January 08, 2014
Awards season is here! It's been a great year for movies and with the Golden Globes less than a week away, we're excited to share our 2014 predictions...
BEST MOTION PICTURE: DRAMA
Nominees: "12 Years a Slave", "Gravity", "Philomena", "Rush", "Captain Phillips"
We're placing our bets on: "Gravity".
It's a close race between "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" but we're going with Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi stunner. We wouldn't be surprised if "12 Years" nabbed this award (which would be well deserved) but Cuaron's masterpiece has created a great deal of buzz with its breathtaking visuals and resonating storyline.
Watch: Gravity Trailer
BEST MOTION PICTURE: COMEDY/MUSICAL
Nominees: "Her", "American Hustle", "Nebraska", "Inside Llewyn Davis", "Wolf of Wall Street"
We're placing our bets on: "Nebraska"
Although it could be a big night for David O. Russell and "American Hustle", we're putting our money on Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" to cause a little bit of an upset in this category. This personal film shot in black and white is the night's dark horse with its unique artistic choices, brilliant script, and understated poignancy.
Watch: Nebraska Trailer
BEST LEAD ACTOR: MOTION PICTURE DRAMA
Nominees: Chiwetel Ejiofor for "12 Years a Slave", Idris Elba for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom", Tom Hanks for "Captain Phillips", Matthew McConaughey for "Dallas Buyers Club", Robert Redford for "All is Lost"
We're placing our bets on: Matthew McConaughey
Although Chiwetel Ejiofor blew us away and Redford is long overdue, we can't help but feel that McConaughey will triumph in this category for his brilliant and dedicated portrayal of Ron Woodroof. After the initial shock of McConaughey's physical transformation, we couldn't help but be completely invested in this real-life story.
Watch: Dallas Buyers Club Trailer
BEST LEAD ACTRESS: MOTION PICTURE DRAMA
Nominees: Cate Blanchett for "Blue Jasmine", Sandra Bullock for "Gravity", Judi Dench for "Philomena", Emma Thompson for "Saving Mr. Banks", Kate Winslet for "Labor Day"
We're placing our bets on: Cate Blanchett
Although Sandra Bullock is a clear favorite, we have to go with Blanchett's bulldozer of a performance in "Blue Jasmine". It's hard to find a character as deeply affecting as Blanchett's portrayal of a manic and delusional woman trying to rebuild herself.
Watch: Blue Jasmine Trailer
BEST LEAD ACTOR: MOTION PICTURE COMEDY/MUSICAL
Nominees: 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"
We're placing our bets on: Leonardo DiCaprio
As mixed as the reactions were to the subject matter, it cannot be denied that DiCaprio completely committed to his character. Also, being that it's his 10th nomination, this award feels long overdue.
Watch: The Wolf of Wall Street Trailer
BEST LEAD ACTRESS: MOTION PICTURE COMEDY/MUSICAL
Nominees: 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"
We're placing our bets on: Julie Delpy
Although it's Streep's 28th nomination (!) and Amy Adams has been a front-runner, we have to go with underdog Julie Delpy for her loyal and lovely portrayal of Celine. If you've been a follower of the film's two predecessors, this third installment was once again largely carried by Hawke and Delpy's engaging performances and could be one of her finest works.
Watch: Before Midnight Trailer
What are your predictions for these and the rest of the categories? Be sure to catch the Golden Globes this Sunday, the 12th. Stay tuned for our red carpet review...