‘Fishing’ for insights from the Golden Globe film noms

We’ll get to “Lincoln” and his awards frontrunner cabinet shortly, but first things first: The darling of this year’s Golden Globe film nominations has to be “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.”

The mostly forgotten March release — and charming it indeed was — scored three nominations, for top comedy (or musical) and for lead thesps Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt. That’s three times as many noms as “Cloud Atlas,” or “Flight,” or “Anna Karenina,” or “Hitchcock” or “The Impossible,” which also starred McGregor but was in the drama category.

That quintet of films are among those that suffered disappointments at today’s noms, while “Lincoln” continued its fine week. After tying “Silver Linings Playbook” for the lead in SAG nominations Wednesday, “Lincoln” reigned supreme at the Globes, with noms in all its major categories: drama, director (Steven Spielberg), lead actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), screenplay (Tony Kushner), supporting actress (Sally Field) and supporting actor (Tommy Lee Jones), along with John Williams’ score.

“Argo,” “Django Unchained” and “Zero Dark Thirty” also acquitted themselves well by each getting nominations in picture, director, screenplay and an acting category. “Silver Linings Playbook” almost accomplished the same feat, missing in director, while “Life of Pi” missed only in acting.

Seas were slightly choppier for “Les Miserables,” which didn’t get a director nom for Tom Hooper or a screenplay nod, though the film was nominated in comedy-musical as well as for thesps Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.

Overall, the Globes did little to dissuade the notion that “Argo,”  “Life,” “Lincoln” “Les Miserables,” “Silver Linings” and “Zero” are this year’s frontrunners in the awards season, but with “Django” — the last contender to screen this year — coming fast on their heels and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (nominated in comedy-musical and for lead actress Judi Dench) hovering nearby.

“Moonrise Kingdom” also grabbed a comedy-musical nom, but that was its only nod today.

In the acting category, hopes have been rekindled for Richard Gere (“Arbitrage”) and awards-agnostic Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master”) after their SAG Awards snubs, though one could argue it was the placement of Bradley Cooper (“Silver Linings”) and Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables”) in the comedy-musical actor category that made room. Jack Black (“Bernie”) and Bill Murray (“Hyde Park on Hudson”) also kept their names afloat in the kudos picture with comedy actor noms.


All five SAG Awards lead actress nominees found a spot in the Globes actress categories, as did New York Film Critics Circle honoree Rachel Weisz of “The Deep Blue Sea.” Maggie Smith, nominated at the SAGs in supporting for “Best Exotic,” received a nom at the Globes in comedy-musical for “Quartet” (in addition to her “Downton Abbey” TV nom). Underdogs such as Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Emayatzy Corinealdi did not break through, nor did Keira Knightley, Leslie Mann, Emmanuelle Riva or Quvenzhane Wallis.

The big news in supporting actor was that “Django” went from a shutout at the SAGs to becoming the only film with two noms in the same acting category, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz each finding a spot ahead of such performers as Robert De Niro (“Silver Linings”) and Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike”).

Nicole Kidman continues to be resurgent, following her SAG supporting nom for “The Paperboy” with a Globe nod. Amy Adams, omitted from the SAG honors, made it into the Globe supporting actress finals.

Roughly speaking, the combination of the SAGs and Globes noms this week seemed to help as many contenders as they hurt — but as for what it means for the Academy Awards, there’s still an element of wait-and-see. In film, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and “War Horse” earned best picture Oscar noms without SAG or Globe recognition, as did thesps Gary Oldman (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) and Max von Sydow (“Extremely Loud”).

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