This year’s comedy competition — usually a mixed bag compared to the dramatic categories — could be the strongest field ever for the Globes. Aside from “American Hustle,” the group includes Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” Spike Jonze’s “Her” and the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
The soulful futuristic romance “Her” and ‘60s Greenwich Village folk tale “Inside Llewyn Davis” both reaped three nominations, including nods for its stars: newcomer Oscar Isaac for “Llewyn Davis” and Joaquin Phoenix for “Her.”
The last film of 2013 to screen, Scorsese’s three-hour financial industry extravaganza had been one of the biggest question marks this awards season. After being snubbed Wednesday by the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, it earned a nomination for Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance as an out-of-control Wall Street trader, along with the best picture nomination.
The 77-year-old Dern rounds out best actor in a comedy for his performance as a taciturn Montana man who believes he’s won a mailing sweepstakes. He’s joined on the dramatic best actor side by another 77-year-old veteran, Robert Redford, who had surprisingly been overlooked by the Screen Actors. The actor, who hasn’t ever won an acting Oscar, was nominated by the Globes for his nearly unspoken performance as a man shipwrecked in the Indian Ocean in “All Is Lost.”
In the dramatic best picture category, “12 Years a Slave” was joined by “Captain Phillips,” ‘‘Gravity,” ‘‘Philomena” and “Rush.” Most notably shutout was “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” the Civil Rights history told through a long-serving White House butler played by Forest Whitaker.
The awards and their boozy telecast are known for a desire to attract stars, even if their films aren’t quite up to snuff. (It will be a long time before the HFPA, a collection of about 85 largely freelance journalists, lives down its nominations for Johnny Depp’s “The Tourist.”) This year’s ceremony on Jan. 12 will again be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who led last year’s broadcast to 19.7 million viewers, a significant bump for the Globes. They often serve a preamble to the more prestigious Oscars, which will be held March 2.