The 2012 Golden Globe nominations have been announced with quite a few surprises and, as always, some serious snubs.
Silence and George Clooney appear to be golden this year with Globe voters, with “The Artist,” the silent-era tale starring French actors Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, earning six nominations and Clooney scoring three nominations for “The Descendants” and “The Ides of March.” But what about other films and actors whose phones remained silent on Thursday morning?
A major snub in the Supporting Actress category was “Bridesmaids” star Melissa McCarthy, who was honored on Wednesday with a Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) nom and is already getting Oscar buzz, but was passed over by the Globes. Melissa’s co-star, Kristen Wiig, however, was honored with a Globe nomination for Best Actress, Musical or Comedy.
Both Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock were passed over for “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” Sandra’s first movie since winning the Oscar for “The Blind Side.”
Many thought Kirsten Dunst, who was honored at Cannes earlier this year, would score a nomination for “Melancholia,” but she too missed out on a Globes nom.
Elizabeth Olsen – the younger sister of the Olsen twins – also had award season heat for her role in “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association passed her over as well.
Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” was nominated for Best Drama, but he was passed over in directing category and the movie’s actors were shut out.
Brad Pitt’s “Tree of Life,” which was honored at Cannes this year, was ignored this year at the Globes.
Ryan Gosling woke up to double honors on Thursday morning, earning two Best Actor noms — one in the drama category for “The Ides of March” and another for comedy for musical for “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” star and relative newcomer Rooney Mara scored a nom for her upcoming role as Lisbeth Salander in the English-language remake of the Swedish film.
Both Angelina Jolie and Madonna’s feature directorial debuts scored noms. Angelina’s “In the Land of Blood and Honey” got a nom for Best Foreign Language Film and Madonna picked up a nod for the song, “Masterpiece” from “W.E.,” which she co-wrote.
In the TV categories, “American Horror Story” surprised many, beating out shows like “Breaking Bad,” “The Good Wife” and “The Walking Dead” for a nom.
“The Big Bang Theory‘s” Jim Parsons – who won the Globe last year – failed to get a nomination, but his co-star Johnny Galecki did.
Other TV snubs this year include the stars of “Glee,” which was the most nominated show last year. Series stars Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer were all passed over.
Kyle Chandler, who scored a SAG nom on Wednesday for “Friday Night Lights,” was also passed over on Thursday.
Additionally, HBO’s “Enlightened” and Showtime’s “Episodes” – both scored noms – squeezing out usual Globe favorites, “30 Rock” and “Big Bang Theory.”
The 69th Annual Golden Globes will air live on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 5 PM PST/8 PM EST on NBC.
-By Jesse Spero