LOS ANGELES (AP) — The long race to the Academy Awards is especially steep this season and it's no surprise that an ample list of notables were left empty-handed in the 71st annual Golden Globe nominations.
Dominating the Thursday announcements were A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf of Wall Street") and Kate Winslet ("Labor Day"), who had top acting bids, while the movies of filmmaking gurus Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and David O. Russell ("American Hustle") landed in multiple categories, including best motion picture.
Yet the annual picks by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are typically questioned — after all, they did once nominate "The Tourist" and "Burlesque" — and this season is no exception. Here's a rundown of the snubs and surprises at the Golden Globe nominations:
— "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Isn't Oprah supposed to have built-in value with the film community? While she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role as Gloria Gaines in "Lee Daniels' The Butler" on Wednesday, she was left off of the Globes list. In fact, "The Butler" was completely excluded from the nominations, including Forest Whitaker in the title role.
— "Fruitvale Station." Sure filmmaker Ryan Coogler and lead actor Michael B. Jordan are newcomers, but the true-life injustice tale was numbing and received a large amount of praise and buzz. However, the indie film may be a bit of a distant memory for the HFPA, since it was released last summer. Plus there are no big stars here, sans Octavia Spenser's appearance. But a complete out is quite a burn.
— "Saving Mr. Banks." A Disney movie about a Disney movie would seem like the perfect Hollywood wet kiss in the comedy or music section. And with Emma Thompson, who is nominated for best actress for her role as "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Tavers, and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, it's a wonder this one was overlooked. Perhaps the HFPA thought it was too niched.
— "The Wolf of Wall Street." Despite his prestige, Martin Scorsese was overlooked as best director, while Jonah Hill failed to nab a supporting actor nomination. But the picture was nominated in the best comedy or musical category
— "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." No nod for Ben Stiller or mention of the film, an adaptation of a short story by James Thurber. The usual funny-man's impressive dramatic turn as a long-time Life magazine photo editor failed to capture the HFPA.