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Golden Globes Offer the Expected and Unexpected: Who Gets a Boost Heading for Oscars?

Golden Globes Offer the Expected and Unexpected: Who Gets a Boost Heading for Oscars?

The Golden Globes — voted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — do not reflect the direction of the Oscar race. But they can give valuable momentum for the winners who get nominated this coming Thursday. And when a Globes winner gives a good speech, that translates into a memorable moment that lives on. That’s why everyone wants these wins so badly. (Full list of winners below.)

Thus 12 Years a Slave wanted to rack up some winning momentum for Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender, Hans Zimmer and Steve McQueen, but had to settle for the one big win of the night, for Best Drama. Alfonso Cuaron took home best director for “Gravity,” which will likely repeat on Oscar night.

As expected, Cate Blanchett graciously accepted her Best Actress prize for “Blue Jasmine.” Woody Allen was a no-show for his lifetime achievement award, which was accepted by a predictably kooky Diane Keaton.

Best Actress contender Emma Thompson continues to win support with her charming comedic appearances–she had heels and martini in hand introducing the screenwriting category.

Spike Jonze took home the screenplay award for “Her,” which is stumbling at the box office and needs all the help it can get.

Adding momentum for “Dallas Buyers Club” were wins for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, already a frontrunner for supporting actor, who gave a carefully crafted heartwarming speech about his career switch with reminders of the degree of difficulty. Comedy actress Amy Adams, too, tugged at the heartstrings–her nomination Thursday will be a sign of the relative strength of full-steam-ahead powerhouse “American Hustle,” which also scored the expected Comedy win.

The Golden Globes tend to favor stars who they like to see on the show, from U2 (whose “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela” beat “Let it Go” from “Frozen” for best song) to comedy winners Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) and Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle”). While she’s a lock for an Oscar nomination, DiCaprio would have to knock out Robert Redford to land a slot. “Frozen” did take home best animated film, while “All is Lost” landed a surprise win for Best Score for Alex Ebert.

Assuming that Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” lands a foreign Oscar nomination, its Globes win will make it more of a must-see for Academyvoters, who will be getting screeners for all five nominees. 

Co-hosts Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler set the bar high again for insider hilarity, which Ellen DeGeneris will be keeping in mind as she works with writers to prep for the big Oscar show.

Full list of winners below.


Drama: “12 Years a Slave”

Musical or Comedy: “American Hustle”

Actor in a Drama: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Actress in a Drama: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Actor in a Musical or Comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Actress in a Musical or Comedy: Amy Adams, “American Hustle”

Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”

Director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”

Screenplay: Spike Jonze, “Her”

Original Score: Alex Ebert, “All Is Lost”

Original Song: “Ordinary Love” by U2 and Danger Mouse (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”)

Animated Film: “Frozen”

Foreign Language Film: “The Great Beauty


DRAMA SERIES: “Breaking Bad”


ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES: Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad” as Walter White)

ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES: Robin Wright (“House of Cards” as Claire Underwood)

ACTOR, MUSICAL OR COMEDY SERIES: Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” as Jake Peralta)

ACTRESS, MUSICAL OR COMEDY SERIES: Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation” as Leslie Knope)

ACTOR, MINISERIES OR TV FILM: Michael Douglas (“Behind the Candelabra” as Liberace)

ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR TV FILM: Elisabeth Moss (“Top of the Lake” as Robin Griffin)

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan” as Mickey Donovan)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jacqueline Bisset (“Dancing on the Edge” as Lady Livinia Cremone)

MINISERIES OR TV FILM: “Behind the Candelabra”

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