This week the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced the nominees for the 72nd Golden Globes awards.

The annual awards are often viewed as a preview of which actors, filmmakers, crew and films will win Oscars at the Academy Awards later in the year, but are a respected award in their own right.

Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama

Julianne MooreGolden Globes 2015 nominee
Julianne Moore has been nominated for two Best Performance in a Motion Picture Golden Globes: one for in the drama category for playing Dr Alice Howland in Still Alice, and another in the Comedy & Musical category for Maps to the Stars, where she played as Havana SegrandFred Thornhill/Reuters
Steve Carell Golden Globes 2015
Steve Carell was nominated for Best Performance in a Motion Picture for playing John Eleuthère du Pont in Foxcatcher Phil McCarten/Reuters
Jennifer Aniston Golden Globes 2015 nominee
Jennifer Aniston was nominated for Best Performance in a Motion Picture for playing Claire Simmons in the film Cake Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Benedict Cumberbatch Golden Globes nominee 2015
Benedict Cumberbatch's lead role in The Imitation Game as Alan Turing earned him a Best Performance in a Motion Picture Golden Globe nominationNeil Hall/Reuters
Felicity Jones Golden Globes 2015 nominee
Felicity Jones was nominated for Best Performance in a Motion Picture for playing Jane Wilde Hawking – Stephen Hawking's ex-wife in Theory of Everything Andrew Winning/Reuters
Jake GyllenhaalGolden Globes 2015 nominee
Jake Gyllenhaal was nominated for a Best Performance in a Motion Picture award in the 2015 Golden Globes for starring in Nightcrawler as Louis 'Lou' BloomMark Blinch/Reuters
David Oyelowo Golden Globes 2015 nominee
 David Oyelowo was nominated for Best Performance in a Motion Picture award for his portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr in Selma Danny Moloshok/Reuters
Rosamund Pike Golden Globes 2015
Rosamund Pike was nominated for Best Performance in a Motion Picture after playing Amy Elliott-Dunne in Gone Girl Issei Kato/Reuters
Eddie Redmayne Golden Globes 2015 nominee
Eddie Redmayne poses during The Theory of Everything premiere in Beverly Hills, California October 28, 2014Kevork Djansezian/Reuters
Reese Witherspoon Golden Globes 2015 nominee
Reese Witherspoon secured a nominated for the Best Performance in a Motion Picture Golden Globe playing Cheryl Strayed in Wild Danny Moloshok/Reuters

Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Amy Adams Golden Globes 2015 nominee
Amy Adams was nominated for a Golden Globes 2015 for Best Performance in a Motion Picture for playing Margaret Keane in the film Big Eyes Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Ralph Fiennes Golden Globes 2015 nominee
Ralph Fiennes was nominated for a Best Performance in a Motion Picture Golden Globe for playing Monsieur Gustave H. in The Grand Budapest Hotel Carlo Allegri/Reuters
Emily Blunt Golden Globes 2015 nominee
Emily Blunt was nominated for Best Performance in a Motion Picture for her role as The Baker's Wife in the Disney fairy tale musical Into the Woods Carlo Allegri/Reuters
Michael Keaton Golden Globes 2015
Michael Keaton was nominated for a Best Performance in a Motion Picture award for playing the ex-superhero Riggan Thomson in Birdman Kevork Djansezian/Reuters
Helen Mirren Golden Globes 2015 nominee
Helen Mirren was nominated for 2015 Golden Globe for Best Performance in a Motion Picture award for her performance as Madame Mallory in The Hundred-Foot Journey Carlo Allegri/Reuters
Bill Murray Golden Globes 2015 nominee
Bill Murray was nominated for a Best Performance in a Motion Picture Golden Globe 2015 for his lead role in St. Vincent Mark Blinch/Reuters
Quvenzhane Wallis Golden Globes 2015 nominee
Quvenzhané Wallis was nominated for Best Performance in a Motion Picture after playing the lead role in the remake of the musical Annie Phil McCarten/Reuters
Joaquin Phoenix Golden Globes 2015 nominee
Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for a Best Performance in a Motion Picture in the 2015 Golden Globes for playing Larry 'Doc' Sportello in Inherent Vice Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Christoph Waltz Golden Globes 2015 nomimee
Christoph Waltz was nominated for a Best Performance in a Motion Picture Golden Globe for playing Walter Keane in Big Eyes.Stefan Wermuth/Reuters