Salmon fishing where? Snubs and surprises among Globes nominees

Nominations • Salmon fishing where? In Yemen of course.
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New York • The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is known for what you could call a certain quirkiness in its selection process. Any group that would see fit to nominate "Patch Adams" and "The Tourist" for best picture certainly marches to its own beat.

But in the nominations announced Thursday, the Golden Globes didn't throw too many wrinkles into the awards season horse race leading up to the Academy Awards (which has had its own questionable choices in the past). Still, in parsing the nominations, there were some intriguing surprises as well as some inevitable questions, most notably: Salmon fishing where?

Yemen. The answer is Yemen. Yes, Lasse Hallstrom's romantic comedy "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" reeled in three unlikely nominations: best picture, comedy or musical; Emily Blunt for best actress, comedy or musical; and Ewan McGregor for best actor, comedy or musical. The film, which had a small run in theaters in the spring, is about an eccentric Yemeni sheik (Amr Waked) who turns to a British salmon expert (McGregor) to bring thousands of salmon to his country. Most critics didn't bite.

The acclaimed, low-budget "Beasts of the Southern Wild" has generally been seen as a plucky underdog in the awards season, but the film and its young star, Quvenzhane Wallis, yielded no nominations from the Globes. Instead, the Globes — which tend to favor more seasoned stars — followed the lead of the New York Film Critics Circle, nominating Rachel Weisz for best actress for the little-seen "The Deep Blue Sea."

The HFPA responded strongly to Quentin Tarantino's Spaghetti Western-style slavery epic "Django Unchained," giving it five nominations: best picture, drama; best director (Tarantino); best screenplay (Tarantino); and two for best supporting actor (Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio). Though the academy may be more divided on the film, "Django" could be emerging similarly to Tarantino's last film, "Inglourious Basterds," which landed eight Oscar nominations.

Ang Lee's 3-D fantasy adventure "Life of Pi" also fared well, with nominations for best picture (drama), best director (Lee) and best score (Mychael Danna). Tarantino and Lee likely squeezed out directors David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook") and Tom Hooper ("Les Miserables"). Hooper, who directed the Oscar-winning "The King's Speech," seemed a particularly likely nominee, but the HFPA didn't go crazy for the musical, which might have also yielded more supporting actor nominations.

Blockbusters did not find their way into the mix, as the Globes stayed clear of popular and somewhat acclaimed movies like "Skyfall," "Looper," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Avengers." Perhaps that's no great shock, but "Skyfall" (which got a nomination for best song) could have also slid in with Javier Bardem's supporting role as an effete Bond villain.

By separating best picture and lead actor nominations between drama and comedy, the Globes — and this is one of the best things about them — give comedy the attention most film awards shirk. That suggested, Judd Apatow's "This Is 40" might have been assured some notice, but it went empty handed. Instead, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" continued an upswing with nominations for best picture and best actress in a comedy (Judi Dench). That followed the film on Wednesday landing a best ensemble nomination from the Screen Actors Guild.

Also gaining momentum was Nicole Kidman, who was nominated for her supporting performance in Lee Daniels' fevered Southern melodrama "The Paperboy." (She was also nominated for the HBO film "Hemingway & Gellhorn."). Kidman, whose character famously pees on a jelly fish-stung Zac Efron in the film, also received an unexpected nomination from the Screen Actors Guild.

Robert De Niro's latest comedic turn as a football-obsessed father in "Silver Linings Playbook" didn't garner a nomination. Matthew McConaughey, whose year included lauded performances in "Bernie" and "Magic Mike," also escaped notice — a result fans surely considered definitely not alright, alright, alright. —

2013 Golden Globe nominations


Best Picture, Drama • "Argo," "Django Unchained," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy • "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Les Miserables," "Moonrise Kindgom," "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Director • Ben Affleck, "Argo," Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty," Ang Lee, "Life of Pi," Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln," Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained"

Best Actress, Drama • Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty," Marion Cotillard, "Rust and Bone," Helen Mirren, "Hitchcock," Naomi Watts, "The Impossible," Rachel Weisz, "The Deep Blue Sea,"

Best Actor, Drama • Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln," Richard Gere, "Arbitrage," John Hawkes, "The Sessions," Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master," Denzel Washington, "Flight,"

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy • Jack Black, "Bernie," Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook," Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables," Ewan McGregor, "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," Bill Murray, "Hyde Park on Hudson,"

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy • Emily Blunt, "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," Judi Dench, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook," Maggie Smith, "Quartet," Meryl Streep, "Hope Springs"

Best Supporting Actress • Amy Adams, "The Master," Sally Field, "Lincoln," Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables," Helen Hunt, "The Sessions," Nicole Kidman, "The Paperboy"

Best Supporting Actor • Alan Arkin, "Argo," Leonardo DiCaprio, "Django Unchained," Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master," Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln," Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"

Best Screenplay • Mark Boal, "Zero Dark Thirty," Tony Kushner, "Lincoln," David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook," Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained," Chris Terrio, "Argo"

Best Original Score • Dario Marianelli, "Anna Karenina," Alexandre Desplat, "Argo," Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimet & Reinhold Heil, "Cloud Atlas," Michael Danna, "Life of Pi," John Williams, "Lincoln"

Best Original Song • "For You" from "Act of Valor," "Not Running Anymore" from "Stand Up Guys," "Safe and Sound" from "The Hunger Games," "Suddenly" from "Les Miserables," "Skyfall" from "Skyfall"

Best Foreign Language Film • "Amour," "A Royal Affair," "The Intouchables," "Kon-Tiki," "Rust and Bone"

Best Animated Feature • "Rise of the Guardians," "Brave," "Frankenweenie," "Hotel Transylvania," "Wreck-It Ralph"

Cecil B. DeMille Award • Jodie Foster


Best Television Comedy or Musical • "The Big Bang Theory," "Episodes," "Girls," "Modern Family," "Smash"

Best Television Drama • "Breaking Bad," "Boardwalk Empire," "Downton Abbey," "Homeland," "The Newsroom"

Best Miniseries or Television Movie • "Game Change," "The Girl," "Hatfields & McCoys," "The Hour," "Political Animals"

Best Actress, Television Drama • Connie Britton, "Nashville," Glenn Close, "Damages," Claire Danes, "Homeland," Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey," Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife,"

Best Actor, Television Drama • Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire," Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad," Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom," Jon Hamm, "Mad Men," Damian Lewis, "Homeland"

Best Actress, Television Comedy Or Musical • Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl," Lena Dunham, "Girls," Tina Fey, "30 Rock," Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep," Amy Poehler, "Parks And Recreation"

Best Actor, Television Comedy Or Musical • Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock," Don Cheadle, "House of Lies," Louis C.K., "Louis," Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes," Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

Best Actress In A Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television • Nicole Kidman, "Hemingway and Gellhorn," Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Asylum," Sienna Miller, "The Girl," Julianne Moore, "Game Change," Sigourney Weaver, "Political Animals"

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television • Kevin Costner, "Hatfields and McCoys," Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock," Woody Harrelson, "Game Change," Toby Jones, "The Girl," Clive Owen, "Hemingway and Gellhorn"

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television • Hayden Panettiere, "Nashville," Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife," Sarah Paulson, "Game Change," Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey," Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television • Max Greenfield, "New Girl," Ed Harris, "Game Change," Danny Huston, "Magic City," Mandy Patinkin, "Homeland," Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"