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Golden Globes vs. Screen Actors Guild Awards: How Do They Compare?

Kate Beckinsale addresses the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations ceremony at The Beverly Hilton  Hotel today (Dec. 11) in Los Angeles, (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

Kate Beckinsale addresses the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel today (Dec. 11) in Los Angeles, (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

The Golden Globes are the ugly step-sister of Hollywood’s season of self-congratulation, largely because of the sketchiness of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. So how did their nominations stack up against the more prestigious Screen Actors Guild?

There were hits and misses in both lists, with notable surprises and omissions, but overall, they tracked pretty closely, according to an examination by TheImproper.

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Although the nominations don’t match up precisely because of category differences, there are bound to be some differences. But the is enough in common to make some comparisons.

A good starting point is the Best Actor category. The SAG nominated Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”), Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”)

The HFPA, which nominates separately for drama and comedy films, added David Oyelowo (“Selma”) to its list for drama and match the SAG on all of its other nominations, except for Keaton.

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But he got a Globe nod in the comedy category, along with Bill Murray (“St. Vincent”), Joaquin Phoenix (“Inherent Vice”), Christoph Waltz (“Big Eyes”) and Ralph Fiennes (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”). They were all bypassed by the SAG.

In the best actress category, there was a perfect match. Both organizations nominated Jennifer Anison (“Cake”), Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”), Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) and Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”).

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From its comedy category, however, the HFPA also nominated Amy Adams (“Big Eyes”), Emily Blunt (“Into the Woods”), Helen Mirren (“The Hundred-Foot Journey”), Julianne Moore (again) (“Map to the Stars”) and child actress Quvenzhané Wallis (“Annie”).

The nominees for best supporting actor also matched up perfectly. Both organizations nominated Robert Duvall (“The Judge”), Ethan Hawke (“Boyhood”)
Edward Norton (“Birdman”), Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”) and J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash.

In the best supporting actress category, the two groups finally diverge. The SAG nominated Naomi Watts for “St Vincent” but she was replaced on the Golden Globes list by Jessica Chastain in “A Most Violent Year.”

Ansel Elgort (L) and  Eva Longoria speak during the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations Dec. 10 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Ansel Elgort (L) and Eva Longoria speak during the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations Dec. 10 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”), Keira Knightley (“The Imitation Game”), Meryl Streep (“Into the Woods”) and Emma Stone (“Birdman”) landed on both lists.

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In the best picture category, there was less divergence.

The SAG, which actually honors the best cast, tapped “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “Grand Budapest Hotel,” “the Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything,” all of which made the Golden Globes list because of its expanded list to cover drama and comedy.

The HFPA also nominated “Foxcatcher” and “Selma in the drama category and “Into the Woods,” “Pride” and “St. Vincent in the comedy category.

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The Globes also nominated for best director, best screenplay and several other categories that SAG traditionally excludes.

Wes Anderson (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”), Ava Duvernay (“Selma”), David Fincher (“Gone Girl”), Alejandro González Iñárritu, (“Birdman”) and Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”) received best director nods.

In the best screenplay category, nominations went to Anderson for Budapest Hotel, Gillian Flynn for “Gone Girl”, Richard Linkater for “Boyhood” and Graham Moore for “The Imitation Game.”

Also nominated was the writing team of Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo for”Birdman.”

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Mostly shutout from both lists were nominations for much heralded films like Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” and Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar.”

Hans Zimmer’s score was the only Golden Globe nod to “Interstellar.” Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Chastain were bypassed by both organizations.

“Gone Girl” was nominated fro director, screenplay and picked up a best actress nom, but no best picture consideration from either group.

Check out the complete list of Golden Globe movie nominations below, let us know your thoughts in the comments section and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest analysis and insights into Hollywood awards season.


Golden Globes 2015 Movie Nominees

Best Actor in a Drama

Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “NIghtcrawler”
David Oyelowo, “Selma”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy

Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Bill Murray, “St. Vincent”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Inherent Vice”
Christoph Waltz, “Big Eyes”

Best Actress in a Drama

Jennifer Aniston, “Cake”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy

Amy Adams, “Big Eyes”
Emily Blunt, “Into the Woods”
Helen Mirren, “The Hundred-Foot Journey”
Julianne Moore, “Map to the Stars”
Quvenzhané Wallis, “Annie”

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Drama

“Boyhood”
“Foxcatcher”
“The Imitation Game”
“Selma”
“The Theory of Everything”

Best Comedy

“Birdman”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Into the Woods”
“Pride”
“St. Vincent”Best Director

Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Ava Duvernay, “Selma”
David Fincher, “Gone Girl”
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Screenplay

Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

Best Foreign Language Film

“Force Majeure Turist,” Sweden
“Gett: The Trial of Viviane Ansalem Gett,” Israel
“Ida,” Poland/Denmark
“Leviathan,” Russia
“Tangerines Mandariinid,” Estonia

Best Animated Feature

“Big Hero 6”
“The Book of Life”
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“The Lego Movie”

Best Original Song

“Big Eyes” from “Big Eyes” music and lyrics by Lana Del Rey
“Glory” from “Selma,” Music and lyrics by John legend and Common
“Mercy Is” from “Noah,” Music and lyrics by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye
“Opportunity” from “Annie,” Music and lyrics by Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck
“Yellow Flicker Beat” from “The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1,” Music and lyrics by Lorde

Best Score

“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”
“Gone Girl”
“Birdman”
“Interstellar”


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