and Richard Linklater (“Boyhood“). Could these be our five at the Oscars? – Zachary Laws

“Selma” breaking through in Best Drama Picture, Best Drama Actor (David Oyelowo) and Best Director was a nice surprise after being snubbed by SAG. – Marcus Dixon

Pleasant surprises aplenty this morning as HFPA voters righted some wrongs from SAG’s snubbery yesterday (“Selma”) and also went their own way (two nods for underrated “Annie,” a surprise nod for Wes Anderson). Big thumbs up for the song and score categories as well. – Rob Licuria

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BAD
What happened to Chris Rock? I thought “Top Five” would have been an easy pick in the comedy categories and would have made for a very nice comeback. – Chris Beachum

So, “Gone Girl” is able to get nominated for Best Director (David Fincher) and Best Screenplay but it’s not good enough to get into Best Picture? That’s some weird logic, HFPA. Also, only one nomination for “Whiplash“? That’s crazy! – Charles Bright

Where’s “Whiplash” and Miles Teller? 10 chances for each and not even one of them could get in? Critical reception for the film dwarfs some of the Best Picture Globe nominees, so there’s really no justification for not at least giving the film a Best Picture nom. And where is Rene Russo (“Nightcrawler“)!? – Ralph Galvan

I’m thrilled by Jennifer Aniston‘s nomination for “Cake,” but you know who else should have been nominated for Best Drama Actress? Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night,” a deeply compassionate film and performance about the impossible dilemma of factory workers. It’s some of the best work Cotillard has done. – Daniel Montgomery

Though “Gone Girl” received four nominations, including Director, Actress (Rosamund Pike), and Screenplay, it was left out of the Best Drama Picture lineup. That’s odd yet not entirely a travesty: I still think the film has a shot of nabbing an Oscar nod, so all at camp “Gone Girl” should rest easy. Who should be sweating, however, is team “Unbroken.” That film, which the majority of our experts had in their top spot to win since the season began, came up empty-handed for the second time in two days. You know it’s bad when Angelina Jolie couldn’t score a Directing nod from the usually star-obsessed HFPA. – Zachary Laws

Would it kill the HFPA to nominate two women directors? Congrats to Ava DuVernay for getting in, but where’s Angelina Jolie (“Unbroken”)? – Marcus Dixon

I’m also peeved that “Gone Girl” is really gone from the Best Drama Picture category, but “The Imitation Game” is there instead. Really? – Rob Licuria

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UGLY
Just jaw-dropping to me that Globe voters would pass on Angelina Jolie and Clint Eastwood for directing. Maybe their star-gazing habits are changing with these two. – Chris Beachum

I know I brought up Chadwick Boseman‘s lack of a nomination for “Get On Up” yesterday with SAG, but what happened here is just wrong. The Globes made the film compete as a drama which basically killed any chance of a nomination for Boseman’s performance as James Brown. This happened despite the numerous instances of dramatic films with a musical background being able to compete in the musical/comedy categories, resulting in wins for Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose,” 2007), Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line,” 2005), Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” 2004), Angela Bassett (“What’s Love Got to do With it?” 1993), Sissy Spacek (“Coal Miner’s Daugher,” 1980) and Bette Midler (“The Rose,” 1979). It also helped earn nominations for “De-Lovely” in 2004 and Jennifer Lopez for “Selena” in 1997. The Globes really messed up on this one, and it’s shameful. – Charles Bright

The Imitation Game.” – Ralph Galvan

Where the hell is “Top Five”? This wasn’t just one of the year’s funniest films, but one of the year’s best, PERIOD! The fact that it couldn’t score a Best Musical/Comedy Picture nod in such a slim year is absolutely unforgivable. And while we’re at it, where is “Begin Again“? – Zachary Laws

Of all the awards shows out there, I expected the Golden Globes to show some love to blockbusters “Interstellar” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which happen to be among my fave movies of the year. These days, it seems if you make a lot of money at the box office, you’re immediately disqualified from awards contention. I don’t get it. – Marcus Dixon

The supporting actresses chosen by the HFPA are actually pretty solid, especially after all of the talk about that race being such a thin field this year. But it’s an absolute late-night crime that Rene Russo is not in the mix. If it were up to me, she’d be winning this category. And forget about the “Unbroken” Jolie snub. The real snub for the HFPA’s beloved Angelina was for her surprisingly fantastic performance as legendary Disney villain “Maleficent.” That should’ve been a lock. – Rob Licuria

Most of the nominees for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay are male-centered films. More female-focused stories like “Wild,” “Big Eyes,” “Annie,” “Gone Girl,” and “Still Alice” were relegated to a few acting nominations. Can we please support more female subjects on the awards scene? To quote Cate Blanchett‘s Oscar speech, “The world is round, people!” – Daniel Montgomery

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