Yet that didn't mean the snubs and surprises, the jaw-droppers and the head-scratchers, weren't there. Here are six of the biggest:
Not taking it to the Banks:
'The Butler' will not serve.
Living their best life?
Cool Brittannia. Many of the major surprises had this in common: a British theme.
LIST: Golden Globe nominations 2014
'Frances Ha' is no joke. The HFPA is often believed to overlook worthy performances in smaller movies, particularly if they’re from lesser-known stars who don’t fizz up the red carpet. Julie Delpy and Greta Gerwig fit that profile -- they gave two of the most acclaimed performances of the year as women grappling with maturity, relationships and other real-life issues. But they and their movies -- "Before Midnight" and
The joy of laughter and forgetting. Yes, dissecting the HFPA’s rationale can be as confounding as the Obamacare website. But the designation of “Her” as a comedy -- a big nominee, incidentally, with spots in actor, screenplay and best picture-comedy/musical -- is a particularly glaring case. There are a couple of comedic moments, but a melancholy tone and a later-in-the-21st-century story of love gained and lost ain’t exactly “Blazing Saddles.” Did whimsy get confused with humor? Or did the Globes just want to open up a dramatic slot? Perhaps in the future we will understand.