AWARDS SEASON™ Shenanigans: Golden Globes Nominations 2014

Golden Globe statues

I love AWARDS SEASON™. I really do. I prefer the Golden Globes, because they tend to have a bit more of a relaxed feel than the Academy Awards; it’s the fun cousin in the family, shall we say. Also, by the time the Oscars come out, I’ll have been tuckered out from all the AWARDS SEASON™ craziness and really, who can watch TV for five hours straight?

(Don’t answer that.)

Anyway. Golden Globes.

Movie nomination thoughts:

  • Kate Winslet and Sandra Bullock up against each other for Best Actress! My brain can’t really handle this and I will have a meltdown on the day I’m sure. I really want Gravity and Sandra to win simply because Hollywood needs to know that there can be strong female protagonists leading a film AND that it can be an award-winning film and/or performance, too. It’ll be unlikely that Sandra will win, though; it’s not really that kind of performance for AWARDS SEASON™.
  • I see Leo is nominated for Best Actor… somebody give that man an Oscar already! Oh, wait, wrong awards. Still, the sentiment remains. Also, my fangirl heart will be so aflutter if he and Kate Winslet were to win their respective categories.

Television wise:

  • There’s been a bit of a shake up in the industry in the last 12 or so months, most notably with Netflix coming in with its instant-full-season style of distribution and putting forward a catalogue of original series. Three Netflix original series have been nominated: House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Arrested Development. I haven’t watched House of Cards nor caught up with Arrested Development (does that make me a bad pop culture geek?), but I did mainline OITNB in two days after settling down from my Wentworth fervour. Being the type of person who will buy season DVDs of a show I haven’t watched, I really enjoyed the convenience and instant gratification of the system. I wouldn’t have picked OITNB as an award-winning show, but the platform on which it was delivered has changed the game and it’s good to see Netflix’s understanding of consumerism and fanservice being nominated here.
  • Homeland swept the awards last year but hasn’t been nominated at all this year. Do I feel the winds of change? Will somebody else truly get a chance to make a tearful and surprised acceptance speech?
  • I was super excited to see Brooklyn Nine-Nine nominated for Best Comedy. That has been the highlight of the past couple of months for me. Andy Samberg’s been nominated for Best Actor, but he’s the weakest link in that show for me, despite him being the lead character. I have feelings about this: he’s been developed as the glue to hold the squad together, but the rest of the squad really shines without him – heck, sometimes they shine harder when he’s not in the scene at all. But I would like to see that darling show win over Girls, or Modern Family.
  • I’ve gone on and on, but last and DEFINITELY NOT LEAST: Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black. You guys, I love this show so much. It’s sci-fi clones played all by the same actress and she knocks it out of the freaking park, every time! She was totally snubbed by the Emmys so I am so happy to see her nominated here. She better win, or her clones will show up as every other nominee.

Living in New Zealand, it’s hard to keep up with film or television in a timely manner (see how nicely I put that? But so many HULK SMASH feels about this) but I normally go through the list and pick my winners, as well as which movies/shows I think will win. And then when AWARDS SEASON™ is over, I’ll review my picks and see how many I scored. I don’t win many; I average about 30-40% on accuracy, but it’s good fun and who doesn’t love Bingo?!

Bolded are my favourites; underlined are who I think will win. I score myself two points for picking the correct winner, and one token point if my favourite does end up winning. If I don’t know enough about the category slash have no real feelings about it either way, I just pick who I think will win.

Best motion picture (drama)
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips

Best TV series (drama)
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex

Best 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

Best 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

Best Director – motion picture
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best motion picture (musical or comedy)
American Hustle
Inside Llewyn Davis
Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delphy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August Osage County

Best Actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo Dicaprio, Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Best Animated Feature film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2

Best Foreign Language Film
Blue Is The Warmest Colour (France)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Past (Iran)
The Wind Rises (Japan)

Best Actor in a TV series, drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist

Best Actor in a mini-series or TV movie
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Best Actress in a mini-series or TV movie
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson, The White Queen
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Best Supporting Actress 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

Best Actress in a TV series (drama)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best TV Series (comedy)
The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

Best TV Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story: Coven
Behind the Candelabra
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
The White Queen

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
Atlas – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Let It Go – Frozen
Ordinary Love – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Please Mr. Kennedy – Inside Llewyn Davis
Sweeter Than Fiction – One Chance

Best Actor in a TV Series (comedy)
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best Actress in a TV Series (comedy)
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Lena Dunham, Girls
Julia Louis Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
All Is Lost
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
The Book Thief
12 Years a Slave

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

Best Supporting Actress in a series, mini-series, or TV movie
Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
Janet McTeer, The White Queen
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a series, mini-series or TV movie
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

The Golden Globes will sashay their way into our lives on January 12 next year. I will hopefully be live-blogging all the red carpet and awards shenanigans, so keep yourself posted for that! SUCH FUN. What do you guys think of the nominations this year?


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