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Golden Globes Say Scarlett Johansson Can’t Be Nominated This Year

Scarlett Johansson Golden Globes
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Scarlett Johansson delivered a career-best performance this year in Spike Jonze’s ‘Her‘ and it has a lot of critics talking about award consideration. But, there’s one award Johansson won’t be winning: The Golden Globe. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which manages the Golden Globes, has said that Johansson’s performance is ineligible.

An HFPA representative confirmed to The Wrap that Johansson’s moving performance in ‘Her’ is not eligible for nomination because the actress herself is never seen in the film. Johansson provides the voice of the operating system that Joaquin Phoenix‘s character falls in love with and Golden Globes rules state that voiceover work cannot be nominated for acting awards.

Many felt that Johansson’s voiceover work in ‘Her’ would be the first time an actor could be nominated for an Oscar strictly for voiceover work and the good news is that the Academy Awards don’t adhere to the archaic HFPA rules and Johansson’s performance is eligible for a Best Supporting Actress nomination.

This is not the first time the Golden Globes have been criticized for failing to recognize voiceover work. In 1993, a “special award” was presented to Robin Williams for his work in ‘Aladdin’ when, he too, was deemed ineligible. Will Johansson get the same consideration? Likely not, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

What do you think? Should voiceover work be considered for awards just as much as traditional acting roles?

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