Quick Thoughts on This Year's Golden Globe Nominees (Movies)

Quick Thoughts on This Year's Golden Globe Nominees (Movies)

The Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning.  The Globes awards ceremony may be a drunken blast, but the awards themselves are typically seen as a reliable preview of the Oscars.  That being said, splitting up the categories in comedy and drama always means some heavy hitters won't get to compete with each other.  Here are the nominees along with some quick thoughts on surprises, snubs, and predictions.

Best Motion Picture — Drama
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

I like the inclusion of Rush on here, though I fear that its poor box office performance may lead it to be forgotten later.  Philomena should probably be in the Comedy category.  It's not much of a drama - certainly a slight one.  Some snubs? Place Beyond the Pines, Dallas Buyers Club.  Doesn't matter.  This category is all about 12 Years vs. Gravity.

Best Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
American Hustle
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
The Wolf of Wall Street

All solid picks.  Expect to see many of these reappear in the Best Picture list at the Oscars.  But are they even comedies?  Nice to see Wolf of Wall Street included as it has been such a question mark up to this point, what with Scorsese's last minute editing.  Snubs?  No Saving Mr. Banks or August: Osage County on the list, to the extent those are comedies.  Or what about excellent actual comedies like The World's End, This Is The End, or The Way Way Back?

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

Strong category.  Snubs?  Maybe the Coens for Llewyn Davis or Scorsese for Wolf of Wall Street.  I think Alexander Payne won't get an Oscar nomination, but everyone else will.  Russell is on a tear lately - after The Fighter, Silver Linings, and now American Hustle.  Is it his time?  Probably not.  Greengrass nailed Captain Phillips - he was born to direct that movie.  But, again, the real fight is between McQueen and Cuaron.  Even if Gravity loses Best Picture - nobody can deny Cuaron the award in this category.

Best Performance by an 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

I'm sorry - Elba's a great actor, but I do not buy him as Mandela for a second.  I don't think he'll make the cut at the Oscars, or win here.  I'm thinking Ejiofor will win at this point, though Hanks' performance in the last five minutes of Captain Phillips is the best acting I've seen all year.  Then again, Redford's never won an Oscar for acting, so he could get the sympathy vote.  Snubs? Oh yeah.  How 'bout Michael B. Jordan for Fruitvale Station.  Miles Teller in The Spectacular Now.  Forest Whitaker in The Butler.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Yay for Leo!  Just let him win an award already.  Dern has the best shot at taking over Elba's slot at the Oscars, but there's a lot of time left in the awards season.  If Dern loses this category at the Globes, it could shake up the Best Actor race at the Oscars.  Should be interesting.  Snubs?  Julie Delpy got nominated for Before Midnight but not Ethan Hawke?  Doesn't seem right.

Best Performance by an 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

Talk about some heavy hitters.  Yikes.  That's some acting royalty right there.  Blanchett was amazeballs in Blue Jasmine, and actresses in Woody Allen pics do tend to win.  Then again, Bullock was as good as the visuals in Gravity, which means she was pretty f'ing spectacular.  As good as everyone else is, I gotta think it's between those two.  Snubs?  Maybe Adele Exarchopoulos in Blue is the Warmest Color.  Brie Larson in Short Term 12.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County 

Hard to go against Streep, but A:OC doesn't seem to be striking a chord with people.  Adams has been nominated a ton, and has never won.  It'd be nice to see her get the award.  Good to see Julia Louis-Dreyfus get some recognition for her masterful and subtle comedic performance in Enough Said.  She's good enough to earn an Oscar nom without being relegated to a comedic performance category.

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role 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

Man, I would have loved for Jake Gyllenhaal to get some love for Prisoners.  I thought he was great in that movie.  Same with Sam Rockwell in The Way Way Back or James Franco for Spring Breakers.  Gandolfini would have been a good pick for Enough Said as well.   Also, Ryan Gosling in Place Beyond the Pines.  Bruhl was fantastic in Rush, and so was Fassbender in 12 Years.  In fact, Fassbender has been so good in everything (and got snubbed for Shame last year) that now would be as good a time as any to crown him.  I'm betting he wins this one.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role 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

It's Jennifer Lawrence's world.  We're just living in it.  That girl can do no wrong.  Roberts seems like a we-just-want-her-to-attend nomination.   Hawkins was a highlight of Blue Jasmine, but I can't imagine any of these performances being more affecting than Lupita Nyong'o's in 12 years.  Just wow.  Snubs?  Probably.  Oprah in The Butler - I thought that would be a given.

Best Animated Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Frozen

No Monsters University?  Burn.  Frozen's got this one in the bag.

Best Original Song — Motion Picture
“Atlas,” Catching Fire
“Let It Go,” Frozen
“Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
“Please, Mr. Kennedy,” Inside Llewyn Davis
“Sweeter Than Fiction,” One Chance

Same for this one.

Best Original Score — Motion Picture
All is Lost
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
12 Years a Slave

The Book Thief
Gravity

It is a damn shame that M83's score for Oblivion isn't on here.  Hans Zimmer's score for 12 Years is great, but would have also been nice to see him get recognized for successfully reinventing the Superman theme in the shadow of John Williams for Man of Steel.

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
12 Years a Slave, John Ridley
American Hustle, Eric Singer, David O. Russell
Her, Spike Jonze
Nebraska,
Bob Nelson
Philomena
, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

All good scripts.  If I may be so bold as to suggest one more, I'd say Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's script for The World's End should be included as well.

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