Sunday, December 1, 2013

Golden Globe Musings: Best Motion Picture – Drama

Golden Globe nominations for this year will be announced in just a few weeks, so here’s a survey of the contenders and the most likely predictions at this time. Weigh in with your thoughts, and let me know if I’ve left off anything important. A reminder that the Globes are wildly unpredictable and that it is still a bit early to gauge the reception or awards potential of a number of the so-called “contenders” at this point.

Last year’s nominees:
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

In the past, this award has been a good precursor for the Oscar Best Picture race, with a few false positives, like “The Ides of March,” “Revolutionary Road,” and “American Gangster” mixed in, as well as some truly peculiar picks like “The Great Debaters.” This year’s top contenders are Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, The Butler, and Saving Mr. Banks. Also vying for a spot are Rush and Fruitvale Station. Gold Derby recently reported that “American Hustle” will contend as a comedy.

Current predictions:
The Butler
Captain Phillips
Saving Mr. Banks
12 Years a Slave

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