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Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler.’ (AP)
Where’s ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’? Snubs and surprises

LOS ANGELES, Dec 13, (Agencies): The long race to the Academy Awards is especially steep this season and it’s no surprise that an ample list of notables were left empty-handed in the 71st annual Golden Globe nominations. Dominating the Thursday announcements were A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) and Kate Winslet (“Labor Day”), who had top acting bids, while the movies of filmmaking gurus Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) and David O. Russell (“American Hustle”) landed in multiple categories, including best motion picture. Yet the annual picks by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are typically questioned — after all, they did once nominate “The Tourist” and “Burlesque” — and this season is no exception. Here’s a rundown of the snubs and surprises at the Golden Globe nominations:

Snubs:
n “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” Isn’t Oprah supposed to have built-in value with the film community? While she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role as Gloria Gaines in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” on Wednesday, she was left off of the Globes list. In fact, “The Butler” was completely excluded from the nominations, including Forest Whitaker in the title role.
n “Fruitvale Station.” Sure filmmaker Ryan Coogler and lead actor Michael B. Jordan are newcomers, but the true-life injustice tale was numbing and received a large amount of praise and buzz. However, the indie film may be a bit of a distant memory for the HFPA, since it was released last summer. Plus there are no big stars here, sans Octavia Spenser’s appearance. But a complete out is quite a burn.
n “Saving Mr Banks.” A Disney movie about a Disney movie would seem like the perfect Hollywood wet kiss in the comedy or music section. And with Emma Thompson, who is nominated for best actress for her role as “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Tavers, and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, it’s a wonder this one was overlooked. Perhaps the HFPA thought it was too niched.
n “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Despite his prestige, Martin Scorsese was overlooked as best director, while Jonah Hill failed to nab a supporting actor nomination. But the picture was nominated in the best comedy or musical category.
n “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” No nod for Ben Stiller or mention of the film, an adaptation of a short story by James Thurber. The usual funny-man’s impressive dramatic turn as a long-time Life magazine photo editor failed to capture the HFPA.
n “Dallas Buyers Club.” Both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were nominated in acting categories, but the critically acclaimed film was rebuffed by the foreign press.
n “Lone Survivor.” Mark Wahlberg, a favorite Hollywood everyman, stars in the Navy SEAL film about a botched mission in Afghanistan. But the actor and the wartime pic were unaccounted for.
n “Before Midnight.” Julie Delpy scored an actress nomination for the raw romantic comedy, but the acting abilities of co-star Ethan Hawke were overlooked, as was the film itself.
n James Gandolfini, “Enough Said.” Julia-Louis Dreyfus, the leading lady of the film, cleaned up on Globe nominations, receiving bids in both film and television categories. But no posthumous nod was given to the revered late “Sopranos” star.
n HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones.” Neither show, both of which developed a cult-like fan base, made the cut. Maybe HBO should rethink its approach to killing off some of our favorite characters.
n “New Girl.” While Zooey Deschanel was nominated for her performance on the series, the popular comedy about a set of roommates living in downtown Los Angeles did not make the bill.
n “Homeland.” Both the show, which premiered in 2011, and its actors have received multiple nominations over the years. But it was completely absent from this year’s list. Instead new shows like Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” freshened up the drama series and acting categories.
Surprises:
n “Philomena.” Though it has been well-received, it seemed like it might get lost in the shuffle. But the HFPA, which ranked it in the best picture category, loves Judi Dench.
n “Rush.” Even Ron Howard was shocked at this best picture nomination. “It’s really more than I expected by a longshot,” he said Thursday morning. The film didn’t fare well at the box office, but it was a unique — and big budget — take on the Formula One subculture.
n“Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The Fox comedy, still in its first season, garnered two nominations. The show’s star, Andy Samberg, is nominated in the comedic actor category and the show itself is in the running for best comedy series. Guess you can never underestimate the power of an SNL alum.
Meanwhile, television favorites of seasons past such as “Mad Men” and “Homeland” lost out to new, edgy shows like “Masters of Sex” and “House of Cards” in the Golden Globes nominations announced on Thursday, as voters seek out TV’s next big thing.
In the category of best TV dramas, Netflix’s political thriller “House of Cards” and Showtime’s racy sex history series “Masters of Sex” will take on AMC’s gritty drug drama “Breaking Bad,” PBS’ British period series “Downton Abbey” and CBS’ law and corruption yarn “The Good Wife.”
Showtime’s domestic terror drama “Homeland,” which won Golden Globes for best TV drama for the past two years, failed to garner a single nomination on Thursday. Other past favorites such as AMC’s advertising drama “Mad Men” and HBO’s epic fantasy “Game of Thrones” were also pushed aside for new shows.
“It’s the job of the people in the industry to try and prepare people for the next generation of shows, and make sure something strong is on the upwards escalator, so I welcome the new shows in the category,” “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes said in an interview.
Past comedy favorites including NBC shows “The Office” and “30 Rock,” both of which concluded this year, also failed to win any nods on Thursday. In this year’s nominations for best comedy/musical TV series, new Fox cop comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will compete against CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” ABC’s “Modern Family,” HBO’s “Girls” and NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.”
The Golden Globes, voted for by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are one of Hollywood’s top honors for film and television, and winners will be announced at a televised ceremony in Beverly Hills on Jan 12.
Online streaming platform Netflix barged in this year with its first forays into original programming: “House of Cards” snagged four nominations, while female prison drama “Orange is the New Black” and comedy “Arrested Development” picked up a nomination each.
A surprise entry into the mix was premium cable channel Starz, which had two shows vying for honors in the TV mini-series/movie categories, landing a network record of six nominations.
Starz received nominations for “Dancing on the Edge,” a BBC drama about a black jazz band in 1930s London, and “The White Queen,” a medieval period piece co-produced by the BBC and Starz. They will challenge HBO’s Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra,” Sundance Channel’s New Zealand thriller “Top of the Lake” and FX Networks’ “American Horror Story: Coven” for best miniseries/movie.
“The wealth is spread around more than it was before. Starz’s significant nominations are clearly a reflection of the network’s desire to support and produce quality drama,” said Colin Callender, executive producer of “Dancing on the Edge” and “The White Queen.”
Newcomers and new roles also shook up the acting categories in the TV race on Thursday.
“Orphan Black” actress Tatiana Maslany, “Orange is the New Black” lead actress Taylor Schilling, “Scandal” actress Kerry Washington and “House of Cards” actress Robin Wright will compete in the best TV drama actress category alongside previous Globe winner Julianna Margulies for “The Good Wife.” This is the fifth time Margulies has been nominated in the category for her role as a wife and litigator in the CBS show.
“The Globes have always done a great job of honoring people first. They always look out for new shows, and if not new talent, then talent in new roles,” James Hibberd, senior writer at Entertainment Weekly, said.
In the race for best actor in a TV drama, the only returning nominee is Bryan Cranston for his role as school teacher turned meth dealer Walter White in AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” which concluded after five seasons amid great hype in September.


Cranston, a favorite to win the category, will be up against Liev Schreiber for Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” Michael Sheen for “Masters of Sex,” Kevin Spacey for “House of Cards” and James Spader for NBC’s “The Blacklist.” New roles also feature in the best comedy TV actor race, as “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Andy Samberg, Michael J. Fox from “The Michael J. Fox Show” and Jason Bateman from “Arrested Development,” take on previous Globe winners, Jim Parsons from “The Big Bang Theory” and “House of Lies” star Don Cheadle. The best comedy TV actress race comprises previous nominees and winners, with Zooey Deschanel from “New Girl” battling Lena Dunham from “Girls,” “Nurse Jackie” star Edie Falco, “Veep” actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Amy Poehler from “Parks and Recreation.”

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