This Sunday, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will play host to the Hollywood Foreign Press’ annual awards gala. There’s a great piece in the LA Times that ran on Thursday about the ‘comedy of errors‘ in the awards dividing categories between comedy and drama, and how odd it’s been for some of the films to be put within these divisions. But whatever the value placed on these Golden Globes, the ceremony promises to be an entertaining night, ahead of next week’s Oscar nominees announcement. That’s when things get a little more serious, as perhaps, they should.
While I absolutely LOVED Gravity, I feel 12 Years a Slave has a, well, gravitas, all of its own, and deserves to have every honour bestowed upon it. The way Steve McQueen has taken an important but sensitive subject and made audiences feel the humanity we need to get past a cruel history, all while using the beauty of cinema, is a marvel. An artistic portrait of history that I hope it will take Best Picture, Drama.
In an example of the bizarreness of splitting up films, Her, American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, Nebraska and Inside Llewyn Davis will compete for Best Picture, Comedy/Musical. Llewyn Davis, I can understand, but the rest, not so much. They’re all outstanding films so it will be a tricky one to decide. I think Llewyn Davis is utterly lovely, as is Her, and Wolf packs an almighty punch, but perhaps American Hustle, because of the incredible ensemble performances, may just take it.
As for TV, well, was there any other show more talked about than Breaking Bad this past year? Expect that to take Best Drama Series. Comedy, though, is still up for grabs, although Modern Family could take that category, given its Emmy win last year, in spite of falling ratings.
For the full list of nominations, click here.