Thursday, January 9, 2014

The 2014 Golden Globes Predictions - No Guts, No Glory!

12 Years a Slave a film by Steve McQueen
The Golden Globes tend to be my favorite awards show because they also cover Television (even though I don't watch it), and there's no music guests and time consuming silliness. I also like the more festive dinner gala presentation that they have - watching our favorite celebrities sipping on champagne, or eating shrimp cocktail, it's a dinner party for those worthy enough to be honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). This year in particular, I'm really rooting for one stand-out film, a film that has divided people, scared people, and cause people to avoid it due to its topic: American Slavery. Not only just that, but the slavery depicted with such realism, and horrifying accuracy that forces you to wonder, how could this have happened, and for so long in America?

My favorite actor, Michael Fassbender, has received his second Golden Globe nomination, but this time in the supporting actor category for his turn as a brutal slave owner. However, it's a tight race as his primary competitor, Jared Leto has won the bulk of the critics honors, and no doubt due to his great performance in Dallas Buyer's Club, which I saw at TIFF and predicted his nomination this award season, but Leto's character offers an alternative to Fassbender's, which may allow some voters, whom did not see 12 Years a Slave, or were so put off by its frank narrative, that they feel more comfortable voting for a performance that is lovely, warm, and fuzzy. With that all said, I still believe that Michael Fassbender has a great chance in winning many awards this season because his performance was just so spectacular, and undeniable.

Here are my predictions:

Best Motion Picture
12 Years a Slave

Best Actress
Cat Blanchett

Best Actor
Chiwetel Ejiofor

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Best Actress Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Meryl Streep

Best Actor Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Leonardo DiCaprio

Best Animated Feature Film

Best Foreign Language Film
Blue is the Warmest Color

Best Supporting Actress Motion Picture
Lupita Nyong'o

Best Supporting Actor Motion Picture
Michael Fassbender

Best Director
Steve McQueen  (I'll be shocked, but not surprised if Alfonso Cuaron)

Best Screenplay Motion Picture
John Ridley - 12 Years a Slave

Best Original Score Motion Picture
Hans Zimmer

Best Original Song Motion Picture
Please Mr. Kennedy (Inside Llewyn Davis)

The following are the only two Television categories I'm interested in -

Best TV Series, Drama
Breaking Bad

Best Actor TV, Drama
Bryan Cranston

So there you have it. Many of my predictions are hope based, I don't have the time or the interested to study odds or precursors because you know what, that is antithesis to the actual concept of being rewarded based on the subjective craft of the arts.

The Golden Globes will be aired on NBC at 8pm EST, Sunday, January 12th.

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