Just a day after the Screen Actors Guild completely ignored the Martin Luther King biopic, Selma, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association threw down its full support for the film with nominations for its actor David Oyelowo, its director Ava DuVernay, the film itself, and even its song, “Glory,” written by John Legend and Common. Yet the small voting body also chose to echo SAG’s choices in the actress category and the Supporting Actor category, with nominations for Jennifer Aniston in Cake and Robert Duvall in The Judge. Which actually leads me to ask the question: Are the Golden Globes getting legit?
The craven, star-guided nominations we are used to seeing—the Johnny Depp/Angelina Jolie bomb The Tourist springs to mind—were really kept in check this year. They even eschewed an easy opportunity to up the room’s star power by snubbing one of their faves, Jolie. Her second directorial effort, the upcoming feature Unbroken, was shut out and even her performance in Maleficient, one of the year’s highest grossing films, was also ignored. Who would have thought the HFPA would have resisted the tabloid-salivating opportunity to put Jolie, Brad Pitt, and Aniston in the same room? READ FULL STORY