The Golden Globes is held by the Hollywood Foreign Press, and often years, we write off these awards as a precursor to the Academy Awards because of the Drama-Comedy split. But as the years have gone by, many of the winners picked here will go on to win Oscars and for that you must at least pay attention. Also, people tend to weigh the waters with the winners at this awards show, as to how they will respond if and when they win on the night of the Oscars. The “12 Years A Slave” and “Gravity” showdown is apparent already, both grabbing nominations for Best Picture, Drama. And everything nominated for Best Picture, Comedy has a strong chance of grabbing an Oscar nomination as well, including “American Hustle” and “Her”.

Say what you will about the Golden Globes, but it is nice to see ten actors and ten actresses nominated for their roles, while these will be whittled down to five for the Oscars. The Best Actor, Drama category, looks to be a replica of what we’ll see at the Oscars, with Ejiofor, Hanks, McConaughey, and Redford likely vying for spots. Although I would absolutely love to see Idris Elba nominated for his work as “Mandela”, hopefully a recognition for his work and not the recent passing of the actual Mandela, but it’s more likely we’ll see someone from the Comedy category take that final spot, like Bruce Dern or, my hopes, Oscar Isaac. The actresses categories are more spread out. Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock are locks for the Oscars, and now with their nominations here, Meryl Streep and Judi Dench are close locks as well. Emma Thompson may edge in as the final pick, but the Academy loves Kate Winslet and Amy Adams as well.

The supporting categories also reflect what we’ll probably see from the Academy. Jared Leto, Michael Fassbender, and Barkhad Abdi will definitely lead the category. With the recent love for David O. Russell and his cast, it’ll be interesting to see if Cooper or Lawrence can actually pull off nominations in these categories despite the fact that “American Hustle” is not garnering as much love as his previous films. It is nice to see  Daniel Bruhl and Sally Hawkins get noticed for their work and could even pull themselves into a nomination for the Oscars.

The rest of the categories are fairly transparent and my odds-on favorite remains “12 Years A Slave” but that can all change in the next month. “Blue Is The Warmest Color” will likely take Best Foreign Language Film despite being ineligible for the Oscars, unfortunately. And without “The Wind Rises”, which is only in the Best Foreign Language Film category, I put “Frozen” in the lead for winning Best Animated Feature.

Once we have the winners of the Golden Globes, we’ll be much closer to predicting what will definitely show up come the Oscar nominations, but until then, we can speculate all we want with these nominations here. I also included the television side of the Globes nominations, with love for James Spader in “The Blacklist” and some surprising love for the new Andy Samberg comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, which I had heard wasn’t getting great numbers or word of mouth.

Best Picture, Drama

  •     “12 Years a Slave”
  •     “Captain Phillips”
  •     “Gravity”
  •     “Philomena”
  •     “Rush”

Best Picture, Comedy

  •     “American Hustle”
  •     “Her”
  •     “Inside Llewyn Davis”
  •     “Nebraska”
  •     “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Director

  •     Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
  •     Paul Greengrass, “Captain Phillips”
  •     Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
  •     Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
  •     David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

Best Actor, Drama

  •     Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
  •     Idris Elba, “Mandela”
  •     Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips”
  •     Matthew McConaghey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
  •     Robert Redford, “All Is Lost”


Best Actress, Drama

  •     Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
  •     Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
  •     Judi Dench, “Philomena”
  •     Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr Banks”
  •     Kate Winslet, “Labor Day”

Best Actor, Comedy

  •     Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
  •     Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
  •     Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
  •     Oscar Isaac, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
  •     Joaquin Phoenix, “Her”

Best Actress, Comedy

  •     Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
  •     Julie Delpy, “Before Midnight”
  •     Greta Gerwig, “Frances Ha”
  •     Julia Louis Dreyfuss, “Enough Said”
  •     Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

Best Supporting Actor

  •     Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
  •     Daniel Bruhl, “Rush”
  •     Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
  •     Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
  •     Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Supporting Actress

  •     Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
  •     Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
  •     Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
  •     Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
  •     June Squibb, “Nebraska”

Best Screenplay

  •     “Her”, Spike Jonze
  •     “Nebraska”, Bob Nelson
  •     “Philomena”, Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan
  •     “12 Years a Slave”, John Ridley
  •     “American Hustle”, Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell

Best Foreign Language Film

  •     “Blue is the Warmest Color”
  •     “The Great Beauty”
  •     “The Hunt”
  •     “The Past”
  •     “The Wind Rises”

Best Original Song

  •     Atlas (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”)
  •     Let it Go (“Frozen”)
  •     Ordinary Love (“Mandela”)
  •     Please Mr. Kennedy (“Inside Llewyn Davis”)
  •     Sweeter Fiction (“One Chance”)

Best Score

  •     “All is Lost”, Alex Ebert
  •     “Mandela”, Alex Heffes
  •     “Gravity”, Steven Price
  •     “The Book Thief”, John Williams
  •     “12 Years a Slave”, Hans Zimmer

Best Animated Feature

  •     “The Croods”
  •     “Despicable Me 2”
  •     “Frozen”



Best TV Movie or Miniseries

  •     American Horror Story
  •     Behind the Candelabra
  •     Dancing on the Edge
  •     Top of the Lake
  •     The White Queen

Best TV Series, Drama

  •     Breaking Bad
  •     Downton Abbey
  •     The Good Wife
  •     House of Cards
  •     Masters of Sex

Best TV Series, Comedy

  •     Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  •     The Big Bang Theory
  •     Girls
  •     Modern Family
  •     Parks & Recreation

Best Actress, Miniseries or TV Movie

  •     Helena Bonham Carter, Taylor & Burton
  •     Rebecca Ferguson, The White Queen
  •     Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
  •     Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
  •     Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Best Actor, Miniseries or TV Movie

  •     Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra,
  •     Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
  •     Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
  •     Idris Elba, Luther
  •     Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Best Actress, Drama

  •     Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
  •     Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
  •     Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
  •     Kerry Washington, Scandal
  •     Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actor, Drama

  •     Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  •     Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
  •     Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
  •     Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
  •     James Spader, Black List

Best Actress, Comedy

  •     Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
  •     Lena Dunham, Girls
  •     Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  •     Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  •     Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation

Best Actor, Comedy

  •     Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
  •     Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  •     Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
  •     Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
  •     Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best Supporting Actor, TV Movie, Series or Miniseries

  •     Josh Charles, The Good Wife
  •     Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
  •     Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
  •     Corey Stoll, House of Cards
  •     Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Best Supporting Actress, TV Movie, Series or Miniseries

  •     Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
  •     Janet McTeer, The White Queen
  •     Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
  •     Monica Potter, Parenthood
  •     Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

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