Thursday, December 12, 2013

OSCAR WATCH: Golden Globe Nominations

You can always count on the Golden Globes to be idiosyncratic with their choices. This year however, they were unique in a way we didn't expect. Firstly, the main shock was the lack of love for The Butler, a starry film that seemed right up their alley. We always assume they will cowtow to the celebrities, but this year they defied that. In particular, I don't think anyone saw that Oprah snub coming. The other unexpected idiosyncracy is the unusually strong Best Picture (Comedy/Musical) lineup. In fact, it seems like a stronger category than drama this year, a rare thing indeed. I'd also like to point out the strong showing for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, which managed 3 nominations - Best Actor, Best Original Score and Best Original Song. Harvey Weinstein is probably ecstatic that this film is finally getting some attention. The biggest celebrations today though, are for 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle, leading the field with 7 nominations each. Both films now seem to be very strong contenders for Best Picture. Will the Golden Globes have a large influence on the Oscars this year? Only time will tell. For now, let's ruminate over their full list of nominees:

Best Picture (Drama)
12 Years A Slave
Captain Phillips

Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
American Hustle
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor (Drama)
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 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

Best Actor (Musical/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 (Drama)
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Best Actress (Musical/Comedy)
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Brühl, 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 Director
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Screenplay
12 Years A Slave
American Hustle

Best Animated Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2

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: Long Walk to Freedom
"Please Mr. Kennedy" - Inside Llewyn Davis
"Sweeter Than Fiction" - Once Chance

Best Original Score
All Is Lost
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
The Book Thief
12 Years A Slave


  1. Overall, can't find too much to complain about. Though I know not everything here is totally assured for the Oscars, I still hope that at least some of that plays out like this. If not, then oh well. At least we always have this award show, which can always be a good time.

    1. Yeh, the Globes actually did a good job this year! Looking forward to this awards show as always.