This year's Golden Globe nominations have been announced, and we're not only excited to be in the thick of award season, but also for the nominees themselves. We were particularly psyched to see many names from films and performances we loved this year (like Silver Linings Playbook and Django Unchained), but as with every year, there were plenty of nods and snubs that surprised — and even shocked — us. Keep reading to find out our snap judgments of this year's Globe nominations.
- Where in the world did Salmon Fishing in the Yemen come from? The Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt romance underwhelmed critics and the box office, and had scarcely been heard of since its March release. And yet, it scored nods for best musical or comedy and best actor and actress in a musical or comedy. It's cool, Hollywood Foreign Press; we have a crush on McGregor and Blunt too.
- Surprise! Nicole Kidman appears to be the dark horse of this award season. After surprising us with her SAG nomination for her performance in The Paperboy, she showed up again in the supporting actress category at the Globes. I guess peeing on Zac Efron is good for one's career after all.
- The supporting actor race was missing two names we expected to see: Russell Crowe for Les Misérables and Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook. This is definitely a category to watch for the Oscars.
- A handful of names that hadn't been tossed around so much this award season popped up, somewhat randomly. Meryl Streep was nominated for best actress for her comedy Hope Springs, a decision that seems motivated more by a love for the actress than the particular project. Then there were Richard Gere for Arbitrage and Rachel Weisz for The Deep Blue Sea, two performances that received critical accolades at the time they were released, but didn't seem high profile enough to be recognized — until now.
Find out what other nominations had us checking our vision after the jump.
- Over on the TV side, there's a glaring omission: Mad Men. Did the HFPA fail to notice that the perennially awarded series came back after being absent for a year? Or that it had one of its best seasons to date? For shame.
- Oh, but one series that did make it into TV's best drama category was The Newsroom. The Newsroom?! Congrats to Aaron Sorkin and all, but this series is far from his best work.
- Another TV surprise was the inclusion of Smash in the best musical or comedy series category. Its first season hadn't received that much critical love, but mostly, we wonder about the deserving series that could have been in its place, like New Girl or Parks and Recreation.
- Obviously, Homeland scored several nominations, but we were so happy to see Mandy Patinkin up for best supporting actor after being shut out at the Emmys. As Claire Danes said, "Mandy Patinkin. Holla."