“Birdman” continued to build momentum toward Oscar night today, scoring a leading seven nominations for the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, including nods for best motion picture comedy/musical and best actor for Michael Keaton.
“Birdman” will compete for best comedy/musical film with “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Into the Woods,” “Pride” and “St. Vincent.”
Nominated for best motion picture drama were “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma” and “The Theory of Everything.”
In addition to Keaton, nominations for best actor in a comedy/musical went to Ralph Fiennes for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Bill Murray for “St. Vincent,” Joaquin Phoenix for “Inherent Vice” and Christoph Waltz for “Big Eyes.”
Competing for best actress in a comedy/musical are Amy Adams for “Big Eyes,” Emily Blunt for “Into the Woods,” Helen Mirren for “The Hundred Foot Journey,” Julianne Moore for “Maps to the Stars” and Quvenzhane Wallis for “Annie.”
Moore was also nominated for best actress in a drama for her role as a linguistics professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in “Still Alice.”
Reese Witherspoon was nominated for her role as a woman sorting out her life during a 1,100-mile hike in “Wild,” along with Jennifer Aniston for “Cake,” Felicity Jones for “The Theory of Everything” and Rosamund Pike for “Gone Girl.”
For best actor in a drama, nominations went to Steve Carell for “Foxcatcher,” Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game,” Jake Gyllenhaal for “Nightcrawler,” David Oyelowo for “Selma” and Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything.”
“Birdman” also earned supporting actor and actress nominations for Edward Norton and Emma Stone; a directing nod for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu; best screenplay for Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo; and a nomination for Antonio Sanchez’s original score.
Mark Ruffalo — who was also nominated on the television side of the awards for HBO’s “The Normal Heart” — will challenge Norton for supporting actor honors for his work in “Foxcatcher.” Also up for supporting actor are J.K. Simmons of “Whiplash,” Ethan Hawke for “Boyhood” and Robert Duvall for “The Judge.”
Meryl Streep, a favorite of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and a perennial nominee, was nominated for her supporting role in “Into the Woods.” She will compete for supporting actress honors with Stone, Patricia Arquette of “Boyhood,” Keira Knightley of “The Imitation Game” and Jessica Chastain of “A Most Violent Year.”
For best director, Inarritu will compete with Richard Linklater for “Boyhood,” Ava DuVernay for “Selma,” Wes Anderson for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and David Fincher for “Gone Girl.”
“Selma,” the civil-rights-era drama, earned four Golden Globe nominations. It was a late entry in the awards season and failed to earn any Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, which were announced Wednesday.
The Golden Globe nominations were announced at the Beverly Hilton by Kate Beckinsale, Peter Krause, Paula Patton and Jeremy Piven, along with HFPA President Theo Kingma.
Since the Hollywood Foreign Press Association adopted the split drama/comedy-musical format for the Golden Globes in 1963, 67 percent of the films that ended up with best picture Academy Awards had first received a Golden Globe.
The Golden Globe drama winner has gone on to win best picture 27 of 51 times — 53 percent — including last year’s winner, “12 Years A Slave.” The musical or comedy winner has won seven times at the Oscars, including each of the first three years.
On the television side of the awards, nominations for best drama went to traditional favorites “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife” and “House of Cards,” along with newcomer “The Affair.”
Julianna Margulies was nominated for best actress in a drama for “The Good Wife,” along with Viola Davis for “How to Get Away with Murder,” Claire Danes for “Homeland,” Ruth Wilson for “The Affair” and last year’s winner, Robin Wright for “House of Cards.”
Kevin Spacey of “House of Cards” scored another nomination for best actor in a drama. He will be challenged by Clive Owen for “The Knick,” Liev Schreiber for “Ray Donovan,” James Spader for “The Blacklist” and Dominic West for “The Affair.”
The television comedy nominations were a bit of a surprise, with Emmy powerhouses “Modern Family” and “The Big Bang Theory” — and last year’s winner “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” — ignored in favor of “Girls,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Silicon Valley” and “Transparent.”
Perennial nominees Edie Falco and Julia Louis-Dreyfus were again tabbed for best comedy series actress for their work in “Nurse Jackie” and “Veep,” respectively. Lena Dunham was nominated for “Girls,” along with Gina Rodriguez of “Jane the Virgin” and Taylor Schilling for “Orange is the New Black.” Last year’s winner, “Parks & Recreation’s” Amy Poehler, who will co-host the Globes again this year, failed to earn a nomination.
Louis C.K. of “Louie” leads the list of comedy actor nominees. Don Cheadle will also compete for the honor for his work in “House of Lies.”
William H. Macy of “Shameless,” Jeffrey Tambor of “Transparent” and Ricky Gervais of “Derek” round out the category.
HBO’s acclaimed “True Detective” was nominated for best miniseries or television movie with “Fargo,” “The Missing,” “The Normal Heart” and “Olive Kitteridge.”
Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were both nominated for best actor in a miniseries or TV movie for “True Detective,” along with Ruffalo for “The Normal Heart” and Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman for “Fargo.”
“Fargo’s” Allison Tolman was nominated for best actress in a miniseries or TV movie, along with Jessica Lange of “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” Frances McDormand of “Olive Kitteridge,” Maggie Gyllenhaal of “The Honourable Woman” and Frances O’Connor of “The Missing.”
Bill Murray, already up for best comedy/musical film actor for “St. Vincent,” was also nominated for supporting actor in a TV series, miniseriesor movie for “Olive Kitteridge.” Also nominated in the category were Matt Bomer of “The Normal Heart,” Alan Cumming of “The Good Wife,” Jon Voight of “Ray Donovan” and Colin Hanks for “Fargo.”
For supporting actress in a TV series, miniseries or movie, nominations went to Allison Janney for “Mom,” Kathy Bates for “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” Uzo Aduba for “Orange is the New Black,” Joanne Froggatt for “Downton Abbey” and Michelle Monaghan for “True Detective.”
The Golden Globes will be presented Jan. 11 at the Beverly Hilton, with Tina Fey and Poehler returning as hosts for the third consecutive year. During the ceremony, George Clooney will be presented with the HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award honoring his “incredible impact on the world of entertainment.”