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The 71st Golden Globe awards are held this Sunday, so it is only appropriate that I post some hopes and predictions. Here I will tell you who I predict will win, who I think should win and who was snubbed from a nomination. While I hope that these predictions will be accurate, keep in mind that anything can happen on awards night.

Best Drama

12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

Who Will Win: 12 Years a Slave

Who Should Win: 12 Years a Slave

Who Got Snubbed: Prisoners

Steve McQueen’s brutal treatment of slavery in the American South still remains the award season frontrunner. It’s a shame that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association overlooked Prisoners, a gripping film that was one of the best thrillers in years.

Best Musical/Comedy

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

Who Will Win: American Hustle

Who Should Win: The Wolf of Wall Street

Who Got Snubbed: The World’s End, Before Midnight

Voters are likely to be wooed by the performances and energetic direction in American Hustle, but the film lacks the bite that makes The Wolf of Wall Street the deserving winner. It’s unfortunate that The World’s End and Before Midnight couldn’t secure a nomination here, but this is a very competitive category.

Best Director

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

Who Will Win: Alfonso Cuarón

Who Should Win: Steve McQueen

Who Got Snubbed: Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street, Spike Jonze – Her

Alfonso Cuarón created a technical marvel with Gravity, but Steve McQueen deserves just as much praise for 12 Years a Slave’s emotional intensity. The biggest snubs in this category include Martin Scorsese for managing to make The Wolf of Wall Street’s three hour runtime move at a breezy pace and Spike Jonze for turning a man’s affection with his computer into one of the best films of the year with Her.

Best Actress in a Drama

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

Who Will Win: Cate Blanchett

Who Should Win: Cate Blanchett

Who Got Snubbed: Adèle Exarchopoulos – Blue is the Warmest Color

Cate Blanchett’s powerhouse performance in Blue Jasmine is one of the greatest of the year, matched only by Adèle Exarchopoulos’ emotional discovery in Blue is the Warmest Color. Her absence in this category is upsetting.

Best Actor in a Drama

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

Who Will Win: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Who Should Win: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Who Got Snubbed: Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station

Chiwetel Ejiofor seems to be the frontrunner and Michael B. Jordan’s breakthrough performance in Fruitvale Station deserves far more praise than it’s been receiving

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy

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

Who Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio

Who Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio

Who Got Snubbed: Ethan Hawke – Before Midnight, Simon Pegg – The World’s End

Bruce Dern could sneak in and win this one, but DiCaprio has been a longtime favorite of the HFPA.

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy

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

Who Will Win: Amy Adams

Who Should Win: Greta Gerwig

Amy Adams and Meryl Streep appear to be the only real contenders in this category, but it would be delightful if Greta Gerwig was able to pull off an upset.

Best Supporting Actress

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

Who Will Win: Lupita Nyong’o

Who Should Win: Jennifer Lawrence

Who Got Snubbed: Octavia Spencer – Frutivale Station, Lea Seydoux – Blue is the Warmest Color

I’m predicting that Lupita Nyong’o will follow the success of 12 Years a Slave to a win, but I hope that voters will award Jennifer Lawrence for her fantastic scene chewing in American Hustle. This is another very competitive category, but it’s a shame that two of the most emotional performances of the year (Octavia Spencer in Fruitvale Station and Lea Seydoux in Blue is the Warmest Color) are nowhere to be found.

Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyer’s Club

Who Will Win: Jared Leto

Who Should Win: Michael Fassbender

Who Got Snubbed: James Franco – Spring Breakers

Jared Leto has been receiving much praise for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, but Michael Fassbender’s portrayal of a truly evil plantation owner is a much more impressive performance.

Best Screenplay

Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope/Steve Coogan, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell, American Hustle

Who Will Win: American Hustle

Who Should Win: Her

Who Got Snubbed: Woody Allen – Blue Jasmine

American Hustle’s snappy dialogue will appeal to voters, but the characters in Her feel more realistic and the film’s message is more profound.

Best Animated Feature

The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Frozen

Who Will Win: Frozen

Who Should Win: Frozen

Who Got Snubbed: Monster’s University

It was a weak year for animation and Frozen is the clear frontrunner. Even though it was far from Pixar’s best film, Monster’s University definitely deserved a nomination here.

Best Original Song

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

Who Will Win: “Let it Go”

Who Should Win: “Let it Go”

Who Got Snubbed: “I See Fire”, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Best Score

Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Steven Price, Gravity
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave

Who Will Win: Steven Price – Gravity

Who Should Win: Steven Price – Gravity

Who Got Snubbed: Thomas Newman – Saving Mr. Banks

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