Dec. 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM ET
You were expecting the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to invite Bane to its party? Probably not. So, no, the fact that "The Dark Knight Rises" didn't figure into Thursday's top nominations for the 70th annual Golden Globes wasn't surprising. But, considering the Batman movie's overall acclaim, it was a snub.
Other quick takes on surprising nods -- and exclusions:
1. "Les Miserables"
Wait, didn't it get nominated for Best Comedy/Musical? And didn't Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway get their expecting acting nods? Yes, but if you want to cut a movie off at the knees, then you don't nominate its director, which is what happened to Tom Hooper. A bad Oscar omen? Or just proof that the HFPA really, really, really loves Quentin Tarantino, who was nominated for "Django Unchained"?
2. Richard Gere in, Anthony Hopkins out
With Jackman being nominated on the Comedy/Musical side, there was an opening in the Drama Actor category, an opening you might've guessed would go to "Hitchcock" favorite Hopkins. But it didn't. Gere, who got good buzz for the indie "Arbitrage" and who's been the beneficiary of a diligent awards-season campaign, took the slot instead.
3. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
You know how some movies are just not Oscar movies? This movie would be an example of the kind of film that's just not a Golden Globes movie. The no-budget wonder, which many expect will still figure into the Academy Awards, got nothing from the HFPA.
4. Tommy Lee Jones
Yes, he got nominated for "Lincoln," but he was also very good in "Hope Springs," which the Globes saw fit to honor with a Comedy/Musical nod for Meryl Streep.
5. "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"
Who knew? It got three big nods, for Best Comedy/Musical, Emily Blunt and, in the spot that wasn't taken by "Hope Springs" Jones, Ewan McGregor.
6. Matthew McConaughey
Jack Black, not McConaughey, got the "Bernie" love; "Magic Mike" got zip. File this one under "Wait 'til next year."