Golden Globes Nominations 2014

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Best Picture, Drama

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Captain Phillips
  • Gravity
  • Philomena
  • Rush

Best Picture, Comedy/Musical

  • American Hustle
  • Her
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Nebraska
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Director

  • Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
  • Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
  • Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
  • Alexander Payne, Nebraska
  • David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Actress

  • Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  • Sandra Bullock, Gravity
  • Judi Dench, Philomena
  • Emma Thompson, Saving Mr Banks
  • Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Best Actor

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
  • Idris Elba, Mandela
  • Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
  • Matthew McConaghey, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Actor Comedy/Musical

  • Christian Bale, American Hustle
  • Bruce Dern, Nebraska
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Best Actress Comedy/Musical

  • Amy Adams, American Hustle
  • Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
  • Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
  • Julia Louis Dreyfuss, Enough Said
  • Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Supporting Actor

  • Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
  • Daniel Bruhl, Rush
  • Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
  • Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
  • Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress

  • Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
  • Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
  • Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
  • Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
  • June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Screenplay

  • Her, Spike Jonze
  • Nebraska, Bob Nelson
  • Philomena, Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan
  • 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley
  • American Hustle, Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Blue is the Warmest Color
  • The Great Beauty
  • The Hunt
  • The Past
  • The Wind Rises

Best Original Song

  • Atlas (Hunger Games)
  • Let it Go (Frozen)
  • Ordinary Love (Mandela)
  • Please Mr. Kennedy (Inside Llewyn Davis)
  • Sweeter Fiction (One Chance)

Best Score

  • All is Lost, Alex Ebert
  • Mandela, Alex Heffes
  • Gravity, Steven Price
  • Book Thief, John Williams
  • 12 Years a Slave, Hans Zimmer

Best Animated Feature

  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Frozen

American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave both received seven nominations, leading all movies in the upcoming Golden Globes. Do we have a legitimate trio of movies competing for Best Picture? Possibly.

As we all know, the split for Drama and Comedy/Musical at the Golden Globes skews the way to perceive movies winning. It’s their way of having ten nominations, which used to double the five Best Picture nominations from a few years ago. So what can we take from the nominees? In the Best Picture, Drama category we will see the 12 Years a Slave vs. Gravity showdown. These two have been front-runners for months and this match-up is like the Yankees vs. the Red Sox. It’s what everyone expected and it’s what everyone will be watching come January 12, 2014.

In the Comedy/Musical category, it’s a lot more wide open, that is unless you expect American Hustle to be a top three contender. But there’s no reason to believe that yet. What we have here are five very very good films with great reviews, actors, and directors. At this point in the game, I don’t see one clear winner. American Hustle has the hot hand with David O. Russell’s recent success and Jennifer Lawrence as arguably the biggest actress, so I’d put that as a slight favorite. Is it really much better than the rest of the nominees though?

Her is creeping into a serious contender ranking on plenty top ten lists with Joaquin Phoenix and Spize Jonze. Nebraska has Alexander Payne and Bruce Dern who are very much due for some accolades. Then The Wold of Wall Street teams up Scorsese with DiCaprio, who might be the best director/actor combo in history. And never count out the Coen brothers with Inside Llewyn Davis. Needless to say, this is a tough category.

The Best Director category sheds some light to how the HFPA feels about the Best Picture nominees. From the ten nominations, they pick five for Best Director. Three are from Drama films and two are from Comedy/Musical. It’s strange to think of a year of movies where Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, and the Coen brothers have films nominated but were snubbed for Best Director. But that simply shows you how competitive this year is.

Now let’s get into some snubs. With an impressive showing at the SAG Awards nominations, Lee Daniel’s The Butler was ignored completely. That’s right. Nothing for Forest Whitaker and nothing for Oprah. And Saving Mr. Banks only received one nomination for Emma Thompson. Tom Hanks’s as Walt Disney was snubbed, which is having people question his chances when just a day ago it seemed like a lock.

We have the SAG and the Golden Globes nominations. For the record, the SAG Awards nominations mean a lot more when predicting the Oscars because they’re actually a part of The Academy. That being said, The Butler and Saving Mr. Banks is still very well in the picture. So is August: Osage County and Dallas Buyers Club. Meanwhile, Philomena is hovering right at the border right now. Judi Dench is a lock for a nomination, but can the film sneak in for Best Picture? There are still plenty of guild nominations to come.

 

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