It’s that wonderful time of year–and no, we’re not talking about the holidays. We’re talking about that other magical time in a young actor, filmmaker or TV star’s life when the official awards season kicks off. The Golden Globes, Hollywood’s first big show of the 2015 season as hosted by dynamic duo Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, won’t air until January 11, but on Thursday morning the entire world got a sneak peak of the festivities when the official nominees were announced.
We’ve rounded up all the big categories and added in our two cents.
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
THE IMITATION GAME
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
BIGGEST SNUB: Where to start? Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, for one. Or how about the Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper film, American Sniper?
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: Well to be fair, YOU try taking one of these films out. They’re all pretty damn good.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
JENNIFER ANISTON: CAKE
FELICITY JONES: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
JULIANNE MOORE: STILL ALICE
ROSAMUND PIKE: GONE GIRL
REESE WITHERSPOON: WILD
BIGGEST SNUB: We get that Reese killed it in Wild, but you know who else killed it in that film? Laura Dern. Where is Laura Dern?!?
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: With Gone Girl? Nothing against Pike, but she’s totally not winning this one. Also, it looks like someone wants to rekindle the Aniston/Jolie feud … that snub’s gotta burn even more for the latter now, huh?
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
STEVE CARELL: FOXCATCHER
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH: THE IMITATION GAME
JAKE GYLLENHAAL: NIGHTCRAWLER
DAVID OYELOWO: SELMA
EDDIE REDMAYNE: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
BIGGEST SNUB: Would you believe us if we said it looks like they actually got this one right? Unless you were a huge fan of Gone Girl, of course, and hope Ben Affleck would crack the list.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: Although, we wouldn’t want to put money on who’s taking home this trophy. Wonder how everyone was actually able to pick their favourites during voting?
BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
INTO THE WOODS
BIGGEST SNUB: Would have been nice to see Maleficent in here, no? Maybe we’re just starting to feel bad for Jolie.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: St. Vincent was great and all, but only because of a certain someone who had an entire day dedicated to him in Toronto during the film festival this past September. OK, his name is Bill Murray.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
AMY ADAMS: BIG EYES
EMILY BLUNT : INTO THE WOODS
HELEN MIRREN: THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY
JULIANNE MOORE: MAPS TO THE STARS
QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS: ANNIE
BIGGEST SNUB: See Jolie for Maleficent.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: Was someone sponsoring Moore this year? She’s on the strong end of a whole lotta love, being nominated for best actress in both a comedy and a drama.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
RALPH FIENNES: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
MICHAEL KEATON : BIRDMAN
BILL MURRAY: ST. VINCENT
JOAQUIN PHOENIX: INHERENT VICE
CHRISTOPH WALTZ: BIG EYES
BIGGEST SNUB: No Johnny Depp for Into the Woods? Is it wrong of us for blaming that terrible costume?
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: By not just nominating Keaton five times? He’s clearly going to win this thing. People love super heroes. And anti-heroes. Here he’s the perfect combo of both. Now when’s that Beetlejuice sequel coming out?
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
PATRICIA ARQUETTE: BOYHOOD
JESSICA CHASTAIN: A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY: THE IMITATION GAME
EMMA STONE: BIRDMAN
MERYL STREEP: INTO THE WOODS
BIGGEST SNUB: Considering the complete randomness of this category, we’re gonna have to go with everyone not mentioned.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: When they combined drama and comedy? Seriously, how do you compare a performance from a musical to one from a film called A Most Violent Year?
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
ROBERT DUVALL: THE JUDGE
ETHAN HAWKE: BOYHOOD
EDWARD NORTON: BIRDMAN
MARK RUFFALO: FOXCATCHER
J.K. SIMMONS: WHIPLASH
BIGGEST SNUB: Let’s go with the guys from The Good Lie. The refugee tale was one for the ages, and should have made the cut in at least one category. Why not this one?
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: See category above for repeat confusion.
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
GAME OF THRONES
THE GOOD WIFE
HOUSE OF CARDS
BIGGEST SNUB: Are we seriously ignoring The Knick, in all its New York period, medical goriness? What about Mad Men and The Walking Dead?
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: By including Downton? We love us some upstairs, downstairs drama as much as we love our next cup of tea, but this past season was by no means one of the finest.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
CLAIRE DANES: HOMELAND
VIOLA DAVIS: HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
JULIANNA MARGULIES: THE GOOD WIFE
RUTH WILSON: THE AFFAIR
ROBIN WRIGHT: HOUSE OF CARDS
BIGGEST SNUB: Poor Tatiana Maslany really, really deserved some love here for her amazing work on Orphan Black.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: Wright again? Really? If they wanted to go the shunned wife route, we would have rather seen Maura Tierney on there alongside Wilson for The Affair.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
CLIVE OWEN: THE KNICK
LIEV SCHREIBER: RAY DONOVAN
KEVIN SPACEY: HOUSE OF CARDS
JAMES SPADER : THE BLACKLIST
DOMINIC WEST: THE AFFAIR
BIGGEST SNUB: Sorry guys, but after seven seasons you would think Charlie Hunnam would get SOME sort of shout-out for his work on the final season of Sons of Anarchy.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: With Spader? The second season of The Blacklist has been so much gorier than the first, and it’s damped his criminal mastermindful-ness. That is the scientific term for his role, right?
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
JANE THE VIRGIN
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
BIGGEST SNUB: Not including The Big Bang Theory is like cancelling Christmas. Not including Modern Family though is something we can get behind. It’s about time!
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: From the looks of this list, traditional comedies are dead to the Golden Globes, huh? Not to ratings though. If you don’t have a cable subscription, good luck recognizing any of these shows for sure.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –COMEDY OR MUSICAL
LENA DUNHAM: GIRLS
EDIE FALCO: NURSE JACKIE
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS: VEEP
GINA RODRIGUEZ : JANE THE VIRGIN
TAYLOR SCHILLING: ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
BIGGEST SNUB: A certain actress named Kaley Cuoco definitely comes to mind.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: With this Taylor Schilling nod? They realize people watch that show for everyone but her, right? (OK so mostly for Crazy Eyes.)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
LOUIS C. K.: LOUIE
DON CHEADLE: HOUSE OF LIES
RICKY GERVAIS: DEREK
WILLIAM H. MACY: SHAMELESS
JEFFREY TAMBOR: TRANSPARENT
BIGGEST SNUB: Well obviously Jim Parsons is going to win this category, right? Oh…wait.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: We’re kind of wondering if the voters here actually watched that last season of Louie. You know, that really dark, not-so-comedic last season of Louie…
BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
THE NORMAL HEART
BIGGEST SNUB: None here, unless you’re a huge American Horror Story fan.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: By making us choose between our love of entertaining films and entertaining long-form storytelling? How to choose between The Normal Heart and True Detective, for example.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL: THE HONORABLE WOMAN
JESSICA LANGE: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW
FRANCES MCDORMAND: OLIVE KITTERIDGE
FRANCES O’CONNOR: THE MISSING
ALLISON TOLMAN: FARGO
BIGGEST SNUB: Um, how about Julia Roberts in The Normal Heart? She was born to play that role. Well, that one and the one in Pretty Woman, we suppose.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: Nothing about McDormand, but what was The Missing again?
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
MARTIN FREEMAN: FARGO
WOODY HARRELSON: TRUE DETECTIVE
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY : TRUE DETECTIVE
MARK RUFFALO: THE NORMAL HEART
BILLY BOB THORNTON: FARGO
BIGGEST SNUB: When your list is this A-celeb centric, how do you even pick a snub?
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING: Also, since when did the names in the mini-series category become bigger than the names in the film categories?!?