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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the Golden Globes for their third and final time tonight on NBC.

Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler host the Golden Globes for the third and final tonight on NBC at 7 p.m. Central. The Fourcast choose its winners and the predicted awardees tonight…

 

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the Golden Globes for their third and final time tonight on NBC.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the Golden Globes for their third and final time tonight on NBC.  Source:NBC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Boyhood

Foxcatcher

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Critics have ranted and raved about every single one of these movies. I have to say that all could win. Boyhood is an indie darling. Foxcatcher is about the downward spiral of a star, like last year’s Wolf of Wall Street. Selma is a new look at a biopic, about Martin Luther King. The Theory of Everything is a strong endearing mathematical love story. But, as much as I seem to have a feeling that either Selma or Boyhood is going to win, I want The Imitation Game to win. It’s interesting and doesn’t cover history that is known. We learn about MLK all the time. World War II films are getting boring. But, The Imitation Game is refreshing and a look at a battle that isn’t as much about blood and action, as it is about mind games.

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Birdman

Grand Budapest Hotel

Into the Woods

Pride

St. Vincent

Indie movies win. It’s a fact of award shows. So there’s a toss up between Birdman, the “poetic” tale about an actor only known for playing a superhero who makes a comeback, and Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s latest film that I don’t understand. But, I liked Into the Woods. It’s a musical, but it’s a Sonheim musical. It’s not like the audience-love, disaster, Mamma Mia, it’s got the glowing essence of Les Miserables that makes a good story. It’s a comedy where fairytales realize that happy endings just aren’t a thing. I didn’t laugh in Birdman and I certainly was more confused than giggly in Grand Budapest Hotel. I laughed and cried and sang in Into the Woods.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler

David Oyelowo, Selma

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

This is a close race. Every single actor in this category deserves an award in their own right. Benedict Cumberbatch, a rising star, played the famous Alan Turing with surprising accuracy. David Oyelowo is relatively unknown, but in Selma, I have a hard time forgetting that this isn’t Martin Luther King Jr. playing himself. Eddie Redmayne, who tugged at our heartstrings two years ago in Les Miserables as Marius, returns to romance as Stephen Hawking. But, Jake Gyllenhaal or Steve Carell deserve the award. Gyllenhaal is creepy-good as a guerilla journalist in L.A. Carell truly steps out of his comedic comfort zone and haunts us as John du Pont. Either deserve it for convincing me to fear them.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Ray Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Michael Keaton, Birdman

Bill Murray, St. Vincent

Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice

Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

Critics and audiences alike agree that Michael Keaton is the obvious choice. Birdman was one of the best movies this fall. And it’s a story that Keaton knows all too well, playing it well enough to intrigue and delight audiences with bursts of comedy behind an overall depressing story.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Jennifer Aniston, Cake

Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Gone Girl is predicted to take the crown at the Golden Globes, including the title for Best Actress. Rosamund Pike is one of the strongest predicted winners for not only the Golden Globes but the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Academy Awards. However, I enjoyed Reese Witherspoon in Wild more than Gone Girl’s Pike. Many of us have grown up with Witherspoon, from her pink and perky days as a law student at Harvard to her raw performance in Wild. This is the third Golden Globe nomination for Witherspoon, although the first in the Drama category for Best Actress. While Pike is a newcomer to the scene, Witherspoon is a veteran who has finally hit the mark.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Amy Adams, Big Eyes

Emily Blunt, Into the Woods

Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey

Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars

Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie

Sometimes an awardee is chosen politically. I feel like that is what might happen if Quvenzhane Wallis wins. I’m not saying that the 11-year-old Oscar nominee didn’t give an admirable performance in Annie. I just found Amy Adams’ compelling portrayal of Margaret Keene to be far superior to Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, or Emily Blunt’s roles. Adams’ role wasn’t quite a comedy but more of a dramatic role enclosed within the comedic title. I lost Adams within Keene, sympathizing her status as a woman in the 1950’s. Still, predictions say Moore has it in the bag, although I can’t see why.

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Robert Duvall, The Judge

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Edward Norton, Birdman

Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Despite The Judge being regarded by the critics as one of the worst movies of the year, I still enjoyed it. I love Robert Downey Jr. and didn’t think that he was completely “stiff and awful.” However, Robert Duvall really catapulted the movie from “eh” to “yeah!” For me, I think it’s between Duvall and Mark Ruffalo for Best Supporting Actor. Ruffalo truly supported the storyline in Foxcatcher, as wrestler David Schultz. But, both actors portrayed something that we rarely glimpse in serious films. True familial love. Ruffalo showed how much compassion he had for his brother, Mark (Channing Tatum), while Duvall hides his love for his son (Robert Downey Jr.) under a gruff exterior.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year

Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Emma Stone, Birdman

Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Obviously, as per usual, Meryl Streep has a high prediction of winning. I personally think that while she gave an excellent performance in Into the Woods, she still isn’t “the best” in this category. Jessica Chastain was crazy good, as usual in A Most Violent Year. Keira Knightley was as charming as ever in The Imitation Game. However, Emma Stone made her return to comedy with Birdman, supporting the action of the story and truly being “funny.” While still being young, she’s explored every side of film, and personally I think this is one of her best films yet. However, any one of these lovely and talented ladies deserve to win.

Best Director

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ava DuVernay, Selma

David Fincher, Gone Girl

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

David Fincher is a shoo-in to win Best Director. Unless the Golden Globes decide to give an award for “prettiness,” then Wes Anderson will win, Fincher created a story that is better than the book. Since Gillian Flynn wrote the screenplay, it wasn’t that which made Gone Girl a better movie. His talent with the camera and directing the actors, created a far more compelling story than the novel.

Best Animated Feature Film

Big Hero 6

The Book of Life

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Lego Movie

Asking me to choose an animated film is actually cruel. Big Hero 6, being a Marvel movie, automatically becomes a cherished film in my heart. I got to get an inside scoop into The Book of Life in September with ArtsCast and began to understand the deeper meaning behind the film. And How to Train Your Dragon 2 had a really good story… and Kit Harington voicing a character that was basically Jon Snow. So, I am just going to rule out The Boxtrolls and The Lego Movie winning and refuse to choose between those three.

Best TV Movie or Miniseries

Fargo, FX

The Missing, Starz

The Normal Heart, HBO

Olive Kitteridge, HBO

True Detective, HBO

True Detective was a smash hit this year but for a good reason. It was well-written, well-acted, and well-received. HBO had a killing this year. With three nominees in the category, they are clearly doing something right. The Normal Heart would be my second choice to win, with Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo helming the AIDS drama. However, I do appreciate FX’s attempt to revive the mini series with Martin Freeman’s Fargo. The remake of the horror film is biting and terrifying, making it another worthy competitor.

Best TV Series, Drama

The Affair, Showtime

Downton Abbey, PBS

Game of Thrones, HBO

The Good Wife, CBS

House of Cards, Netflix

Downton Abbey wins every single year and I’m sick of it. Seriously, I get that every single person who decides awards is in love with British drama, but that doesn’t mean that it deserves an utter monopoly! I was fine when Breaking Bad won all the time. I accepted it and actually thought that particular season deserved to win. But, seriously Downton Abbey was sub-par this year. Game of Thrones, while being reputed to be gory and sexual, is actually one of the best shows on TV. It’s just AP Euro politics. And honestly, the best thing about it is that its politics are without the nasty boundaries of laws in its way. It’s probably what Congress looks like under the surface.

Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical

Girls, HBO

Jane the Virgin, The CW

Orange Is the New Black, Netflix

Silicon Valley, HBO

Transparent, Amazon Instant Video

Girls also has an utter monopoly on this category too. I don’t see why it’s so funny, but maybe adults think that it is. I didn’t think that Orange is the New Black was as amazing as everyone told me. However, Silicon Valley and Jane the Virgin were actually good comedies. Silicon Valley is very 80s, but I actually get the humor. Jane the Virgin, the first CW show ever nominated for a Golden Globe, was adapted from a Latin telenovela and according to many critics is “a trailblazer” taking apart stereotypes as it goes.

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

The race is only between two people. Kevin Spacey, who has led House of Cards from just a Netflix show to national acclaim, and James Spader, who made The Blacklist more than just a cop show. I love them both equally, though predictions say that Spacey will take home the trophy.

Best Actor, TV Series Comedy

Louis C.K., Louis

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Ricky Gervais, Derek

William H. Macy, Shameless

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Jeffrey Tambor always found a way to make me laugh in Arrested Development. Apparently, he does the same in Transparent, a comedy that has received quite a bit of national coverage that I haven’t gotten a chance to watch, as it is only available on Amazon Prime.

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama (5 way deadlock)

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

This race is a 5-way deadlock that no one can predict the outcome of. Claire Danes might secure her 5th Golden Globe win, third for Homeland. Viola Davis, the breakout star of The Help who apparently didn’t deserve an Oscar for her amazing portrayal as Aibileen, a fact that I am still bitter about, is absolutely amazing in Shonda Rhimes’ latest masterpiece, How to Get Away with Murder. This is Julianna Margulies’ sixth Golden Globe nomination, and according to sources, she might have finally given a “Good” enough performance as The Good Wife, to merit the award. Ruth Wilson, the newbie, could potentially take the category too, although shows like The Affair usually don’t win. However, Robin Wright, last year’s winner, could have it in the bag. For some reason, House of Cards is so addictive that it makes a winner out of anyone.

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy

Lena Dunham, Girls

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black

Last year, I remember jumping up and down when last year’s host Amy Poehler won this category for her fabulously funny work in Parks and Recreation. According to predictions, the usual suspect, Lena Dunham (Girls) will win.  However, I recently found that I really like telenovelas. Gina Rodriguez, a Latina actress who has been named one of the “biggest breakout stars of 2014”, is genuine in the confusion of a steamy soap. She makes me miss Ugly Betty and the wholesome messages that shine through the drama.

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie

Martin Freeman, Fargo

Woody Harrelson, True Detective

Matthew McConaughey, True Detective

Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart

Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

This race has been heralded as another tie. All of these actors have been smash hits for their other work in the past several years. Martin Freeman somehow found time to get nominated for two Emmy’s, and win one for his work in Sherlock, and still finish his blockbuster Hobbit series. Woody Harrelson provides sarcastic comic relief in The Hunger Games, while giving one of what I think is his best performances yet in True Detective. Matthew McConaughey plays his usual Texan that has led to his “McConaugh-aissance” of “stellar” roles, which to me is starting to seem a bit dry. Mark Ruffalo has two Golden Globe nominations, for Foxcatcher and for his wonderful performance in The Normal Heart. I refuse to choose any of these four, though the predictions tell me that McConaughey takes it all. Alright, alright, alright.

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge

Frances O’Connor, The Missing

Allison Tolman, Fargo

As Jessica Lange’s last season on the creepy hit American Horror Story finishes, I think that the two-time Oscar winner will get the award. She’s only won once, for the first season of American Horror Story, but I think that really her performance in Season 4 was not my favorite. If anything, then she should win for Season 3’s Supreme. However, Maggie Gyllenhaal is a phenomenal actress who wisely chooses roles that show her best side. The Honorable Woman was one of those, giving her the pick.

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Colin Hanks, Fargo

Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge

Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Predictions can’t really choose who will take the trophy, but many are rooting for Matt Bomer. This year was a big one for Bomer, after White Collar ended and he had a guest star role in American Horror Story. He gave a moving performance in The Normal Heart, something I think none of the other actors achieved in this category.

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Allison Janney, Mom

Michelle Monaghan, True Detective

The race is really between two people. Kathy Bates, who has provided Hollywood with steady, excellent work over the years, or Joanne Froggatt, the obligatory Downton Abbey nominee of the year. Probably, since Downton has had rather scarce presence at the award show this year, Froggatt will win. But, Bates gave a better than usual performance in Season 4 of American Horror Story, eliciting something quite the opposite of fear out of me.

 

–Kate Clement