Actress Zoe Saldana read off a list of Golden Globe nominees this morning (Dec. 12) in Hollywood.

Actress Zoe Saldana read off a list of Golden Globe nominees this morning (Dec. 12) in Hollywood. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominees for Golden Globe Awards, always quirky for out-of-left-field picks and glaring omissions, was true to form this morning (Dec. 12). It elevated some obscure names and films while bypassing more obvious choices.

Among those included on the list were Robert Redford. The 77-year-old icon was nominated for best actor in a drama for “All Is Lost.”

Redford was conspicuously absent from the Screen Actors Guild Award nominees released two days ago.

The biggest Globes exclusion had to be “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” The uplifting film was shut out of the nominations, even though it won SAG nods for Forest Whittaker (Best Actor) and Oprah Winfrey (Best Supporting Actress) and best picture.

Sally Hawkins traded places with Oprah, landing a Globe nomination for supporting actress for “Blue Jasmine.” She didn’t make the SAG list.

Among the surprise picks were Kate Winslet for “Labor Day,” Greta Gerwig for “Frances Ha,” Oscar Isaac for “Inside Llewyn Davis” Dern for “Nebraska” and Joaquin Phoenix for “Her.”

Winselt was nominated for best actress in a drama, while the other picks are from the musical or comedy categories. The SAG doesn’t differentiate among film genres.

Idris Elba was nominated for best actor, drama for his role in “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.” Both he an the film where shut out of the SAG nominations.

And so it went.

Comparisons between the Globe and SAG nominees are inevitable because both are often cited as harbingers for Academy Award nominations. The SAG awards carry more credibility because SAG members will vote on Oscar contenders.

The Golden Globes are looked at slightly askance because of the small pool of voters, only members of the HFPA can recommend nominees. Allegations of favoritism and cronyism involving the selection process have also dogged the group.

Nonetheless, the Globes have been an accurate predictor of Oscar winners in recent years.

Among films, “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” led all other pictures with with seven nominations each. Both films were nominated for best picture. Directors Steve McQueen and David O. Russell were also nominated

Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o from “12 Years a Slave,” and Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper from “American Hustle” were tapped for acting honors.

Adams and Cooper were passed over by SAG.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be back hosting the Golden Globes Award ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 12 in Beverly Hills. The show is usually much more relaxed and informal than the Oscars, but you can bet most of Hollywood will be there.

Check out the motion picture nominees below, let us know your thoughts and follow TheImproper on Twitter for complete awards show news, analysis and insight.

Golden Globes 2014 Nominees, Motion Pictures

Best Drama
“12 Years a Slave”
“Captain Phillips”

Best Musical or Comedy
“American Hustle”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Actor, Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor: “12 Years a Slave”
Idris Elba: “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”
Tom Hanks: “Captain Phillips”
Matthew McConaughey: “Dallas Buyers Club”
Robert Redford: “All Is Lost”

Best Actress, Drama
Cate Blanchett: “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock: “Gravity”
Judi Dench: “Philomena
Emma Thompson: “Saving Mr. Banks”
Kate Winslet: “Labor Day”

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale: “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern: “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio: “The Wolf Of Wall Street”
Oscar Isaac: “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Joaquin Phoenix: “Her”

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams: “American Hustle”
Julie Delpy: “Before Midnight”
Greta Gerwig: “Frances Ha”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: “Enough Said”
Meryl Streep: “August: Osage County”

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi: “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Brühl: “Rush”
Bradley Cooper: “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender: “12 Years a Slave”

Jared Leto: “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins: “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence: “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o: “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts: “August: Osage County”
June Squibb: “Nebraska”

Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón: “Gravity”
Paul Greengrass: “Captain Phillips”
Steve McQueen: “12 Years a Slave”
Alexander Payne: “Nebraska”
David O. Russell: “American Hustle”

Best Screenplay
Spike Jonze: “Her”
Bob Nelson: “Nebraska”
Jeff Pope, Steve Coogan: “Philomena”
John Ridley: “12 Years a Slave”
Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell: “American Hustle”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Blue is the Warmest Color”
“The Great Beauty”
“The Hunt”
“The Past”
“The Wind Rises”

Best Animated Feature film
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”

Best Original Song
“Atlas,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
“Let It Go,” “Frozen”
“Ordinary Love,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
“Please Mr. Kennedy,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Sweeter Than Fiction,” “One Chance”

Best Original Score
Alex Ebert: “All is Lost”
Alex Heffes: “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Steven Price: “Gravity”
John Williams: “The Book Thief”
Hans Zimmer: “12 Years a Slave”

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