Golden Globe Nominations Post-Mortem: Are Interstellar's Oscar Dreams Dead?

Thursday, 11 December 2014 - 9:43AM
Interstellar
Thursday, 11 December 2014 - 9:43AM
Golden Globe Nominations Post-Mortem: Are Interstellar's Oscar Dreams Dead?

Sci-Fi Post-Mortem

 

It was generally a depressing Golden Globes announcement for sci-fi fans, as the only genre works to get any nominations outside of the technical categories were Game of Thrones (Best Drama Series), which is fantasy, and American Horror Story: Freak Show (Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries for Kathy Bates), which is sort of sci-fi/fantasy-adjacent. Then, aside from Interstellar, which we'll get to in a minute, Lorde's "Yellow Flicker Beat" from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt 1 got a nomination for Best Original Song. And that was it. As we predicted, there was no love for critically acclaimed sci-fi shows such as The Walking Dead, Outlander, or The Leftovers. And most egregiously, no matter how many mainstream and fringe critics alike pile on praise for Tatiana Maslany's performance in Orphan Black, they still failed to nominate her. This is even more disappointing because the Golden Globes managed to nominate her last year, and she will surely be omitted at the Emmys, who have consistently snubbed her. Orphan Black fans will just have to be satisfied with a SAG nomination.

 

Orphan Black

 

And that's all in television. There were absolutely no nominations for sci-fi movies outside the technical categories, unless you count dramas that happen to be about people who are of interest to sci-fi fans. Anti-superhero movie Birdman, Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, and even Stephen Hawking love story Theory of Everything, which was thought to be on the bubble, positively cleaned up, with Birdman getting more nominations than any other film and The Imitation Game coming in second (tied with Boyhood):

 

Birdman

 

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (Really, guys? A comedy?)

Best Director for Alejandro González Iñárritu

Best Actor in a Drama for Michael Keaton

Best Supporting Actress for Emma Stone

Best Supporting Actor for Ed Norton

Best Screenplay

Best Original Score

 

The Imitation Game

 

Best Motion Picture - Drama

Best Actor in a Drama for Benedict Cumberbatch

Best Supporting Actress for Keira Knightley

Best Screenplay

Best Original Score

 

The Theory of Everything

 

Best Picture - Drama

Best Actress in a Drama for Felicity Jones

Best Actor in a Drama for Eddie Redmayne

Best Original Score

 

Are Interstellar's Oscar Dreams Dead?

 

christopher nolan matthew mcconaughey

[Credit: Warner Bros.]

 

Interstellar was nominated for one lonely little award at this year's Golden Globes, and it was for- Best Original Screenplay. 100% kidding, it was for Best Original Score, of course (because there is no visual effects category). So what does this mean for Christopher Nolan's ambitious sci-fi epic when it comes to Oscar nominations? 

 

Nothing good, most likely. Before Interstellar came out, it was thought to be a lock for Best Picture, Best Director for Nolan, and Best Supporting Actress for either Anne Hathaway or Jessica Chastain. Matthew McConaughey's performance was also thought to be in contention for Best Actor, although even before it came out the race was thought to likely be a little too crowded.

 

But then, once it was released to much more mixed reviews than expected, its Oscar prospects became a little more murky. It was still thought to be a strong contender for Best Picture and Best Director (which almost always go together), but not a guarantee and not much of a chance at winning. McConaughey's performance was acclaimed, but not really showy enough for this extremely crowded race. Anne Hathaway was saddled with cringe-inducing dialogue that no one could pull off, which only left Jessica Chastain's wonderful turn as Murph. In retrospect, it was probably a good idea for the studio to prevent Chastain from promoting A Most Violent Year, since she is now their best shot at a nom. But apparently it didn't work, because she was nominated not for Interstellar, but for her turn in the much more awards-friendly A Most Violent Year at the Golden Globes.

 

Good news for Chastain, who deserves it, bad news for Interstellar. It's difficult (although not impossible) to imagine Chastain getting an Oscar nomination for a genre picture that was not entirely well-received when she has another awards-worthy Supporting Actress role in a more straightforward drama. Interstellar's best shot at this award was crossing their fingers that Chastain would go lead actress for A Most Violent Year, which doesn't seem to be the case.

 

Its chances don't look optimistic, but Interstellar can't be fully written off for Best Picture, Best Director, or Best Supporting Actress. The Academy has different tastes from the Globes (although not by all that much), so they could potentially award Chastain for a different role than the Globes. And although the Best Picture nominees are usually similar to the Globes, as they nominate approximately the same number of movies, some dramas will inevitably get short shrift at the Globes and not at the Oscars. Drama is the more competitive category in general, so some of the films nominated for "Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy" will likely not be nominated at the Oscars, which leaves more room for dramas to creep in. Birdman (which isn't really a comedy) is the only nominee in that category that is a lock for Best Picture, while the others are all touch-and-go, leaving up to four spots for other films. If we had to guess, St. Vincent, Pride, and probably Grand Budapest Hotel will all be knocked off, which leaves three potential spots for Interstellar. Although it's more likely that they will be replaced by films such as Gone Girl, Whiplash, and maybe Unbroken, which were better-received by critics than Interstellar.

 

Notable Nominations

 

-Ava DuVernay (Selma) became the first African American woman to be nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes.

-Dark horse Jennifer Aniston was nominated for Cake, which greatly boosts her chance at getting an Oscar nomination.

-Julianne Moore was nominated for Best Actress twice, for comedy (Maps to Our Stars) and drama (Still Alice).

-Transparent was nominated for Best Comedy Series and Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Jeffrey Tambor, which is groundbreaking both because it is an Amazon video instant series and because it is about a transitioning transsexual.

-There were FINALLY zero nominations for Modern Family. Hell has frozen over, in a good way.

 

For the full list of Golden Globe nominees, click here

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