The Golden Globe Nominations were announced early this am at the stalwart showbiz hotel, The Beverly Hilton. Predictably,  as stars like Olivia Wilde and Aziz Asnari read out the names there were surprises, omissions and safe bets. What’s sure though is that the awards season is rough and tough. And sometimes even the toughest get screwed, like Harvey Weinstein.

What’s buzzing around the Hollywood water coolers today is the omission of the grande dame herself, Oprah Winfrey, for her strong portrayal in the Weinstein Production which Lee Daniels directed, The Butler.  In fact, the film itself was snubbed.  Harvey cannot be happy about that, as well as his August: Osage County, being left out of the Drama Best Picture nominations (Though stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts got named).

Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks, got ignored for  Drama Best Picture, which is a huge surprise, although star Emma Thompson was nominated for her wonderful portrayal of P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins.  Martin Scorsese’s Wolf Of Wall Street, was forgotten, as well as Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter MittyWoody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, didn’t get a Best pic nom–which was thought to be a shoo in–but the Woodman is getting a Lifetime Achievement Award (although he’s not coming to LA to accept it, his old squeeze Diane Keaton is accepting for him).

Jasmine star Cate Blanchett got a predictable nom, and her co-star Sally Hawkins, who was not expected to be nominated, garnered a nom for supporting.

Other items: Philomena’s Steve Coogan was left out of the Best Supporting Actor race, as was the late James Gandolfini for Enough Said.  Robert Redford got a nom for his wonderful work in All Is Lost, making up for his SAG Awards snub yesterday. But Bob has tough competition with Chiwetel Ejiofor,  Idris ElbaTom Hanks, and Matthew McConaughey. The HFPA is a quirky group and the nominations definitely reflected that.

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