Golden Globes
Golden Globes

Ah, the Golden Globes.  Oscar's drunken, unpredictable cousin who has -- thanks in large part to Amy Poehler and Tina Fey -- become its near equal in terms of actual ceremony anticipation (at least as far as I'm concerned). But first comes the nominations, which will be announced this Thursday morning. And they should be a very interesting batch, largely because the most favored films from Oscar are spread out between the Globes' two separate categories for drama and for comedy/musical perhaps more than ever.

On the drama side, there's sure things "12 Years a Slave," "Captain Phillips," "Gravity" and "Saving Mr. Banks" alongside a bunch of films fighting out for the last slot --  "Blue Jasmine," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Rush" and "Dallas Buyers Club." Typically, the eventual Oscar winner for best pictrure lies in the nominees here (8 out of the last 10 years). But rarely (if ever?) has the comedy/musical side of things been so packed. American Hustle," "August: Osage County," "Before Midnight," "Her," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Nebraska," "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" have all submitted under that designation. While arguably a few of them probably belong in drama, it's nice to see so many options on this side of things either way.

Things being spread out like this also shakes things up in the dividing acting categories. In past years, things have been so bare on the comedy/musical side that the likes of Johnny Depp ("The Tourist"), Angelina Jolie (also "The Tourist), James Franco ("Pineapple Express"), John C. Reilly (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story"), Ewan McGregor ("Salmon Fishing In The Yemen") and Emily Blunt (also "Salmon Fishing") have all made the cut. There wasn't a hope anywhere for any of these folks to end up with Oscar nominations, but this year the comedy/musical acting categories should be packed with potential Oscar crossover. Or maybe we are silly to just assume because there's so many great options, the Globes will go for them.

And then there's the TV side of things. Unlike the Emmys, the Globes tend to be very "in with the new" when it comes to television, meaning shows like "Homeland," "Modern Family," "Mad Men" and "Downton Abbey" could easily get shut out for the likes of "The Blacklist," "Orange is the New Black," "Masters of Sex," "House of Cards," "The Crazy Ones," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Orphan Black." 

On the next page are predictions in every category for both film and television. Come Thursday morning, the Globes' occasionally wacky ways (remember when Tom Cruise got nominated for his "Tropic Thunder" cameo?) could upset these rather obvious choices. But that's just part of the fun.

Predictions on the next page...