Posted by: ckckred | December 13, 2013

Golden Globe Nominations 2014

12 Years A Slave, one of the year's most acclaimed movies, contends for Best Drana

12 Years A Slave, one of the year’s most acclaimed movies, contends for Best Drana

I’ve spent my time criticizing the Golden Globes before, accusing them of putting favoritism for big name celebrities when voting.  So I was expecting not much from the Globes this year as I usually do.  Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised.  The Golden Globes still haven’t worked out all their kinks as evidenced by their TV nominations, but they’ve certainly been listening to their critics.

Let’s first look over the film section.  For the major categories, the majority of movies that were nominated were deserved and nothing quite stuck out like The Tourist.  12 Years A Slave and Gravity may be obvious choices, but they have the merit for every nomination they receive.  Of course the snub of Before Midnight is unacceptable as well as the lack of love for Mud, but the Globes did nominate Julie Delpy (but sadly not Ethan Hawke as well) which makes up for the injustice somewhat.

As for TV, it’s more or less the same the Globes have been in the past.  Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, and Mad Men are particularly big omissions in Best Drama, even if it was the latter’s weakest year.  The nominations for The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family have more to do with ratings than critical merit, and I would quickly replace them with Enlightened and Arrested Development.  While I like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, it’s not a show I’d say is one of the top five comedies (I’d put Veep in its place).  On the other hand, Parks and Recreation finally scored some attention from the Globes, even if the new season wasn’t as strong as previous years.  Breaking Bad as well got some well deserved attention, which the Globes ignored until last year, receiving Best Drama, Actor (for Bryan Cranston), and Supporting Actor (Aaron Paul).

While the Globes aren’t perfect, they’ve vastly improved.  Expect a great show by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey this January.  Nominees below:


Best Motion Picture – Drama

12 Years A Slave

Captain Phillips




Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

American Hustle


Inside Llewyn Davis


The Wolf Of Wall Street

Best Director

Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity

Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips

Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave

Alexander Payne, Nebraska

David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Actor in a Drama

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

Best Actress in a Drama

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Judi Dench, Philomena

Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks

Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical

Christian Bale, American Hustle

Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf Of Wall Street

Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis

Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical

Amy Adams, American Hustle

Julie Delpy, Before Midnight

Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said

Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Daniel Bruhl, Rush

Bradley Cooper, American Hustle

Michael Fassbender , 12 Years A Slave

Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave

Julia Roberts, August: Osage County

June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Screenplay

Spike Jonze, Her

Bob Nelson, Nebraska

Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, Philomena

John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave

David O. Russell and Eric Singer, American Hustle

Best Foreign Language Film

Blue Is The Warmest Color

The Great Beauty

The Hunt

The Past

The Wind Rises

Best Animated Feature Film

The Croods

Despicable Me 2


Best Original Song

“Let It Go,” Frozen

“Atlas,” The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

“Please Mr. Kennedy,” Inside Llewyn Davis

“Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

“Sweeter Than Fiction,” One Chance

Best Original Score

Alex Ebert, All Is Lost

John Williams, The Book Thief

Steven Price, Gravity

Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Hans Zimmer, 12 Years A Slave


Best TV Drama

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

The Good Wife

Masters Of Sex

House Of Cards

Best TV Comedy

The Big Bang Theory

Brooklyn Nine-Nine


Modern Family

Parks And Recreation

Best TV Miniseries or Movie

American Horror Story: Coven

Behind The Candelabra

Dancing On The Edge

Top Of The Lake

White Queen

Best Actor in a TV Drama

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Michael Sheen, Masters Of Sex

Kevin Spacey, House Of Cards

James Spader, The Blacklist

Best Actress in a TV Drama

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Taylor Schilling, Orange Is The New Black

Kerry Washington, Scandal

Robin Wright, House Of Cards

Best Actor in a TV Comedy

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

Best Actress in a TV Comedy

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Lena Dunham, Girls

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

Best Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie

Matt Damon, Behind The Candelabra

Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing On The Edge

Idris Elba, Luther

Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Best Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie

Helena Bonham Carter, Burton And Taylor

Rebecca Ferguson, White Queen

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven

Helen Mirren, Phil Spector

Elisabeth Moss, Top Of The Lake

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture

Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing On The Edge

Janet McTeer, White Queen

Hayden Panettiere, Nashville

Monica Potter, Parenthood

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture

Josh Charles, The Good Wife

Rob Lowe, Behind The Candelabra

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Corey Stoll, House Of Cards

Jon Voight, Ray Donovan


  1. I don’t pay any attention to television, so can’t comment there.

    I do think the film nominations are mostly sensible, though I am disappointed Wadjda didn’t earn garner attention as Best Foreign Language Film.

    • I’ve been critical of the Globes in the past, but I have to admit they got a lot right. I haven’t seen Wadjda but I’m surprised that wasn’t nominated as well.

      • The only Foreign Language Globe nominee I’ve seen is Blue Is the Warmest Color. I can’t be certain that Wadjda is better than the other nominees but I am certain I think it better than Blue Is the Warmest Color. Much. I gave one an A+ and the other a B-

  2. I think that there are some suitable nominees this year (looking at Tom Hanks, in particular), and with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey presenting, it’s bound to be a hoot! Having seen much of Poehler outside Parks and Rec, but what I have seen has been very enjoyable.

    • The nominees this year actually were pretty agreeable. And I’m sure Poehler and Fey will deliver again this year.

      • Just talking about it has got me pretty excited!

  3. The Globes actually look pretty decent this year, though some of their category picks seem a bit odd. I mean, I haven’t seen them yet, so I don’t know for certain, but would American Hustle, Wolf of Wallstreet, and Her really be considered more comedies than dramas? It just looks like spill-over from the drama category more than anything, IMO, but eh, perhaps I’m being a bit nit-picky on that.

    • Good point about that. Those three seem much more like dramas than comedies and I’m guessing the Globes wanted more room to honor them. But I’m glad they’re nominated and I think the awards have improved much this year.

  4. I’m happy with a lot of these nominations, although the GG normally have some really odd nominations (The Tourist, Burlesque etc), which always makes them wacky and fun. So, I’m a little disappointed there isn’t any of that this year.

    What films/performances are you rooting for this year?

    • I’ve criticized the Globes in the past, but I’m pleased with the nominations this year. I’m hoping Delpy wins Best Actress.

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