2014 Golden Globe Awards—held Sunday, January 12th, at 8pm ET/5pm PT—might be an unusual one. First, the separation between Drama and Musical/Comedy is getting blurer. Before Midnight and Her into Musical/Comedy while Blue Jasmine into Drama? Well, they have something to improve in the upcoming years! There are also other things like Woody Allen’s absent despite him being honored to receive the precious Cecil B.DeMille trophy (and Diane Keaton accepted it on his behalf), or even sewage bursts along the red carpet pathway, really spark up the award—not to mention the Red Carpet fashion parade (karamelkinema wrote a very nice post about it). But let’s just get straight into the award itself which already hooked me to raise comments, and also have some small talks about what it has to do with Oscar next February.
P.S: I’m only writing about the film category!
BEST ANIMATED FILM
Boring. 2013 is a very bad year for animated picture. We have The Wind Rises by the living legend Hayao Miyazaki, but in the case of Golden Globe this year, it was in the Best Foreign Language category. Frozen is not that spectacular (no need to compare it to other marvelous animations like Up or WALL-E), but it is undoubtedly much better than The Croods and Despicable Me. Fair win.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Wind Rises
This might be one of the most talked and most exciting category in Golden Globe. No Wadjda, no The Broken Circle Breakdown, but we have The Wind Rises! My favorite among these five is The Hunt, but The Great Beauty surprisingly turned it down. I even wanted to skip watching it because I just feel it is too abstract and “hard to digest”—and you know, this winning makes me excited to try to watch it. In the other hand, while Oscar has announced its Best Foreign Language Film shortlist (which snubbed The Past, Blue is the Warmest Color, and The Wind Rises), I still have a good feeling about The Hunt—although both The Great Beauty and The Broken Circle Breakdown have also similar chances.
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The Book Thief (John Williams)
Gravity (Steven Price)
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (Alex Heffes)
12 Years a Slave (Hans Zimmer)
I personally have no idea about this category. The ambient music behind Gravity is nice, but I think the others also have the same chances. Not much that I can say.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Let It Go” (Frozen, by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez)
“Please Mr. Kennedy” (Inside Llewyn Davis, by Justin Timberlake et al.)
“Atlas” (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, by Coldplay)
“Sweeter Than Fiction (One Chance, by Taylor Swift)
Who could expect? While I haven’t listened to “Ordinary Love” (neither have I listened to “Please Mr. Kennedy” and “Sweeter Than Fiction”) but my prediction was narrowed to either “Let It Go” or “Atlas”. I was expecting Lana del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” in The Great Gatsby to be in the list actually, and while I love “For The First Time in Forever” more, “Let It Go” might have a better chance on Oscar. Too bad for “Atlas” as it is losing the buzz so significantly.
12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)
American Hustle (Eric Singer, David O. Russell)
Nebraska (Bob Nelson)
Philomena (Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope)
Sooo heart-pleasing! Lock for Oscar. I think Inside Llewyn Davis by the Coen brothers might also get a nod, together with Gravity by Alfonso & Jonas Cuaron, but Her’s chance (and expectation!) is abruptly winning over me.
Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
David O. Russell (American Hustle)
Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
It’s either Cuaron or McQueen. David O Russell is on the third place, but edging significantly from the two. I love Alfonso Cuaron in Gravity for his vision. For Oscar, I think Steve McQueen have slightly better chance over Alfonso Cuaron, but whoever wins, I guess their movies would get similar positive reception from the Academy.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
June Squibb (Nebraska)
Actually I would love to see Lupita Nyong’o win. It’s not that JLaw’s performance is dull, but it’s just nice to give some recognition for the debut actress. And I’m not sure about her chance on winning Oscar, although a nod is a sure thing. I think this category is dominated by Lupita and JLaw, other three places left are random and can be filled with anyone.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Daniel Brühl (Rush)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Different from Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor is way more interesting. The five nominees are great in their own role, even the first-timer like Barkhad Abdi. Too bad that Daniel Bruhl didn’t win for his role in Rush even though the real Niki Lauda was present at the award, but I think Jared Leto’s win is an undoubted thing. Michael Fassbender, in the other hand, might slipped him away in Oscar, depends on how the hype on 12 Years a Slave is increasing before Oscar. But from the quality itself, what Jared Leto did in Dallas Buyers Club is a courageous, breakthrough performance.
BEST LEADING ACTRESS – MUSICAL/COMEDY
Julie Delpy (Before Midnight)
Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Enough Said)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
A predictable one. Finally a green for Amy Adams, eh? With her Lady Edith look, Amy Adams finally won (over Meryl Streep! What an achievement! Lol), but her chance on winning Oscar might be blocked by Cate Blanchett from the Drama category.
BEST LEADING ACTRESS – DRAMA
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)
Kate Winslet (Labor Day)
I have a feeling that everyone in this category except Kate Winslet will also get nominated in Best Leading Actress in Oscar. Another one? Surely Amy Adams. If lucky enough, Brie Larson might be in the list too, replacing Judi Dench—although the chance is very small. And I think Cate Blanchett’s chance in winning an Oscar is like Anne Hathaway’s chance in last year’s Les Miserables. Do you think so?
BEST LEADING ACTOR – MUSICAL/COMEDY
Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Joaquin Phoenix (Her)
Just to make it straight: I don’t like The Wolf of Wall Street. I think it is too... extravagant. And even if I’d love to see Leonardo DiCaprio win, it is not a win that I would be proud of (lol). And just like Supporting Actor, Leading Actor is also a tight category. Well let us see the buzz.
BEST LEADING ACTOR – DRAMA
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
Robert Redford (All Is Lost)
Surprise, surprise! Hollywood Foreign Press loves the acting in Dallas Buyers Club, eh? For me, Matthew McConaughey is 2013’s Actor of The Year. He played very well in the underrated Mud, he did an awesome body transformation in Dallas Buyers Club, and his short screen time (and his hum) in The Wolf of Wall Street is very attention-stealing. I don’t know if the Academy would love him as much as HFPA did, and I can’t predict who among the ten contenders (or even others who didn’t get nominated in Globes) would make their way to Oscar.
BEST PICTURE – MUSICAL/COMEDY
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Wolf of Wall Street
Even if I didn’t really fall for American Hustle, I liked it better than The Wolf of Wall Street. I thought the two are the ones the would grab the trophy, so I’m not really surprised if finally American Hustle won. Inside Llewyn Davis will always spark up the award, but its charm is getting off lately. So is Nebraska. Her is beautiful, but it’s better appreciated for the writing category.
BEST PICTURE – DRAMA
Finally, the biggest nomination gainer brings only one trophy. I have always predicted that 12 Years a Slave will also win the Best Picture in Oscar, and I’m 80% sure about it. My favorite is still Gravity, but 12 Years a Slave’s chance in winning does not make me hate it because it is also a good movie that lingers in my soul.
So what do you think about this year’s Golden Globes? Let me know what you think about it in the comment section!
Full list of winners and nominees, see here.