There were no shortage of surprise names among the
But the group has more in common than just some unexpected love from the
When confronted with a choice between Brits and Americans this year, the Golden Globes seemed to go out of its way to honor nominees from across the pond.
Hawkins, nominated for her turn as a bohemian (and American) drifter in
Elba, a Brit who played South African Nelson Mandela in Justin Chadwick's "Mandela," similarly garnered a nomination — for lead actor in a drama — that many pundits thought would go to "Butler" star Forest Whitaker.
On Wednesday, Whitaker was given a spot in the lead actor category by the
The Brit brigade joins perhaps the day's biggest surprise — the best picture-drama nomination for
All of these dark horses joined the ranks Thursday of British nominees who were previously considered contenders, a diverse list that includes
There may be a good reason for the outpouring of Union Jack affection: Brits make up the second-largest voting bloc (after Germany) of the approximately 90 members of the HFPA.
Nominees said they thought it had something to do with the work too.
"We British don't have a studio system and don't have limitless resources," said Coogan, nominated, with fellow Brit Jeff Pope, for the England-set and -themed "Philomena" script. "All we have is the power of good acting and good stories. That's the only rabbit we can pull out of a hat."
Thompson said she thought that her movie and Thursday's British invasion at the Globes was the product of a larger historical relationship.
"I would take it back to the vision of Henry James who wrote so brilliantly of Europe — and Britain — and America coming together," she said. "It's curious too because we [Britons] have a love affair with Hollywood, the new Olympus." She added, "There's sunshine, a fairy tale quality and people with good teeth."
Times Staff writer Jeffrey Fleishman contributed to this report