Cheers and Jeers of the 2014 Golden Globe (Film) Nominations

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Award season is clearly in full swing, with the SAG awards and the Golden Globes nominations announced in the same week. For the SAG award coverage, I direct you to Fernando’s blog as he posted what made him happy. As I’ve always covered the Golden Globes the past few years, I figure I should continue with the tradition, but I’m only commenting on the Motion Picture noms, for TV stuff, check out Sati’s coverage as she watch way more TV than I do.

Well, today is Friday the 13th, I hope none of the noms give you a shock of horror 😉 In any case, here are my thoughts on the noms, CHEERS being things I’m happy about and JEERS, well I think it’s self-explanatory.

CHEERS!

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”

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I love ALL the actresses in this category! Though I’ve only seen two of the performances out of five, I do think all of those lovely thespians deserve their nods. I’m torn between Bullock and Thompson as I I think both of them did an astonishing job, but when it comes down to it, I guess I’m voting for Bullock.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
American Hustle
Her
Inside Lleywn Davis
Nebraska
The Wolf Of Wall Street

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YAY for Spike Jonze’s HER getting multiple nods, but in comedy?? I’m always baffled by the comedy/musical category, there’s always some strange picks there. I definitely wouldn’t categorize HER as a comedy, and I guess August, Osage County is a VERY dark comedy but I see it more of a drama. The only one I haven’t seen yet is The Wolf of Wall Street, but as of now, though I really like the other three, I’m rooting for HER.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

Can’t really fault any of these, though I haven’t seen Philomena, yet. I know people are gonna think Lee Daniels’ The Butler was grossly snubbed, but I’m kind of indifferent about it. I mean, I liked it and it was a good film, but I don’t think it’s so spectacular that it warrants a nom.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Oscar Isaac, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Her”

Is this the year Leo will finally get an Oscar? I’ll be seeing The Wolf of Wall Street next week so I’m curious to see his performance. I’m most thrilled to see Joaquin Phoenix getting a nod for Best Actor and Jonze’s work singled out in Best Screenplay category. It’s a nice bonus to see it in the Best Picture category, too! I also enjoyed Christian Bale’s combover-tastic performance in American Hustle and Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis! I feel guilty that I only had Isaac under Honorable Mention in this list I made last year. But hey, he’s FINALLY getting the recognition he deserves!

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”

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Oh man, this is going to be tough. I’m so torn between the two of my favorite British actors: Ejiofor and Elba. I think both deserve their recognition, but perhaps I’d give Ejiofor the edge [by a small margin] and I’ll be rooting for Elba for his role in Luther. I am thrilled to see the massively charismatic and talented Elba getting double nods, yay!

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”

WOW Meryl again?? But I have to admit she was excellent as the cancer-stricken, rather unhinged matriarch of the Weston family. Sadly I’ve only seen two performance out of the three, and I’d like to see Amy Adams winning this thing as it was quite a sensational performance she did in American Hustle.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Past
The Wind Rises

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The only one I have seen here is The Hunt (read my review) and I’m absolutely behind that movie 100%. Wish Mads Mikkelsen had been nominated for Best Actor also. What a phenomenal film that was.

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”

The only one I haven’t seen here is Blue Jasmine, but I do think Hawkins is a good actress. This nom seems rather predictable to me, Nyong’o, Lawrence and Roberts seems like a shoo-in. Nice to see June Squibb being singled out though, she’s definitely a scene-stealer in Nebraska! Btw, I’m surprised Oprah Winfrey didn’t get a nod for Lee Daniels’ The Butler, but no, I’m not exactly upset by it.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Brühl, “Rush”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

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Daniel Brühl – “Rush”

WOW, first of all I’m thrilled for Barkhad Abdi! I mean, it’s his first ever role for the former Minneapolis cab driver and he got a SAG AND Golden Globe nominations! Good for him, he deserved it for going toe-to-toe with Tom Hanks AND managed to steal scenes. But the one I’m rooting for is Daniel Brühl as he gave such a spectacular performance as Nikki Lauda. I think it was a more compelling performance than even Fassbender’s and Cooper’s as it wasn’t as sensational, but definitely more heartfelt.

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”

Again, no surprise here at all. Having seen Inside Llewyn Davis last night, I’m not upset that the Coens aren’t getting a nom, I think that about sums up what I think about the film. Cuarón will walk out with the statue of course, he’ll be the director version of Christoph Waltz in 2010 where he’ll sweep every single major award. Mark my words 😀

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Her – Spike Jonze
Nebraska – Bob Nelson
Philomena – Jeff Pope, Steve Coogan
12 Years A Slave – John Ridley
American Hustle – Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell

Yay for Spike Jonze! Philomena is the only one I’ve missed so far, but HER is the one I’d champion over the other three.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years A Slave

I really don’t have any opinion on this category, but Williams and Zimmer are two of my fave composers! That said, I think the scores for Heffes’ Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Zimmer’s 12 Years A Slave are both beautiful. I won’t have any qualms if either one of those win this thing.

Jeers

Seems like ‘snub’ will be the unofficial four-letter word around award season. Now, fortunately my JEERS list isn’t a super long one but still I

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
Atlas, Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Let It Go, Frozen
Ordinary Love, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Please Mr Kennedy, Inside Llewyn Davis
Sweeter Than Fiction, One Chance

What?? No Young & Beautiful from Lana Del Rey?? It’s a travesty! Heh, so I guess the Hollywood Foreign Press doesn’t even love her even when she’s still young and beautiful 😦

I guess out of the five above that I have heard, I like the U2’s Ordinary Love the most.

Best Animated Feature Film
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Frozen”

Ok now, how the heck did Pixar missed out on Monsters University over The Croods?? But given it’s a sequel and not one that is stronger than the first, I guess that could explain the omission but wow, Pixar better step it up!

Now, for these categories, I’ve listed the noms above.

  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA: Where is Forest Whitaker?? People are crying foul about Oprah not getting a nom but for me, I think Whitaker in the lead role did a fine job and therefore, it warrants to be called a snub! Oh and same with Mads Mikkelsen. I don’t know who I’d take out from the five nominees (though I haven’t seen Redford in All is Lost yet), but I would LOVE to see Mikkelsen on there somehow.
  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE: I was kind of hoping Margo Martindale got the nod instead of Roberts. I mean she’s not a big name to be sure, but Martindale is the most memorable character next to Meryl Streep. Well I’d argue about Benedict Cumberbatch as well (he sings!), but that’s cause I LOVE that guy 😀

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    Margo Martindale (with Meryl Streep) and Oscar Isaac
  • BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL: I’m glad I saw Inside Llewyn Davis as Oscar Isaac‘s award-worthy performance is tremendous, but I’m not exactly fond of the film itself. I personally would rather see The Kings of Summer (view my review) get a nod instead of the Coens’ latest. So it’s not as high profile as anything the Coens does, but I think it’s a better film and far more enjoyable one to boot! It’s also impressive given it’s Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ feature film debut.

The 71st Golden Globe Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, Jan. 12 in Beverly Hills, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.


Well that’s my two cents, folks. I’d love to hear what you think of the Golden Globes nominations. I’m sure you have an opinion, so fire away! 😀