Idris Elba, ’12 Years’ Lauded in 2014 Golden Globe Noms, While ‘The Butler,’ ‘Fruitvale’ Snubbed
For all the hype that surrounded “race-based” films and the lauding that followed them, it appears only one of them was good enough to make the cut for next year’s Golden Globes.
The nominees for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards in television and film were announced earlier this morning, filled with a few obvious picks, a few nice surprises, and a few glaring omissions as well. Amongst the more obvious nominations were Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street – with this awards season being arguably DiCaprio’s best shot at finally acquiring a “Best Actor” Golden Globe and/or Oscar that has eluded him for decades now – Breaking Bad for Best Television Drama (which will seek to go out with a bang given its series finale this year), and Kerry Washington earning a nod for Best Actress in a Television Drama via her star turn as ‘Scandal’ lead and social media fan favorite Olivia Pope.
Tied for the most nominations were the David O. Russell-directed film American Hustle – Russell will seek to capitalize on his success with last year’s Silver Linings Playbook by repeating with a lily white ensemble cast that includes his Silver Linings stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper once more – and, in somewhat of a surprise, 12 Years A Slave. Though 12 Years has been lauded throughout the year for its “realistic” film adaptation of the true story of free man-turned-slave Solomon Northup, it is interesting nonetheless to see Black director Steve McQueen get a Best Director nod. Chiwetel Ejiofor, as much a slept-on talent as Don Cheadle was before making himself be known via the Showtime hit series ‘House of Lies,’ was nominated for Best Actor in a Drama, as was his co-star Lupita Nyong’o, for Best Supporting Actress. Another nice surprise was Somalian Barkhad Abdi, a first-time actor whose portrayal of the leader of the Somali pirates in the film Captain Phillips, was good enough to earn him a Best Supporting Actor nod.
Idris Elba, whose portrayal of Nelson Mandela in the biopic Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom had been turning heads since the film’s earliest trailers, was also nominated for Best Actor in a Drama alongside Ejiofor.
I’m just as mad as you are that Tyler Perry’s A Very Madea Christmas wasn’t nominated for Best Picture, y’all. However, the Lee Daniels film The Butler – which just recently reopened for a second run in theaters, to make one last appeal to awards season – and the Ryan Coogler-directed Fruitvale Station were noticeably absent from this year’s Emmy nominees. The Butler was expected to be a serious contender what with all the praise lavished upon it, and while it may still contend at the Oscars, the fact that it was nominated for nothing at all – and Oprah stars in it! – at the Golden Globes says a lot. Meanwhile, it seems like a downright snub that Fruitvale Station wasn’t acknowledged at all, especially lead actor Michael B. Jordan, whose portrayal of Oscar Grant was not only arguably a breakout performance but certainly worthy of a Best Actor nod. Jordan, too, may still be nominated for an Oscar, but if the Emmys are any indication – and they often are – then major film awards committees may still be sleeping on one of the year’s best performances.
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will air on NBC on January 12, 2014.