Mr. Movie casts votes for Golden Globes

Gary Wolcott, Atomictown.comJanuary 8, 2014 

Good news. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are the hosts for the 70th annual Golden Globes awards Jan. 12. They were hilarious last year and no doubt they'll be in top form this year as well.

If only the movies and performances were up to that standard.

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Hand the statue to 12 Years a Slave. This category has no competition. My favorite is Gravity because of the incredible effort it took to really make me believe I was in space. You can make an argument for the most excellent Philomena. But Captain Phillips? Or worse, Ron Howard's race flick Rush? C'mon.

The Golden Globe: 12 Years a Slave

My pick: Gravity

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

I'm not sure The Wolf of Wall Street is a comedy. Neither is Inside Llewyn Davis. Wolf deserves a nomination, but Her and Llewyn do not. Dallas Buyers Club wasn't nominated, and it is light years better than both.

The toss up is between the most excellent American Hustle and its also excellent ensemble cast and the wonderfully simple and brilliantly done Nebraska.

The Golden Globe: American Hustle

My pick: Nebraska

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

If enough of the Hollywood foreign press remember Blue Jasmine, they'll hand the Golden Globe to Cate Blanchett. Other than Blanchett, my favorite is a pitch-perfect dramatic turn -- and I'm not really sure the movie is a drama -- from Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks.

Judy Dench is always good but she is Judy Dench, Sandra Bullock whined too much for me in Gravity and they haven't screened Labor Day with Kate Winslet for Northwest press yet.

The Golden Globe: Cate Blanchett

My pick: Cate Blanchett

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Four of the five are some of the year's best acting with the best being Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club. But he's neck and neck with Chiwetel Ejiofor as a pre-Civil War free black man kidnapped and made a slave in 12 Years a Slave and Robert Redford's brilliant two-line work in All is Lost. Also of note is Idris Elba's Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

The Golden Globe: Chiwetel Ejiofor

My pick: Matthew McConaughey

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Is August: Osage County a comedy? Meryl Streep, as always, is very good, but she isn't that funny and this dysfunctional family movie doesn't have much in the way of laughs. Not that it matters. Streep and the other nominees will not top Amy Adams, who out hustles them all in American Hustle.

The Golden Globe: Amy Adams

My pick: Amy Adams

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

The odds-on favorite, Leonardo DiCaprio, is terrific, but isn't he always? My favorite performance of the year in any category is Bruce Dern's career best Nebraska. Oscar Isaac, Joaquin Phoenix and Christian Bale are all excellent but have no chance.

The Golden Globe: Leonardo DiCaprio

My pick: Bruce Dern

Best Director

Four of the five belong. I'm still not sure how Captain Phillips -- and in this case Paul Greengrass -- got this attention when other movies and other work is so much better. I loved Alexander Payne's nice black-and-white character study Nebraska and the really fun American Hustle by David O. Russell. But the real gem here is Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity. It is the closest any of us is ever going to get to being in space.

The Golden Globe: Alfonso Cuaron

My pick: Alfonso Cuaron

Best Supporting Actress

Julia Roberts is the best she's been since Erin Brockovich, and June Squibb nearly stole Nebraska from Bruce Dern. The best performance in the category is Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle. However, look for Lupita Nyong'o to grab the statute for 12 Years a Slave.

The Golden Globe: Lupita Nyong'o

My pick: Jennifer Lawrence

Best Supporting Actor

Three of the five performances are maybe the best of the year in any category. Michael Fassbender is as good at bad as bad can be as the vicious slave owner in 12 Years a Slave. For someone who's never acted, Barkhad Abdi gave a superb performance as the Somali pirate leader in Captain Phillips.

The statue will likely go to Jared Leto, whose work as a drug-addled, cross-dressing AIDS victim in Dallas Buyers Club is stunning.

The Golden Globe: Jared Leto

My pick: Michael Fassbender

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