2014 Golden Globe Predictions

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Now that we’ve said our goodbyes to 2013, it’s time to ring in awards’ season. First up, the Golden Globes. After an ambitious year of filmmaking and the continued TV renaissance, the HFPA have picked what they thing was the best in the visual medium this past year. So now it’s our job to predict the winners, even if we may not always agree with their picks. That’s why we also did our own!



Best Motion Picture – Drama: Most years all five films in this category get a Best Picture nom at the Oscars. But that seems unlikely for Philomena and Rush, which also helps to knock them out of the race here. Captain Phillips had a strong reception, but lacked the wow factors of 12 Years a Slave and Gravity. The former has a bit more momentum right now and will likely take the Globe, even though Gravity was just simply better. Will Win: 12 Years a Slave/Should Win: Gravity

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Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: Usually the side with more surprises, this year we have five Oscar frontrunners. Like the Drama category, however, this really comes down to two films. Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska don’t have quite as much momentum as the others and The Wolf of Wall Street has proved too divisive among chief critics circles. American Hustle and Her, on the other hand, have become two beloved films, but the former has won the hearts of more audiences, probably giving it the award. But as with the Drama category, Her is simply just the best film here. Will Win: American Hustle/Should Win: Her

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Best Actor – Drama: Another fairly easy category to narrow down, you can pretty much count out Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Tom Hanks’s performance isn’t nearly as talked about as the other two (and, in this writer’s opinion, he was much stronger in Saving Mr. Banks). That leaves Robert Redford’s solo outing in All is Lost and Chiwetel Ejiofor quiet yet powerful turn in 12 Years a Slave. Honestly, Redford’s performance is overrated in my book, whereas Ejiofor’s was an easy pick for one of the best of the year. I expect the HFPA will have the same sentiment. Will/Should Win: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave

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Best Actress – Drama: Forget Kate Winslet and Judi Dench (an admittedly difficult sentence to type). This is a race between Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett. Blue Jasmine has been picking up a ton of steam lately with it making more than a few critics top 10 lists. And let’s face it, Blanchett was the best thing about that movie. However, the best performance of the bunch was Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks. But she has almost no momentum going into this race. Will Win: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine/Should Win: Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks

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Best Actor – Comedy or Musical: Easily the most packed of all the acting categories, any one of these actors could take home the Globe and no one would complain. Least deserving is probably Oscar Isaac. Joaquin Phoenix’s understated lead from Her probably won’t win. As for the other three, it could be anyone. Christian Bale was wonderful in American Hustle but didn’t necessarily disappear in the role. The HFPA could choose to award the elderly Bruce Dern as a recognition of his strong career. Or they could give it to Leo, the only reason Scorsese’s drug fueled comedy epic works. Will/Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street

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Best Actress – Comedy or Musical: There’s really only two contenders here. Amy Adams easily had the best performance of the pack, but no win is a lock when you’re up against Meryl Streep. Adams deserves the win, having given the best turn in American Hustle, a movie filled with great turns. It would be a crime if she were ignored. Will/Should Win: Amy Adams in American Hustle

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Best Supporting Actor: Look, we all know Jared Leto is probably going to win. He transformed his body and took on a ballsy role. No one seems to agree with me though that his take felt like a caricature and was borderline offensive. It’s another problem entirely that an actual transgender actor wasn’t available for the role. But that’s Hollywood. Anyway, Michael Fassbender was probably the best villain of the year in 12 Years a Slave and really deserves to win. Will Win: Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club/Should Win: Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave

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Best Supporting Actress: You can pretty much count out Sally Hawkins and Julia Roberts. The same goes for June Squibb, even though I loved her so much in Nebraska. This is a race between mega-star Jennifer Lawrence and newcomer Lupita Nyong’o. The HFPA will either recognize one of the best surprise performers of the year or spawn the next Buzzfeed article about the beloved J-Law. Hopefully the former (nothing against J-Law though, she’s wonderful). Will/Should Win: Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave

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Best Director: Most years, this would undoubtedly go to the director of either of the winners of the Best Film categories, which we predicted to be 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle, giving Steve McQueen and David O. Russell much deserved chances. However, Alfonso Cuaron put together the beautifully told Gravity. That film features great acting and storytelling alongside revolutionary visual effects. It just screams Best Director, justly so. Will/Should Win: Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity

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Best Screenplay: Philomena and Her pretty obviously won’t win this one. 12 Years a Slave would be an easy frontrunner for all its realness, but what about snappy dialogue in Nebraska and American Hustle? The latter was consistently very funny while weaving in historical events and strong characters. It’s the true frontrunner in this category, and deservingly so. Will/Should Win: American Hustle

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Best Original Score: So like, how did All is Lost get nominated? Was there even a score? Anyway, this category features two of the greatest film composers of all time: Hans Zimmer and John Williams. But the former did the wonderfully quiet (showing his range after Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy) score to 12 Years a Slave. It’s a very “awards-y” score. However, something has to be said for what Steven Price did for Gravity. Listen to the last three tracks and tell me you’re not weeping in triumph. Will Win: 12 Years a Slave/Should Win: Gravity

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Best Original Song: This is actually a really fun category this year. Big names like Coldplay, U2, and Taylor Swift are all nominated, but they will all lose. Two movies had outstanding soundtracks this year. First, the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, which has “Please Mr. Kennedy” nominated with vocals from Oscar Isaac, Justin Timerlake, and Adam Driver (yes, from Girls). Second, Disney’s Frozen, which features the best Disney songs in years, the best being “Let it Go”. The folk song is the more clever of the two, which makes me think it’ll win, but the Broadway nature of “Let it Go” is what deserves the statue. But they are both fun songs that serve their respective films incredibly well, being the best sequences of both actually. Check them out below. Will Win: “Please Mr. Kennedy” from Inside Llewyn Davis/Should Win: “Let it Go” from Frozen

Best Animated Film: It was not a kind year to animation. Pixar came up short again, leaving us with two lukewarm nominees and one obvious good nominee. The Croods and Despicable Me 2 charmed critics to some degree, but were forgotten shortly after. Easily the most talked about cartoon of the year was Frozen, a mostly effective return to form for Disney musicals. But even it stepped out a place a few too many time. So in a dull year, it is the obvious pick to win. Will/Should Win: Frozen

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Best Foreign Film: Blue is the Warmest Color has gained a ton of momentum recently for this category. Frankly, it deserves it. The film is absolutely wonderful. It seems every year that this category always has a clear frontrunner that almost always deserves to win. This year seems no different. Will/Should Win: Blue is the Warmest Color

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Best Series – Drama: It’s going to be Breaking Bad. It should be Breaking Bad. Duh. Will/Should Win: Breaking Bad

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Best Series – Comedy or Musical: Weird nominees here. Brooklyn Nine-Nine has gotten positive reception, but hasn’t aged to the point where it has a loyal fanbase yet. Meanwhile, GirlsModern Family, and Parks and Recreation all had much stronger years than this one. And how The Big Bang Theory gets nominated each year remains a mystery to me. If I had to pick the best show, Girls was still a fascinating watch, if not always a consistent one. But the HFPA will probably just go for Modern Family again. Will Win: Modern Family/Should Win: Girls

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Best Actor – Drama: Guess what? As with the Best Series – Drama category, this is an easy win for Breaking Bad (as great as the other nominees, particular Kevin Spacey, were). Expect Bryan Cranston to, deservingly, accept the trophy. Will/Should Win: Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad

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Best Actress – Drama: Orphan Black fans love the recognition for Tatiana Maslany, but she won’t win her first round. The same goes for Taylor Schilling for Orange is the New Black and Robin Wright for House of Cards, although the latter gave the best performance of the group. This fight is between veteran Julianna Margulies of The Good Wife and the explosion of adoration for Kerry Washington on Scandal. It’s probably Washington’s turn in the spotlight though. Will Win: Kerry Washington in Scandal/Should Win: Robin Wright in House of Cards

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Best Actor – Comedy or Musical: Was it a bad year? Are all the comedies with great male leads gone? I’m sure some of these nominees deserve to be here, but I can’t help but miss Alec Baldwin and Louis C.K. But Jim Parsons is a good bet to win again. Will Win: Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory/Should Win: Can Bryan Cranston get a second award?

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Best Actress – Comedy or Musical: The women, on the other hand, seem to be ruling comedy these days. Despite my personal dislike for Zooey Deschanel, this is a pretty good list of nominees. Edie Falco is a wonderful actress and Lena Dunham did some wonderful work this year on Girls. That being said, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is loved for her role on Veep, which could get her a trophy. However, don’t we all think it’s time to give Amy Poehler an award for Parks and Recreation? Like it’s absurd she doesn’t have one already. Will Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep/Should Win: Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation

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Best Actor – Miniseries or TV Movie: There’s no denying it, Michael Douglas was pretty spectacular as Liberace. There’s not really a competition here. Will/Should Win: Michael Douglas in Behind the Candelabra

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Best Actress – Miniseries or TV Movie: There’s a ton of great actresses here, but none of them are having more fun than Jessica Lange is on this season of American Horror Story. She reigns supreme on this hit anthology’s third outing. As much as I love Helena Bonham Carter and Elisabeth Moss, they don’t stand a chance. Will/Should Win: Jessica Lange in American Horror Story: Coven

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Best Supporting Actor: Another category with a lot of great actors. However, if the HFPA is going to be on the Breaking Bad tangent that they should be, expect Aaron Paul to sneak one last trophy out of Jesse Pinkman. And he deserves it! Creating one of the most complex and sympathetic characters on television ever, Paul is a lot of why the show worked as well as it did all five seasons. Will/Should Win: Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad

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Best Supporting Actress: While Parenthood fans are pleased to see Monica Potter finally recognized, she likely won’t win. Instead, the HFPA will probably go the easy route and give Sofia Vergara another award for the sinking ship that is Modern Family. However, while Nashville is hardly the best thing on TV, Hayden Panettiere is outstanding on it. Will Win: Sofia Vergara in Modern Family/Should Win: Hayden Panettiere in Nashville

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Best Miniseries or TV Movie: The crazy amount of momentum Behind the Candelabra has going into this race is insane. However, there are two that could outdo it: Top of the Lake and American Horror Story: Coven. Personally, the latter is the most entertaining thing on TV right now (Stevie Nicks!). It’s a worthy winner, but I have a feeling voters will for the more serious, awards-y film. Will Win: Behind the Candelabra/Should Win: American Horror Story: Coven

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Who do you think will win these awards? Who do you want to win? Let us know below!


By Matt Dougherty

One Response to 2014 Golden Globe Predictions

  1. Sahaphap says:

    So happy with the nominations this year and for 12 Years A Slave. Great movie. I do think that The Butler was snubbed though. I personally thought it was a great film and Oprah’s performance was outstanding.

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