Robert De Niro, the cast of "Magic Mike" and the young star of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" were among those overlooked by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. when the organization announced the 2013 Golden Globes nominations Thursday morning.
De Niro, considered by many handicappers a virtual lock for an Oscar nomination for his role as an obsessive Philadelphia Eagles fan in "The Silver Linings Playbook," was not named to the list of best supporting actors in the comedy/musical category. Instead Alan Arkin ("Argo") and Leonardo DiCaprio ("Django Unchained") landed slots despite pre-nomination uncertainty about whether they'd make the cut.
It was not the only overlook for "Silver Linings," a critical favorite about a man with bipolar disorder. Though the film received acting nominations for Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as well as a comedy/musical slot, David O. Russell was not nominated for best director. He joins Tom Hooper ("Les Miserables") among the ranks of Oscar-contending auteurs who will go Globe-less.
Meanwhile, Matthew McConaughey's performance as a veteran exotic dancer in "Magic Mike," which was one of two movies cited by the New York Film Critics Circle in naming him 2012's best actor, was also not nominated by the HFPA. Indeed, no one from the cast of the stripper-centric "Mike," a well-reviewed hit this past summer, was nominated, and the film did not land a spot in the best comedy/musical category. A surprise slot in that category instead went to "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," a little-seen, fish-out-of-water comedy which also landed acting nominations for stars Ewan MacGregor and Emily Blunt.