One of the potential awards season favorites this year is the upcoming Spike Jonze film Her, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as a man who becomes overly attached to his revolutionary computer operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. While the actress has been receiving rave reviews for her voice-only performance, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has deemed her ineligible for a Golden Globes nomination.
Earlier this year, the HFPA tried to disqualify the Swedish documentary More Than Honey from its Best Foreign Language Film category, since the association has never recognized documentaries. However, when confronted with evidence that there was no rules prohibiting non-fictions films from receiving Golden Globes, the organization deemed it eligible, while crafting a new rule that prohibits documentaries from consideration in the future.
While the Golden Globes are considered a barometer for the Oscars, it remains to be seen whether or not Scarlett Johansson will end up with an Oscar nomination for Her. The Academy has chosen to ignore motion-capture performances in the past, such as Andy Serkis' work in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. We'll have to wait until next year to find out if the Academy chooses to recognize this unique performance.