"Snubbed" is such an ugly word, but when it comes to the most prominent woman in media, we can say that Oprah's lack of Golden Globe recognition for The Butler came as a surprise.
Ms. Winfrey was the highest-profile performer -- though far from the only one -- who went into this morning's Golden Globe nominations as a probable nominee only to get the cold shoulder. In fact, everyone involved with Lee Daniels' The Butler had a very disappointing morning. Just a day after SAG nominations for Oprah, Forest Whitaker, and its ensemble cast, the film came away completely empty-handed at the Globes.
It was a rough morning for The Weinstein Company in general. Shutouts for The Butler and Fruitvale Station. Even though August: Osage County pulled in nominations for co-stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, it found itself shut out of the Best Picture race, in favor of the far less glitzy Her. Who would have expected that the lone Best Picture nominee on the Weinstein slate this year would be Philomena?
In general, the Hollywood Foreign Press's tendency to award gloss and star power foremost subsided, if only just a bit. Kate Winslet still nabbed a Best Actress in a Drama nomination for Labor Day, a film that's been pretty well dismissed by critics. It was probably too much to hope that Brie Larson would end up getting nominated for Short Term 12. BUT! Over in the Best Actress in a Comedy, usual suspects Meryl Streep and Amy Adams are joined by Julie Delpy (Before Midnight), Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Enough Said), a trio of lovely performances in decidedly indie movies. To reiterate: the Independent Spirit Awards didn't nominate Greta Gerwig, but the Hollywood Foreign Press did. Huh.
You'd also expect a celebrity-obsessed organization to throw as many nominations as possible at a guy like Tom Hanks. He was nominated for Best Actor in a Drama for Captain Phillips, but a second (expected) nomination for playing Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks never came. Instead, Hanks's Captain Phillips co-star Barkhad Abdi was recognized, along with German/Spanish actor Daniel Bruhl for Rush. Sure, both actors are starring in studio vehicles for established directors, but they don't bring the kind of glitz to the category that the HFPA generally goes for.
If you're looking for the big "losers" of Globe nomination morning, it would probably be the films that are looking to crack a very competitive Oscar lineup for Best Picture. With 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, American Hustle, and Nebraska looking more and more like sure bets, there are suddenly a lot of movies jostling for just a few more spots. The Wolf of Wall Street took a hit -- despite a Best Picture nomination, it came up short in Best Screenplay, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), and Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill). Saving Mr. Banks came up empty for everyone but Emma Thompson. And even though Her and Inside Llewyn Davis scored with multiple nominations, it can't be good news for those films that Captain Phillips and Philomena had even better than expected hauls. Suddenly, there are about eight films that are going to have to work really hard to make sure Oscar nomination morning goes their way.
At least we can all rest easy in the knowledge that Lana Del Rey was not nominated in Best Song for "Young and Beautiful."