2014 Golden Globes Predictions


I don’t know why I bother every year to dip my ignorant toe into the muddy pool that is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association every year. A clueless (when it comes to these awards) prognosticator plus a traditionally asinine voting body has the potential to make this post look awfully foolish in the not-too-distant future.

But I’m doing it anyway. Hell, last year I correctly projected Django Unchained‘s big nomination morning, so maybe I’ll strike gold again in 2013. But what’s the magic film? Where will the HFPA attempt to distance itself from the uneasy consensus established thus far?

I’m thinking we might see big things from August: Osage County for the first time this season. While the Best Comedy/Musical categories are more loaded this year than in any other I can remember (The Tourist, anyone), John Wells’s film is sufficiently star-loaded for this celeb-friendly voting body. I like its chances.

In the Drama categories, don’t be surprised to see Idris Elba pop up in Best Actor for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. And from what I understand, the group loves it some Philomena, so Judi Dench and company might get a nice boost.

Best Motion Picture, Drama
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Saving Mr. Banks

Alt: Rush

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
American Hustle
August: Osage County
The Wolf of Wall Street

Alt: Inside Llewyn Davis, Blue Jasmine

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Alt: Spike Jonze, Her

Best Actor, Drama
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Alt: Hugh Jackman, Prisoners

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Alt: Ben Stiller, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Best Actress, Drama
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Alt: Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Melissa McCarthy, The Heat
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Alt: Literally no clue.

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Tom Hanks, Saving Mr. Banks

Alt: Bradley Cooper, American Hustle

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska
Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Alt: Margo Martindale, August: Osage County

Best Screenplay
American Hustle
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Alt: Saving Mr. Banks

Best Original Score
Captain Phillips
12 Years a Slave

Alt: Rush

Best Original Song
“Atlas” from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
“Let It Go” from Frozen
“Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
“Please Mr. Kennedy” from Inside Llewyn Davis
“Young and Beautiful” from The Great Gatsby

Alt: “The Moon Song” from Her

Best Foreign Language Film
Blue Is the Warmest Color
The Grandmaster
The Hunt
The Past

Alt: The Broken Circle Breakdown

Best Animated Feature
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Monsters University

Alt: Epic

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