THE 71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS
MY PREDICTIONS
by Mitchell Burns

The 71st Golden Globes are tonight, Sunday, January 12th 2014, at 8pm EST. I am excited. Two of my favourite comedians (and women) in the world, are hosting! Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who did a terrific job hosting last years Golden Globes, are back! 
The Golden Globes are the less serious, but more fun version of the Oscars. To put it in perspective, The Oscars are Dennis Quaid, and The Golden Globes are Randy Quaid. Even though they’re a little more silly, many of the winners at the Globes will most likely go on to win that precious Oscar. 
I’ve made my predictions on who might win the movie categories, and I think they’re pretty solid, although many categories are anyones game. Gravity and 12 Years a Slave seem to be the frontrunners in most categories, and the acting categories are all very tight races. I’ve also included the nominees in the TV categories, even though I’m pretty much useless at predicting those. (Parks and Rec. all the way!)
I’ll be watching live, keeping score and live tweeting over at @mitchydaily. For now, here are my predictions:

This has been updated with the winners of the Golden Globe movie awards, my final score for the night was 10/14 or 71%, a pass at least. The Winners are in Red. 


BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
“12 Years a Slave”
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity”
“Philomena”
“Rush”
My ThoughtsThe Best Motion Picture – Drama category is a tight race, between two movies:  12 Years a Slave and Gravity. The other three don’t stand a chance. American Hustle and Her might have given them a little grief and they may at the Oscars, but for now it’s most likely going to be 12 Years a Slave. Although, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Gravity take it.

Will Win:  12 Years a Slave
Should Win: 12 Years a Slave
Could Win:  Gravity
Who should be here: Short Term 12/Before Midnight
Winner – 12 Years a Slave

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN 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”
My Thoughts:The only one who could give Cate Blanchett any trouble in this category is Sandra Bullock, but the most deserving is Blanchett. Her immensely stunning performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine should win every award across the board. Winslet should just stay home….

Will Win:  Cate Blanchett
Should Win: Cate Blanchett
Could Win:  Sandra Bullock
Who should be here: Brie Larson – Short Term 12
Winner – Cate Blanchett

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – 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”
My Thoughts:This is a tight race; I honestly don’t even know who I’m rooting for. I would root for either Chiwetel Ejiofor or Robert Redford, but only slightly more than McConaughey. Hanks and Elba are pretty much out, although they did give great performances.

Will Win:  Chiwetel Ejiofor
Should Win: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Could Win:  Matthew McConaughey
Who should be here: Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station
Winner – Matthew Mcconaughey

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
“American Hustle”
“Her”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Nebraska”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
My Thoughts:To call any of these movies comedies or musicals is a stretch, American Hustle is probably the funniest of the bunch, but I would still label it as a drama. Inside Llewyn Davis is definitely music heavy, but calling it a musical isn’t right, and it’s definitely not a comedy.  It’s a tough category to predict, but since I’m forcing myself to, I would say…

Will Win:  American Hustle
Should Win: Her
Could Win:  Her
Who should be here: Enough Said or Saving Mr. Banks
Winner – American Hustle

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Julie Delpy, “Before Midnight”
Greta Gerwig, “Frances Ha”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Enough Said”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”
My Thoughts:I love the nominees in this category, everyone here is deserving of the Golden globe. August: Osage County hasn’t been treated as nicely as expected by critics, but Streep’s performance is still amazing. Streep seems the likely contender, although Adams could win it this time. By the way… August: Osage County is not a comedy or a musical, maybe a very, very, very dark comedy.

Will Win:  Amy Adams
Should Win: Any of them!
Could Win:  Meryl Streep
Who should be here:  Lake Bell – In a World…
Winner – Amy Adams

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Oscar Isaac, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Her”
My Thoughts:Sadly, this is not the movie DiCaprio deserves to win for, I would rather see it go to Christian Bale or Oscar Isaac. Although, anyone of these gentlemen could win and know that they deserved it, I just believe that DiCaprio has had much better roles that were more deserving than Wolf of Wall Street.

Will Win:  Leonardo DiCaprio
Should Win: Christian Bale
Could Win: Christian Bale
Who should be here:  James Gandolfini – Enough Said
Winner – Leonardo DiCaprio

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2″
“Frozen”
My Thoughts:Frozen should, and probably will, win this hands down. The Croods wasn’t that great, and Despicable Me 2 wasn’t good in my opinion, and Frozen is amazing. Turbo and Monsters University were much better movies than The Croods or Despicable Me 2.

Will Win:  Frozen
Should Win:  Frozen
Could Win: Frozen
Who should be here:  Turbo and Monsters University
Winner – Frozen

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Blue is the Warmest Color”
“The Great Beauty”
“The Hunt”
“The Past”
“The Wind Rises”
My Thoughts:I’ve yet to see The Great Beauty and The Wind Rises, but I think they are the least likely to win. The race is between Blue is the Warmest Color and The Past, although I think The Hunt is better than any movie in this category. The Past will probably win, Blue is the Warmest Color and its lesbian sex scenes may turn off many voters.

Will Win:  The Past
Should Win: The Hunt
Could Win: Blue is the Warmest Color
Winner – The Great Beauty

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE 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”
My Thoughts:I see HFPA giving this award to Jennifer Lawrence, her performance in Hustle was great, but nowhere near as outstanding as newcomer Lupita Nyong’o. Hawkins, Roberts and Squibb are deserving but probably don’t stand a chance.

Will Win:  Jennifer Lawrence
Should Win: Lupita Nyong’o
Could Win: Lupita Nyong’o
Who should be here:  Melonie Diaz or Octavia Spencer – Fruitvale Station
Winner – Jennifer Lawrence

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Brühl, “Rush”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
My Thoughts:Supporting Actor is a tight and exciting race, a win by any five of these nominees would please me. It may be the toughest category to predict, Jared Leto is probably the frontrunner here, but Bradley Cooper could undeservedly scoop it up.

Will Win:  Jared Leto
Should Win: Daniel Brühl
Could Win: Bradley Cooper
Who should be here:  John Goodman – Inside Llewyn Davis or Matthew McConaughey – Mud or Jeremy Renner – American Hustle
Winner – Jared Leto

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
My Thoughts:I think what Cuarón did with Gravity was spectacular, their are not any technical categories at the Globes, so if Gravity doesn’t win anything else, Director is where it should win. McQueen is Cuaróns biggest threat.

Will Win:  Alfonso Cuarón
Should Win: Alfonso Cuarón
Could Win: Steve McQueen
Who should be here: J.C. Chandor – All is Lost
Winner – Alfonso Cuarón

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Spike Jonze, “Her”
Bob Nelson, “Nebraska”
Jeff Pope, Steve Coogan, “Philomena”
John Ridley, “12 Years A Slave”
Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
My Thoughts:The most deserving in the Best Screenplay category is most likely Spike Jonze, his script for Her is filled to the brim with witty, insightful dialogue, and his script is almost pitch perfect. 12 Years a Slave seems to be everyone’s rival at the Golden Globes tonight, and it’s no different here.

Will Win:  Spike Jonze – Her
Should Win: Spike Jonze – Her
Could Win: John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave
Who should be here: Destin Cretton (Short Term 12), Nicole Holofcener (Enough said) and Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight)
Winner – Spike Jonze 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE

Alex Ebert, “All Is Lost”
Alex Heffes, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”
Steven Price, “Gravity”
John Williams, “The Book Thief”
Hans Zimmer, “12 Years A Slave”
My Thoughts:The best score of the year is Steven Price’s Gravity score. I think the HFPA will recognize it but Hans Zimmer may scoop it up for 12 Years a Slave.

Will Win:  Steven Price – Gravity
Should Win: Steven Price – Gravity
Could Win: Hans Zimmer – 12 Years a Slave
Winner – Alex Ebert “All is Lost” 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
“Atlas,” “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” – Coldplay

“Let It Go,” “Frozen” – Idina Menzel

“Ordinary Love,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” – U2

“Please Mr. Kennedy,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”

“Sweeter Than Fiction,” “One Chance” – Taylor Swift 
My Thoughts:I think there were better songs in Inside Llewyn Davis, but to most viewers “Please Mr. Kennedy” will be the most memorable. I think the HFPA will award Inside Llewyn Davis here, as it seems it probably won’t win anywhere else, but I think Frozen’s “Let it go” is most deserving.

Will Win:  Please Mr. Kennedy – Inside Llewyn Davis
Should Win: Let it go – Frozen
Could Win: Let it go – Frozen
Who should be here: I See Fire – Ed Sheeran (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), The Moon Song (Her), For the Time Being – Edie Brickell (The Way, Way Back)
Winner – Ordinary Love

The Television Awards
I don’t watch enough TV to impart my wisdom on this category, your guess at the winners is probably as good as mine. I’m pretty sure Breaking Bad should sweep the drama awards though, and hopefully ANYTHING else can beat Modern Family, Parks and Recreation is easily the best comedy on TV now. Girls or Brooklyn Nine-Nine could win as well and I would be happy.
Below is a complete list of the Golden Globe Television Awards, without my predictions because I am clueless!

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“The Good Wife”
“House Of Cards”
“Masters Of Sex”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – 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 PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Michael Sheen, “Masters of Sex”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
James Spader, “The Blacklist”
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
“Girls”
“Modern Family”
“Parks & Recreation”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks & Recreation”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
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 MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
“American Horror Story: Coven”
“Behind The Candelabra”
“Dancing on the Edge”
“Top of the Lake”
“White Queen”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
Rebecca Ferguson, “White Queen”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jacqueline Bisset, “Dancing on the Edge”
Janet McTeer, “White Queen”
Hayden Panettiere, “Nashville”
Monica Potter, “Parenthood”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
Rob Lowe, “Behind the Candelabra”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Corey Stoll, “House of Cards”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

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