David O. Russell did receive a Golden Globe nomination, albeit for screenplay rather than direction.
I'm not so sure they disliked Hooper as much as they like the five directors they did nominate.
I still think Riva and Trintignant have a better chance with the Academy but wins without SAG and Globe support are going to be tough especially if they don't schmooze the voters, which neither seem inclined to do.
It's possible that SAG and Globe voters wanted to include them both but without a spot for Trintignant they didn't want to give one to Riva.
The big surprise for me was the multiple nominations for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen which wasn't that good, but like Marigold was one of the few adult skewing films to open in the early part of the year, a possible signal to Hollywood to spread the wealth a little more evenly throughout the year, a message Harvey seems to have gotten. He withdrew earlier plans to open Quartet in New York prior to January. It's only playing a qualifying run in L.A.
Nicole Kidman is not as much a surprise here as she was with SAG. This is her umpteenth GG nomination. She apparently learned two to play the schmooze game when she was married to Tom Cruise who also has numerous GG nominations.
By nominating both Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, the latter twice, they've given Smith a travel companion which may mean that she'll attend awards shows for the first time in years. Not only is she approaching Katharine Hepburn's record of 48 years between first and last Oscar nominations with her potential Oscar nod this year, 47 years after her first, she is either approaching or surpassing Hepburn's record of no-shows at awards functions.
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