Scarlett Johansson deemed ineligible for Golden Globes nod for "Her"

Scarlett Johansson arrives for the premiere of the film "Her'' during the 8th Rome International Film Festival on Nov. 10, 2013, in Rome.  TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images

Scarlett Johansson's voice will not be heard when it comes to the Golden Globe nominations.

The actress has received praise and awards buzz for her role in Spike Jonze's film "Her," but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands out the Globes, has ruled she's ineligible for a supporting actress nomination this year.

The reason? Only her voice appears on screen, not the actress herself.

In "Her," a meek writer living in the near-future (played by Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with an advanced, artificially-intelligent operating system that goes by the name Samantha (voiced by Johansson).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the decision came several days ago and was appealed by Warner Bros., and the HPFA made its final ruling on Tuesday.

The decision is consistent with previous HFPA decisions regarding actors' voice work -- they disqualified Andy Serkes' motion-capture work in films like "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," THR notes.

Johansson, who was awarded the best actress prize at the Rome Film Festival earlier this month, isn't completely out of the awards season running. She is still eligible for Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations, but it’s worth noting that neither group has ever nominated a performance like hers before.

The Globes snub is sure to prompt debate over what sorts of performances can, or should, be recognized by the groups that hand out trophies during awards season.

Nominations for the Golden Globes will be announced on Dec. 12. "Her" opens in limited release on Dec. 18.

Tell us: Should a performance like Johansson's in "Her" be eligible for awards nominations?  


  • Jessica Derschowitz

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