Salmon fishing where? Globes snubs and surprises

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm •  Published: December 13, 2012
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Blockbusters did not find their way into the mix, as the Globes stayed clear of popular and somewhat acclaimed movies like "Skyfall," ''Looper," ''The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Avengers." Perhaps that's no great shock, but "Skyfall" (which got a nomination for best song) could have also slid in with Javier Bardem's supporting role as an effete Bond villain.

By separating best picture and lead actor nominations between drama and comedy, the Globes — and this is one of the best things about them — give comedy the attention most film awards shirk. That suggested, Judd Apatow's "This Is 40" might have been assured some notice, but it went empty handed. Instead, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" continued an upswing with nominations for best picture and best actress in a comedy (Judi Dench). That followed the film on Wednesday landing a best ensemble nomination from the Screen Actors Guild.

Also gaining momentum was Nicole Kidman, who was nominated for her supporting performance in Lee Daniels' fevered Southern melodrama "The Paperboy." (She was also nominated for the HBO film "Hemingway & Gellhorn."). Kidman, whose character famously pees on a jelly fish-stung Zac Efron in the film, also received an unexpected nomination from the Screen Actors Guild.

Robert De Niro's latest comedic turn as a football-obsessed father in "Silver Linings Playbook" didn't garner a nomination. Matthew McConaughey, whose year included lauded performances in "Bernie" and "Magic Mike," also escaped notice — a result fans surely considered definitely not alright, alright, alright.

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