The Golden Globes are Sunday Night and I figured I might as well make some picks regarding them. I haven’t seen everything nominated, but I can still pick winners and losers. Also, I’m only picking the film categories. In looking over the television shows I realized how little television I actually watch. Except Breaking Bad. That was great. Any award it’s up for, it should win.
Best Picture Drama
Nominees: 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Philomena, and Rush
Pick: 12 Years a Slave.
Gravity’s ending was so pretentious and I didn’t see the other three. I suspect (hope) Rush and Philomena are both better films the ones I saw, but I can’t see everything.
Best Actress Drama
Nominees: Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, and Kate Winslet.
Pick: Cate Blanchett
I only saw Sandra Bullock’s film, but I’m going to guess that everyone else nominated gave a better performance. Mostly because I’ve seen Gravity and I’ve seen all of the other actresses in other things. I can’t stress enough how insufferable Gravity was. Great Cinematography though. Let’s say Cate Blanchett. Everyone says she was great in Woody Allen’s modernized take on Streetcar. So yeah, Blanchett.
Best Actor Drama
Nominees: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Redford.
Pick: Robert Redford
I only saw Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance in 12 Years a Slave, and it was certainly award worthy, whatever my troubles with the narrative. I really wanted to see Robert Redford in All is Lost, that performance sounds tremendous, but it was only here in Louisville for a week or two and I couldn’t get to it. I’m going to guess Redford.
Best Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominees: American Hustle, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, and The Wolf of Wall Street
Pick: Inside Llewyn Davis
I’ve seen four of these with plans to see the other. Her just opened here on Friday, and I saw Llewyn Davis and Wolf of Wall Street instead since then. Of the four I’ve seen, Inside Llewyn Davis just blew me away. I’ll be writing a review of it shortly, but man. As charming as Nebraska is, it’s Inside Llewyn Davis that is by far the better film. I don’t know that it will win, but it’s my pick.
Best Actress Musical or Comedy
Nominees: Amy Adams, Julie Delpy, Greta Gerwig, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Meryl Streep
Pick: Greta Gerwig
I’ve seen Adams and Gerwig. Streep’s film just opened today, and I’m not sure the other two ever showed in the area. I was in love with Frances Ha as a film and that was because of Geriwg. Adams was solid and of course Streep will be tremendous, but Gerwig, if she wins would be deserving.
Best Actor Musical or Comedy
Nominees: Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Oscar Isaac, Joaquin Phoenix
Pick: Bruce Dern
Again, I haven’t been to Phoenix’s film yet. The other four performances are tremendous. I have to go with Bruce Dern whose minimalist approach to an old man searching for a legacy is brilliant.
Best Animated Feature:
Nominees: The Croods, Despicable Me 2, and Frozen
I saw 6 animated films eligible for this award but the only one nominated was Frozen. My seven year old son saw Frozen and Despicable Me 2. When I asked for his choice he said, “Despicable Me 2 was funnier but Frozen had a better story.” Sounds right to me.
Best Foreign Language Film:
To be honest, while I like Foreign Language Films, but I haven’t seen any in a long time because my eyes are so poor that I can’t read subtitles anymore. I have just received my first prescription for eyeglasses which is currently being filled so, I’ll weigh on this one next year.
Best Supporting Actress
Nominees: Sally Hawkins, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts, June Squibb
Pick: June Squibb
Didn’t see the films Hawkins and Roberts are nominated for. Lawrence was great playing dysfunction again and Nyong’o was tremendous in her first screen role, but Squibb steals Nebraska, so I have to go with her. When you see her taunting a former lover’s grave as she gives the ground a shot at her undergarments, then you’ll understand why she walks away with this one.
Best Supporting Actor
Nominees: Barkhad Abdi, Daniel Bruhl, Bradley Cooper, Michael Fassbender, Jared Leto
Pick: Michael Fassbender
Bradley Cooper was fine in his role, even if his character’s motivations weren’t always clear. I didn’t see Abdi, Bruhl, or Leto, so that leaves Fassbender. I think he’ll win anyway because his portrayal of the warped, sadistic slave owner in 12 Years is as captivating as it is disturbing.
Nominees: Alfonso Cuaron, Paul Greengrass, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, David O. Russell
Pick: Alexander Payne
I didn’t see Greengrass’s work so he’s out. Cuaron’s film was a ham-fisted metaphor with cool (but unrealistic) space shots, and Russell’s was terribly uneven. McQueen and Payne put in great efforts, but I think Payne’s use of minimalism in storytelling is stunning, while McQueen’s work lacked the sense of time that the title suggests. So Payne, but I doubt he’ll win. How the Cohen Brothers weren’t nominated is beyond me. They’ll probably give it to Russell or Cuaron… bastards.
Nominees: Spike Jonze (Her), Bob Nelson (Nebraska), Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan (Philomena), John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell (American Hustle).
Pick: Spike Jonze (Her)
I haven’t seen a 2 of these films, including Spike Jonze’s. However, the premise of the film lives or dies on the writing of Her, so it has to be good to garner the attention it has.
Best Original Score
I’m just going to say John Williams because Danny Elfman isn’t nominated this year.
Best Original Song
“Please Mr. Kennedy” is a brilliantly fun song that fits perfectly into the movie to showcase both how the world is against Llewyn, and how Llewyn is constantly making horrible decisions. But “Let It Go” from Frozen is the song that wins.