Fox Searchlight’s “Birdman” flew with seven nominations for the 72nd annual Golden Globes, followed by five apiece for “Boyhood” and “The Imitation Game.”

Thursday’s nominations also give a leg-up to the Martin Luther King drama “Selma” and box office smash “Gone Girl,” with four apiece, while Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes” scored three noms. Also boosted in this year’s race were acting nominees Jennifer Aniston (“Cake”) and Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler), on the back of their Wednesday SAG Award nominations.

The 2015 Golden Globes, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will take place Jan. 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Though much attention had been given to Oscar’s best actor race, this year’s directing category just got even more interesting. The Globes included the first-ever nomination for an African-American woman, with “Selma’s” Ava DuVernay. She will compete with surprise nominees Wes Anderson (“Budapest”) and David Fincher (“Gone Girl”), alongside Alejandro G. Inarritu (“Birdman”) and Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”).

Fox Searchlight led all film distributors with 12 nominations, followed by the Weinstein Co. with 10.

Voters of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. spread the wealth wide, with 24 films nominated for one apiece, including National Board of Review film of the year “A Most Violent Year.”

Meanwhile, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Theory of Everything” continued to rack up awards attention, with four each.

On the disappointing side, “American Sniper” and Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” got zero attention while “Interstellar” was practically shut out with only one nod for composer Hans Zimmer. Acting shutouts included Laura Dern, “Wild”; Hilary Swank, “The Homesman”; Timothy Spall, “Mr. Turner.”

As for the directors who didn’t make the cut with the Globes: Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”; Jolie, “Unbroken”; Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”; Clint Eastwood, “American Sniper”; Christopher Nolan, “Interstellar”; Jean-Marc Vallee, “Wild”; and James Marsh, “The Theory of Everything.”

But all is not lost for films that were shut out or underperformed at this year’s Globes. As an Oscar omen, the HFPA prizes, which are determined by the Foreign Press, have an erratic record: Golden Globes and Academy Award best picture winners have matched in only four of the past 10 years.

Having said that there are clearly two front-runners so far: “Boyhood” and “Birdman,” which have already won over critics and AFI lists as well as Wednesday’s SAG Awards nominations. But the race isn’t over; “Brokeback Mountain” and “The Social Network” also dominated early awards, only to become also-rans in the Oscar voting.

Surprise contenders include the films “Pride,” “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” “Annie” and “Maps to the Stars.” All of these are in the musical/comedy categories. In film, the lines between laffers and dramas are often blurred, but the HFPA devotes three categories to comedies/musicals, ensuring attention is paid. This year, “Birdman,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Into the Woods” seemed like shoo-ins for a nomination, but beyond that, it was anybody’s guess.

In television, the nominations are arguably as interesting as film, since Globes have always been innovative. This year, they saluted newbies “The Affair,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Silicon Valley” and “Transparent,” among reliables like “Homeland.”

“Fargo” led all TV nominees with five nominations, including best TV Miniseries or Movie.

HBO led all networks with 15 nominations.

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This year’s Golden Globes were announced by Kate Beckinsale, Peter Krause, Paula Patton and Jeremy Piven.

The 2015 ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC.

Full list of nominations:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

Lead 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

Lead 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

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Pride
St. Vincent

Lead Actor in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical
Ralph Fiennes – Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes

Lead 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

Director
Wes Anderson – Grand Budapest Hotel
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Ava DuVernay – Selma
Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Supporting Actress  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

Screenplay
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

Animated Feature
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

Foreign Film
Force Majeure (Turist), Sweden
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett, Israel
Ida, Poland/Denmark
Leviathan, Russia
Tangerines (Mandariinid), Estonia

Original Song – Motion Picture
Big Eyes – Big Eyes (Lana Del Rey)
Glory – Selma (John Legend, Common)
Mercy Is – Noah (Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye)
Opportunity – Annie (Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck)
Yellow Flicker Beat – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 (Lorde)

Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

Best TV Drama
The Affair
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards

Lead Actor – TV Drama
Clive Owen – The Knick
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards
James Spader – The Blacklist
Dominic West – The Affair

Lead Actress – TV 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

TV Miniseries or Movie
Fargo
The Missing
True Detective
The Normal Heart
Olive Kitteridge

Actor – TV Miniseries or Movie
Martin Freeman – Fargo
Woody Harrelson – True Detective
Matthew McConaughey – True Detective
Mark Ruffalo – The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton – Fargo

Actress – TV Miniseries or Movie
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge
Frances O’Connor – The Missing
Alison Tolman – Fargo

Best TV Comedy
Girls
Jane the Virgin
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Transparent

Lead Actor – TV Comedy
Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Ricky Gervais – Derek
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent
Louis C.K. – Louie
William H. Macy – Shameless

Lead Actress – TV Comedy
Lena Dunham – Girls
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Taylor Schilling – Orange Is the New Black

Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or TV movie
Matt Bomer – The Normal Heart
Alan Cumming – The Good Wife
Colin Hanks – Fargo
Bill Murray – Olive Kitteridge
Jon Voight – Ray Donovan

Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or TV movie
Uzo Aduba – Orange Is the New Black
Kathy Bates – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey
Allison Janney – Mom
Michelle Monaghan – True Detective

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