US Diary: Oprah not alone in Golden Globes snub
OPRAH was in good company when she was snubbed by the Golden Globe nominations announced last Thursday.
Considered a certainty for her performance as Gloria Gaines, the boozed-up two-timing wife of White House major domo Cecil Gaines in Lee Daniels's historical drama The Butler, Winfrey joined A-listers like Tom Hanks, John Hamm, George Clooney and Robert Redford in failing to score an expected nod this year.
Similarly, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association completely shut out TV favourites including Mad Men, The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, and perhaps most shocking of all, Game of Thrones, although nominations for marquee Netflix series, House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, upped the FPA's cred with the social media set.
The fact that Homeland didn't get a single mention just gives legs to the chatter that everyone, including Carrie, seems to be over Brodie.
A few surprises (Idris Elba for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and a Best Picture nomination for Ron Howard's Formula One ode Rush) balanced out a slew of prescriptive accolades (think: Al Pacino and Helen Mirren for Phil Spector) as well as shoe-ins (12 Years a Slave and American Hustle each got seven nods) and high-watt names such as Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) and Sandra Bullock (Gravity).
But the omission that is generating genuine sadness across the board is James Gandolfini's swan song in Enough Said. Contrary to ghoulish reports that the FPA wouldn't nominate Gandolfini posthumously because he would be a definite no-show on January 12, The Sopranos star's absence from the honour roll is more likely down to a crowded supporting actors category that will pitch Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) against Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Daniel Bruhl (Rush), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) and Jared Leto, whose gripping turn as a HIV-infected transwoman in Dallas Buyers Club, is said to be the one to beat.
Sarandon on a real high
SUSAN Sarandon sure knows how to light up a red carpet -- in more ways than one. In a TV interview last week, the 67-year-old actress admitted she has breezed through countless Hollywood award seasons by getting stoned, drunk or both.
Asked to name one star-studded industry event she attended under the influence, Sarandon confessed live on Bravo TV to being high at all of the eight Golden Globe and five Emmy ceremonies she has attended as a nominee.
The only big night she remembers staying sober was for the 1996 Oscars when, naturally, she picked up the Best Actress statuette for Dead Man Walking.
Sarandon, who split from her partner of 23 years Tim Robbins in 2009, refused to get into whether or not she is still dating Jonathan Bricklin, a ping-pong whizz who happens to be 30 years her junior. She also pleaded the fifth when asked about which of her former co-stars she hooked up with. She did, however, tease that "My book is gonna be all (about) the people I could've and didn't." Promises, promises.
Multi-tasking, Gisele style
GISELE Bundchen might fancy herself as the perfect pin-up for working mothers, but something about the way the world's highest-paid model flaunted her multi-tasking skills via Instagram last week rubbed a lot of women up the wrong way.
The 33-year-old Brazilian beauty released an image of herself lounging in an armchair breastfeeding her 11-month-old daughter Vivian while getting her hair styled, her nails buffed and her face painted by a posse of stylists.
"What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours' flying and only three hours of sleep #multitasking #gettingready," tweeted the supermodel, who experienced something of a Gwyneth-moment after revealing she only put on 30lbs during her pregnancy and made disapproving noises about women who "get pregnant and decide they can turn into garbage disposals".
Instead of joining the rabid debate online, actress Emmy Rossum took to instagram to offer Gisele her support.
"Hey @giseleofficial, I feel ya girl," Rossum wrote alongside a parody picture of herself complete with white terry-cloth robe, beauty technicians and a baby doll at her breast. Rossum let her hashtags do the talking: "#kidding #fakebaby #soymilk" and, of course, "#shameless."
Pope converts Hollywood
POPE Francis is having a moment with US media types keen to cash in on the fact that he was the most searched-for person online in 2013 and the most talked about topic on Facebook this year.
Last Friday, the People's Pontiff scored a double whammy by landing the covers of both Time and Newsweek magazines. But the true weight of his influence on popular culture might also be seen in the decision by the Showtime TV network to "not move forward," with its controversial series The Vatican. The big-budget, high-pedigree show, touted as a provocative contemporary thriller about spirituality, power and politics within the Catholic Church, was cancelled last week.
Written by Paul (House) Attanasio and directed by Ridley Scott, Matthew Goode was tipped to star as a papal secretary alongside Kyle Chandler as a New York Cardinal with Anna Friel playing his sister.
Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Showtime entertainment president David Nevins (responsible for hits including Shameless, and Nurse Jackie) had "concerns" about the drama's evolving storyline which was set to explore the relationships and rivalries that dominate contemporary Rome.