Golden Globes: If I could vote

Golden Globes

Winners of the Golden Globes are selected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), a group of about 90 reporters who cover Hollywood and the entertainment industry for non-U.S., international publications. They’re often believed to be a precursor to the Academy Awards, but I disagree: the Golden Globes honour the best in film *and* television. Among the other differences: the Golden Globes are kind of a fancy dinner party, whereas the Academy Awards are more of a show and ceremony. The Golden Globes split categories for film and film acting into dramas and comedies; the Academy Awards honour technical, technological and behind-the-scenes teams, but the Golden Globes only honour talent you can see (and screenwriters, where adapted and original screenplays vie for one award – the Oscars give out an award for adapted and original screenplays separately, though I refer you to this great Grantland piece about some of the trouble with that).

The Golden Globes are fun to watch regardless of the many, many controversies surrounding the HFPA and their alleged less-than-kosher nominating criteria. This year should be no different with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returning to host. Rather than try to predict who will take home Globes on Sunday, Jan. 12, I thought I would pretend to be a member of the HFPA and cast a ballot for my favourite nominees that I deem most deserving.

You can fill out and print a Golden Globes ballot via the L.A. Times’ website. You can also follow me on Twitter @Chris_Hanna on Sunday night when I’ll be live-tweeting the event and curating a Storify for the Golden Globes, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. You can also follow the Storify I’ll be curating all day.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Rush
Philomena

Do you vote for the movie that’s perfect in almost every way a movie can be, or the movie that pushed filmmaking into new territory? I am torn between Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, but I am giving the edge – and my vote – to Gravity.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

American Hustle
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
The Wolf of Wall Street

This year, and for my taste, the musical or comedy category has a much stronger lineup of films than the drama category. My vote here goes to Martin Scorsese’s excellent, frenetic, funny, excessive The Wolf of Wall Street, my favourite movie of 2013.

RELATED: REVIEW OF MARTIN SCORSESE’S THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford for All Is Lost

I loved 12 Years a Slave enough to rank it no. 6 on my top-10 list for 2013, and Chiwetel Ejiofor is one of the reasons.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock for Gravity
Judi Dench for Philomena
Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet for Labor Day

Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine. Blanchett’s great, but she’s never been this great.

RELATED: REVIEW OF SAVING MR. BANKS

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Christian Bale for American Hustle
Bruce Dern for Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac for Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix for Her

Leo’s ninth nomination (he won one, for The Aviator) is for my favourite film of 2013, The Wolf of Wall Street, but my vote goes to Oscar Isaac for his work in Inside Llewyn Davis. He’s a long shot/dark horse, like Llewyn Davis.

RELATED: REVIEW OF THE COEN BROTHERS’ INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Amy Adams for American Hustle
Julie Delpy for Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig for Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Enough Said
Meryl Streep for August: Osage County

Great ones to choose from. My vote is for Amy Adams, who ran the show in American Hustle before Jennifer Lawrence stole it. This is Adams’ fifth Golden Globe nomination. No wins.

RELATED: REVIEW OF AMERICAN HUSTLE

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips
Daniel Brühl for Rush
Bradley Cooper for American Hustle
Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club

Will not be a contrarian. Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club. Quebec’s Jean-Marc Vallée directs one of the best acted movies of the year.

RELATED: REVIEW OF JEAN-MARC VALLÉE’S DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts for August: Osage County
June Squibb for Nebraska

Jennifer Lawrence was fun in American Hustle, but Lupita Nyong’o broke my heart in 12 Years a Slave

RELATED: 12 YEARS A SLAVE REVIEW

Best Director – Motion Picture

Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell for American Hustle
Alexander Payne for Nebraska

I have to go with Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity, but David O. Russell and Steve McQueen are more than worthy.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

12 Years a SlaveJohn Ridley
American HustleEric SingerDavid O. Russell
HerSpike Jonze
NebraskaBob Nelson
PhilomenaSteve CooganJeff Pope

The Golden Globes don’t distinguish between adapted and original screenplays like the Oscars do. The last two winners in this category were original screenplays by Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) and Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris). My vote goes to Spike Jonze for his original screenplay for Her.

RELATED: REVIEW OF SPIKE JONZE’S HER

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

Frozen: “Let It Go”
Inside Llewyn Davis: “Please Mr. Kennedy”
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: “Atlas”
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: “Ordinary Love”
One Chance: “Sweeter Than Fiction”

I’m going with “Let it Go” because it’s such a throwback to the animated Disney musicals from the ’90s.

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

All Is LostAlex Ebert
The Book ThiefJohn Williams
GravitySteven Price
Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomAlex Heffes
12 Years a SlaveHans Zimmer

Steven Price‘s score for Gravity was instrumental to the feel of the movie.

Best Animated Film

Frozen
The Croods
Despicable Me 2

Frozen, for the songs and the singing, but 2013 was one of the weakest years for animation in memory.

Best Foreign Language Film

Blue Is the Warmest Color
The Great Beauty
Jagten (The Hunt)
The Past
The Wind Rises

Blue Is the Warmest Colour, for the great performances by Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux, but I have to admit it is the only nominee I have seen. I missed The Hunt when it was in limited release, and the other three only come out in 2014 in Montreal.

Best Television Series – Drama 

Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex

Breaking Bad because the final season was exhilarating and very, very satisfying.

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Girls
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

No Veep? OK … Parks and Recreation, because after five seasons it’s still funny, more than tolerable and it has the best cast on network television.

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

American Horror Story
Behind the Candelabra
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
The White Queen

The immensely entertaining Behind the Candelabra has my vote.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Bryan Cranston. (If this was radio, I would say “Bryan Cranston, full stop.”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Maybe the most contested category. Also the most fun with the most deserving nominees. I would love to see Kerry Washington win for Scandal, but I am going to vote for Canadian Tatiana Maslany for her awesome work in Orphan Black.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Don Cheadle for House of Lies
Jason Bateman for Arrested Development
Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory
Michael J. Fox for The Michael J. Fox Show
Andy Samberg for Brooklyn Nine-Nine

None of the nominees stand out for me. I’m voting Michael J. Fox because I actually think his new show is sweet and sometimes funny.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Lena Dunham for Girls
Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep
Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation
Zooey Deschanel for New Girl

Amy Poehler will more than shine as co-host of the Globes; Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the funniest women on the planet and she rocks on Veep.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Matt Damon for Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas for Behind the Candelabra
Al Pacino for Phil Spector
Idris Elba for Luther
Chiwetel Ejiofor for Dancing on the Edge

Michael Douglas in Steven Soderbergh’s excellent HBO biopic Behind the Candelabra.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Jessica Lange for American Horror Story
Helen Mirren for Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss for Top of the Lake
Helena Bonham Carter for Burton and Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson for The White Queen

I want to vote Jessica Lange for making the Asylum series of American Horror Story episodes bearable, but I am going to vote Elisabeth Moss in honour of the Mad Men snub.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad
Jon Voight for Ray Donovan
Corey Stoll for House of Cards
Rob Lowe for Behind the Candelabra
Josh Charles for The Good Wife

One of the quirkier Golden Globes quirks is this category, a mishmash of actors in supporting roles from any genre and type of program. Half-hour sitcom? TV movie? Mini-series? All welcome! For portraying one of the best supporting characters on television ever, I vote Aaron Paul, bitch.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Sofía Vergara for Modern Family
Janet McTeer for The White Queen
Monica Potter for Parenthood
Hayden Panettiere for Nashville
Jacqueline Bisset for Dancing on the Edge

So weird that all of these actresses are vying for the same award for doing such different things on such different programs. I’m voting Hayden Panettiere here because I think she holds her own next to the great Connie Britton on the inconsistent, soapy Nashville. Confession: I’ve bought songs from the Nashville soundtracks off iTunes.

Nominees and links via IMDb.

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