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For Your Consideration: Guessing The Golden Globe Nominations

For Your Consideration: Guessing The Golden Globe Nominations

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…

The Film Categories:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Saving Mr. Banks

Spoiler: Blue Jasmine
Wishful Thinking: Mud

Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical
American Hustle
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Wolf of Wall Street

Spoiler: August: Osage County
Wishful Thinking: Before Midnight

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Spoiler: Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Wishful Thinking: Spike Jonze, Her

Best Actress – Drama
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Color
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks

Spoiler: Kate Winslet, Labor Day
Wishful Thinking: Brie Larson, Short Term 12

Best Actress – Comedy/Musical
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Scarlett Johannson, Don Jon
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Melissa McCarthy, The Heat
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Spoiler: Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Wishful Thinking: Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha

Best Actor – Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost
Forest Whitaker, Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Spoiler: Hugh Jackman, Prisoners
Wishful Thinking: Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station

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

Spoiler: James Gandolfini, Enough Said
Wishful Thinking: Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight

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

Spoiler: Octavia Spencer, Fruitvale Station
Wishful Thinking: Rihanna, This is the End (this is 90% a joke)

Best Supporting Actor
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks, Saving Mr. Banks
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Spoiler: Harrison Ford, 42
Wishful Thinking: James Franco, Spring Breakers (this is 0% a joke)

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

Spoiler: Nebraska
Wishful Thinking: Frances Ha

Best Foreign Film
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Past

Spoiler: Wadjda
Wishful Thinking: The Wind Rises

Best Animated Feature
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Monsters University

Spoiler: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Wishful Thinking: Ernest & Celestine

Best Original Song
“Happy” (Despicable Me 2)
“Let It Go” (Frozen)
“Rise Up” (Epic)
“Sweeter Than Fiction” (One Chance)
“Young & Beautiful” (The Great Gatsby)

Spoiler: “Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom)
Wishful Thinking: “So You Know What It’s Like” (Short Term 12)

Best Original Score
12 Years a Slave
The Book Thief
Monsters University
Saving Mr. Banks

Spoiler: Rush
Wishful Thinking: Her

TV predictions on the next page…

The TV Categories:

Best TV Series – Drama
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Masters of Sex
Orange is the New Black

Spoiler: Homeland
Wishful Thinking: Orphan Black

Best TV Series – Comedy
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Crazy Ones
Modern Family

Spoiler: The Michael J. Fox Show
Wishful Thinking: Trophy Wife

Best TV Movie/Miniseries
American Horror Story: Coven
Behind The Candelabra
Phil Spector
Top of the Lake
Under The Dome

Spoiler: Luther
Wishful Thinking: Abstain.

Best Actress – Drama
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
Claire Danes, Homeland

Taylor Shilling, Orange is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Spoiler: Keri Russell, The Americans
Wishful Thinking: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Best Actress – Comedy
Lena Dunham, Girls
Anna Faris, Mom
Sarah Michelle Gellar, The Crazy Ones
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation

Spoiler: Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Wishful Thinking: Laura Dern, Enlightened

Best Actress – TV Movie/Miniseries
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Spoiler: Carrie Underwood, The Sound of Music
Wishful Thinking: Gillian Anderson, The Fall

Best Actor – Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

James Spader, The Blacklist

Spoiler: Damian Lewis, Homeland
Wishful Thinking: Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Best Actor – Comedy
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Robin Williams, The Crazy Ones

Spoiler: Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Wishful Thinking: Charlie Day, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Best Actor – TV Movie/Miniseries
Matt Damon, Behind The Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector
Dominic West, Burton and Taylor

Spoiler: Benedict Cumberbatch, Parades End
Wishful Thinking: Abstain

Best Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Allison Janney, Mom
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Spoiler: Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Wishful Thinking: Taryn Manning, Orange is the New Black

Best Supporting Actor
Tony Hale, Veep
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

James Wolk, The Crazy Ones

Spoiler: Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Wishful Thinking: Rob Lowe, Behind The Candelabra

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