Amy Poehler and Tina Fey Return to Host Sunday’s Golden Globes By: Ellis Nassour
The Hollywood Foreign Press’ Golden Globe Awards honor the best in film and TV, so expect a long, but festive night Sunday when NBC telecasts the 71st annual honors live beginning at 8 P.M. from the Beverly Hilton. Coverage and red carpet arrivals begin at 6:30. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, returning as hosts, will rock the establishment with humor and sarcasm.
The GGs are called "Hollywood’s Party of the Year." Why? Well, because everyone has the opportunity to take advantage of free-flowing spirits throughout the long evening. Hopefully, the winners stumbling to the stage won’t be soused. .
Some are happy, some are not about the GGs honoring Woody Allen with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment." He will not attend, of course, and has asked old friend and co-star Diane Keaton to accept.
Certainly you have your favorites, and they might certainly differ with what the GG nominators picked. The org divides Best Film into two categories: Drama and Comedy or Musical. The nominations for film and TV are below.
Some predicted The Butler and August: Osage County would be vying for Best Picture, but neither even got GG nominations. In a further insult to Lee Daniels’ blockbuster film about trailblazing efforts to achieve civil rights, neither Forest Whittaker, Oprah, or Daniels were recognized. Tracy Letts’ adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize, Tony, and Drama Desk-winning August was also snubbed, except in the acting categories.
When The Book Thief hit theatres, everyone was swearing up and down this was going to be the movie to beat; the performances to beat. Everyone was predicting a GG for Best Comeback for Keanu Reeves in the spectacularly expensive and gorgeous [and not just the production] 47 Ronin. The cards have been dealt, and not a one was even recognized.
Film: Steve McQueen’s raw, harrowing 12 Years a Slave, based on real-life free man, violinist Solomon Northup, who’s kidnapped and forced into slavery, seems to be a front-runner. However, upsetting the momentum is David O. Russell’s comic box office champ American Hustle, a through back to The Sting, only this time the FBI’s running a 70s con to snare dirty, greedy politicians. The New York Film Critics Circle awarded it Best Picture. Both Spike Jonze’s Her and the Coen Brothers’ sleeper hit Inside Llewyn Davis scored big at the New York Film Festival and with numerous awards groups.
Though the probability of a win for Philomena is slim, Judi Dench may upset the actress apple cart. And the film, excepted to be a small art house attraction, is popular across the board. The film is also important as a blistering indictment of the Irish Catholic Church of the 50s and 60s and their orphanage adoptions-for-cash programs.
Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyer’s Club, Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, Ron Howard’s Rush, and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street are notable for the performances of, respectively, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto; Bruce Dern and June Squibb; Daniel Brühl; and Leonardo Di Caprio.
Film nomination highlights: Drama – 12 Years a Slave – Fox Searchlight; Captain Phillips – Columbia Pictures; Gravity – Warner Bros.; Philomena – BBC Films/The Weinstein Company; and Rush – Universal Pictures. Comedy or Musical – American Hustle – Sony Pictures; Her – Warner Bros.; Inisde Llewyn Davis – CBS Films; Nebraska – Paramount Vantage; and The Wolf of Wall Street – Paramount.
Nominated actors in Drama are: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave; Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips; Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club; and Robert Redford, All Is Lost. Comedy or Musical: Christian Bale, American Hustle; Bruce Dern, Nebraska; Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street; Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis; and Joaquin Phoenix, Her.
Nominated actresses in Drama are: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Sandra Bullock, Gravity; Judi Dench, Philomena; Emma Thompson, Saving Mr Banks; and Kate Winslet, Labor Day. Comedy or Musical: Amy Adams, American Hustle; Julie Delpy, Before Midnight; Greta Gerwig, Francis Ha; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said; and Meryl Streep, August: Osage County.
TV: Drama: Nominated are Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, House of Cards, and Masters of Sex.
Nominated drama series actors are: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan; Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex; Kevin Spacey, House of Cards; and, sure to be a frontrunner, James Spader, The Blacklist.
Actresses in the drama category are: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black; Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black; Kerry Washington, Scandal; and Robin Wright, House of Cards.
Check out the entire list of film and TV nominations at www.goldenglobes.com/awards and keep a tally to see if your favorites score. And don’t forget to party and Tivo The Good Wife and Downton Abbey.