Keira Knightley, ‘Skyfall’: End of the road after Golden Globe snubs?
By Bill Zwecker December 13, 2012 7:28PM
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 06: Actress Keira Knightley attends TheWrap's Awards Season Screening Series of "Anna Karenina" on December 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for TheWrap)
Updated: January 15, 2013 11:29AM
Every year, award season in Hollywood includes both snubs and surprises as key nominations are announced — and Thursday’s revelation of who will be vying for trophies at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards was no exception.
Though voted on only by the 90-some members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, several names touted for the all-important Academy Awards may have been derailed by Globe snubs Thursday.
First and foremost, this was not a good week for Keira Knightley and her much-promoted starring role in “Anna Karenina.” While the film received mixed reviews following its opening last month, many expected Knightley — long a favorite with both Hollywood Foreign Press and the Broadcast Film Critics Association members — to snare a nomination both for the Globes and the Critics Choice Awards, announced Tuesday.
She was overlooked by both groups.
The timing of the Globe and Choice nominations announcement is critical, as the polling for the Academy Awards nominations actually kicks off this week.
† Also snubbed by the Globes was the sweeping epic “Cloud Atlas” from Tom Tykwer and Chicago-based filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski — which, like “Anna Karenina,” picked up one only Globe nod, for best musical score.
† Despite “Skyfall” being the biggest box-office smash in James Bond film history — and well-received by critics — Daniel Craig’s third outing as 007 only received a nomination for original song, for Adele’s title tune.
Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” didn’t even fare that well — having been totally shut out by the foreign press. Ditto for “The Dark Knight,” the finale of Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy.
† Overlooked in the comedy category was Judd Apatow’s “This Is 40,” plus lead actors Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, the director’s wife. “Despite this being the best thing Leslie’s ever done, I think the humor was a bit too U.S.-centric for the Hollywood foreign press,” said a veteran awards season pro. “It just wouldn’t be something they’d connect with.”
HAPPIER NEWS: Far more positively, the little-seen “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” received three Golden Globe nods — for best motion picture/comedy or musical, and best actor and actress for stars Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt. That likely came as a big surprise for McGregor, who — if he was expecting a nomination at all — probably would have assumed it would be for his dramatic turn in the gripping film about the 2004 South Asian tsunami, “The Impossible.”
As it turned out, that movie grabbed only one nomination — for McGregor’s co-star Naomi Watts, now up for best actress in a drama.
† Another surprise brightened Watts’ longtime friend Nicole Kidman’s day Thursday, as her performance in “The Paperboy” — another little-seen film — snared her a supporting actress nomination, and her role in “Hemingway & Gellman” garnered her one for television, as best actress in a TV movie. Perhaps because she truly didn’t see those nominations coming, the Oscar-winning Aussie actress made an error in her Facebook comment, posted from Europe where she’s currently filming a Grace Kelly film. After thanking her “The Paperboy” co-stars John Cusack and Zac Efron, Kidman also said, “thank you to all the actors who nominated me. … I was completely taken by surprise.”
Maybe she got the voting confused between the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Globes, which are only voted on by the group’s working journalists.
Kidman’s long popularly with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association likely played a part in her two nods — a popularity that also may have led to Meryl Streep winning a best actress/comedy or musical nomination for “Hope Springs.”
†Fans of the offbeat and quirky — but truly wonderful — little film “Bernie” will be happy that the movie’s title character, played beautifully by Jack Black, also caught the attention of the HFPA, which handed him a nomination for best actor/comedy or musical.
TV TALK: Among other presumed “snubs,” one likely would have to include “Parks and Recreation” on the TV side, though that show’s star — Amy Poehler — did win a nomination for best actress in a TV comedy, as did her upcoming Globes co-host and good friend Tina Fey for “30 Rock,” also passed over for it’s final season. The NBC sitcom was nominated three times in the past and won the best comedy prize in 2009.
†Other surprises included “Mad Men” getting no best TV drama nomination, though Jon Hamm was nominated for best actor. “Game of Thrones” was overlooked, as was Peter Dinklage in the supporting actor category.
THE HORSE RACE: The seven Globe nominations for “Lincoln” reinforce its presumed front-runner status for the Oscar race — followed in short order by “Argo” and “Django Unchained” with five, and “Les Miserables,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Zero Dark Thirty” with three nominations each.
Many observers think the best actor Oscar race now will focus on Daniel Day-Lewis for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln and Hugh Jackman for his Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables.” Of course, since the Globes split key categories between dramas and comedies/musicals, it’s possible that both actors could go home winners at the Golden Globes on Jan. 13.
† In a somewhat contradictory approach, the Globes lump together dramas and comedies in the film supporting acting categories — and make it even worse for television as they honor supporting roles in a single category combining regular series, miniseries and made-for-TV movies.
It’s that rule that will have “New Girl” funnyman Max Greenfield incongruously competing against Mandy Patinkin for “Homeland” this year.