My Picks for the 2014 Golden Globes Awards

Best Motion Picture, Drama

12 Years a Slave
Reviewers have said it before but it’s true: this is a great film, with a lot of small roles filled by immensely talented actors, not to mention the stars themselves (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’o). It’s also, as it should be, harsh, and not a movie you are necessarily motivated to watch twice. But since that’s not at all reflective of the quality of the film, it should win best drama. Feel like Gravity is going to be a real contender since it also received a lot of talk but for whatever reason that film completely didn’t appeal to me. I haven’t seen it so have no room to say anything for or against it. Indeed, everything I have heard is praise. The trailer clearly gets across the point that the style in which it was filmed, in an attempt to replicate being in space, was state of the art, yet for me, personally, it didn’t seem real.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Kate Winslet (Labor Day), then Judi Dench (Philomena)

Best Actor in  a Motion Picture, Drama

Matthew McConaugheyMatthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), then Robert Redford (All is Lost)
Dallas Buyers Club was the film that truly floored me this year. I couldn’t stop thinking about it for weeks. I wanted everyone to go see it. One of the top three films of 2013. Was never a fan of Matthew McConaughey’s. After seeing this film I get excited every time I see him pop up in a trailer*. To sum it up: Ron Woodroof was a fantastic role. McConaughey’s performance was likewise fantastic.

 
* Like Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, or the awesome sounding new show, True Detective
 

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Nebraska
A feel-good movie with thoughtful depth.

 

~ SIDENOTE  ~

Wrongfully Not Nominated for Anything: Lake Bell’s comedy, In A World…

 

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Adams is fire in this movie (and no, that’s not simply a lame reference or play off of the fact that she has red hair and looks completely comfortable in dresses that would cause me anxiety).

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
His expressions throughout, especially after his son offers to help him look for the letter that claims he won a million dollars, are so perfect… Bruce Dern is an actor.

Best Animated Feature Film

Frozen

Best Foreign Language Film

The Wind Rises
Can always count on Studio Ghibli.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lawrence is one hyped young actress who deserves all the attention she gets, with the range of characters she can turn out. In fact, give her more hype. You never wanted her to leave the screen. Clearly director David O. Russell realizes this, using her sparingly throughout, making every scene she’s in richly worth the wait. And this is one of the year’s best casts period, yet this twenty-something year-old distinguishes herself from all the rest. She is gold. Silver Linings Playbook may still be her masterpiece** but Lawrence shines in this fun period piece***.

 
** Playbook technically ran during the previous award show circuit but counts as #1 in 2013, when most of these nominees were released in theaters/aired on television.
 
*** Who doesn’t love the 70s?
 

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Watch Dallas Buyers Club and you will love Rayon.

Best Director- Motion Picture

David O. Russell (American Hustle)
This is a guy on the rise (or he’s risen… whichever). The Fighter was great. Silver Linings Playbook was out of this world. After those I had no doubt that American Hustle would be phenomenal and it was. The fact that he writes many of the screenplays too… and he already has a troupe of repeat actors, currently making Bradley Copper and Jennifer Lawrence the new Hepburn and Tracy… Not to jinx it, but he is only going to keep releasing hits.

Best Screenplay- Motion Picture

NebraskaBob Nelson (Nebraska)
Every character decision made by David Grant (played by Will Forte) made me so happy, with the loyalty and willingness he shows to go along with what everyone else around him discourages and calls crazy. I love how this film plays out and identify with it immensely.

 

Best Original Score- Motion Picture

Alex Ebert (All is Lost)

Best Original Song- Motion Picture

Atlas (Hunger Games Catching Fire)

 

Best TV Series, Drama

Masters of SexBreaking Bad OR Masters of Sex
Have not seen the ending of Breaking Bad yet (went on a media black out for a while after the finale). Don’t have a subscription to Showtime but was able to watch Masters’ pilot when it was free through Comcast On Demand. Both are great shows and wouldn’t be disappointing wins. Point for Breaking Bad as this is their last shot at (more) recognition. Point for Masters for being a very pleasant surprise nomination, securing a spot so quickly out of the gate in a very competitive category.

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama

Juliana Margulies (The Good Wife) OR Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
Margulies is a stalwart, and while I became frustrated with Orphan Black’s season finale Tatiana Maslany herself is a powerhouse, with all the different clones she plays.

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Parks and Recreation

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), then Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), then Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) (then Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie))
Either Amy Poehler or Julia Louis-Dreyfus could win and you wouldn’t see me upset, but Amy Poehler hasn’t won and that’s just wrong. Zooey Deschanel’s always marvelous (and if New Girl for “Comedy” or Jake Johnson for “TV Comedy Actor” had been nominated, I would have given them nods). Haven’t seen Nurse Jackie but assume Edie Falco is cool (her previous acting credits of Oz and The Sopranos tell me it is so).

Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Michael J. Fox (Michael J. Fox Show), then Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), then Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) (then Don Cheadle (House of Lies))
Michael J. Fox truly seems like a wonderful person, and his new, self-named show only continues to get better week to week.

 

Best TV Movie or Mini-Series

Top of the LakeTop of the Lake

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

Elizabeth Moss (Top of the Lake), then Helena Bonham Carter (Burton and Taylor)
Another case of didn’t love the finale of her show but Elizabeth Moss (whether on Top of the Lake or Mad Men) is a pleasure. Also, thought Helena Bonham Carter’s stylish portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor was really well-done. It certainly wasn’t an easy person to take on, and I can’t say I would have ever pictured her for the part, but she pulls it off with panache.

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

Idris Elba (Luther)
I will miss Luther. I still remember watching season one, thinking man, this is too disturbing. I’ll keep watching it live and that’ll be the end of it. By the end of season one, I couldn’t wait for the DVD.

 

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

Hayden Pannetiere (Nashville)
Juliette Barnes can get stuck in some soapy subplots (money stealing boyfriend, the other woman in a billionaire’s marriage), but Pannetiere always makes the most of them. Also, can she sing.

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

Aaron PaulAaron Paul (Breaking Bad), then Josh Charles (The Good Wife)
Will Gardner is a cool lawyer on The Good Wife but Jesse Pinkman is the absolute best part about Breaking Bad.

 

 
 
 
Here are all the official nominations. Be sure to tune in for the Golden Globes this Sunday at 8 PM ET on NBC, and post your picks in the comments below.

– all pictures are from the Golden Globes Awards web-site

 

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Review ABC’s Castle: “Under Fire” (Season 6, Episode 11)

[Warning: Possible spoilers ahead for this episode and any episodes preceding it]

After the traditional winter hiatus Castle returned last night and it was quite the doozy of an episode. Rather than start of with a “simple murder case,” Ryan and Esposito end up trapped in a burning building by the half hour mark. They had been investigating the work of an arsonist monikered “The Phantom,” whose last targeted building housed a murdered fire inspector. According to the victim’s partner, he had been spending his vacation days looking into the Phantom’s string of suspicious fires.
 

We Will Survive

While this episode definitely paced itself well, the amazing survival of the show’s characters without any major injury to their person whatsoever is beginning to wear thin (see Sidenote). This is not to say I wanted to see any harm come to Esposito or Ryan*, only that they walked out of that near-death situation far too unscathed. Literally, they were walking away from the scene after rescuers found them unconscious from lack of oxygen, no oxygen masks on their faces or anything. This isRyan and Esposito after falling however many stories to the secret basement floor, having accidentally triggered a bomb in the arsonist’s lab.
 
* Whose wife, for added drama, is having their baby while all this is going down
 
Sure, Ryan has a heavy post of some kind fall on his leg, but once Esposito levers it off all is ok.

Sure, their smartphones have no signal, but they can rig a phone with the conveniently accessible wires on hand.

Sure, it’s a desperate situation but Laney doesn’t once get a turn during Ryan’s call with his wife to speak to Esposito? And shouldn’t Beckett have been a little quicker in telling Ryan’s wife that her husband was alive (at least for now)?

 

~ SIDENOTE ~

This isn’t the first time a character has come close to dying on Castle (the dangers are divvyed out pretty fairly amongst the whole cast). And, granted, it is a network show, not meant to have characters be as disposable as those on cable (where even the most fan-loved can be offed). Yet despite all the almost-dying the only person that’s ever been truly killed is Captain Montgomery. Even 3XK is probably still alive, as hinted at earlier this season (“Disciple”). At this point there should at least be some broken bones or burns to show for all this mayhem. This isn’t even the first “fire set off by a bomb”. In season two’s admittedly great two-parter (“Tick, Tick, Tick…” and “Boom!”), Beckett survived the destruction of her apartment by jumping into a bathtub.

 

All this being said…

Ryan's MacGyver-eque Constructed Phone

…it was interesting to see Beckett in a situation where she herself recognizes there’s nothing she can do but physically be there for her friends and colleagues. Also, Ryan’s tearful good-bye was a great showcase for a character (and actor in Seamus Dever) I’ve always liked but who hasn’t always gotten the screentime. His line of wanting to name the baby Javier if a boy, followed by Esposito’s response of, “You’re going to name a white, Irish kid, Javier?” was truly the sweetest moment of the episode.
 
 
 
So what did you think? Was their surviving a fire with only some ashy clothes and a few cuts a little too lucky, or are the post-viewing feelings simply that of relief for them being ok? Share your thoughts (and/or skepticism) in the comments below.
 

Castle screencaps from here