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


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.


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


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.

American Hustle
Inside Lleywn Davis
The Wolf Of Wall Street


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.

12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips

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.

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!

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”


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!

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.

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


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.

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.

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

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.

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 😀

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.

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.


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

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”

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 😀

    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! 😀

59 thoughts on “Cheers and Jeers of the 2014 Golden Globe (Film) Nominations

  1. You see Blue Jasmine. I don’t think the film great, but Blanchet? Wow. Holy wow. I actually think Elle Fanning is even more wow, and she’ll be nominated for nothing, but Blanchet deserves the award over Bullock.

    I agree on Whitaker not getting nominated, but having not seen some of the other nominees I’ll reserve judgement.

    Ditto that for Winfrey.

    My biggest jeer? That Wadjda isn’t even in the Best Foreign Film category. It’s my favorite film of 2013 thus far. Still can’t scream too loudly though, as the only nominee for that category I’ve yet seen is Blue is the Warmest Color. Still, Wadjda was better than Blue.

    1. I adore Blanchett and I’m kicking myself that I missed Blue Jasmine at the theaters. I LOVE that woman, she is fantastic in ANY role!

      Oh yeah I remember reading some reviews of Wadjda and most of them have been raves. It’s nuts that it didn’t get a nom! I’m sure Blue made it because it’s more controversial though I read the interview with the two actresses and they said filming it was a nightmare!

      1. They sure did. Was quite the controversy.

        Wadjda is currently my favorite movie of 2013. We’ll see if The Hunt (which I’m about to finally see this weekend), Fruitvale Station, The Act of Killing or any of the Oscar hopefuls currently in theaters change my mind on that point, but as yet the Saudi Arabian film is the only one I have given an A+.

        For what it’s worth, I gave Blue Is the Warmest Color a B-.

        1. Hey if you need to borrow The Act of Killing, I have the dvd, I can give it to you in Jan when we meet 🙂 It’s definitely worth a watch. Very curious about Wadjda, hope Netflix will carry that title.

          1. On Wadjda: me too. I very much want to see it again.

            The DVD for The Act of Killing is already available? Netflix says it won’t be released until January 2014, and I just took their word for it. Now that I know I can get it elsewhere, I might make a point of watching it prior to January, but if not I’d be very happy to borrow it from you. 🙂

            1. No I got the dvd from the director when i interviewed him earlier this year. He actually could still speak Indonesian so we spoke in my native language briefly before the interview 😃

                    1. *Haven’t*? That sounds like you’re expecting me to leave at some point. I hope to stay in the US forever, but no worries I’m no illegal alien 😉

                    2. No. Not the US. Sorry for being unclear, especially if I offended.

                      I meant this wintry state. I was trying to make a joke referencing your post (from earlier in the week), the one wherein you discussed Minnesota’s weather.


                      And you needn’t worry about me and immigration politics. I’m an English as a Second Language teacher, after all. Immigrants and their families are my profession. 😉

                      So I’m thrilled to have you here!

                    3. Oh sorry if I sounded defensive. I see yeah, it is mind-boggling that I’m still living in this arctic state after 20 years, ahah. A lot of my friends have moved on to other (warmer) state, who knows maybe one day we’ll join them. We’ve always wanted to live in Seattle 😀

                      You’re an ESL teacher? How cool is that!! One of my earliest experience in MN is at a 2-month ESL class at Hamline University which was immensely enjoyable. I already knew pretty good English when I got here at 18 so the class was a breeze for me. It was so much fun to interact with fellow students from all over the world. Where are you teaching now James? I feel that ESL teachers are unsung heroes as you guys help soooo many Immigrants *survive* in a way, as learning English is so crucial. So THANK YOU! 😀

                    4. About five years ago, I took a one year leave of absence from the charter school at which I worked and served as School Board Chair. My co-workers, fellow board members and principal all tried to dissuade me, but my wife and I wanted someone at home for our first daughters first year, so it was an easy decision.

                      Anyway, the one year leave ended and I didn’t go back, again to the chagrin of my principal. A year after that we had a second daughter, so I find myself still at home.

                      Being a full time parent is the best job I have ever had, but I miss teaching desperately. I will probably return next school year. Finally.

                    5. And Seattle. I went there for a week long education conference once. Best conference I’ve been to, partially because I really like that city. Pretty reminiscent of Minneapolis, architecturally speaking.

  2. Good stuff Ruth! I just finished up a few thoughts myself (it’ll probably go up tomorrow). It’s pretty cool that several of our takes are the same! The Globes are always fun yet perplexing, exciting yet infuriating. This year is no different.

  3. Yeah, the comedy/musical category confuses me, too. This year more than any other especially, the category looks like spill-over from the drama category. Not just her, but American Hustle and Wolf of Wallstreet in comedy both look pretty peculiar.

    As for the best song, “Let It Go” got nominated (not just best song of the year, but best individual scene in any movie in all of cinema for 2013, IMO), so all is well there in my book, lol. 😛

    1. I know, isn’t it? It’s like they just pick the category at random! I can see Wolf of Wallstreet as a comedy, albeit a dark one, as the trailer looks hilarious. Man, I REALLY want to see Frozen, I have a fondness for Disney songs!

  4. Oooh, you’ve got me very intrigued about your opinion on Inside Llewyn Davis. I also was not a huge fan (although Oscar Isaac was amazing in it). Since most other reviews have been all gushing I’ll be relieved to read someone else’s who wasn’t quite as taken.

    I want to see Her so badly! It’s gotten a lot of traction so far with awards so I feel like it could do much better at the Oscars than I initially expected.

    1. Hello Jess. Well I don’t always *get* the Coens’ style, I feel like they’re an acquired taste, ahah. Glad you’re not fond of it as well, yeah it’s frustrating to see critics go ga-ga for their films, then you go see it and like ‘huh??’ I thought the ending was so underwhelming and just plain odd, but at least Isaac was indeed amazing.

      HER on the other hand, I could get behind all the praises for that film. For one, it’s far more emotionally gratifying.

  5. Ted S.

    Wow I had no idea the Golden Globe nominations came out, good job of capturing all the noms there Ruth. But since I haven’t seen many of the movies that were nominated, probably won’t see them anyway and of course with my distaste for award shows, I don’t have any opinions about them.

    Too bad you didn’t like Inside Llewyn Davis, from what I read the film was really a true Coen brothers film, which I know not many people will enjoy. But I can’t wait to see it.

    1. Well if you’re one of the Coens groupies you might LOVE Inside Llewyn Davis just like the critics 😉 I guess I just don’t *get* their style and their characters are so hard to root for, plus it’s just so foul-mouthed as you know I can’t stand that. But Oscar Isaac is brilliant so for that I don’t see it as a time waster.

      1. Ted S.

        Yeah, the characters in their films aren’t what you call “good” guys, they’re just regular people and most of them aren’t likeable, which is why I really like their style. They sort of went mainstream the last couple of years but glad to hear they’re going back to their roots.

        1. Ahah well then I like their more ‘mainstream’ style as I like the True Grit remake. I don’t mind regular folks and no they don’t have to be likable but what I have trouble most is the ending which seems slapped on and rather pointless.

  6. Glad to see your outrage over Mads, he was also snubbed for Hannibal. I could get angry about many things but my soul and desire to yell died when Game of Thrones got nothing so there’s that 😛

    1. It’s nuts that he’s also snubbed for Hannibal?? I didn’t look at the TV noms as I don’t watch any of the shows. Oy, GOT too, I’m so sorry to hear that Sati. What a bummer! Even the double noms for Idris hardly make up for that eh?

  7. I don’t like the new U2 song. I want the “Frozen” song to win though I agree with you that Lana del Rey should’ve been nominated. Hell, I just want Taylor Swift to lose again and get pissed the same way she was when Adele won. I really hate that bitch.

    1. I haven’t seen Frozen yet but the song is lovely. Ahah, I hear ya about Swift, I don’t like her voice either. Adele on the other hand is on a league of her own.

  8. I’ve been very critical of the Globes in the past but this year they got things more right. There are a couple of big snubs and I’m confused by what they define as a comedy, but the list is pretty agreeable.

  9. Wonderful post! It’s funny, because the bulk of what I have left to see (apart from a few foreign titles) are in the Best Picture – Comedy/Musical lineup. I can’t wait to watch those 5 films! Oh, I finally saw The Hunt, and I agree Mikkelsen deserved a nomination. He’s actually my current Best Actor winner. 🙂

    1. I’m seeing Wolf of Wall Street next week so the only one left on my list by year’s end is probably Philomena as it’s probably gone from the indie theaters by now. Mads is stellar in The Hunt, so yeah that’s a bummer to see his absence 😦

    1. Thanks Mikey! Yeah I think 12 Years will probably win a lot but hey, glad you feel the same about Bruhl. Glad he wasn’t overlooked for his excellent performance, he’s like in a whole other league compared to Chris Hemsworth!

        1. Yep, he really embodied Lauda. I was stunned to see how similar he was to the real person. He also got the gestures right, now THAT’s great acting.

            1. Ahah you’re right! But perhaps it might have been easier for him than if he’s say, English or American. I hope he gets more prominent roles after this.

  10. Hello Ruth, long time no see 🙂
    Aaaah I’m so happy that Abdi and Bruhl got nominated for both SAG and Golden Globes. It’s really surprising because I thought they would be overlooked. And same as you, I’m rooting for Bruhl! Such a great performance. But I’m still in doubt about Directing, Cuaron is definitely one of the frontrunners, but basing on the buzz, McQueen is not far behind.

    One thing I hate about these nominations announcements is… I haven’t watched like more than a half of those films 😦 I hope I can watch em ASAP!

    1. Hi Fariz, yeah I’ve missed seeing you here 😀 It’s awesome to see those two didn’t get overlooked, glad you’re rooting for Bruhl too! I do hope Cuaron will win over McQueen!

      I’m fortunate that I have seen more films this year by now, I only have two more to watch in the Best Picture list, which hopefully I can get to by end of January 🙂

    1. Yeah I think Sandy is for sure will be nominated for Oscar too, Nov. Love her and she was excellent in Gravity! Hope you get to see some of the Best Picture noms eventually 😀

  11. Great break-down of the nominations. And thanks for linking to my SAG post! 🙂 I’m also a bit bummed that Forest Whitaker didn’t get the nom; same goes for Oprah, who I thought was spectacular.

    The comedy/drama definitions by the HFPA continue to baffle me, haha! And I hope your Cuarón prediction comes true!

    1. Hi there Fernando! My pleasure, glad you got the SAG one covered.

      Glad I’m not the only one baffled by the comedy/drama categories, ahah. Oh I hope Cuarón would indeed win big this year.

      Btw, thanks for recommending Hunchback of Notre Dame, I rewatched that one as my hubby hasn’t seen it and we both loved it. It’s quite a tearjerker!

        1. Oh yeah, especially the scenes with the villain in front of the fireplace. I like the darker tone as it’s what the story requires, but of course it’s still got the lighter Disney humor and fun songs 😀

  12. I just wrote about the bafflement of the comedy/musical selections because… yeah, so random. Her, Before Midnight… really? I loved Martindale in August. I wish she would’ve gotten a nom too.

    1. Hi Alex! Yeah, seems so random as Saving Mr. Banks is under drama and that’s more humorous in tone than HER. Glad to see someone vouching for Martindale’s performance in August, but seems like Hollywood Foreign Press usually goes for the bigger name actors 😦

  13. There aren’t any massive surprises to be honest but I’m glad to see Rush included a couple of times. The Comedy/Musical category is a weird one anyway, and when they clearly don;t know what to put in it, it makes it all the more weird.

    I’m always slightly depressed when the noms come out as I realise how many films I’ve missed!

    1. Yeah, I think the Oscar category makes more sense, I mean I would rather just nominate 10 films and actors then without breaking the categories. It seems forced that way. Yeah, there are some films I’ve missed out on too, Chris, see I haven’t seen Philomena yet.

  14. Have you seen The Spectacular Now yet? A little off topic, I’m just curious haha.
    I’m happy with a lot of these nominations, although the GG normally have some really odd nominations (The Tourist, Burlesque etc), which always makes them wacky and fun. So, I’m a little disappointed there isn’t any of that this year.

    What films/performances are you rooting for this year?

  15. Happy with a lot of the nominations, but I don’t have definite picks yet. I’m happy to just see of my LONGTIME faves get recognized like Joaquin, Leo, Matthew, and Sandra (again). I won’t get to see more of the nominated movies until it’s closer to the Oscars. The most I’d love to see is Leo, Matthew and Cate if I had to pick ones for sure. Hope you have a fun time tonight! 😀

    1. Hello Katy! Yeah generally the noms are pretty good this year, no real head-scratcher. I LOVE Cate though I haven’t seen Blue Jasmine yet, aaargh!

      Hey, have fun too, I usually tweet a lot during the telecast 😀

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