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  • Guest2014
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    The Golden Globes will not be speaking up on behalf of Scarlett Johansson’s voice.



    The vocal performance by the actress in Spike Jonze’s new romantic drama Her has been ruled ineligible by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for a supporting actress bid, according to sources close to the submission process. The final decision came today after an appeal from distributor Warner Bros.  Just last week, the Rome Film Festival gave Johansson its Best Actress award for the film. 



    In Her, which opens in limited release Dec. 18, Joaquin Phoenix plays a meek man in the near future who falls in love with the artificial intelligence program who helps run his computer operating system – and thus his life. “She” is named “Samantha,” and is voiced by Johansson as a kind of advanced, self-aware, and soulful version of Siri.  

    The actress never appears onscreen but that’s the point of the story. Johansson has earned praise from critics for crafting a playful, fully rounded, down-to-earth character whose core dilemma is the lack of a physical body. She sees what Phoenix’s character sees, via the camera safety-pinned to his jacket pocket, and speaks to him through the tiny speaker in his ear. She’s always there, but not there there.

    The Academy Awards and Screen Actors Guild have already deemed her work in the film as eligible for their supporting actress prize, but the Golden Globes group will not be voting on her for its Dec. 12 nominations.  Coincidentally, the Globes gave a “special award” to Robin Williams in 1993 for his voice work in Disney’s animated Aladdin.



    Johansson and Warner Bros. declined to speak about the Globe decision. Reps for the HFPA would not respond on the record.
    Since her performance is acceptable for the Oscar and SAG Awards, the Globes’ refusal to consider her work in Her is likely to provoke more argument about whether awards-season groups are too rigid about what they choose to recognize.

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    AviChristiaans
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    And all this ultimately does is provoke awareness and interest in her performance (and the film as a whole), and ultimately bolsters her campaign for recognition at the Oscars that much more.

    I don’t think it’s really a setback in any way. The Golden Globes is just one of the stops in the Awards season. A big and noteworthy stop yes, but it’s not gonna really affect her campaigning.

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    Morgan Henard
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    She has an outside shot of getting in for Don Jon so she’ll be just fine. They’ve been more than kind to her, my favorite being her double noms for Lost in Translation and Girl with a Pearl Earring

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    I find her just okay. Never regarded her as highly as everyone else. It would seem weird to give Scarlett a nomination for Her when she is actually only a voice-over, which is ironic since I am an advocate to voice-over actors getting a little more recognized in the industry.

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