The Academy has just announced the 114 films eligible for this year's Best Original Score Oscar, and all the usual suspects are present. That includes the five films nominated this morning in the category at the Golden Globes: Hans Zimmer for "12 Years a Slave," Steven Price for "Gravity," John Williams for "The Book Thief," Alex Ebert for "All is Lost" and Alex Heffes for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." At least the first three of those are widely predicted to score Oscar nominations too.
But don't look for 'Frozen,' 'Nebraska' or 'The Lone Ranger'
The film's newfound good fortune this season was a pleasant surprise for both
Back in September, Ron Howard's "Rush" premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to hugely favorable reviews. There was a lot of passion around the Formula One biopic and a nice head of steam going into its Sept. 20 release. Would it be a big awards player for Universal? It seemed quite possible.
But then the film failed to crack $30 million at the domestic box office and it was written off of the awards circuit. Even Daniel Brühl's acclaimed and clearly inspired performance as Niki Lauda began to slip down prediction charts as Oscar season can often be seen as a time of sink or swim, with little middle ground. The last two days have proved to be a stellar windfall for the film, however, as it picked up two nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Wednesday and then, just this morning, a pair of Golden Globe nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), including in the Best Picture (Drama) category.
Both Brühl and Howard phoned in this morning from Siena, Italy and the Canary Islands respectively, where they are hard at work on new projects, trying to keep above the season fray as best they can. And each expressed pleasant surprise that their labor of love has been so well remembered by voters this week.
Nine films will be screened in nine locations across the country on January 30
Sundance's first attempt to bring the festival to the public was the creation of Sundance London in the UK, where a selected programme of highlights is made available to the public -- it was recently confirmed that the third annual Sundance London event will take place in the spring.
A half laughing, half crying morning
Thursday's Golden Globe nominations saw a number of first-time nominees and also some well-deserved performances shockingly getting the recognition they, well, deserve. HitFix spoke to three happy nominees who could fall into either of those buckets this morning: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oscar Isaac and Ms. Greta Gerwig.
You just can't snub Oprah HFPA
You can't please everyone, but amazingly, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association created a system that pretty much allowed the Golden Globes to be the best friend of every motion picture studio and TV network in Hollywood. Well, not this year. There were a ton of surprising omissions and most of those were based on the media's expectations for the HFPA to go as star heavy as possible (and they didn't completely backtrack from that tendency). The worst? Well, it wasn't the lack of nominations for "Homeland," "Mad Men" or "August: Osage County for best picture - comedy or musical. No, the no. 1 oversight? You just can't snub Oprah (Really, HFPA?)
For a complete rundown on this year's best and worst, check out the embedded story gallery.
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The actress became a 10-time Golden Globe nominee this morning
It was clear this morning that there was an opportunity in the Golden Globes category of Best Actress in a Drama for some lucky actress to step up to the plate. With the usual suspects in the lead actress field being split off and Meryl Streep finding herself in the comedy/musical field, who was going to land the recognition? Would it be critical darling Adèle Exarchopoulos? Indie hopeful Brie Larson? Or someone else entirely?
In the end, it was Kate Winslet who showed up, receiving her first awards recognition of the season for her performance in Jason Reitman's "Labor Day." In the process, the Oscar-winning actress picked up her tenth Globe nomination to date and finds herself in the thick of a talented group of women. Some time ago I talked with Winslet about tackling the role of the fragile, emotionally cut-off Adele in the love story, which was adapted from Joyce Maynard's novel. Read through our back and forth below.
Plus: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Lawrence and more
Today's Golden Globe nominees were rustled out of bed by publicists with great news or found themselves unable to sleep as they awaited their fate from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. As ever, the usual wave of responses and reactions has begun to roll in, so what did folks like Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Lawrence and Julianna Marguiles have to say about their good fortune? Check out their thoughts and more in the gallery below.
'American Hustle' and '12 Years a Slave' lead the way
Coming into today's Golden Globes nominations announcement, we knew a couple of things. We knew the Hollywood Foreign Press Association loved two movies that may or may not find Best Picture traction with the Academy: Stephen Frears' "Philomena" and Ron Howard's "Rush." Both picked up nominations in the Best Picture — Drama category. We knew "August: Osage County" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler," two films that went over like gangbusters with SAG yesterday, weren't the group's cup of tea. The former picked up only two nods while the latter was shut out entirely (no Oprah, even). And we knew "Saving Mr. Banks" was dinged up after landing just one nomination yesterday. It only managed that same nomination this morning.
Rounding up the HFPA's most surprising inclusions and exclusions
Even if you're not up at some obscenely early hour, the Golden Globe nominations are a lot to take in -- the addition of those musical/comedy categories making the slate that much more inclusive and, sometimes, eccentric. Not so much this year, though: never before have the comedy fields been so stuffed with prestigious, semi-dramatic awards bait, which means fewer top-tier contenders than usual were left on the sidelines. Still, the HFPA did manage to rustle some genuinely surprising inclusions and exclusions, and I've rounded up a few of them after the cut.
Not the best day for 'August: Osage County' or 'Saving Mr. Banks'