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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association snubbed not only the film itself in the best motion picture, drama, category, but also supporting actress Oprah Winfrey and star Forest Whitaker, both of whom had been recognized a day earlier by SAG with nominations.
The films that will vie for best motion picture, drama, are 12 Years a Slave,Captain Phillips, Gravity, Philomena and Rush.
According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s awards analyst Scott Feinberg, Winfrey seemingly was snubbed when a slot went instead to Blue Jasmine‘s Sally Hawkins, who was not among those expected to be nominated. The other actresses nominated for supporting roles by the Globes include Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) and June Squibb (Nebraska).
But because the HFPA has a history of including celebrities in its nominations — even when their merits are questionable, as was the case with The Tourist’s Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in recent memory — Winfrey’s snub was all the more surprising.
Meanwhile, in the best actor in a motion picture, drama, category, Whitaker was overlooked in favor of Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) and Robert Redford (All Is Lost).
The Butler — which stars Whitaker as a White House butler who served through several administrations and features Winfrey as his wife — scored a total of three SAG Awards nominations on Wednesday. In addition to Winfrey and Whitaker, the film also earned best ensemble recognition for the cast (SAG’s equivalent of best picture).
The movie has earned nearly $116 million at the box office since its Aug. 16 release.
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