In a year that saw winners scattered across films at the Golden Globes, some major award favourites like ‘The Imitation Game’, ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Selma’ failed to open their account despite multiple nominations.
‘The Imitation Game’, about tortured mathematical genius Alan Turing’s contribution as a World War II British code breaker, was nominated in key categories like best picture – drama, actor, supporting actress, screenplay and original score.
British star Benedict Cumberbatch, a fan favourite to win the Best Actor trophy for his portrayal of Turing, who is said to have committed suicide after being tortured for his homosexuality, lost out to fellow countryman Eddie Readmyne as he emerged winner with his role of motor neurone disease afflicted physicist Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory of Everything’.
Oprah Winfrey-produced historical drama ‘Selma’ about Martin Luther King Jr’s 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights for blacks, failed to win major trophies and took home just one award, best original song for John Legend and Common’s tune ‘Glory’.
David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ too lost steam in its awards journey as the Ben Affleck-Rosamund Pike starrer returned empty handed, despite four nominations.
In a year dominated by real-life dramas, Steve Carell’s serious turn in ‘Foxcatcher’ was being considered a top contender, but Hollywood Foreign Press Association were not of the same opinion as the film was snubbed in all three categories in which it was nominated.
Meryl Streep-starrer fairytale musical ‘Into The Woods’ and three other films ‘Birdman’, ‘Pride’ and ‘St Vincent’ lost out to Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, which was a surprise winner in the comedy or musical category.
‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ starring India’s Om Puri and Helen Mirren also missed out on awards, despite the British actress’ nomination.
Earlier, Globes had given major snubs to Angelina Jolie-directed World War II drama ‘Unbroken’, Clint Eastwood’s directorial venture ‘American Sniper’ and Christopher Nolan’s space odyssey ‘Interstellar’.
The miss outs become important as over the years Globes have become a major indicator of Oscars, with the last two year’s drama category winners ‘Argo’ and ’12 Years A Slave’ eventually taking home the Academy award for best picture.