Not Ready For This Years Golden Globes? We Can Fix That

On January 12, 2014, the winners of the 71st annual Golden Globes will be announced as millions of viewers around the world tune in to see if Leonardo DiCaprio will finally win some sort of academy recognition. 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle have emerged as the frontrunners this season with seven nominations each, including the nomination for Best Motion Picture in their respective categories. Though I do not have verifiable expertise in the area of predicting award-winners, each year my family fills out ballots for the Golden Globes and I’ve come close to winning once or twice. Here are my predictions for this season:

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Will win: 12 Years a Slave

Though the pool for best motion picture, drama is very strong this year, 12 Years a Slave is highly favored for coming out on top.

Watch out for: Gravity

While I distinctly remember the entire theater erupting in laughter the first time I saw a trailer for Gravity, its undeniable success has shocked viewers and critics alike, pulling far ahead in this year’s award rush. Gravity could upset 12 Years a Slave, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Will win: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Blanchett is already receiving Oscar buzz for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, so she should be a shoe-in for the Globe.

Watch out for: Sandra Bullock, Gravity

But Bullock’s performance in Gravity has received more praise than the movie itself. Keep your eye out for Bullock when filling out your own ballot at home (because this is a thing other humans do around awards season, right?).

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Will win: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Again, Ejiofor is a shoe-in for this category.

Watch out for: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

But McConaughey’s performance in Dallas Buyers Club should not be discounted completely.

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Will win: American Hustle

Though I’ve yet to see American Hustle, I have no doubt it will not only be one of the best movies of the year, but also easily clinch the Globe for this category.

Watch out for: Her

But I saw a trailer for Her the other day, and I have equally high hopes for Spike Jonze’s comedy. It will not upset Hustle, but I still think we should all go see it.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Will win: Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

I have to admit I haven’t seen any of the films in this category, but I’d be hard-pressed to pass up Meryl’s name when filling out a ballot.

Watch out for: Amy Adams, American Hustle

I really love Amy Adams; I think she’s just darling. I’m hoping the foreign press appreciates her (what I’m sure will be) wonderful performance in Hustle and awards her for it. But it will go to Meryl.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Will win: Leonardo DiCaprio,  The Wolf of Wall Street

Because it’s just time for Leo to win a little something. The Wolf of Wall Street is one of the year’s most anticipated movies and critics are saying Leo gives the performance of his life. Let’s just give the poor boy an award.

Will actually win: Bruce Dern, Nebraska

As much as I want Leo to clench the title, Dern is favored for this category. DiCaprio could upset, but it will be Dern.

Best Animated Feature Film


Will win: Frozen

But Despicable Me 2 was cute.

Best Foreign Language Film

Will win: Blue is the Warmest Color

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture


Will win: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Can we give her all of the awards?

Will actually win: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Nyong’o will walk away with the Globe, much to my dismay. I have nothing against Nyong’o or her brilliant performance in 12 Years a Slave, but I just really like Jennifer Lawrence. If J-Law happens to be reading this, I would love to have you over for some cookies or something.

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture


Will win: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

This category will be very close. I’m giving it to Leto because I don’t think 12 Years a Slave will win each of its acting categories. Leto’s performance was raw—he deserves this win.

Watch out for: Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

But I honestly would not be shocked if Fassbender won.

Best Director


Will win: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Though Gravity will not win best motion picture or best actress, Alfonso Cuaron will secure the Globe for directing.

Watch out for: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Part of me wants to just call a 12 Years a Slave sweep right now, but I think it’s safe to say Cuaron has this one in the bag.

Best TV Series, Drama


Will win: Breaking Bad

Let’s forget the fact that Breaking Bad was a phenomenal TV series as a whole and just acknowledge that the final season was possibly the best season of television in the history of television. Like, so good that we should just give it an Oscar too.

Watch out for: House of Cards

I can’t say that I’ve ever seen House of Cards and as far as Netflix series go, I much preferred Orange is the New Black, but HOC has received such positive critical feedback. Paired with the fact that it would be unconventional and new to pick a Netflix series (both things the Golden Globes love), HOC could potentially snag a victory.

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama

Could win: Kerry Washington, Scandal

Could win: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

I’m reluctant to choose a victor in this category. Washington will win the Emmy, but Maslany has a good chance of nabbing the Globe. This one’s a toss-up. I’d go with Maslany here just because the Globes may anticipate Washington’s Emmy victory.

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama


Will win: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Because when Sir Anthony Hopkins writes you a letter telling you how great of an actor you are, there’s no way the Foreign Press could disagree.

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy


Will win: Modern Family

Watch out for: Brooklyn 99

Brooklyn 99 is this year’s hot new comedy. Personally, I think it’s hysterical and I think everyone should watch it, but as deep as my love for Andy Samberg is, I have to admit that Modern Family will again win the Globe. And while I would like to say 99 could win, Modern Family is one of the funniest shows of all time and always deserves recognition.

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy


Will win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Should win: Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

My sister tells me it will be the year of Poehler because she’s hosting and also brilliantly hilarious, but I’m calling Louis-Dreyfus. Critics and viewers alike love her in Veep. I’m fairly confident in betting on her.

Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy


Will win: Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show

The Golden Globes love nothing more than a new show starring an old star. Fox will win this category, no question.

Watch out for: Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

Will win: Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra

Michael Douglas’s victory in this category is as cemented as Frozen’s in the animated film category, but Matt Damon is the love of my life, so I will pick him on my ballot.

Should win: Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie

Will win: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad


Don’t quote me on…

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Will win: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave

Watch out for: Erin Warren Singer and David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Original Score, Motion Picture

Will win: Steven Price, Gravity

Watch out for: John Williams, The Book Thief

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

Will win: “Ordinary Love”—U2; Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Watch out for: “Please Mr. Kennedy”—Adam Driver, Justin Timberlake and Oscar Isaac; Inside Llewyn Davis

(You actually can quote me on this one. U2 will easily win this category.)

Best TV Movie or Mini-Series

Will win: Behind the Candelabra

Watch out for: American Horror Story: Coven

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

Will win: Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Watch out for: Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Will win: Jacqueline Bissett, Dancing on the Edge

Watch out for: Monica Potter, Parenthood

Kate Tully
Kate Tully is a writer who hastily moved to Boston, MA in September 2013. She likes to think she knows what she's doing, but realistically she's just a recent college graduate trying to come to grips with the universe. Let her know if you've got tips.
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