Lock-Down 2014 Golden Globe Insta-Predictions: Here's Who Will Win and Why
This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Chiwetel Ejiofor, center, in a scene from "12 Years A Slave." The Golden Globes nominations will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 12. Ejiofor was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actor in a motion picture drama for his role in the film on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. The 71st annual Golden Globes will air on Sunday, Jan. 12. (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Jaap Buitendijk)
Julia Roberts and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," congratulations. You snagged arguably surprising nominations as the field was unveiled Thursday for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.
But now here's who's actually going to win, in every category, across film and TV, according to our own knee-jerk reactions.
And, no, neither Roberts nor "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is actually going to win. But it's an honor to be somewhat surprisingly nominated.
Drama: "12 Years a Slave." Globe voters are going to do the right thing, meaning they're going to vote for what they think Oscar voters are going to vote for.
Comedy-Musical: "The Wolf of Wall Street." Our gut is telling us the difference-maker is Globes favorite Leonardo DiCaprio. He's in "Wolf," he's not in "American Hustle."
[Related: Full List of 2014 Golden Globe Nominees]
Lead Actress, Drama: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine." But only because she's supposed to win. Otherwise, the Globes would totally let Kate Winslet win for whatever it is she's in again this time. (Jason Reitman's "Labor Day," as it turns out.) Not that the Hollywood Foreign Press doesn't love them some Blanchett, too, but...
Lead Actor, Drama: Can the Globes resist the chance to bring 77-year-old Robert Redford to the stage for "All Is Lost?" It won't be easy, but yes. Brit Chiwetel Ejifor will win for "12 Years a Slave."
Lead Actress, Comedy-Musical: We're going to label this the toughest acting category to call, with most of the nominees probably not headed for the Oscars, but here we go: Julia Louis-Drefyus ("Enough Said") will beat Meryl Streep ("August: Osage County"), give a killer speech (with a touching salute to the overlooked James Gandolfini) and remind award-watchers why the Globes can be a lot of fun.
Lead Actor, Comedy-Musical: Bruce Dern, "Nebraska." Not to hedge, but we would not at all be shocked to see DiCaprio take this category (for "Wolf of Wall Street"). But we're going with Dern, who's got an acclaimed performance, a body of work and booster Jack Nicholson all on his side.
Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle." We're not even going to check to see if this is considered a smart pick or not; we're just going to concentrate, "The Secret"-like, on making this happen. Lawrence should be on live TV as much as possible.
Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave."
Director: Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity."
Foreign-Language Film: "Blue Is the Warmest Color." Unlike you, the Hollywood Foreign Press probably has heard of (and seen) the other nominees. No matter, this buzz film will be the winner.
Animated Film: "Frozen."
Screenplay: "Philomena." For the record, this is not a crazy-town pick; just perhaps not an expected one. If the Globes had nominated "Gravity" here, we'd have been forced to go a more traditional route (and decide whether it or "12 Years a Slave" had more overall pull). But the Globes didn't nominate "Gravity" here, so hence the perhaps unexpected pick.
Original Score: "Gravity." We're going to bank on the fact that, one, "Gravity" is by far the biggest box-office hit among the nominees, and, two, John Williams ("The Book Thief") never wins, mostly.