Published: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 5:10:00 PM
Updated: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 5:31:30 PM

No Golden Globe film nods for heavyweights

Barkhad Abdi's Best Supporting Actor nomination for his debut role as a Somali pirate in the movie 'Captain Phillips' is a pleasant surprise.

Barkhad Abdi's Best Supporting Actor nomination for his debut role as a Somali pirate in the movie 'Captain Phillips' is a pleasant surprise.

Omissions of Oprah Winfrey, Martin Scorsese and Forest Whitaker are even said to be the awards’ biggest snubs.

THIS year’s Golden Globe nominations were unveiled on Thursday and the omissions of Oprah Winfrey, Martin Scorsese and Forest Whitaker from the list of contenders represent the awards’ biggest snubs, according to a Fandango survey of moviegoers.

Left out in the cold: Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, for their roles in The Butler.

There were happy surprises in addition to nasty shocks, the online ticketer reports.

Among the inclusions that moviegoers hadn’t expected, but were pleased to see were Best Supporting Actor nods to Captain Phillips’ Barkhad Abdi and Rush’s Daniel Bruhl, as well as a Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama nomination for Idris Elba in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.

This photo released by The Weinstein Company shows, standing from left, Idris Elba, as Nelson Mandela, Tony Kgorge as Walter Sisulu, Riaad Moosa, as Ahmed Kathrada, and Thapelo Mokena as Elias Motsoaledi, in  a scene from the film,
Idris Elba, who portrays the South African anti-apartheid legend in the dramatic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, is in the running for a best actor Golden Globe.

“Barkhad Abdi must be pinching himself to get a Globe nod over the likes of George Clooney, Harrison Ford, and Tom Hanks for his first film acting job,” Fandango chief correspondent Dave Karger told TheWrap. Fandango polled more than a thousand moviegoers to get its results.

Winfrey, who was widely expected to make the cut for her work as an alcoholic homemaker in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, topped the list of snubs, earning 41% of the vote.

In the second slew, well behind the talk-show icon was Scorsese, who has earned rapturous reviews for directing the high finance bacchanal The Wolf Of Wall Street, but was passed over this year. He earned 23% of the vote.

Other snubs included Whitaker’s upright manservant in The Butler (11%), Tom Hanks’ channelling of Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks (10% ) and the late James Gandolfini’s performance as a sweet-natured divorced dad in Enough Said (9%). Hanks could at least contend himself with the Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama nomination he earned for Captain Phillips, which should ease the sting from being overlooked.

Abdi, who scored a Globe nod for his debut role as a Somali pirate, was the happiest surprise for 24% of voters, followed by Elba, whose nomination for his work as the anti-apartheid icon, was the choice of 22% of voters.

Bruhl’s arrogant race car driver earned 21% of the vote, followed by Before Midnight’s Julie Delpy with 15% and Frances Ha’s Greta Gerwig with eight per cent.

The poll is tied to the launch of the second season of Fandango’s original video series, Frontrunners, which features Karger interviewing top awards contenders such as 12 Years A Slave stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty star and director Ben Stiller, and Fruitvale Station star Octavia Spencer. – Reuters

* For a full list of the 2014 Golden Globe nominations, go to

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