Golden Globe Nominations 2015: Inside The Snubs And Surprises For Film

The Golden Globe nominations for 2015 came out earlier today and, as with every year, we do have some obvious choices. Of course, with those choices comes surprises and snubs, and this year there’s no short of them in the film categories.

The major snub and surprise to discuss is Angelina Jolie. A lot of people had her at the top of their list to win Best Director for her second directorial effort in Unbroken. Not only wasn’t she nominated for Best Director, but her film didn’t earn a Best Motion Picture nod for drama. Everyone knows that the Golden Globes loves to show off the Pitts on the red carpet, but by not nominating Jolie or her film, this means it’s unlikely she will show up even though her husband Brad Pitt has a nomination for being a producer on Selma.

American Sniper also got snubbed. We haven’t heard much buzz from the public about this movie, but from an industry standpoint, everyone who has seen Bradley Cooper in the film has commented in favor of it going to the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards. Although the Golden Globes does things a bit differently and is sometimes not a reflection of the Academy Award nominations, it was still expected this Clint Eastwood film would get some love. Perhaps as it gears up for a theatrical release it will be the push Cooper and Eastwood need.

A wonderful surprise is that unlike the SAGs, the Golden Globes did recognize the aforementioned Selma. The film, which centers around Martin Luther King, Jr. and his group of activists, was nominated for three awards — David Oyelowo snagged a Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, Ava DuVernay scored a Best Director nomination, and the film’s song, “Glory” by John Legend and Common, is up for a Best Original Song, Motion Picture award.

A huge surprise was the sudden love for Jennifer Aniston for her performance in Cake. It’s one thing to say that the film hasn’t been released yet so there’s not much to talk about, but her name has been off virtually all lists over the past few weeks. In fact, she’s been on the outskirts, but that all changed when she got her SAG nomination. Now that she has a Golden Globe nomination, the state of the race for Best Actress might change. Although Felicity Jones, Reese Witherspoon, and Julianne Moore still have their expected nominations, if the Golden Globes really want to surprise people they might go for Aniston in the end.

Other notable surprises but well deserved nominations happened in the acting categories. Jessica Chastain was nominated for her performance in A Most Violent Year. While her nomination was expected, she was shockingly snubbed by her peers for a SAG nomination just the other day. Another is Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler. Although Gyllenhaal puts up what is arguably the best performance by an actor all year, the film flew under everyone’s radar even though it was well received by critics. This nomination for Gyllenhaal follows a day after his surprise nomination for a SAG. We wouldn’t be surprised if he wins this one from Eddie Redmayne, who has always been a front runner for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

For a full list of nominations, click here.