2014 Golden Globe Award Predictions

2014 Golden Globe predictions: Who will win, who should win, and who could surprise us all
2014 Golden Globe predictions: Who will win, who should win, and who could surprise us all

The annual Golden Globe festivities in Beverly Hills air this Sunday night! As showtime approaches and funny ladies Tina Fey and Amy Poehler prepare to take on hosting duties once again, we predict who will take home a trophy at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards.

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

The nominees: 12 Years A Slave, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Philomena, Rush
Who will win: 12 Years a Slave
Who should win: 12 Years a Slave

This category belongs to 12 Years a Slave, which has the complete package of a well-told story, excellent performances and an emotional connection with audiences. Gravity’s unique visual experience could also make it a dark horse contender.

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

The nominees: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks), Kate Winslet (Labor Day)
Will Win: Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Should Win: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Sandra Bullock has gotten plenty of attention and could ride that wave of popularity to a win. Cate Blanchett put together a much deeper and more compelling performance in Blue Jasmine, though.

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

The nominees: 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)
Who will win: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Who should win: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)

Chiwetel Ejiofor should win. Chiwetel Ejiofor will win. Apologies to Matthew McConaughey and Robert Redford, who both turned in career-defining performances, but this is just not their year.

BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

The nominees: American Hustle, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, The Wolf Of Wall Street
Who will win: American Hustle
Who should win: Her

All of the contenders make a strong case, but give the edge to David O. Russell to repeat last year’s win with American Hustle. Spike Jonze’s Her deserves serious consideration, though, for its touching, unconventional love story.

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR COMEDY

The nominees: Amy Adams (American Hustle), Julie Delpy (Before Midnight), Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Enough Said), Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
Who will win: Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Who should win: Julie Delpy (Before Midnight)

Amy Adams is the betting favourite for role as a duplicitous, accent-switching con artist, but Julie Delpy’s powerful turn in Before Midnight is at least equally deserving of acclaim.

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR COMEDY

The nominees: Christian Bale (American Hustle), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Joaquin Phoenix (Her)
Who will win: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Who should win: Christian Bale (American Hustle)

Christian Bale deserves the award for disappearing into the role of Irv Rosenfeld, but even Irv himself would have a hard time conning the Golden Globe out of Leo DiCaprio’s hands.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE

The nominees: Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave), Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), June Squibb (Nebraska)
Who will win: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Who should win: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

This is a toss-up between Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong’o and either would be a deserving winner, but newcomer Nyong’o may hold a slight edge only because we already expect Lawrence to be great in every film she does.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE

The nominees: Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Daniel Bruhl (Rush), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Who will win: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyer’s Club)
Who should win: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyer’s Club)

Jared Leto’s radical transformation in Dallas Buyer’s Club has already earned awards from film critics in New York, L.A. and Toronto. If anyone can challenge him, though, it’s Michael Fassbender.

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE

The nominees: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), Alexander Payne (Nebraska), David O Russell (American Hustle)
Who will win: Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
Who should win: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)

Alfonso Cuaron absolutely deserves the trophy for Gravity, which isn’t so much a film as an experience. But it’s much more likely Steve McQueen will triumph for his emotional journey.

BEST TV SERIES, DRAMA

The nominees: Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, House Of Cards, Masters Of Sex
Who will win: Breaking Bad
Who should win: Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad deserves all the awards it’ll get—and that’ll be a lot—for putting together one of the most satisfying final seasons in TV history. Which is too bad for The Good Wife, because it’s truly underappreciated and it just keeps getting better.

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA

The nominees: Julianna Marguiles (The Good Wife), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Robin Wright (House Of Cards)
Who will win: Kerry Washington (Scandal)
Who should win: Kerry Washington (Scandal)

The real scandal will be if Kerry Washington doesn’t win. The category is packed with talent and great performances, but Ms. Washington will not be denied this year.

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA

The nominees: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan), Michael Sheen (Masters Of Sex), Kevin Spacey (House Of Cards), James Spader (The Blacklist)
Who will win: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Who should win: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)

Bryan Cranston is only one who’ll need to prepare a speech for Sunday, and expect it to be a good one as he publicly says goodbye to the character that made him a household name. A standing ovation is mandatory for Mr. White.

BEST TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

The nominees: Big Bang Theory, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Girls, Modern Family, Parks & Recreation
Who will Win: The Big Bang Theory
Who should win: Parks and Recreation

Critics have probably had enough of praising Modern Family, so expect The Big Bang Theory to take home the top prize. If there were any justice in the world—or at least in entertainment awards—Parks and Recreation would get all the love.

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

The nominees: Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Lena Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation)
Who will win: Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Veep)
Who should win: Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

For the first time since she won for Seinfeld 20 years ago, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss will most likely take home the Golden Globe. It’s hard not to think Amy Poehler really deserves it, though.

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

The nominees: Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Don Cheadle (House Of Lies), Michael J Fox (The Michael J Fox Show), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine Nine)
Who will win: Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Who should win: Jason Bateman (Arrested Development)

TV people love Michael J. Fox, but Jim Parsons is most likely to triumph after winning the award in 2011. Jason Bateman also deserves consideration as the linchpin in a complicated show with a lot of moving parts.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE

The nominees: Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing On The Edge), Janet McTeer (The White Queen), Hayden Panetierre (Nashville), Monica Potter (Parenthood), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
Who will win: Hayden Panettiere (Nashville)
Who should win: Hayden Panettiere (Nashville)

It’s a two-horse race between Sofia Vergara and Hayden Panettiere, but expect Panettiere to win and Vergara to go home empty-handed for the fourth consecutive year.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE

The nominees: Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Rob Lowe (Behind The Candelabra), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Corey Stoll (House Of Cards), Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
Who will win: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Who should win: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)

Again, look no further than Breaking Bad, as Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman will finally get the recognition he deserves from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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Drew Berner

Drew Berner is a freelance writer born and raised in Toronto and specializing in entertainment, sports and politics. He occasionally collects vinyl records, enjoys hate-watching the Blue Jays, appreciates good beer and great scotch, and goes to sleep each night with 120 lbs. of Great Dane draped over him (it’s a lot more comfortable than it sounds). Follow him on Twitter @DrewBerner for photos of huge dogs, observational humour and assorted sports rage.

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