What The Golden Globe Noms Tell Us

The nominations were announced today, and Amy Poehler, who will host the ceremony on January 12th with Tina Fey, was a nominee. The takeaway: 1) “12 Years A Slave” and “American Hustle,” which led the movie noms, are still in solid shape as we head into Oscar season, even though over the past decade the GG winners usually don’t go on to win Best Picture awards; 2) The bump that “August: Osage County” and “The Butler” got earlier this week from the SAG noms is only partially significant, even though SAG voters overlap with Oscar voters and GGs, generally, do not; 3) The death of Nelson Mandela helped propel Idris Elba, who plays him in “Long Walk To Freedom,” to a GG nom for Best Actor/Drama. Elba got the nom that some observers thought would go to Forrest Whitaker for “The Butler” — a movie that today lost its SAG heat, including no nom for Miss Oprah. (She’ll live.) 4) “Saving Mr. Banks,” whose reviews this week are rather less wow-y than the advance hype, was not among the 10 GG main nominees. On the television side: 1) the Andy Samberg show, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” that I’ve been telling you about is the breakout new comedy for the GGs. 2) “Homeland,” which has continued its decline this season, got shut out.

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