The Golden Globes are fun.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will describe it best (again) on Sunday: The annual chance for movie actors and TV actors to get made fun of, get drunk, and probably touch each other. Hard to tell who is which anymore just by looking at the categories. Steve Carell nominated for Motion Picture Drama awards, Clive Owen and Viola Davis nominated for Television awards…The only wall left standing is the one defending the Seven Kingdoms in Game of Thrones. (I know.)
While the Hollywood Foreign Press Association wasn’t too far off in their Movie nominations, Television is still a head scratcher. I could rant for hours on how badly Mad Men, Homeland, Parks and Recreation, and Modern Family were snubbed, but that’s not why you called…
Like I said, the Golden Globes are fun. Award shows in general are fun and so is making picks. So without further ado…
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
– Julianne Moore, Still Alice
– Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
– Reese Witherspoon, Gone Girl
– Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
– Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Winner: Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore is being touted as the runaway favorite, and rightfully so. 0 for 6 at the Golden Globes, 0/4 at the Oscars, ‘Still Alice’ is her Steve Young moment..Felicity Jones will be my sleeper pick though. She’s incredibly charming and moving in ‘The Theory of Everything’.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
– Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
– Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
– Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
– David Oyelowo, Selma
– Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Winner: David Oyelowo
Unbelievably loaded category, yet it still feels like a 3-man race between Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, and David Oyelowo. I give Redmayne points for his transformation, but I give the award to Oyelowo for overall performance. Steve Carell and Jake Gyllenhaal get huge kudos as well for making my skin crawl.
Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy
– Julianne Moore, Maps of the Stars
– Amy Adams, Big Eyes
– Emily Blunt, Into The Woods
– Helen Mirren, The Hundred Foot Journey
– Quevenzhane Wallis, Annie
Winner: Emily Blunt
This category is very “meh” to me, but Emily Blunt stands out the most. Somehow she was able to appear natural in a musical…and that’s no easy task.
Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy
– Michael Keaton, Birdman
– Bill Murray, St. Vincent
– Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
– Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
– Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes
Winner: Michael Keaton
Bill Murray in ‘St. Vincent’ defines this category but Michael Keaton, well…I’ll just leave this here.
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
– Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
– Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
– Keira Knightly, The Imitation Game
– Emma Stone, Birdman
– Meryl Streep, Into The Woods
Winner: Emma Stone
Emma Stone. Emma Stone! EMMA STONE!…If I say her name 3 times she appears, right? The range she showed in ‘Birdman’ is exactly why I’ll be picking her throughout awards season.
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
– Robert Duvall, The Judge
– Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
– Edward Norton, Birdman
– Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
– J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Winner: J.K. Simmons
I truly believe ‘Birdman’ was Edward Norton’s greatest performance. Any other year he would be a lock, but J.K. Simmons IS ‘Whiplash’. He terrifies you like you’re in his college jazz ensemble.
Best Picture – Drama
– The Imitation Game
– The Theory of Everything
This category is missing Birdman, but that’s okay. This was a great year in film and Selma was remarkably able to stand out. The acting by the entire cast was phenominal and the filming was was perfect to invoke its message.
Best Picture – Musical/Comedy
– The Grand Budapest Hotel
– Into The Woods
– St. Vincent
‘Birdman’ is the best film of the year. I’ll explain why come Oscars week. Sorry to the rest of the field. Good job, good effort.
Best TV Series – Drama
– The Affair
– Downton Abbey
– Game of Thrones
– The Good Wife
– House of Cards
Winner: House of Cards
I’ve been very vocal about how badly the Golden Globes messed up with their TV nominations. Homeland, Mad Men, and Sherlock not getting the respect they deserve baffles me. With that said, Netflix should be thanking them because ‘House of Cards’ is the best among those nominated.
Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama
– Claire Danes, Homeland
– Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder
– Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
– Ruth Wilson, The Affair
– Robin Wright, House of Cards
Winner: Claire Danes
Claire Danes should win as consolation for the disrespect shown to Homeland. It wasn’t just a bounce back season for the show, but also for her character. Robin Wright is also very deserving.
Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama
– Clive Owen, The Knick
– Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
– Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
– James Spader, The Blacklist
– Dominic West, The Affair
Winner: Dominic West
Someone call Sherlock because someone stole Benedict Cumberbatch’s nomination here…Dominic West should win because he is the only reason to watch ‘The Affair’, but personally I’m pulling for Liev Schreiber.
Best TV Series – Musical/Comedy
– Jane The Virgin
– Orange is the New Black
– Silicon Valley
Winner: Silicon Valley
OITNB gets some help moving to a comedy category that is missing ‘Modern Family’, but ‘Silicon Valley’ is the better show. But seriously, no Modern Family? Have they seen Modern Family?
Best Actress in a TV Series – Musical/Comedy
– Lena Dunham, Girls
– Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
– Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
– Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
– Taylor Schilling, OITNB
Winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
I love Gina Rodriguez, but I learned to stop picking against JLD a long time ago.
Best Actor in a TV Series – Musical/Comedy
– Louis C.K., Louie
– Don Cheadle, House of Lies
– Ricky Gervais, Derek
– William H. Macy, Shameless
– Jeffery Tambor, Transparent
Winner: Ricky Gervais
Go on Netflix. Watch Derek. Then you’ll know.
For the rest of the categories I care about, my picks will be covered by 2 words…