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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Your Guide to the 2014 Golden Globes

The Golden Globe Awards will kick off the awards season on Sunday, January 12. Yes, that means it's time once again to prepare for hours of red carpet coverage, and waiting to see if your favorite movie or television stars will trip up the stairs to collect their award. 

One of the great aspects of the Golden Globes is that it recognizes both film and television. Also, it is a great indicator for what to expect at the grand finale of awards season aka the Academy Awards. The Golden Globes are notoriously known for their party atmosphere, and clearly the abundance of champagne bottles situated throughout the venue's tables play a part in creating a party atmosphere. 

So what should you look forward to at this year's ceremony? For starters, it's safe to say that the show will go off without a hitch overall. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are returning as hosts for this year's show, and I'd be willing to bet that they once again steal the show (in the best way possible). With their impressive background in improv and overall level of comfort in front of a camera, this duo will easily be able to handle anything this year's show throws at them. 

Secondly, the film categories are filled with an interesting mix of both mainstream and indie films. I'm a massive advocate of indie filmmaking, and it's always great to see them stand alongside some of the studio blockbusters. The Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy category perfectly exemplifies this year's mix of outstanding indie and mainstream films. American Hustle, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, and The Wolf of Wall Street will each be competing for the prize. Each of these films bring something interesting to the table, and each could deservedly walk away with the Golden Globe. In the Best Motion Picture, Drama category, the showdown between Gravity and 12 Years a Slave will surely keep things interesting. 

David O. Russell makes his second appearance in two years at this year's ceremony. Russell was at the helm of last year's hit film, Silver Linings Playbook, and followed up its success with this year's American Hustle. Silver Linings Playbook's two leads, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, are both also nominated for their roles in American Hustle. Russell is able to take the best aspects of indies and mainstream movies, and seamless combine them to create films that appeal to widespread audiences while still maintaining an indie feel. 

If you're a television fan, some of this year's categories are stacked with solid talent. The Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical category is especially tough. The Big Bang Theory, Girls, or Modern Family could each easily walk away with the coveted trophy. As much as I would love for Parks and Recreation to win, I don't think that will happen this year (please prove me wrong, Hollywood Foreign Press Association). 

Also, this year we are seeing how internet-based television is able to compete with traditional television shows. House of Cards and Orange is the New Black each received various nominations. Both these shows were produced and distributed solely through Netflix. Basically, this is the future of television, and it's definitely able to compete with primetime studio favorites. 

Here are some of my predictions for the show:

Best Motion Picture, Drama: Gravity 
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) 
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Joaquin Phoenix (Her)
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyer's Club)
Best Director - Motion Picture: Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) 
Best TV Series, Drama: Breaking Bad
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama: Kerry Washington (Scandal)
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy: Girls
Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy: Lena Dunham (Girls)
Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy: Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Best TV Movie or Mini-Series: Behind the Candelabra
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie: Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Coven)
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie: Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra)
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie: Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)

Check out the full list of nominees here, and let us know who you want to win this year. 

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