It is that time of year when the glamorous don their suits and frocks and prance around that red carpet. The Golden Globes are something of an oddity and create unlikely nominees, there are only 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press and so they have definite selective tastes.
They go for European more often than not and like to repeat their choices of nominees. So who have they gone for this year? Let’s see…
Best Motion Picture – Drama
- The Imitation Game
- The Theory of Everything
Who will Win – The Imitation Game
This film although outstanding, is exactly what the HFP love. Throw in Cumberbatch, Knightley and a period setting and I will be shocked if this doesn’t walk away with the gong. Although at the same time, remember The King’s Speech being overlooked for The Social Network?
Who should have been nominated – Mr Turner
A little suprising this one, I thought they would have gone for Mike Leigh’s new film. They do love biopics, perhaps this one was a little too artsy and the competition was just a little too fierce for this far less showy film.
Wildcard – Any of the other FOUR
I know this seems a little bit of a cop-out, but let me explain. I feel the field is a little too wide open and Foxcatcher, Boyhood, Selma and The Theory of Everything all have their followers it just depends on who is going to have that photo-finish.
Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Into the Woods
- St. Vincent
Who will win – Birdman
Scooping up awards here, there and everywhere. Where there is two Best Picture categories this seems like a sure bet.
Who should have been nominated – Get on Up
Has been largely ignored by all of the pre-cursors, which is really unfortunate. I think with the early release date, this film has gotten lost in the pack.
Wildcard – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Is on many a Top 2014 film list (including mine) and just seems like the likeliest other contender for this title (famous last words, I know). They could show some love for Wes Anderson, however on the flip side watch out for Into The Woods.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
- Steve Carell – Foxcatcher as John Eleuthère du Pont
- Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game as Alan Turing
- Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler as Louis “Lou” Bloom
- David Oyelowo – Selma as Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything as Stephen Hawking
Who will win – Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game
Cumberbatch has stolen the show here, the GG’s has a history of awarding the brits and I think with this film he could be crowned the winner.
Who should have been nominated – Timothy Spall for Mr Turner
Was the winner in Cannes, Eurpoean actor/film, the film hasn’t been noticed anywhere, which is a shame.
Wildcard – Steve Carell for Foxcatcher
Ok, I’m putting my neck out, if they are going for a new ‘Erin Brockovich’ type of figure then Carell’s transformation into serious actor could just be the ticket.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
- Jennifer Aniston – Cake as Claire Simmons
- Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything as Jane Hawking
- Julianne Moore – Still Alice as Dr. Alice Howland
- Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl as Amy Elliott-Dunne
- Reese Witherspoon – Wild as Cheryl Strayed
Who will win – Julianne Moore for Still Alice
Heart-wrenching portryal and long overdue, this is what they call a career awards season and she needs to be recognised a lot more than she has in the past.
Who should have been nominated – Gugu-Mbatha Raw for Belle
Such a star-making performance that I thought they would recognise it. Thrown in the fact that it was well-recieved from almost everybody and got good notices from the Festival circuit does seem odd that she wasn’t in the mix.
Wildcard – Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything
This nomination does sound like when Carey Mulligan was nominated for ‘An Education’, great reviews but just couldn’t beat the flashier American star. On the other hand this and the BAFTA might be her best shot at scooping it. Saying that, watch out for Jennifer Aniston who is also on her ‘Erin Brockovich’ transformation.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
- Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel as Monsieur Gustave H.
- Michael Keaton – Birdman as Riggan Thomson
- Bill Murray – St. Vincent as Vincent MacKenna
- Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice as Larry “Doc” Sportello
- Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes as Walter Keane
Who will win – Michael Keaton for Birdman
It all feels very sewn up at this point, however I also thought that for many other films going into the first awards event. At the moment I will stick with him, although don’t count out any other suprises.
Who should have been nominated – Chadwick Boseman for Get on Up
Such a great performance and garnered real praise for his portrayal of James Brown. He is the best thing about the film, although I think he has been forgotten with all of the ‘biopic fatigue’
Wildcard – Bill Murray for St. Vincent
Who knows? They do love to throw a spanner in the works and he had favourable mentions for the film. Could long-term fan voters conjure up a win for him?
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
- Amy Adams – Big Eyes as Margaret Keane
- Emily Blunt – Into the Woods as The Baker’s Wife
- Helen Mirren – The Hundred-Foot Journey as Madame Mallory
- Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars as Havana Segrand
- Quvenzhané Wallis – Annie as Annie Bennett
Who will win – Amy Adams for Big Eyes
Another career season and for those who have seen it says she is a standout. Burton generally does well with his ladies and this is no exception. She, like Moore is continually overlooked and the win last year for American Hustle should put her in good stead.
Who should have been nominated – Angelina Jolie for Maleficent
Ok, so this is a suprise. I thought out of everything she would have been nominated for the film, however it has been overlooked for the most recent ‘Annie’. She was the best thing about the film and held everything squarely on her shoulders.
Wildcard – Emily Blunt for Into The Woods
Popular actress and a brit and musical heroines do good business at the Globes, I really would like her to have some success here.
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, Musical or Comedy
- Robert Duvall – The Judge as Judge Joseph Palmer
- Ethan Hawke – Boyhood as Mason Evans, Sr.
- Edward Norton – Birdman as Mike Shiner
- Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher as Dave Schultz
- J. K. Simmons – Whiplash as Terence Fletcher
Who will win – J.K Simmons for Whiplash
Has been recieving all the praise for the film and this is their only nomination. That can be a tall order and the pressure can mount as a result, however I am putting my chips all in for Simmons to be victorious.
Who should have been nominated – Alec Baldwin for Still Alice
Gave rock solid support for Julianne Moore in the film and they both provided some of the sweetest moments together. I thought the globes would get behind the film a little bit more than this, shame he was left out of the running.
Wildcard – Ethan Hawke for Boyhood
If they really like the film and it wins early on in the proceedings, then I wouldn’t be suprised if they got behind Hawke for this one.
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, Musical or Comedy
- Patricia Arquette – Boyhood as Olivia Evans
- Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year as Anna Morales
- Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game as Joan Clarke
- Emma Stone – Birdman as Sam Thomson
- Meryl Streep – Into the Woods as The Witch
Who will win – Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
Has been the most sure bet for success for the entire film for a long time and completely steals the show. She acts like glue that holds the whole project together and it is her experience as an actor that will stay with you.
Who should have been nominated – Carrie Coon for Gone Girl and Laura Dern for Wild
Quite suprised that both of these ladies missed the list, I thought Dern was a dead cert and Coon could have proved the suprise. It will be tough for both of these ladies to cover some ground in their campaigns come the Oscars/BAFTAs.
Wildcard – Meryl Streep for Into the Woods
Has been lauded as the best thing about the film (as she most usually is), has many friends in the HFP and has won countless times because of it.
- Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Ava DuVernay – Selma
- David Fincher – Gone Girl
- Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman
- Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Who will win – Richard Linklater for Boyhood
The entire project is awe-inspring and has been keeping him in serious contention for months. He has been picking up everything for the last few months and this will be the most serious test to whether he will win some of the ‘biggies’.
Who should have been nominated – James Marsh for The Theory of Everything
Perhaps a little too unknown for the HFP, however the film has been recognised and it is a shame to see his name off the list considering it was partly him that made the film so great. The film itself has been gaining momentum recently and the other noms help in the campaign for the other Awards shows.
Wildcard – Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman
I do get the feeling this is a two horse race emerging. However, there is a slight feeling of American Hustle here, will do good at the GG’s, however completely collapse once the Oscars come around.
- Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
- Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr.,
Armando Bo – Birdman
- Richard Linklater – Boyhood
- Graham Moore – The Imitation Game
Who will win – Graham Moore for The Imitation Game
Just think because this is a combined Original/Adapted category that the adapted ones are always going to have the most punch for the HFP. They love biopics and this one is a stomping success.
Who should have been nominated – Christopher and Jonathan Nolan for Interstellar
I really thought the film would feature more. I guess the detractors were a little bit more vocal than I realised. The story itself though, despite being slightly flawed was still very good and thought-provoking.
Wildcard – Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr.,
Armando Bo for Birdman
Feel that this is one of the categories that could throw some suprises, most people think Linklater will come ahead of these guys, but I think differently.
Best Original Score
- Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
- Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything
- Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Gone Girl
- Antonio Sánchez – Birdman
- Hans Zimmer – Interstellar
Who will win – Jóhann Jóhannsson for The Theory of Everything
The music in the film is just so beautiful that it deserves to win and really added to the whole experience of the film.
Who should have been nominated – Steven Price for Fury
The film has been shut out of the cold and War hasn’t been popular this year. The whole mood and tempo was down to the score and it is a shame that this hasn’t been recognised.
Wildcard – Trent Raznor and Atticus Ross for Gone Girl
Very popular duo when it comes to scores, they had success with The Social Network, why not this as well?
Best Original Song
- “Big Eyes” (Lana Del Rey) – Big Eyes
- “Glory” (John Legend and Common) – Selma
- “Mercy Is” (Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye) – Noah
- “Opportunity” (Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck) – Annie
- “Yellow Flicker Beat” (Lorde) – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Who will win – “Glory” (John Legend and Common) for Selma
A film with an important message and a powerful song. Really any of these films could nab it, I am literally taking a shot in the dar, this has always been a weird category to predict.
Who should have been nominated – ‘Stay With Me’ (Stephen Sondheim) for Into The Woods
Powerful song, performed by Streep, what else do they need to have??
Wildcard – ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ (Lorde) – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Popular franchise and a genuinely good anthem for the film. Heck, if Burlesque can nab a GG, why not HG?
Best Animated Feature Film
- Big Hero 6
- The Book of Life
- The Boxtrolls
- How to Train Your Dragon 2
- The Lego Movie
Who will win – Big Hero 6
I think there will be some left over love from Frozen voters. This might not be in the same genre wheelhouse, however Disney are using their prowess with buying Marvel to snag some of those fans.
Who should have been nominated – This category is about right actually, although a foreign animation would have been nice.
Wildcard – The Lego Movie
Early release date could hurt it and that it is already out on DVD/Blu-Ray, however that doesn’t diminish the fact that the film is awesome.
Best Foreign Language Film
- Force Majeure (Sweden)
- Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Israel)
- Ida (Poland/Denmark)
- Leviathan (Russia)
- Tangerines (Estonia)
Who will win – Ida
Such a powerful yet fragile film with a great message and cinematography. For better or worse, Hollywood does love the Holocaust.
Who should have been nominated – Timbuktu
Another beautiful entry about an important part of our contemporary history. Perhaps isn’t one of the powerhouses in cinema and as such was missed out.
Wildcard – Leviathan
Contemporary Russia never really gets a look-over, it’s usually the past that generally has the cinematic treatment. This one might prove the film to beat and has been recieving great notices.