12/13/2012 09:26 am ET

'Salmon Fishing' Golden Globes Shocker: Indie Comedy Scores Three Nominations

"'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen'? What's that?"

If you found yourself scratching your head as Lasse Hallström's little-known indie comedy racked up no fewer than three Golden Globe nominations this morning, you weren't alone. Though "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" was warmly received at its Toronto International Film Festival debut in 2011 and went on to receive positive notices upon its release in March 2012, it hasn't exactly been at the top of awards-watcher's lists.

Nevertheless, "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" scored nods for Best Actor, Musical or Comedy (Ewan McGregor), Best Actress, Musical or Comedy (Emily Blunt) and Best Picture, Musical or Comedy. Its total of three nominations put it in the company of higher-profile projects and not that far behind the day's leaders, "Lincoln" (with seven nominations) and "Django Unchained" and "Argo" (with five apiece).

"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" tells the story of Dr. Alfred Jones, a scientist who is invited on behalf of a wealthy shiekh to introduce salmon fishing to the Mideast nation of -- wait for it -- Yemen. He is joined in this Quixotic pursuit by Blunt's plucky financial advisor.

Hallström, 66, was born in Stockholm, Sweden. His 1985 film "My Life As a Dog" won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film, and his 1999 drama "The Cider House Rules" earned nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Michael Caine) and Best Screenplay (John Irving).



Golden Globe Nominees

01/13/2013 11:49 PM EST

Good Night From The HuffPost Golden Globes War Room

We'll see you at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10!

@ m1keh0gan :

Trying to persuade @Kia_Mak and @chrisjrosen that IT AIN'T YOU, ABE is a great headline that we need to use right now.

01/13/2013 11:48 PM EST

Golden Globes Winners

It was a big night for "Girls," "Homeland," "Argo," Ben Affleck, "Les Miserables," Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Jodie Foster.

For a full list of winners from the 2013 Golden Globes, click here.

01/13/2013 11:37 PM EST

Did Jodie Foster Come Out?

More on Jodie Foster's big night at the Golden Globes:

After being introduced by Robert Downey Jr., Foster coyly said, "While I’m here being all confessional, I just have the sudden urge to say something I’ve never been able to air in public. A declaration that I’m a little nervous about. Not quite as nervous as my publicist, huh, Jennifer? But uh, you know, I’m just going to put it out there. Loud and proud. I’m going to need your support. I am -- single!"

More here, from HuffPost Gay Voices.

01/13/2013 11:31 PM EST

We Agree On This

@ m1keh0gan :

J-Law rocks. I think she wins Best Actress next month on the strength of being awesome tonight.

01/13/2013 11:25 PM EST

In An Alternate Reality ...

@ mattsinger :

SALMON FLAVORED JELL-O SHOTS! #salmonfishingintheyemengoldenglobesafterparty

01/13/2013 11:24 PM EST

Gaining Momentum

@ Breznican :

Most interesting theory heard at Globes: Argo gets Best Picture Oscar as rest of Academy overcompensates for directors' Affleck snub.

01/13/2013 11:24 PM EST

Staying Classy

@ AmyKinLA :

Affleck just WON'T say he's upset about the Oscar snub. Says he's a member of the Academy & so are the filmmakers he admires. #GoldenGlobes

01/13/2013 11:22 PM EST

She Beat Meryl

Remember when Jennifer Lawrence said "I beat Meryl" and everyone thought she was slamming Meryl Streep and not referencing "First Wives Club."

01/13/2013 11:20 PM EST


Some stars didn't make the best-dressed list. From HuffPost Style:

The 2013 Golden Globes took place on Sunday night in Los Angeles, and true to form, brought out the very best in fashion and style. As it happens, they also brought out the worst in red carpet dresses, from misplaced cutouts to heavy fabric to frocks that don't belong at a prestigious awards ceremony.

01/13/2013 11:19 PM EST


From the red carpet, some of the Golden Globes best-dressed celebrities. Via HuffPost Style.

The 2013 Golden Globes had us jumping for joy. Not because some of our favorite TV shows and movies won (yay, "Homeland"), but because actresses took style chances on the red carpet this year, making for an interesting awards show (and an amazing best-dressed list).