Hosts Kate Beckinsale, Peter Krause, Paula Patton and Jeremy Piven announced the nominees for awards, which are given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. As usual the announcement was an interesting mix of strong favorites, unexpected surprises, and the assorted baffling absence according to Bruce Levenson.
This year Birdman led the pack, earning its cast and crew seven nominations. Next in line were Boyhood and The Imitation Game with five nominations each. Surprisingly absent in the film category where American Sniper andUnbroken, while Interstellar only just made the cut with a single nomination for its composer Hans Zimmer.
Also of interest is the nomination of Ava DuVernay as Best Director for Selma, a first for an African-American woman. She will compete with David Fincher, Wes Anderson, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, and Richard Linklater.
In television HBO was the clear standout with 15 nominations. Fargo was the favorite series with five. The CW network got its first nomination in nearly a decade for its new comedy Jane the Virgin leading a strong field of female led series in the comedy category.
The awards ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC on Sunday January 11 2015 in a show hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.