FlixChatter’s 2014 Golden Globes Coverage: Predictions, Winners & Event Highlights


The glitz and glamor of Award Season kicks off tonight with the 71st Golden Globes Awards… just four days shy of the Oscar nominations. Boy,  I didn’t realize how close the GG telecast is to Oscar noms, but hey I guess Awards chatter is already going full throttle anyway.

Despite the traditional cheers and jeers of the nominations, at least there wasn’t a real head-scratcher like The Tourist being nominated a couple of years back [thank goodness!] For some reason I completely forgot that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler also hosted last year but I’m just blasé about both of them, and all I’m watching for is the Film nominations as I barely watch any TV these days.

WoodyAllenDianeKeatonNow, before I get to my predictions, let’s talk about the honorary Golden Globes, known as the Cecil B. DeMille Award, named after its first ever honoree in 1952. Last year it was bestowed to Jodie Foster and this year, it’ll be director Woody Allen who’ll be the honorary recipient this time. Now, you might be thinking if Woody would even show up to the awards, as was I. Well, according to Deadline, the reclusive director who’s notorious for shunning award shows will NOT attend tonight’s event. It also mentions that Allen “…wasn’t present to receive any of his four Oscars out of 23 nominations and has shied away from the Golden Globes despite 13 nominations and two wins.” So his longtime friend and muse Diane Keaton will receive the award on his behalf.

Now on to the predictions… and winners!

Best Motion Picture, Drama
“12 Years a Slave”
“Captain Phillips”

My prediction: Gravity
Who I’m rooting for: Gravity
Winner: “12 Years a Slave”
Well my friend James is absolutely right that Gravity and ’12 Years’ are going to split the Best Director and Best Film win! I still think Gravity deserved to win though.

Best 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 prediction: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Who I’m rooting for: Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years A Slave”
Winner: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Got it right again though I haven’t seen Matthew’s performance. I really think that the votes came down to between him and Ejiofor but award voters seem to love roles with drastic body transformation. It’s crazy that Matthew could’ve been up for his performance in MUD as well, this guy’s career reinvention is astounding. More power to him!

Best 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 prediction: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Who I’m rooting for: Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Winner: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
I haven’t seen Blanchett’s performance but she is a spectacular actress that I don’t even mind she wins this over Bullock. Now I can’t wait to see Blue Jasmine even more!

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
“American Hustle”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

My prediction: “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Who I’m rooting for: “Her”
Winner: “American Hustle”
Sheesh, I somehow put down Wolf of Wall Street as the winner, not sure what I was thinking! Well, I was REALLY pulling for Her to win this, but I guess if it came down to between ‘Wolf’ and ‘Hustle,’ I guess I’d rather have the latter win this.

Best 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 prediction: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Who I’m rooting for: Joaquin Phoenix, “Her”
Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Though I’m bummed Joaquin didn’t win this thing, Leo did an amazing work as Jordan Belfort, and his physical comedy performance is why he’s nominated in the Comedy category.

Best 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 prediction: Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”
Who I’m rooting for: Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Winner: Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Yet ANOTHER wrong prediction, but hey, the one I was rooting for win. I was afraid Meryl would nab this yet again, as HFP loves her so much. I’ve seen both performances and though Meryl is great as always, I think Amy was still more deserving.

Best Supporting Actress 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 prediction: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Who I’m rooting for: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”

At the same time… I’m not going to hate her just because I didn’t think she shouldn’t have won. I did like her performance in American Hustle, I just think Nyong’O was more deserving.

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Bruhl, “Rush”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

My prediction: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Who I’m rooting for: Daniel Bruhl, “Rush”
Winner: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
I got this one right, but I was SO rooting for Bruhl. Ah well, I just hope his role in RUSH would bring him more prominent roles!

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

My prediction: “Frozen”
Who I’m rooting for: “Frozen”
Winner: “Frozen”
Wahoo!!! Congrats Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck for making such a lovely and stirring movie! The win is so well-deserved. Even if Pixar had been nominated for Monsters University, I’d STILL be rooting for Frozen. It’s currently sitting in my Top 5.

Best Foreign Language Film
“Blue Is the Warmest Color”
“The Great Beauty”
“The Past”
“The Hunt”
“The Wind Rises”

My prediction: “Blue Is the Warmest Color”
Who I’m rooting for: “The Hunt”
Winner: “The Great Beauty”
I got it wrong once again, but I wish I could be wrong to seeing The Hunt winning. I mean Mads Mikkelsen was grossly snubbed and now the astounding film is snubbed too 😦

Best Director – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Paul Greengrass, “Captain Phillips”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

My prediction: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Who I’m rooting for: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Winner: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
YES!! Methinks there’s no competition here but heck, you just never know! I’m just glad the HFP got it right, now let’s give Gravity Best Picture win also please?

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Spike Jonze, “Her”
Bob Nelson, “Nebraska”
Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope, “Philomena”
John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”
David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer, “American Hustle”

My prediction: John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”
Who I’m rooting for: Spike Jonze, “Her”
Winner: Spike Jonze, “Her”
I’m thrilled to see Jonze win this. Woo hoo!! If you’ve read my review you know why I was rooting for this.

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alex Ebert, “All is Lost”
Alex Heffes, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Steven Price, “Gravity”
Hans Zimmer, “12 Years a Slave”
John Williams, “The Book Thief”

My prediction: Steven Price, “Gravity”
Who I’m rooting for: Steven Price, “Gravity”
Winner: Alex Ebert, “All is Lost”
I haven’t seen the movie nor do I have a clue who Ebert is, but I’m really bummed Price didn’t win for Gravity though [sad face]

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“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,” “One Chance”

My prediction: “Please Mr. Kennedy,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Who I’m rooting for: “Let It Go,” “Frozen”
Winner: Ordinary Love – “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Aaaargh!!! I so want Frozen to win but ah well, seems like I’m horrible at predicting ANYTHING, ahah.

The Tally:

So I got 7 out of 14 [FILM] predictions right, but only FOUR of the film/talent that I’m rooting for ended up winning.

Random Commentaries:

Here are some of my fave parts from the show, apart from the comments about each Film winners:

  • Even though I haven’t watched a single episode, I’m glad Breaking Bad and Bryan Cranston winning tonight. Cranston is a class act.
  • Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are pretty awesome hosts. They seem to be genuinely good friends and that rapport shows. I didn’t care about Fey’s introduction of Leo DiCaprio though. Feel free to google it yourself, not gonna repeat such an icky thing on my blog.
  • In response to Kevin Bacon + Kyra Sedgwick‘s daughter being miss Golden Globes, Poehler dressing up as Fey’s teenage boy is pretty hilarious. LOVE that she went directly to Idris Elba, thinking he was her father. What a beautiful man!
  • Robert Downey Jr. is always fun to see in award shows. Can’t exactly remember what he said but he seemed to make some people laughing hysterically.
  • Most memorable presenter? Hmmm, I think it’d have to be Emma Thompson when she showed up barefoot with her heels on one hand and a glass of champagne on the other. Oh, and for most stirring-presentation, it’d have to be Laura Dern presenting her dad Bruce’s nominated film Nebraska. Awww…
  • MattDamon_GoldenGlobes2014I think it’s safe to say that based on the number of mentions at the event, Matt Damon (aka the Garbage Man) OWNED the Golden Globes. He’s such a good sport that guy, I like him even more for that reason. Whilst his BFF Ben Affleck, mr. Batman himself, might’ve been too busy the night before saving crime or what have you that he appeared to be in desperate need of sleep.
  • Worst faux-pas of the night: Teleprompter showed the wrong text when Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie was presenting their movie The Wolf of Wall Street. They were handed a piece of paper to read their lines so it was fine in the end. I thought it was a joke at first but it turns out that it was a real snafu, wow, that’s horrible HFP!
  • Fey’s jab at Michael Bay was hilarious! Was waiting for that to happen, heck I wonder if the teleprompter snafu was HFP’s inadvertent jab at him as well, ahah!
  • I didn’t really watch the red carpet, but I have to honor at least one winner for Best Dress… which goes to the sublime Cate Blanchett’s gorgeous Armani Privé black lace dress with a stunning high collar and subtle mermaid skirt. But it’s really the way she wears the dress that makes it even more stunning. She is a class act all the way!
    As for WORST dress category, I’d say Jennifer Lawrence‘s white dress that looks like it’s made out of someone’s old drape doesn’t do her beautiful figure any favors! These people have money and stylists at their disposal, how could they not get the fashion right? I mean, when in doubt just go with an LBD!
  • Alfonso Cuaron‘s hilarious acceptance speech is perhaps my favorite of the night
    “Because of my accent, people ended up doing what they think I mean instead of what I actually meant.”
    “Sandra thought I said ‘I’m going to give you a hairpiece’ when I meant an earpiece” LOL!
  • I like Matthew McConaughey‘s speech. “It’s not about dyin’, it’s about livin’ & for that I say just keep.” What a great way to end a speech there man!

That’s it folks. As you can see, I’m only covering the FILM portion as I barely watch any TV 🙂

So, what are your predictions and which films/talents are you rooting for?

45 thoughts on “FlixChatter’s 2014 Golden Globes Coverage: Predictions, Winners & Event Highlights

  1. Good stuff Ruth and I’ll certainly be watching. I’ll certainly be rooting for Gravity but I think “12 Years” is gonna get a lot of attention tonight. REALLY hope The Hunt wins its category and I hope Blanchett wins as well. Still angry about Mads getting shunned as Best Actor. Will you be tweeting during the show? If so I’m sure I’ll talk to you then!

    Let awards season begin!!!

    1. Cool! I’m only going to be watching the ceremony, not really into the red carpet stuff.

      I LOVE Blanchett and though I haven’t seen Blue Jasmine, I’d be ok if she won instead of Sandy. Yeah too bad about Mads, but hopefully The Hunt will win Best Foreign Film!

      Yes, let’s *meet* via Twitter 😀

      1. No red carpet for me either. It would be great if they would talk to the people about the movies instead of what they’re wearing.

        Watching my Broncos and then I’ll slide right over to the Globes.

  2. I want “Her” to win everything though it’s tough because I also love “Wolf of Wall Street” so much. I hope for a tie between Leo & Joaquin. Can’t believe they snubbed Scar-Jo. I just hope to see Taylor Swift get another loser face because that bitch sucks.

    1. I’m with you about wanting HER to sweep everything. No competition with WOWS for me. Yeah, I talked about it a while back that I wish there were a voice acting category as Scarlett would have to win it!!

  3. All I know is that any answer that isn’t “Let It Go” is the wrong answer. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

    Also, lol, didn’t even realize that 12 Years a Slave was up for best ORIGINAL score. Guess the voters didn’t realize that Hans Zimmer reused the exact same pieces from Inception in this movie. 😛

    1. Ahah, yes let’s hope that happens Chris! I hope Frozen wins Best Animation too!!

      Yeah, I didn’t really remember the score for 12 Years A Slave, I hope Gravity wins that one!

  4. Great commentary, Ruth. All of your predictions seem viable to me.

    Though I will be surprised if 12 Years a Slave doesn’t take home either picture or director. I think it and Gravity will vie for the two, and wind up splitting them.

      1. He deserves it. Of course, so do so many other actors. I’d still give it to Tom Hanks, personally. Those last five minutes are enough to deserve pretty much any award ever.

          1. That’s fair.

            Honestly, I think the acting awards pretty much incapable of going wrong. There are simply so many award-worthy performances in 2013 that it really doesn’t matter who wins. The victor is guaranteed to deserve it.

  5. Tom

    All great selections, Ruth and that’s a really cool idea about tossing in what you predicted, what you were rooting for and then what actually won. Cool process!

    One question, though. I thought “American Hustle” ended up winning Best Movie for Comedy or Musical? I think you have it up there as Wolf of Wall Street (which is certainly what I was hoping for.) Maybe I’m misreading the section, though, but I was pretty certain O. Russell’s picture took top prize for that one. . . which was interesting too!

    Fun night!

    1. Hi ya Tom! Yeah, I tried something new this year, might use the same process for Oscars, though I hope I’m a bit better at predicting stuff, ahah.

      Oh my goodness!! Thanks so much for correcting my glaring error, not sure what happened there. Well, I’d rather Hustle win it than ‘Wolf’ though of course I was rooting for Her all the way.

      Yeah, it was fun though the winners were all over the place!!

      1. Tom

        hahah it’s all good, I thought I would drop in and make that remark, didn’t mean to be embarrassing or anything. I personally preferred The Wolf but I’m glad to see American Hustle receiving recognition for the things it did very well also.

  6. That’s me just caught up with all this. I was hoping Fassbender would gave taken something but sadly it wasn’t to be. I think the biggest shock about this is that you haven’t watched Breaking Bad yet, Ruth. You’re really missing out there.

    1. Ahah, it shouldn’t have been a shock Mark. I’m horrible w/ catching up w/ TV shows. I mean even with Downton Abbey which is one of my fave genres, I have only managed to watch a few episodes! I know I’m missing out on a lot but there’s just not enough time in the world to catch up on movies AND TV.

  7. I thought Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did a great job – loved that opening monologue. I was pleased for Steve McQueen and 12 Years A Slave – a very talented filmmaker and a worthy film for the top honors.

    …I still find the musical/comedy category a strange one. Do musical’s ever win and what was the last out and out comedy to take the honor? American Hustle shouldn’t have been there. Yes, it’s great to win the prize but it should be considered alongside 12 Years A Slave in the drama category.

    1. Yeah, I’m normally not a fan of them but I enjoyed their hosting gig. The monologue is pretty hilarious, I like the part where Poehler was dressed as Fey’s teenage boy, ahah. Yeah, I think McQueen’s career is only gonna go up and up.

      Yep, musical/comedy category is very baffling as most of the films under that one don’t quite fit. I think Oscars get it right with NOT having separate genre categories.

  8. I haven’t watched Her, but I’m dying to and was keeping my fingers crossed for it to win! That was the only letdown for me. Interestingly, they didnt show the Jonah & Margot snafu over here, so I was confused about what the fuss was all about. And what was the deal with Drew Barrymore? Blanchet said something about “her willing to present almost anything” or something like that? Was she not supposed to present an award or…?
    Oh! Alfonso Cuaron‘s speech made me laugh out loud! I actually thought he said: “Sandra thought I said ‘I’m going to give you a herpes’ when I meant an earpiece” ! 😛

    1. Hi Wulan! Did you read my review of Her? I really, really love that film and yes I was bummed it only won Best Screenplay 😦

      What? They didn’t show the teleprompter snafu in Indo, I wonder why? Not sure what Blanchett said, I think I was looking at her dress too much I didn’t pay attention, ha!

      Ahah yeah, Cuaron is hilarious. I think he said ‘hairpiece’ though, not ‘herpes’ though they do sound the same, ahahaha.

  9. 50% correct is a pretty good return Ruth! I haven’t seen all the nominees yet, they haven’t even all opened here which always really annoys me! There doesn’t seem to be many massive surprises to be honest but it’s made me more excited for some of the films I haven’t seen yet.

    1. Hi Chris! Well for the first few announcements none of my predictions were right so I thought I wouldn’t get ANY right, ahah.

      No, there’s hardly any surprises, though there was no clear winner.

  10. Hey,
    Thanks for the re-cap! From your commentary on Best Foreign Languague I understood that The Hunt didn’t win, though you have put it as Winner. It was La Grande Belleza, The Great Beauty. Personally I am thrilled with this, I loved the film and saw it twice at the cinema. Though I didn’t get round to seeing The Hunt.

    1. That’s what happened when you post things in a hurry. Thanks for pointing out the mistake, I’ve fixed it now. Glad that you enjoyed The Great Beauty, the premise does sound fascinating so I will definitely check that out when it’s out on rental. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. I’m actually not too mad about The Hunt losing the Globe, because I think it makes it’s chances to win the Oscar better. The Globes and Oscars rarely match up the foreign winners.

  12. “I didn’t care about Fey’s introduction of Leo DiCaprio though. Feel free to google it yourself, not gonna repeat such an icky thing on my blog.” Oh wow, how do you even read my blog?

    I thought that joke was funny because it was true, but the bits about prosthetics in the beginning were a bit odd and tasteless, worst of all not funny, I don’t know what poor Hanks did to them. Rooting for Lupita, Lawrence already has one Oscar too many.

    1. Ahahaha, good question. You do have raunchy stuff on your blog 😉 I don’t know, the words themselves aren’t icky but the IDEA of it is so disgusting.

      Yep, that bit about Jonah’s prosthetic is even worse, it made me think of the scene which is NOT a good thing in my book. Yeah, let’s hope Lupita has a better chance at Oscars.

  13. Great post Ruth! I was thrilled to see DiCaprio and McConaughey win, but Ejiofor and Phoenix were very deserving. As long as The Hunt manages to get an Oscar nod, I’m ok with it losing here. I loved Cuaron’s win as well. I think he’s probably winning the Oscar no matter what wins Best Picture. 🙂

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