My Thoughts on 2014 Golden Globe Awards (Film Category Only)—including Small Talks about Oscar Chance!

2014 Golden Globe Awards

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!



The Croods
Despicable Me

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.


The Great Beauty
The Great Beauty

Blue is the Warmest Color
The Hunt
The Past
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.


All is Lost (Alex Ebert)
All is Lost (Alex Ebert)

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.


“Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, by U2)
“Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, by U2)

“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.


Her (Spike Jonze)
Her (Spike Jonze)

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.


Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)

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.


Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

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.


Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

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.


Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Amy Adams (American Hustle)

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.


Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

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?


Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)

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.


Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

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.


American Hustle
American Hustle

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.


12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave

Captain Phillips

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.

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  1. You'll never gonna see Woody Allen on any awards show, since he thinks award shows are silly. He didn't even come to collect his Oscar(s) when Annie Hall won haha

    For me personally, this year HFPA had some satisfying choices. Cuaron, McConaughey, Adams, Leto, and most importantly, Spike Jonze. I was really sure Hustle or even Slave would win it. I literally screamed when Jonze won. I hope he wins Oscar too. Cause I'm sure even if Jonze gets nominated for Best Directing, he won't win it. So, a screenplay Oscar is the least AMPAS can do for Jonze and Her. Lol sorry I just love that movie so much :p

    I also believe that these winners will translate well to Oscar. Currently my predictions are: 12 Years for Best Pic, Cuaron for Best Director, McC-Blanchett for Lead Acting, Leto for Supporting Actor. But what about Supporting Actress, though? I still have doubts that AMPAS will garner JLaw a back-to-back Oscar, so I'm sticking with Lupita for this one. Let's wait for SAG, cause if JLaw wins, then it's the nail in the coffin. But practically everything will be more determined when PGA, DGA and SAG reveal their winners.

    Animated will surely go to Frozen. The Wind Rises might sneak in, but Frozen still got the edge. The Great Beauty got strong boost for Foreign Film but I really think The Hunt is more a traditional and AMPAS-preferred choice. Nominations for Original Song Oscar will be a whole different world, I bet. But then again, Let it Go is the frontrunner (even though I think that song is overrated).

    1. I have a feeling that McQueen might win for Best Director in Oscar instead of Cuaron, perhaps the way Tom Hooper suddenly won an Oscar despite David Fincher winning a Globe for best directing. And I guess Gravity would likely be a champion around technical categories (cinematography for sure).

      Yes for Jonze! Best Original Screenplay is the least thing Her would probably win for.

      Finger crossed for Lupita Nyong'o. I think AMPAS won't give JLaw two Oscars in a row--it's a very rare thing AMPAS had done over years!--so Lupita has a slightly better chance. Yeah, we'll see SAG results.

      Agree with you. The Hunt is more tolerable. And Original Song is a very random category till now (still stuck in my mind how suddenly MacFarlane got a nod for his song in Ted, while no people even noticed about it), but surely Atlas has drowned to the bottom.

    2. Hooper winning over Fincher is one of the worst choices Oscar ever done. I already "accepted" King's Speech as Best Picture, but to missed out on giving Fincher the Oscar is a major travesty. *lol sorry, you opened an old wound*

      Too bad, actually I think JLaw kind of "deserves" the Oscar for this one (if she wins). She even got so many critics awards for her performance here (as many as Lupita, if not a bit more). Last year should have gone to Chastain or even Riva. But yea, I'm still hoping Lupita gets it. It will be good for Lupita AND JLaw's carrer if Lupita wins.

      The Hunt is practically the safest choice right now. But I don't know, this category is one of the most bizzare ones in the field haha and btw The Wind Rises is also not the official selection from Japan to compete in Foreign Language Film (like French with Blue) so it's not really a snub.

    3. Lol! We won't forget it easily, for sure! I'm not good at predicting, but SAG's choice to give a win to Lupita might be a good indication for her winning an Oscar too. I like her performance and I want her for Oscar, so f*ck it! Haha.

  2. I was very disappointed in the Golden Globes this year.

    Jennifer Lawrence winning is a complete joke. Her performance was significantly weaker than the other 4 nominees, plus I truly loved Nyong'o and Roberts' phenomenal performances.

    Amy Adams gave a really good performance, but I personally thought Streep gave the far greater, most memorable performance out of the comedy/musical category.

    American Hustle was a really good film, but the weakest of the nominees in my opinion.

    The Great Beauty winning over the other 4 nominees was by far the biggest let down of the night for me. Four masterpieces lost to that zany beast? Not happy Jan.

    I was so happy for Leto, Blanchett and McConaughey though. They deserved it wholeheartedly, even though the other nominees were all very strong.

    In short, American Hustle is the most overhyped film of 2013, even though it doesn't compare to the greater works of Tarantino and Scorsese.

    1. Haven't seen Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in Osage County actually, but I was torn between Nyong'o and JLaw. I think HFPA is way 'fairer' than AMPAS, in terms of the way they see quality more than buzz. So, like you said, even though Streep did a better performance than Amy Adams, I still think that her being nominated is a lame and unpopular decision. lol.

      I can't give much comments over The Great Beauty, since I haven't even seen it myself. But it's still a surprise, and probably AMPAS will give a whole different result to this category.

      Except for the acting, I also think that American Hustle is overhyped.

  3. While i think the wins for American Hustle is bullshit. If they win the same cateogiries for Oscar (supporting actress and actress, sans the comedy sub-category) then i know for sure the thing is definitely not legit.

    I am quite happy with with the win of Leto, that was quite surprising considering some of his competition (i am really torn between him and Brühl). Fucking finally for Leo DiCaprio and McConaughey! These two wins are so well deserved :D Esp considering they probably won't made the it in The Oscar. Queen Blanchett win is a lock-down for sure, it would be blasphemous if someone else won this category in Oscar.

    I really hope Lupita Nyong'o will get the win she deserved. I love J.Lawr but please it's just ridiculous if she win again!

    I think a lot of people have to chill with the win of La Grande Bellezza, especially those who haven't even watch it. And even if people think its minor compared to others, hell tough for them, the jury seemed to think otherwise and you are free to disagree. I know i'd be quite annoyed if something else ended up winning instead, because i think La Grande Bellezza deserved that win.

    This year Globe is super fun, all thanks to Amy and Tina :D

    1. I'm so happy that I'm not the only who thinks that American Hustle is overrated! Not that I dislike JLaw's performance (I actually adore the five actors/actresses' acting in Hustle), but her winning is just unexpected. I guess Lupita Nyong'o has a better chance in Oscar. We'll see.

      I accept the challenge. I'll watch The Great Beauty. I tell you what: I'm trying to watch it, but right after the big party scene I told myself 'wtf is this?" and turned it off (roflol!) So, yeah. I can't talk much about it until I really watch it.

  4. Nice roundup! :)

    1. Jennifer Lawrence was great in Hustle. She's an actress, she can act. But the reason why I don't want her to win is the backlash she would get. It's too soon for someone in their early 20s to win two Oscars 2 years in a row. We can't tell how Lupita will do after this, she might become a one-hit Oscar wonder. While in a span of the next decades, Jennifer will already have more than 10 Oscars nominations, if not win.

    2. Very much agree with Fariz. Let It Go is overrated, so is the film itself. Frozen was cute and all, but I thought it had some plot pacing issues and it felt somehow too forced and rushed. It's an easy win for Frozen since they released the film in such a weak year for animations. I haven't seen The Wind Rises, though. (Tangled > Brave > Frozen)

    3. I already saw only the first half of The Great Beauty, and it was boring lol. Need to finish it. FYI, Blue Is the Warmest Color wasn't snubbed. The film was deemed ineligible last June at the Cannes. For France's submission, they had to submit another film instead. So I wouldn't consider it a snub. But the Academy leaving Wadjda and The Past out of the shortlist was certainly a crime. Ugh.

    4. We'll see what PGA and DGA say. Basing BP & BD winners on whatever wins PGA & DGA. I still thnk Oscars will go with 12 Years & Cuaron. I prefer Gravity over 12 Years just a little bit, but there's no way the voters would dare to let Steve McQueen go home empty handed.

    5. McConaughey gave the best Lead Male performance last year, but his acceptance speech yesterday made me want to switch to Ejiofor. Same goes to Leto.

    6. Hoping HER is this year's Lost in Translation / Eternal Sunshine. It's clearly very original. Only three times in the last 15 years has a film won Screenplay at the Globes without an Oscar win. So Jonze can easily win. Will be a different story if Academy wants to award David O so badly. His influence is very strong.

    7. I liked American Hustle, but if it won over Gravity/12 Years that would be an outright travesty. No matter what people think about David O, they have to give him big props for campaigning really hard over the last 5 years. He's very patient especially every time people bring up the I Heart Huckabees scandal in his interviews. Too bad he's not getting enough credit for his hard work. If there's anyone to blame for recognizing Hustle instead of more deserving films, it's AMPAS, not him.

    1. A very detailed comment, Daniel. I'll make it brief:

      1. A nice thought. Hilary Swank is a proof.
      2. I enjoy Frozen a bit. In the situation this year when animated pictures kinda lost its strength, Frozen with its average reception might always go out as a winner. It's just lucky, you know.
      3. Lol, gotta fix my post! Always forget that Blue is ineligible, not snubbed.
      4. If only McQueen is lucky enough, he will also bring an Oscar statue home.
      5. Lol again! I'm not sure with Chiwetel Ejiofor. Perhaps Leo DiCaprio could sneaked in?
      6. Her is a heartfelt piece of writing. Should win easily.
      7. Forgive my less experience, but what is the Huckabees scandal? I should google it. Although since The Fighter he got strong hype, I never really 'attracted' by his work. Don't know why.

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