Golden Globes 2015 – Nominees

The Annual Golden Globe Awards are seen by many in the world of film as a prediction for the Oscars as in the past it’s been common for Golden Globe winners to also win the coveted Academy Award – take Matthew McConaughey last year, as winner of the Best Actor Globe for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club (2013), McConaughey then went on to win the Best Actor Oscarthe following month. And the year before that saw Jennifer Lawrence scoop the Best Actress Globeand Oscar for her performance in Silver Lining’s Playbook (2012).

Of course as with all years, this year has seen some obvious contenders in the Best Actor and Actress categories, included for their sublime performances that cannot go unnoticed. Benedict Cumberbatch is nominated for his gut-wrenching performance in The Imitation Game (2014) as World War Two hero Alan Turing. Up against Cumberbatch is Jake Gyllenhaal, who turned out a truly chilling performance as an obsessive and unrelenting LA crime journalist in the thriller Nightcrawler (2014).

It appears that 2014 was a year for career defining performances, with a host of actors and actresses delivering performances that can truly be called works of art. As well as Cumberbatch and Gyllenhaal, attention must also be paid to the Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedycategory, where Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Bill Murray (St. Vincent) battle it out, unfairly perhaps as both are equally deserving of the accolade.

There were some surprise ‘snubs’ this year that have caused somewhat of a talking point – most noticeably the exclusion of one of 2014’s biggest films, Interstellar (2014), which despite it’s dominance at the box-office and the critical-acclaim it received upon release, has failed to garner a single nomination. Another outcast is Clint Eastwood‘s upcoming war-biopic, American Sniper (2015), which stars Bradley Cooper in what’s being tipped as a career defining role for the Oscar-nominated actor.

The Golden Globes are not just a night for the silver-screen but also one of the biggest events in the television calendar, with a host of big names nominated in the various categories. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson both receive nominations for their performances in 2014’s biggest TV hit, True Detective, which also gets a ‘nod’ in the Best Mini-Series category. One notable omission from this years ceremony is TV titan, Game of Thrones, which despite it’s overwhelming popularity and previous Globe success, failed to receive a single nomination.

View the full list of nominees below:

Best Motion Picture, Drama
The Imitation Game
The Theory Of Everything

Best Motion Picture, Comedy Or Musical
The Grand Budapest Hotel
St. Vincent
Into The Woods

Best Director – Motion Picture
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay, Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

Best Actor In A Motion Picture, Drama
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, Theory Of Everything

Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Drama
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, Theory Of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Actor In A Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy
Ralph Fiennes, Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore, Maps To The Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Missing
The Normal Heart
Olive Kitteridge
True Detective

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Veep
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black

Best Actor, TV Series Comedy or Musical
Louis C.K.
Don Cheadle
Ricky Gervais
William H. Macy
Jeffrey Tambor

Best Animated Feature Film
Big Hero 6
The Book Of Life
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
The Boxtrolls

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Clive Owen, The Knick
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist
Dominic West, The Affair

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Martin Freeman
Woody Harrelson
Matthew McConaughey
Mark Ruffalo
Billy Bob Thornton

The 72nd Annual Golden Globes will certainly provide many talking points when winners are announced live on January 11, 2015.