Golden Globe nominations are out and they're stellar

'Birdman' leads the way with seven nominations followed closely by 'The Imitation Game' and 'Boyhood'

By Jamie Khoo | Published: 12 Dec 2014

Globes nominations
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Film buffs have plenty to be excited about in the Golden Globe nominations released yesterday. Clearly ahead of the pack with seven nominations, Alejandro González Iñárritu's comedy Birdman is up for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Screenplay – Motion Picture and Best Score, while its stars Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton and director Alejandro himself are all now Globe nominees for their performances.

Birdman is followed closely by dramas Boyhood and the highly anticipated The Imitation Game, about the life of World War Two mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing – both are in the running for five nominations each. In fact, it looks like historical movies are making it big this year, with many of the nominated films being rooted in true stories. There's Selma, about civil rights marches in the US the 1960s, Big Eyes, a tragic biopic of artist Margaret Keane, The Theory of Everything about physicist Stephen Hawking and Foxcatcher, depicting the story of Olympic wrestlers Mark and Dave Schultz.

It's also a good year for the ladies. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be hosting the awards for the third time so we can expect a damn good show while many crowd favourites have made it onto favoured lists of the HFPA too as strong contenders for a Globe.

First, Julianne Moore snagged two noms for Best Actress, one in the Drama category for her portrayal as a college professor with Alzheimer's in Still Alice and another in Musical or Comedy for Maps to the Stars. In Drama, Julianne is up against Reese Witherspoon for her powerful role as a lone hiker in Wild, Rosamund Pike for her chilling performance in Gone Girl, Jennifer Aniston's intense performance of a chronic pain suffering in Cake and Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything as Stephen Hawking's first wife.

Over in Musical or Comedy, Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Emily Blunt (Into the Woods), Helen Mirren (The Hundred Foot Journey) and 11-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis (for her adorable update of Annie) are all strong contenders for the award.

Noticeably, many of the names on the list this year are long-standing favourites. Actors such as Steve Carrell, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ralph Fiennes, Mark Ruffalo and Bill Murray have received nominations for films, along with popular actresses Keira Knightley, Meryl Streep, Patricia Arquette and Emma Stone.

Within the television categories, it's not surprising to see that House of Cards, Girls, Fargo and Orange is the New Black have all came out strongly in the lists (again). Other much-loved series such as The Normal Heart, Downton Abbey and The Good Wife are also up for awards.

Lastly, we're excited about the music categories too now that we've heard the nominations for Best Original Song – Motion Picture include Lorde's Yellow Flicker Beat for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Lana del Ray's Big Eyes in Tim Burton's movie of the same name and Glory co-written by John Legend for Selma.

The 72nd Golden Globes Awards are scheduled to air on 11 January 2015. See the full list of nominations here.

Celebs have been responding to the nominations either through official statements or in true zippy fast Hollywood fashion through Twitter. Join the jubilation of these tweets – it seems we can look forward to a grand awards season.

Here's what the celebs had to say:

Julianne Moore, Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama (Still Alice); and Musical or Comedy (Maps to the Stars)
"Still Alice is a film we all believed in, made for very little money in a very short period of time. There is a sense of urgency with it too as one of our directors is dealing with ALS. I also had never seen Alzheimer's depicted this way in a movie as it's always seen through the perspective of the caregiver or the family. With ours, you see that the self hasn't been obliterated. There's a still a person there."

Jennifer Aniston, Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama (Cake)
"I have found this whole process so exciting and especially taking on a part that's so challenging – and then for that to be acknowledged, is extraordinary. The feedback I've gotten from those who suffer from chronic pain has been some of the most incredible I've received. Some people have told me it was everything they could to do to get out and see the film. I honour them with this character and telling this story. I want them to know they can speak up and there's help out there. The film has touched so many heartstrings."

Amy Adams, Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical (Big Eyes)
"I'm really really lucky to be able to see this story come to life. I loved the script and meeting Margaret [Keane] who is such a quiet person with humble sensibilities. This movie is really fun with a lot of heart. I'm very proud of it."

Ava Duvernay, Best Director – Motion Picture (Selma)
"[David Oyelowo] put every ounce of his heart and spirit and mind, every piece of his DNA into this picture. That's all I wanted. For that to happen, there was a big cheer here. And when I look at the list of directors in my category, these are all men whose work I admire. I've never met them, but as a film lover, these are the varied directors I love the most."

Keira Knightley, Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (The Imitation Game)
"I felt so lucky to have portrayed Joan Clarke, such an extraordinary woman who defied convention and was part of a moment in history. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign press for this honor, and for recognising our film. I can't wait to celebrate with everyone."

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