Golden Globe Nominations were announced this morning, and surprisingly, there was no love for Oprah Winfrey or her movie, “The Butler.”
Leading the nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with seven apiece were “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle.” “Nebraska” followed with five and “Gravity” and “Captain Phillips” each received four. Meanwhile, such highly touted films as Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” starring Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, “Lone Survivor” and “Fruitvale Station” were shut out.
“Though the Golden Globes are no longer that good an indicator of Oscar nominations, this solidifies ‘Gravity,’ ‘American Hustle’ and ’12 Years a Slave’ as leading contenders,” Us Weekly senior editor Bradley Jacobs told ABC News. “It also makes it shakier for Oprah. Her nomination is not a guarantee anymore.”
The news comes a day after Winfrey received her first Screen Actors Guild nomination for best supporting actress. “The best part is it is a jury of your peers,” Winfrey told E! online Wednesday at the Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast, where she received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award. “It’s people who do this for a living –don’t make me cry now! — It’s people who do this for a living saying we’re going to give you a vote. We think what you did deserves this.”
The talk mogul has been widely touted to receive an Oscar nod for her role as the proud but discontented wife of Whitaker’s White House butler.
Given the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s well-known adoration of celebrities, Jacobs said Winfrey’s snub “almost felt personal.”
Keep reading for other snubs and surprises from the 71st annual Golden Globe nominations.
1. ‘Rush,’ the Film Nobody Rushed to See
It seems every year the Hollywood Foreign Press nominates a film that leaves people scratching their heads. Remember Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp’s “The Tourist”? This year, it’s Ron Howard’s “Rush,” which earned nominations for best picture and best supporting actor for co-star Daniel Bruhl. Unlike “The Tourist,” “Rush,” which starred Chris Hemsworth, got decent reviews. But, said Jacobs, “While it didn’t flame out, it never really sped up. It’s funny and awkward to see it at this time.”
2. Double Love for Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba
It’s been a year of strong male performances. Two of Hollywood’s hardest-working actors are getting double their due this year with best actor nominations on both the film and TV side. Chiwetel Ejiofor, seen as the front-runner in the Oscar race, received nominations for “12 Years” and the BBC miniseries “Dancing on the Edge,” about a black jazz band in London in the early 1930s. Fellow Brit Idris Elba received a nomination for his role as Mandela in “Long Walk to Freedom” and his BBC television series “Luther,” which wrapped earlier this year after three seasons.
“Chiwetel” has been around for 15 years,” Jacobs said. “Who knew that he also had a miniseries! It’s nice to see someone get their due.”
3. Netflix and ‘House of Cards’ Does It Again
After making history at the Emmy Awards as the first non-TV network to win an award, Netflix is making a strong showing at the Golden Globes, with four nominations for its drama “House of Cards.” The series tied HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra,” which also grabbed four nominations. In addition to a nomination for best drama, stars Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Corey Stoll all received noms.
4. Move Over ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Homeland’
After reigning supreme in past years, TV dramas “Mad Men” and “Homeland” were shut out this year, making room for freshman shows like “House of Cards,” Fox comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.”