The 2014 Golden Globe Nominations are out and the picks are in. Things broke pretty much the way you'd expect for the Movies.
“12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” emerged as movie awards front-runners on Thursday, as each picked up seven Golden Globe nominations, including best picture nods in their respective categories, just a day after being nominated for top prizes from Hollywood’s acting guild.
But the two films are surrounded by an unusually strong and broad field of contenders, some earnest, and some comically arch.
In the best drama category, “12 Years a Slave,’’ was joined by “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “Rush’’ and “Philomena.” The selection of “Rush” was a surprise, because the film received mixed reaction from audiences and critics; also surprising was a snub for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which received no nominations at all.
Along with “American Hustle,” the best musical or comedy nominees were “Her,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Nebraska” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Scott Rudin, the producer behind “Captain Phillips” and “Inside Llewyn Davis” said the liberal spread of kudos revealed a surplus of sophisticated films — “fantastic news for those of us who love trying to make them and have to fight hard for those opportunities.”
I thought "Rush" was much better than "Captain Phillips" and a surprisingly excellent movie about two race car drivers from the 70's from Ron Howard that should get a best picture nomination from the Academy. I'm still catching up on a few others before I make my picks.
However on the TV side I have a big problem with Downtown Abbey being nominated again for best drama over Game of Thrones. Last season's DA was just ridiculous and yes, I watched every bloody episode. The first season was tremendous television and Lord Grantham was the kind of man you could really admire, but by the third season Julian Fellowes had turned him into a full blown buffoon. Watching O'Brien convince the dastardly Thomas that Alfred gay liked him was stupid to the core. The entire staff knows what a mean and spiteful person she is, especially Thomas so how could she convince him of something like that? I'll take any season of Justified over season three of Downtown Abbey.
The Game Of Thrones had arguably the best TV episode of 2013 with The Red Wedding. It certainly was the most most talked about and caused an incredible response in social media. Check out these responses captured on Youtube.
Game Of Thrones even added the incredible Diana Rigg to the cast and she chewed up the scenery around her all season long. GOTs had a far superior year than Downton Abbey did and someone at the Golden Globes needs to explain why Game Of Thrones was chucked aside this year? .
Here's some of the nominations:
Best Picture, Drama:
“12 Years a Slave”
Best Picture, Musical or Comedy:
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“The Good Wife” (CBS)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Masters of Sex” (Showtime)
Best Television Movie or Mini-series
“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
“Behind the Candelabra” (HBO)
“Dancing on the Edge” (Starz)
“Top of the Lake” (Sundance)
“White Queen” (Starz)