“Birdman,” “Boyhood” top Golden Globe nominations

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'Birdman” is soaring. “Boyhood” is growing. “Selma” is on the march. And “Unbroken” is … missing in action.

In nominations for the Golden Globes announced Thursday, the season's Oscar favorites largely stayed on course, with Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu's “Birdman” spreading its wings the widest. The comedy, starring Michael Keaton as a has-been star attempting a Broadway comeback, led all films with seven nominations, including best picture (comedy or musical), best actor for Keaton, and nods for supporting players Edward Norton and Emma Stone.

“Although at times it felt we were flying without a net in this crazy film experiment, this has brought enormous joy to me,” Mexican director Iñarritu said.

But Richard Linklater's coming-of-age drama “Boyhood,” perceived as an Academy Awards front-runner, was close behind with five nominations including best picture (drama), as were the five nods for the World War II code-breaker drama “The Imitation Game.”

Jennifer Aniston, fresh off a nomination by the Screen Actors Guild for “Cake,” seemed to clearly join the Oscars best-actress fray with a nod from the Globes, too. Angelina Jolie saw her highly touted WWII drama “Unbroken” shut out entirely. With seven previous nods, Jolie is usually a favorite of the Hollywood Foreign Press, a collection of about 85 mostly freelance journalists.

“Selma,” the story of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1965 march, netted four nods including best picture (drama) and best actor for David Oyelowo.

Director Ava Duvernay, who became the first black woman nominated for best director by the Globes, has previously attended the awards as a publicist for films like “Dreamgirls.”

“This year I'll be at the party with a seat in an actual chair instead of standing on the side. It's going to be thrilling,” Duvernay said.

QUICK TAKES

Model-actress Beverly Johnson, 64, wrote an article for Vanity Fair magazine in which she says she was drugged and assaulted by Bill Cosby in the 1980s. Cosby is facing several accusations of rape dating back to the 1960s. … “The Imitation Game” star Keira Knightley is reportedly pregnant with her first child.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actress Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”) is 39. … Actress Regina Hall (“About Last Night”) is 44. … Actress Jennifer Connelly (“Noah”) is 44. … Singer-percussionist Sheila E. is 57. … Actor Bill Nighy (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) is 65. … Singer Dionne Warwick is 74. … Singer Connie Francis is 77. … TV host Bob Barker (“The Price is Right”) is 91. — Staff, wire report

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