take the stage in Beverly Hills on Thursday to announce nominations for the
’s Golden Globes, you can expect some juicy surprises and a couple of eyebrow-raisers to go with it. After all, the 90 or so international correspondents who compose the HFPA are known for following the conventional awards wisdom in some areas and veering off into flights of fancy in others (“The Tourist” anyone?).
As the HFPA unveils its nominations Thursday, here are some categories and story lines to watch for.
Dramatics. You can put four movies in the bag for motion picture-drama. Barring an upset that, well, only the HFPA is capable of, you can pretty much expect “Boyhood,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma” and “Unbroken” to be called out from the Beckinsale-Piven podium. The fifth spot? It's anyone's guess. “The Theory of Everything” has the British factor (an HFPA favorite), “Foxcatcher” has the celebrity factor, and “Gone Girl” has the major blockbuster factor and the celebrity factor. And there’s always a dark horse in “Interstellar” — though the movie has fallen off many awards pundits’ radars, a splashy movie with big stars is something that, like Murph’s beseeching eyes in a cornfield, the HFPA has a hard time saying no to.
Comedically musical. This is the wild west of HFPA nominations. By combining two categories that have little in common save for the fact that they’re not dramas, you end up with weird choices and odd pairings. “Into the Woods” is a virtual lock, as is “Birdman.” But does
Just acting. Some lead actor races are deep, others are deeper and others are, well, what’s happening this year. With so many great male performances, the assumption has been that a few big ones —
Or just actressing. Lead actress has the opposite problem this year — even the
The outlier. Every year sees one — the movie that seems like a front-runner for a Razzie and somehow ends up on the Golden Globes list. “The Tourist.” “Burlesque." “Patch Adams.” The comedy-musical category in particular is a generous and forgiving one, which means it's also the howler one. It’s impossible to predict how far the Globes can go with one of these choices. But if they really wanted to mix things up and get people talking, may we suggest some nomination love for "The Interview"?