The nominees for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced and while we all know how the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) doesn’t really deserve to be taken seriously, I still think these awards are fun to watch. They’re entertaining, get you pumped for the Oscars and it’s always somewhat of a good time. Among the top nominees this year there are Spike Jonze’s Her, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips and Gravity. The official ceremony will take place on January 12th, 2014 at The Beverly Hilton and is hosted by Tina Fey & Amy Poehler. Take a look at the nominees in the film categories.
12 Years a Slave
** At this point in the year, from what I’ve seen, my favorite drama is Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba – Mandela
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaghey – Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford – All Is Lost
** At this point in the year, from what I’ve seen, my favorite actor was Toni Servillo in The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza).
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet – Labor Day
BEST MUSICAL OR COMEDY*
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Wolf of Wall Street
* Haven’t actually seen Spike Jonze’s Her yet, but as a big fan of the director the film will probably make my top ten of the year.
ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)*
Christian Bale – American Hustle
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix – Her
* Tough category, a lot of great actors, but this seems like a career-best performance for Bruce Dern and it’s an Alexander Payne film, so you can’t go wrong with that.
ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Amy Adams – American Hustle
Julie Delpy – Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig – Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Enough Said
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Blue is the Warmest Color (France)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Past (France)
The Wind Rises (Japan)
Despicable Me 2
** Of all the animated films this year I’ve only seen Despicable Me 2, wasn’t impressed, and I don’t feel I can properly judge this category.
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl – Rush
Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
* Though I’m not really interested in 12 Years a Slave (it looks very Oscar-baity), I am a big Michael Fassbender fan, so my nod goes to him. If I could nominate any supporting actor at all I’d vote for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for his performance in Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain.
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
June Squibb – Nebraska
Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne – Nebraska
David O. Russell – American Hustle
* I have not seen Nebraska yet, but based on the fact that director Alexander Payne has never made a bad movie and not being a fan of the other directors nominated I’m definitely hoping he wins. If I could nominate any director at all I’d vote for Sofia Coppola (The Bling Ring).
Spike Jonze – Her
Bob Nelson – Nebraska
Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope – Philomena
John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave
Eric Singer & David O. Russell – American Hustle
* Again, just based on the other nominees Spike Jonze is my favorite, I always love his romantic, melancholic style which has a lot of charm and wit to it as well.
All is Lost – Alex Ebert
Mandela – Alex Heffes
Gravity – Steven Price
The Book Thief – John Williams
12 Years a Slave – Hans Zimmer
** We’ve had so many great film scores this year, but they clearly failed to acknowledge any of them. Right now my pick would be Ennio Morricone‘s score for The Best Offer (La migliore offerta). I love Hans Zimmer, but his score for Man of Steel, is what I would have nominated instead. Only Lovers Left Alive and Pain & Gain both had fantastic scores as well.
“Atlas” from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
“Let it Go” from Frozen
“Ordinary Love” from Mandela
“Please Mr. Kennedy” from Inside Llewyn Davis
“Sweeter Fiction” from One Chance
** Always a category I don’t care for, where’s Cinematography instead?
In blue (the warmest color) I’ve marked the nominees I’d like to see win. I haven’t seen a lot of these at this point, but based on the artist’s track record and knowing what kinds of movies I tend to gravitate towards I feel that I can confidently pick a favorite, though just in case I’ve marked them with an asterisk (*). For some of the categories I don’t care for any of the nominees (I would have picked other movies), so I’ve marked those with two asterisks (**). I’d be curious to hear what other people think. What are your favorites among these? Are happy with the nominees the HFPA selected? Who do you think was left out?
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- 2014 Golden Globe nominations: ‘American Hustle,’ ’12 Years a Slave’ lead pack (ctvnews.ca)
- Golden Globe Nominations: 2014 Surprises (wonderfultips.wordpress.com)
- ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘American Hustle’ Lead Golden Globes Nominations (variety.com)
- The Carpetbagger: ‘American Hustle’ and ’12 Years a Slave’ Top 2014 Golden Globe Nominations (carpetbagger.blogs.nytimes.com)
- ’12 Years,’ ‘Hustle’ lead Golden Globes (toledoblade.com)