Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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:
Captain Phillips
12 Years a Slave

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.” Remembering how “Bobby” got in in 2006, I think that Rosewater may just make the cut this year. I’m just not sure what it might bump, since it seems to me that Boyhood, Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, Interstellar, and The Theory of Everything are all pretty likely to earn a nomination. And that’s not even taking into account other possibilities like Foxcatcher, Unbroken, Selma, Wild, and American Sniper. Last year, we got “Rush,” which was great, and what will we get this year?

Current predictions:
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game

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