The Golden Globes are the first real award show of the year (sorry People’s Choice!), and (often but not always) a good predictor for the Oscars. I’m going to take a look at the list (take a look at if for yourself: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2013/12/golden-globe-nominees-2014-the-complete-list/), and offer the following: my prediction about what I think will win, what I would like to win, and (if applicable), what was snubbed and deserves some recognition. While this blog has mainly been used for movies, I have been keeping up with TV too and will offer predictions for that as well! I’m excited to have Amy Poehler and Tina Fey co-host again, they did a great job last time and always have such great chemistry together!
First, let’s start with movies!
Think will win: 12 Years a Slave is an awards show favorite, and rightly so. It’s incredibly dramatic and emotionally powerful, and certainly deserves the recognition.
Want to win: Gravity is a film unlike any other, and it’s that originality that makes it so exciting. The power of special effects and having only two actors made the film that much more intimate and thrilling, and made you root for the characters that much more.
Snubbed: Short Term 12 was a phenomenal film that was definitely underrated, and is an emotional powerhouse of a film. Fantastic acting, great chemistry between the actors, and a great, compelling story all make this film a must-watch!
Think will win: American Hustle has been getting a lot of buzz, and rightly so, due to it’s old-school feel and great acting.
Want to win: The Wolf of Wall Street is, in my opinion, the funniest film of the year. Thanks to the over-the-top acting of DiCaprio and Hill, this wild true story is taking to new heights, and never comes back down!
Snubbed: The Way, Way Back was a fantastic comedy/drama that definitely slipped under the radar. Fantastic acting by Steve Carrell and the rest of the cast made this a compelling film that nicely balanced comedy with drama.
Think will win: Steve McQueen will probably take this one along with the Best Picture.
Want to win: Alfonso Cuarón deserves it for the masterful job he did with his film.
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Think will win: Judi Dench has only won one Academy Award/Golden Globe in her illustrious career (though she’s been nominated for many), and the academy usually likes to give these awards to older actors/actresses before it’s too late.
Want to win: This is a tough one, because both Emma Thompson and Sandra Bullock did such phenomenal jobs in their respective films. While I loved Emma Thompson though, I think I’ll lean toward Bullock, since she essentially carries her whole film.
Snubbed: Once again, I’m going to go with Brie Larson from Short Term 12, who wears her heart on her sleeve in the film and experiences just about every emotion you can go through in the film, from anger and depression to excitement and joy.
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Think will win: Chiwetel Ejiofor will probably also take this award for this film, though maybe due to the times, Idris Elba will sneak away with the win with his interpretation of Mandela.
Want to win: Matthew McConaughey found a way to make a cocky, stubborn, homophobic uber-cowboy into a likable character.
Snubbed: I know he’s already nominated, but I think McConaughey should have been nominated for his awesome role in Mud, which I thought was a much more compelling character. But just to add variety, I believe Hugh Jackman’s role in Prisoners was incredible and completely ignored.
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL/COMEDY
Think will win: Christian Bale certainly does a great job in this role, and I think he will probably take it.
Want to win: DiCAPRIO!! He absolutely DESERVES to win this award for his phenomenal job in this insane film! However, I also believe Oscar Isaac did a fantastic job in his role as well (as both an actor and singer), and he certainly deserves some recognition for it.
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL/COMEDY
Think will/want to win: To be honest, the only one I’ve seen in this list is Amy Adams, and she definitely did a great job.
Snubbed: I think it would have been awesome for the academy to think outside of the box and give the award to Scarlett Johansson for her voice acting in the film.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Think will/want to win: J-Law totally stole the show in her film, and is the funniest part about the whole movie. She definitely deserves the win!
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Think will win: Michael Fassbender played a totally despicable plantation owner, which is what made 12 Years a Slave such a powerful film, so he’ll probably win it.
Want to win: Jared Leto did an absolutely incredible job in his role, and completely stole the movie. Funny, emotionally powerful, and absolutely compelling, he deserves the win!
Think will/want to win: Spike Jonze for Her. It’s an original, fresh love story that also smartly looks at our obsession with technology, specifically our smart phones.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Think will/want to win: Once again, I haven’t seen any of these films, but based on the buzz and reviews, I’m going to say Blue is the Warmest Color will probably take the award.
BEST ANIMATED FILM
Think will/want to win: Frozen is the best Disney film in years, and has a phenomenal soundtrack. As cute as the minions are, there’s no competition for in this category in my opinion.
Snubbed: Regardless, I’m surprised Monsters U didn’t get nominated. I guess there’s only room for one Disney movie! :)
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Think will/want to win: “Let it Go” for Frozen is essentially the theme of the film, and fits it very well. Sung incredibly by Idina Menzel, it’s worthy of the prize.
Think will win: 12 Years a Slave will probably take it for adding to the emotional powerhouse film.
Want to win: Gravity‘s score added so much tension to the film, which was already tense enough! It was very powerful and deserves recognition.
Now on to TV!
BEST TV COMEDY/MUSICAL
Think will win: I don’t know how it continues to do so, but Modern Family seems to be unstoppable. I’m guessing it will continue its reign of terror.
Want to win: Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of the funniest new shows of the year, and definitely deserves some recognition.
Snubbed: I’m surprised The Crazy Ones was not nominated; Robin Williams is back in top form in this show!
BEST TV DRAMA
Think will win: Though I’ve never seen the show, I know many people say Breaking Bad is one of the best TV shows of all time, and that it had a particularly strong final season. I think the academy will bid it farewell with an award.
Want to win: Again, though I’ve never seen the show, I think it would be interesting to have the academy nominate a Netflix show. If House of Cards wins, it could really signal a shift in the power of TV shows that aren’t necessarily on TV.
Snubbed: That being said, I’m surprised Orange is the New Black and Orphan Black were left out of the running (they are nominated for other categories after all). Once again, I guess there’s only room for one Netflix/internet TV show.
BEST ACTRESS IN A TV DRAMA
Think will win: I’ve never seen the show, but I know Julianna Marguiles has garnered consistent praise for the show, so I have a feeling she’ll win it.
Want to win: For the same reasons listed earlier, I would love to have Taylor Schilling or Tatiana Maslany win for their internet/Netflix shows!
BEST ACTRESS IN A TV COMEDY
Think will win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus will probably get an award, for the same reason Judi Dench will probably win; she’s been nominated many times and is due for a win.
Want to win: It would be awesome if Poehler won, a) because she’s hosting and b) because Parks and Recreation is probably coming to an end soon, and it would be a fitting send off.
BEST ACTOR IN A TV DRAMA
Think will win: For the same reason I think the show will win, I think Bryan Cranston will take the award, and rightly so.
Want to win: Again, for similar reasons listed above, I think it would be interesting for Kevin Spacey to win. Also, James Spader has done a great job on The Blacklist, and is essentially the only real reason to watch that show.
BEST ACTOR IN A TV COMEDY/MUSICAL
Think will win: Much like Modern Family, Jim Parsons seems to be unstoppable in these awards, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he took home the win.
Want to win: Andy Samberg is hilarious in his show, and deserves some recognition. But it would also be great if Michael J. Fox got an award for his great TV return.
Snubbed: Comedy legend Robin Williams is the star and redeeming factor of his show, and it’s a shame he didn’t get recognized for it.
It’s hard to judge the rest of the categories because I haven’t seen many of the nominated shows. But I will say I think American Horror Story is doing an interesting thing in terms of having the same ensemble cast and putting them in different roles/scenarios each season, so Ryan Murphy and that show should get some recognition! I also think Parenthood doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, it’s a great drama with an excellent cast to back it up!
Anyway, that’s all for now, what do you think? :) We’ll find out soon enough how close I was!