This Sunday is the 71st Golden Globe Awards on NBC. This is one of my favorite award shows of the season because it’s normally a booze fest with it’s attendees. The Globes are the only awards show where alcohol is served and it’s encouraged for the libations to be flowing. The atmosphere is calm and relaxed. People involved in films and television get to converse and hang out with each other. Attendees sit at huge round tables usually with other cast members or close friends and there is a much more “chill” vibe to this show then the stuffier awards shows such as the SAG awards, Emmy’s, or Oscars. And to add more fun to the equation, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, two of the funniest women in entertainment are back to tag team hosting duties. Next to Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, this is the best duo in comedy today, with Kay and Peele following right behind. So who will win? Who should win? You know the awards shows don’t always get this right, but I’m going to do my best to predict who will be taking home the hardware this Sunday night.
Best Motion Picture Drama
12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Captain Phillips, Philomena, Rush
WHO WILL WIN: 12Years a Slave
WHO SHOULD WIN: 12 Years a Slave.
12 Years a Slave was no joke. I mean it was a powerful, powerful, powerful film. It was very hard to watch as it graphically depicted the struggles of one Solomon Northup, a citizen of New York who was kidnapped to Washington DC and thrown into a life of slavery. The acting performances are tremendous. And the movie overall is uplifting. Gravity makes a strong case in this department, aminly from Alfonso Curan’s amazing direction, but I expect for that movie to win in more of the technical categories in every awards show they are nominated.
Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
American Hustle, Her, Inside Llewn Davis, Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Street
WHO WILL WIN: American Hustle
WHO SHOULD WIN: The Wolf of Wall Street.
This is a very tough category. I think all of these films will end up in the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards. The Wolf of Wall Street is an uproarious tour de force from Martin Scorsese. He is at his cinematic best capturing the rise and fall of one Jordan Belfort. He really makes you want to hate this man who is played so convincingly well by Leonardo DiCaprio. It is hard to argue with the beauty of American Hustle. David O”Russell is at his best working with his regular cast of characters in this 70’s con crime-comedy caper. O’Russell’s cast is top notch, as Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence are all on their A games in this film. Should be a tough one to call.
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)
WHO WILL WIN: Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
WHO SHOULD WIN: Judi Dench (Philomena)
Dench is the heart and soul of Philomena, a movie she helps carry that deals with a mother searching for her son. Dench is great in the film. Bullock was great in Gravity but I didn’t feel like that movie had that deep of a story which is why I give Dench the edge.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams, (American Hustle) Julie Delphy, (Before Midnight) Greta Gerwig, (Frances Ha) Julia Louis-Dryfuss (Enough Said) Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
WHO WILL WIN: Amy Adams (American Hustle)
WHO SHOULD WIN: Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Adams is dope in this role. She shines all throughout American Hustle. Adams continues to amaze me as an actress because she is so believable in so many different types of roles. She is not afraid to tackle any character. And she looks the best she ever has on screen in this film. I hope Julia Louis-Dryfuss gets Oscar consideration for her role in Enough Said. She was excellent in that movie and that movie was one of the most underrated films of this year.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama
Chiwetel Ejofor, (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)
WHO WILL WIN: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
WHO SHOULD WIN: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
This is probably the toughest category of the night. Hanks was awesome in Captain Phillips, a great comeback vehicle for him. Redford is on screen for the entire time in All is Lost. McConaughey gave the performance of his career in Dallas Buyers Club, and Elba just played a man who passed away and is loved my millions. But Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance in 12 Years a Slave haunts you. It’s so real and raw and emotional, that you get swept away on his journey and when he feels pain, you feel it to. It is a career making performance and one which will get him any role he wants for quite some time.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale, (American Hustle) Bruce Dern, (Nebraska) Leonardo DiCaprio, (The Wolf of Wall Street) Oscar Issac, (Inside Llewyn Davis) Joaquin Phoneix (Her)
WHO WILL WIN: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
WHO SHOULD WIN: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
I have yet to see Her, so I am a little biased on this one. That movie looks phenomenal and word on the street is Joaquin Phoenix is excellent in it. I don’t doubt that. Oscar Issac was great in Inside Llewyn Davis. This was his first film. If he continues to act like he did in this movie, he will be nominated again. But for him the nomination was enough. Dern was great in Nebraska, but that movie has a better chance in the screenplay and supporting actor categories. Bale is always good, but he wasn’t The Fighter good in this one. Leo is a beast in The Wolf of Wall Street. You can’t leave this movie and not be impressed by his acting job. Scorcese is his Phil Jackson. He always gets the best out of Mr. DiCaprio.
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)
WHO WILL WIN: Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
WHO SHOULD WIN: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
This may go to Nyong’o outright but I just feel like J Law is the critics darling right now. She can’t seem to do wrong. And she keeps picking roles where she gets to show off her versatility. However Lupita Nyong’o’s role as Patsey a young female slave is riveting and award worthy.
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Barkhad Abdi, (Captain Phillips) Daniel Bruhl, (Rush) Bradley Cooper, (American Hustle) Michael Fassbender, (12 Years a Slave) Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
WHO WILL WIN: Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
WHO SHOULD WIN: Jared Lets (Dallas Buyers Club)
Fassbender was excellent in this movie. I mean really good. And I hated his character. He was that good. Abdi was awesome in Captain Phillips. This was the first role for him and he excelled. He went toe to toe with Hanks and didn’t miss a beat. But Leto completely transformed himself as Rayon an AIDS transgendered women in Dallas Buyers Club and I think he should bring home the gold.
Best Director-Motion Picture
Alfonso Curon, (Gravity) Paul Greengrass, (Captain Phillips) Steve McQueen, (12 Years a Slave) Alexander Payne, (Nebraska) David O’Russell (American Hustle)
WHO WILL WIN: Alfonso Curon (Gravity)
WHO SHOULD WIN: Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
Another tough call. What Alfonso Curon did with Gravity was incredible. He made the movie for the 3D experience and it’s been the best movie to appear in 3D since Avatar. It truly is groundbreaking and a tremendous act of filmmaking. But Steve McQueen made the best movie of the year in my opinion. His set, his cast, his story, and those performances made that experience real to me and I gotta give kudos where they are deserved.
Best TV Series Drama
Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, House of Cards, Masters of Sex
WHO WILL WIN: Breaking Bad
WHO SHOULD WIN: Breaking Bad
Nothing is beating Walter White’s swan song. This year was all about Breaking Bad. The show was must see TV. The acting was great and the final eight episodes had us on the edge of our seats. This season was storytelling at it’s finest and I hope the show takes home many awards in the process. House of Cards had a great first season. Let everyone know that Netflix was becoming a true force in TV programming. The other shows nominated will have their just due in due time. This year its all about Breaking Bad.
Best TV Series Musical or Comedy
The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation
WHO WILL WIN: The Big Bang Theory
WHO SHOULD WIN: Parks and Recreation
Parks and Rec doesn’t get the love that it so rightfully deserves. NBC keeps playing with it’s time slot constantly, but it continues to be one of the funniest shows on TV year in and year out. The cast is just comic perfection. Led by Amy Poehler, with Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, and Rob Lowe, the Pawnee gang is just the best in the business. However, The Big Bang Theory seems to win everything, so I expect them to take this title home again. Girls won last year and their show got better in season 2, so who knows. Expect the nerds to dominate.
Best Actress TV Series Drama
Julianna Marguiles, (The Good Wife) Tatianna Maslany, (Orphan Black) Taylor Schilling, (Orange is the New Black) Kerry Washington, (Scandal) Robin Wright (House of Cards)
WHO WILL WIN: Kerry Washington (Scandal)
WHO SHOULD WIN: Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black)
Don’t get me wrong. I love me some Kerry Washington. Olivia Pope is one bad chick. The show is red hot. Everyone is into Scandal and you should be too but I was a sucker for Orange is the New Black. There is something special about that show and Schilling’s performance was great. But she ain’t knocking off Olivia Pope.
Best Actor 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)
WHO WILL WIN: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
WHO SHOULD WIN: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Kevin Spacey is House of Cards, so you have to put him in the conversation. He is awesome in the role of Frank Underwood, the South Carolina congressmen. But this is the swan song for Walter White, one of the most devious, complex, bad ass characters of all time. Nobody could have played Walter White but Bryan Cranston and he should be awarded for his tremendous performance of this character.
Best Actress in a TV Series Musical or Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, (New Girl) Lena Dunham, (Girls) Edie Falco, (Nurse Jackie) Julia Louis-Dryfuss, (Veep) Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
WHO WILL WIN: Julia Louis-Dryfuss (Veep)
WHO SHOULD WIN: Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Veep is a critical darling that got alot funnier in season 2. At the head of that show is Julia Louis-Dryfuss. She tackles comedy in ways that other actresses just can’t and she has been doing it for awhile now since her days as Elaine on Seinfeld. She crushes in the role of Selina Meyer, a fictional vice president. But I got a soft spot for Leslie Knope. Poehler is fantastic in this role. It was the role that she needed post SNL, and I hope she brings home the gold.
Best Actor in a TV Series Musical or Comedy
Jason Bateman, (Arrested Devleopment) Don Cheadle, (House of Lies) Michael J. Fox, (The Michael J. Fox Show) Jim Parsons, (The Big Bang Theory) Andy Sandberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
WHO WILL WIN: Michael J. Fox (The Michael J. Fox show)
WHO SHOULD WIN: Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Everyone loves a good comeback story, which is why Michael J. Fox will win for his return to network television. However, Don Cheadle is the man again this year with season 2 of House of Lies. He made smooth Marty Khan look extremely vulnerable in season 2 and continued to dish out some of the wittiest dialogue on television today.
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV movie
Jacqueline Bissett, (The Good Wife) Janet McTeer, (The White Queen) Hayden Panettiere, (Nashville) Monica Potter, (Parenthood) Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
WHO WILL WIN: Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
WHO SHOULD WIN: Hayden Panettiere (Nashville)
Vergara is cash money on Modern Family, and she has been solid in this role for years. Hayden is great on Nashville, a show that doesnt get the credit that it deserves. I think she is really strong in her role of Juliette Barnes, main rival to Country legend Rayna James. (played by Connie Britton) I never thought that much of Panettiere as an actress before seeing her on Nashville but I think that she does a hell of a job on that show.
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)
WHO WILL WIN: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
WHO SHOULD WIN: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Can’t give a Golden Globe to Walt and not to Jesse. That wouldn’t be fair. They are a team, right? Jesse Pinkman was the role of a lifetime for Aaron Paul. Pinkman was a drugged out former student of White’s looking for salvation, acceptance, love, and redemption. Aaron Paul made Jesse Pinkman the moral compus of the show, and he has been outstanding in his portrayal of a confused and lost character. I know that we all were a little happy when Jesse ended up alive in that tremendous finale. He is a hard character not to root for.
The Golden Globes are on this Sunday night, Jan 11th at 8pm on NBC.