This year's comedy competition — usually a mixed bag compared to the dramatic categories — could be the strongest field ever for the Globes (even if many don't neatly slide under the label of "comedy" or "musical"). Aside from "American Hustle," the group includes "The Wolf of Wall Street," ''Nebraska," ''Her" and "Inside Llewyn Davis."
Two 77-year-old veterans landed best actor nominations: Robert Redford in the drama "All Is Lost," and Bruce Dern in the comedy "Nebraska." Redford, who hasn't ever won an acting Oscar, gives a nearly unspoken performance as a man shipwrecked in the Indian Ocean in "All Is Lost."
"The only other time that the Golden Globes came into my life was in 1964," said Redford. "I think the organization was only about a year old, but I was voted Star of Tomorrow in 1964. So it's been awhile."
In "Nebraska," Dern plays a taciturn Montana man who believes he's won a mailing sweepstakes. He's been unusually forthright about his honest enjoyment in being back in the spotlight with "Nebraska," which was also nominated for Payne's screenplay and June Squibb's supporting performance.
"He's eating it up. He's having a ball," Payne said of Dern. "It's a new start for him at this point in his career and he's chomping at the bit to act. He's got a lot to give, that guy."
Though the Globes are known for their idiosyncratic choices (last year "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" received three curious nominations), their 2013 picks contained few oddities.
Most notably shutout was "Lee Daniels' The Butler," the civil rights history told through a long-serving White House butler played by Forest Whitaker. Oprah Winfrey has been considered a favorite among supporting actresses. Also denied were hopefuls "Fruitvale Station" and "Prisoners."