Golden Globes Awards 2014 Predictions

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The 71st Golden Globes Awards will take place this Sunday. Being the first major awards show, the Globes really have no pressure on them, which is the point exactly. Where else could you gather a large amount of the past year’s movie and TV stars in one hall with dinner and most importantly, with drinks being poured. That’s what makes it a must-watch, fun ceremony, compared to the mostly serious (and more prestigious) Academy Awards.

Anyway, here are my predictions for the Golden Globes Awards:

Best Motion Picture (Drama)

“12 Years a Slave”
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity”
“Philomena”
“Rush”

Prediction: “12 Years a Slave”

This race is between 12 Years a Slave and Gravity, arguably the two best films of the year. While Gravity is likely the more popular pick, I’m going with my gut and predicting 12 Years a Slave. What hurts its chances is how it’s a hard movie to watch with its subject and gruesome violence. And the Golden Globes usually goes with the more popular choice. Gravity is one of the highest grossing films of the year and is definitely the more popular option, but I’m still predicting a minor upset.

Best Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy)

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

Prediction: “American Hustle”

While the category is full of great films, I feel like this is a slam dunk for American Hustle. It’s one of the Oscar front-runners (the other two are in the Drama category) and should win the Globes award easily.

Best Actress in a motion picture (Drama)

Cate Blanchett – “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock – “Gravity”
Judi Dench – “Philomena
Emma Thompson – “Saving Mr. Banks”
Kate Winslet – “Labor Day”

Prediction: Cate Blanchett – “Blue Jasmine”

Blanchett is the clear front-runner during the awards season and should win here. Bullock and Dench could upset, but I’d say it’s very unlikely.

Best Actor in a motion picture (Drama)

Chiwetel Ejiofor – “12 Years a Slave”
Idris Elba – “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”
Tom Hanks – “Captain Phillips”
Matthew McConaughey – “Dallas Buyers Club”
Robert Redford – “All Is Lost”

Prediction: Chiwetel Ejiofor – “12 Years a Slave”

McConaughey has been receiving a lot of attention and could very well win this award because let’s face it, he’s a lot more popular than Ejiofor. But Ejiofor, without a doubt, gave the most emotional performance of the year and should be rewarded for it. Meanwhile, Redford plays the dark horse for All is Lost, as he’s the only actor in the physically draining film.

Best Actress in a motion picture (Musical/Comedy)

Amy Adams – “American Hustle”
Julie Delpy – “Before Midnight”
Greta Gerwig – “Frances Ha”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Enough Said”
Meryl Streep – “August: Osage County”

Prediction: Greta Gerwig – “Frances Ha”

All signs are pointing to Meryl Streep, because well she’s Meryl Streep. Amy Adams is probably second to her in this category because she was really able to carry American Hustle more than any of her co-stars. But I’m going with the upset here and saying Greta Gerwig will win. It’ll put her and the underrated Frances Ha on the map towards the Academy Awards.

Best Actor in a motion picture (Musical/Comedy)

Christian Bale – “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern – “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Wolf Of Wall Street”
Oscar Isaac – “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Joaquin Phoenix – “Her”

Prediction: Bruce Dern – “Nebraska”

Did I mention how the Musical/Comedy categories are stacked? All of these actors deserve to win the award. I’m assuming the Globes are going to pass on Phoenix and Isaac and concentrate on the bigger names of the group. This definitely puts DiCaprio up there, but my gut’s telling me that Bruce Dern is going to win.

Best Supporting Actress in a motion picture

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

Prediction: Jennifer Lawrence – “American Hustle”

Here we have another race between two youngsters. Jennifer Lawrence was a stand-out in American Hustle and already with an Oscar statue from last year, she’s practically a veteran. But Lupita Nyong’o gave such a powerful performance in 12 Years a Slave, you just can’t ignore it. Since this is the Globes, I’m guessing Lawrence will edge out the win.

Best Supporting Actor in a motion picture

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Brühl – “Rush”
Bradley Cooper – “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave”
Jared Leto – “Dallas Buyers Club”

Prediction: Jared Leto – “Dallas Buyers Club”

Leto is the clear favorite here and will have his chances even higher if McConaughey isn’t seen as a front-runner in his race. Like McConaughey, Leto transformed himself physically for the role in Dallas Buyers Club and is arguably the most memorable part of the movie.

Best Director – motion picture

Alfonso Cuarón – “Gravity”
Paul Greengrass – “Captain Phillips”
Steve McQueen – “12 Years a Slave”
Alexander Payne – “Nebraska”
David O. Russell – “American Hustle”

Prediction: Alfonso Cuarón – “Gravity”

I can’t imagine Alfonso Cuaron not being recognized for the feat he accomplished in Gravity, a picture that no director has even attempted before. He was able to wow you with his advance technology and also have a complex, emotional story-line with a handful of suspenseful twists. It’s simply the most impressive work of any director this year.

Best Screenplay – motion picture

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

Prediction: Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell – “American Hustle”

While I really would love to see Spike Jonze take this award, I can only imagine American Hustle receiving a big boost of momentum after the Golden Globes, and winning Best Screenplay will surely help.

Best Foreign Language Film

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

Prediction: “The Hunt”

This could go to either The Hunt, The Past, or the challenging Blue is the Warmest Color. I’m thinking The Hunt will edge out the others.

Best Animated Feature Film

“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Frozen”

Prediction: “Frozen”

This is a no-brainer.

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“Atlas” – “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
“Let It Go” – “Frozen”
“Ordinary Love” – “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
“Please Mr. Kennedy” – “Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Sweeter Than Fiction” – “One Chance”

Prediction: “Let It Go” – “Frozen”

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Alex Ebert – “All is Lost”
Alex Heffes – “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Steven Price – “Gravity”
John Williams – “The Book Thief”
Hans Zimmer – “12 Years a Slave”

Prediction: Steven Price – “Gravity”

Television Categories

Best TV Series (Drama)

“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“The Goodwife”
“House of Cards”
“Masters of Sex”

Prediction: Breaking Bad

How can Breaking Bad lose this category? One of the best dramas of all-time finally comes to an end. The Globes will reward it.

Best TV Series (Comedy)

“The Big Bang Theory”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
“Girls”
“Modern Family”
“Parks and Recreation”

Prediction: Modern Family

We’re sort of beating the dead horse on this one, but I don’t see how it’ll be any different. Girls could big for an upset. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a favorite, but I can’t see a new show beating out the rest in this category.

Best TV movie or mini-series

“American Horror Story: Coven”
“Behind the Candelabra”
“Dancing on the Edge”
“Top of the Lake”
“The White Queen”

Prediction: “Behind the Candelabra”

Best Actress in a TV series (Drama)

Julianna Margulies – “The Good Wife”
Tatiana Maslany – “Orphan Black”
Taylor Schilling – “Orange is the New Black”
Kerry Washington – “Scandal”
Robin Wright – “House of Cards”

Prediction: Kerry Washington – “Scandal”

Best Actor in a TV series (Drama)

Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad”
Liev Schreiber – “Ray Donovan”
Michael Sheen – “Masters of Sex”
Kevin Spacey – “House of Cards”
James Spader – “The Blacklist”

Prediction: Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad”

Best Actress in a TV Series (Comedy)

Zooey Deschanel – “New Girl”
Lena Dunham – “Girls”
Edie Falco – “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”
Amy Poehler – “Parks and Recreation”

Prediction: Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”

Best Actor, TV Series (Comedy)

Jason Bateman – “Arrested Development”
Don Cheadle – “House of Lies”
Michael J. Fox – “The Michael J. Fox Show”
Jim Parsons – “The Big Bang Theory”
Andy Samberg – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Prediction: Michael J. Fox – “The Michael J. Fox Show”

Best Actress in a mini-series or TV movie

Helena Bonham Carter – “Burton and Taylor”
Rebecca Ferguson – “White Queen”
Jessica Lange – “American Horror Story: Coven”
Helen Mirren – “Phil Spector”
Elisabeth Moss – “Top of the Lake”

Prediction: Elisabeth Moss – “Top of the Lake”

Best Actor in a mini-series or TV movie

Matt Damon – “Behind the Candelabra”
Michael Douglas – “Behind the Candelabra”
Chiwetel Ejiofor – “Dancing on the Edge”
Idris Elba – “Luther”
Al Pacino – “Phil Spector”

Prediction: Michael Douglas – “Behind the Candelabra”

Best Supporting Actress in a series, mini-series, or TV movie

Jacqueline Bisset – “Dancing on the Edge”
Janet McTeer – “White Queen”
Hayden Panettiere – “Nashville”
Monica Potter – “Parenthood”
Sofia Vergara – “Modern family”

Prediction: Monica Potter – “Parenthood”

Best Supporting Actor in a series, mini-series or TV movie

Josh Charles – “The Good Wife”
Rob Lowe- “Behind the Candelabra”
Aaron Paul – “Breaking Bad”
Corey Stoll – “House of Cards”
Jon Voight -” Ray Donovan”

Prediction: Jon Voight -” Ray Donovan”

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One Response to Golden Globes Awards 2014 Predictions

  1. I think you are pretty solid on the film predictions, but I would be shocked if Gerwig actually won for “Frances Ha”. It’s a wonderful film, but too far from the mainstream to actually win something at the Globes. My heart goes to Julie Delpy, but the winner will most likely be Amy Adams. Hoping I’m wrong, btw. Also, Steep’s buzz has been dying steadily…but you never know. ML

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