The Hollywood Foreign Press Association always throws a wrench in the Oscar race — or not, remember when they nominated “Burlesque” for best picture? — but there were an unusually high number of snubs and surprises this year. That’s probably because the race for the Oscars is so competitive, with late surges from “The Wolf of Wall Street” (which did just ok with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association) and “American Hustle” (which landed acting nods for all four of its stars). The David O. Russell comedy and the Fox Searchlight drama “Twelve Years a Slave” led with seven nominations each.
Here are some of the most unexpected turns in the film categories.
1. SNUB: “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which loves famous people, somehow managed to snub the year’s early awards season contender. When the Lee Daniels’ drama opened in August, many predicted that Forest Whitaker and Oprah would land Oscar nominations. The fact that the movie was shut out completely is strange.
2. SNUB: “Saving Mr. Banks.” The crowd-pleaser is expected to be a contender in the Oscars race, given that it’s a love letter to Hollywood about the making of “Mary Poppins.” Maybe a reason for the snub is the odd decision from Disney to enter the musically comedic film in the best drama category. Its lone nomination was for Emma Thompson, best actress in a drama, who the Hollywood Foreign Press loves.
3. SNUB: Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The fact that his dark comedy about Wall Street stockbrokers screened so late hurt its chances with the Screen Actors Guild, but the film and Leonardo DiCaprio were both recognized by the Globes. How could they forget Marty?
4. SNUB: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Ben Stiller’s remake of the James Thurber short story was completely shut out of the musical/comedy category. Over the years, Stiller has had a hard time with the Hollywood Foreign Press. The star of “Meet the Parents,” “Zoolander” and “There’s Something About Mary” has never been nominated for a Golden Globe.
5. SNUB: “Dallas Buyers Club.” Its actors (Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto) were recognized, but not the film.
6. SNUB: Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” As more Academy voters see his great performance in the film, he could still land in the Oscars best supporting actor race.
7. SNUB: “Lone Survivor.” The Universal pic starring Mark Wahlberg about a Navy SEAL mission gone wrong in Afghanistan could have used a boost with the Hollywood Foreign Press to be taken seriously as an awards contender.
8. SNUB: “Fruitvale Station.” This year’s indie darling that received kudos at the Gotham Awards was completely shut out for both best picture and its star Michael B. Jordan.
9. SNUB: Hugh Jackman, “Prisoners.” He received his first Golden Globe nomination for 2002’s “Kate & Leopold” and he won last January for “Les Miserables,” but he’s yet to crack the best actor in a drama category. He deserved a nod for his stellar performance in this dark Warner Bros. thriller.
10. SNUB: August: Osage County. Both Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts earned nominations, but the film didn’t get any love in the best musical/comedy category.
11. SNUB: James Gandolfini, “Enough Said.” His co-star from the film, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, was nominated as best actress in a comedy, but the “Sopranos” star didn’t receive a posthumous nomination.
This year’s Biggest Surprises
1. SURPRISE: “Rush.” Universal’s race car pic directed by Ron Howard bombed at the box office despite some glowing reviews. Nobody expected that it would be a best picture contender in the drama category. Its foreign setting must have helped its prospects with the Hollywood Foreign Press.
2. SURPRISE: Kate Winslet, “Labor Day.” She was recognized for a movie that had completely fallen off the awards radar (and doesn’t open wide until next year) over Brie Larson in “Short Term 12,” a sign that the Golden Globes still loves celebrities, especially when they are British.
3. SURPRISE: Daniel Bruhl, “Rush.” In an incredibly competitive best supporting actor category, Bruhl — much like his race car driver character — seems to have made a comeback, between his nominations by the Hollywood Foreign Press today and his Screen Actors Guild on Wednesday.
4. SURPRISE: “Philomena.” Judi Dench was expected to land a best actress nomination but the film’s best picture nod was one of the category’s bigger surprises.
5. SURPRISE: Sally Hawkins. The Globes deserve a pat on their backs for recognizing Hawkins’ first American character as Jasmine’s sister in “Blue Jasmine.” She previously won the best actress Globe for “Happy-Go-Lucky.”
6. SURPRISE: Idris Elba, “Mandela: Long Road to Freedom” He landed a best drama nomination in a crowded year for actors. The film’s London premiere was held on the same night that Nelson Mandela died, which was very emotional for those in attendance.