Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oscar Isaac, Greta Gerwig talk to HitFix about their Golden Globe nods

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oscar Isaac, Greta Gerwig talk to HitFix about their Golden Globe nods

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.

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<p>Can you guess who made the best and worst parts of our list?</p>

Can you guess who made the best and worst parts of our list?

Best and Worst of the 2014 Golden Globes nominations

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. 

Agree or disagree with us? Share your thoughts below.

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<p>Kate Winslet has picked up yet another invitation to the Golden&nbsp;Globes with a nomination in the Best Actress in a Drama category.</p>

Kate Winslet has picked up yet another invitation to the Golden Globes with a nomination in the Best Actress in a Drama category.

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Kate Winslet talks new challenges and portraying a fragile character in Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day'

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.

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Golden Globe Awards nominee reactions: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Parsons, Leonardo DiCaprio

Golden Globe Awards nominee reactions: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Parsons, Leonardo DiCaprio

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.

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<p>Team &quot;Philomena&quot;&nbsp;is all smiles today.</p>

Team "Philomena" is all smiles today.

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'Philomena' and 'Rush' spark with Globe nominations, but no room for Oprah

'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.

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Daniel Bruhl in "Rush."
Daniel Bruhl in "Rush."
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Globe snubs and surprises: 'Rush' returns, 'Banks' retreats, Lana del Rey is unloved

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.

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<p>David O. Russell's &quot;American Hustle&quot;&nbsp;tied &quot;12 Years A&nbsp;Slave&quot;&nbsp;with 7 Golden Globe nominations.</p>

David O. Russell's "American Hustle" tied "12 Years A Slave" with 7 Golden Globe nominations.

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Golden Globes do the 'Hustle' and reward '12 Years A Slave' with key movie nominations

Not the best day for 'August: Osage County' or 'Saving Mr. Banks'

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 71st Golden Globes this morning and while they spread the love to all the major motion picture studios, as usual, there were significantly more surprises than had been expected.

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2014 Golden Globe Awards nominees - complete list

2014 Golden Globe Awards nominees - complete list

Who's invited to the HFPA's big party?

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced nominees for the 71st Golden Globes this morning in Beverly Hills, CA.

The nominees are as follows...

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<p>Cameron Diaz and &quot;The Counselor&quot; have not met with the AWFJ's approval.&nbsp;</p>

Cameron Diaz and "The Counselor" have not met with the AWFJ's approval. 

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'12 Years a Slave' leads female-voted AWFJ nods, as 'The Counselor' is shamed

Sarah Polley and Lake Bell among the female filmmakers recognized

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists have revealed their long, long list of nominations. As usual, it's a mix of fairly standard picks in the conventional categories -- "12 Years a Slave" leads the way with 13 nominations -- and more distinctive choices in categories created to celebrate female filmmakers and denigrate industry sexism.

Not all of them make a lot of sense: why on earth does Melissa McCarthy "need a new agent" when "The Heat" and "Identify Thief" were so successful? And calling out the "egregious age difference" between Dermot Mulroney and Abigail Breslin seems somewhat pointless, given that the film does the same. They also made plain their disapproval of "The Counselor," though I'm not sure I'd call it sexist per se -- it's a female character, after all, who holds all the cards in it. But I guess they mean well.

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<p>Christian Bale in &quot;Out of the Furnace.&quot;</p>

Christian Bale in "Out of the Furnace."

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Roundup: 'Out of the Furnace' gets a mayoral endorsement

Also: 'Omar' wins at Asia Pacific Awards, and Almodovar picks 2013's best

Well received by critics but struggling to connect with audiences, Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace" faces a tough climb to awards recognition -- but it has at least one unique FYC plea in its arsenal. In guest piece for Variety, John Fetterman, mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania -- the town where the film is set -- acknowledges that it may seem a tough watch, but urges people to make the effort: "Understandably, many would rather not set foot into a bleak world where most of the social contracts in America are void and rusted through. If the story of a Braddock, and towns like her, is indeed worth telling, there couldn’t be a more eloquent, forceful and honest interpretation than what Mr. Cooper and his three leads have delivered in “Out of the Furnace.” [Variety

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