Golden Globes 2014: Nominations, Reactions and Predictions

The nominations for Golden Globes 2014 has been revealed now and we have some interesting nominees this year. Some great performances have been left behind, which I will talk about later in this post, but first, lets find out who made it to the final list of nominees.

Best Motion Picture - Drama:

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford for All Is Lost

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock for Gravity
Judi Dench for Philomena
Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet for Labor Day

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale for American Hustle
Bruce Dern for Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac for Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix for Her

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams for American Hustle
Julie Delpy for Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig for Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Enough Said
Meryl Streep for August: Osage County

Best Director - Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell for American Hustle
Alexander Payne for Nebraska

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
12 Years a Slave: John Ridley
American Hustle: David O. Russell
Her: Spike Jonze
Nebraska: Alexander Payne
Philomena: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope

The fact that Golden Globes give separate Best Pictures for Drama and Musical or Comedy often disturbs the movie enthusiast in me. I am a movie fanatic who believes that a good cinema is simply a good cinema irrespective of its genre. This ideology of separate Best Picture Awards questions the quality and effort with which a Musical or a Comedy film is made against a Drama or the other way around. As a viewer, I have never felt that a good Musical is less than a well made Drama in any circumstance, but since this is the way golden globes award is celebrated, there is no use debating about it.

For the Best Picture in the Drama category, there exists some well deserving films like 12 Years a Slave, Gravity and Rush, though they missed a couple of films that should have made to this list according to me. Films like Prisoners, The Place Beyond the Pines and Before Midnight are films which are appreciated by the masses and the critics as well, so their exclusion is quite disappointing in a way. Moreover if this category was bound to include only 5 or 6 films, I strongly believe Prisoners was a better film than Captain Phillips and it could have replaced it from the list of nominees.

For the Best Picture in the Musical or Comedy Category they must have selected the best films because I haven't seen more than half of those names and I can have no opinion about it, though I have watched a film called Five Dances a few days back and was completely in love with the film, I hope the other nominated ones are better.

No comments on the Acting awards, just remembering a few great performances that could not win a nominations. The most effective one among them is Hugh Jackman's performance as Keller Dover in Prisoners.

Movie Geek's Predictions:

Following the patterns Golden Globes has chosen cinemas for each of these awards in the last decade, I have a few guesses of my own. I have made some predictions and I believe many of my predictions will be correct if I have closely followed Golden Globes in the past. Here goes my list:

Best Picture [Drama]: Gravity
Best Picture [Musical or Comedy]: Inside Llewyn Davis
Best Actor [Drama]: Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips
Best Actor [Musical or Comedy]: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actress [Drama]: Sandra Bullock for Gravity
Best Actress [Musical or Comedy]: Amy Adams for American Hustle
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Screenplay: John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave.

Lets see if my predictions match with the actual winners of the Golden Globes 2014.

-Amrit Rukhaiyaar