Were We Right? VIBE Checks 2014 Golden Globes Predictions

Movies & TV

Last night, David O. Russell’s American Hustle atoned for his snub of Silver Lining Playbook and placed itself as a sure-fire front-runner for the Oscars. Did it make a dent in our 2014 Golden Globes prediction list?

For those who tuned in by watching television or just following Twitter, the 71st Annual Golden Globes had its fair share of confusing moments. From the Hollywood Foreign Press Association dividing “drama” and “musical or comedy” to why they decided to place the winners all the way in the back of the room, the results always ended with a few head scratching episodes.

Nonetheless, American Hustle, Her and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine came away as big winners, but Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave earned the night’s biggest surprise. Almost a week ago, we listed our own predictions for the Golden Globes, but how did we do?

Below, we list the night’s award winners and whether or not we picked the right choice.

Best Motion Picture, Drama

• “12 Years a Slave” — WINNER
• “Captain Phillips”
• “Gravity”
• “Philomena”
• “Rush”

Our Choice: Gravity. We’re exceptionally happy to be wrong in this case, as Steve McQueen and his talents cohorts managed to earn the night’s most distinctive award. This places them on sure footing to possibly take home the same prize during this year’s Academy Awards festivities. All in all, 12 Years a Slave is a picture that deserved to win Best Motion Picture, but it also should’ve brought home a lot more trophies.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

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

Our Choice: Emma Thompson. Another miss for us, but Cate Blanchett proved that Woody Allen knows his stuff when he chose for her to lead his 73rd chart-topping (and now award-winning) film.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

• Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
• Idris Elba, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
• Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips”
• Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club” — WINNER
• Robert Redford, “All is Lost”

Our Choice: Chiwetel Ejiofor. Hopes were dashed when the announcement came down that Matthew McConaughey took the Best Actor win, but with the Oscars quickly around the corner it might not be too late to award Ejiofor for his wonderful portrayal of Solomon Northup.


Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

• “American Hustle” — WINNER
• “Her”
• “Inside Llewyn Davis”
• “Nebraska”
• “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Our Choice: The Wolf of Wall Street. Riding high off the success of Amy Adams’ win, David O. Russell’s crime comedy-drama was an unexpected choice that we didn’t call. Scorsese’s adrenaline-fueled comedy didn’t make the cut, but it’s still #1 in our books.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

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

Our Choice: Amy Adams. A hit for us meant one for David O. Russell’s humorous picture. This was the fifth time the former Office guest star has been nominated and last night, it paid off in dividends.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

• Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
• Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
• Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street” — WINNER
• Oscar Isaac, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
• Joaquin Phoenix, “Her”

Our Choice: Leonardo DiCaprio. We called it on the money. Leo’s portrayal of Jordan Belfort not only wowed audiences, but it left the Hollywood Foreign Press Association enraptured.


Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

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

Our Choice: Lupita Nyong’o. American Hustle’s third win came for Jennifer Lawrence and with that a lot of Black viewers (including The Root) decided to call it a night. Her performance as Rosalyn Rosenfeld was distinctive, but Lupita’s was transformative.

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

• Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
• Daniel Brühl, “Rush”
• Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
• Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
• Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club” — WINNER

Our Choice: Daniel Brühl. You never know what to expect in this category. Our thought was that Brühl’s performance of real life Formula-1 race car driver Niki Lauda would have appealed to the HFPA. But alas, the win went to Jared Leto for his portrayal as a transgender AIDS patient.

Best Director, Motion Picture

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

Our Choice: Steve McQueen. Collectively, we held our breath hoping that Steve McQueen would become the first Black director to take home a Golden Globe. But, the win went to Alfonso Cuaron’s wonderfully captivating outer space film, Gravity.


Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

• Spike Jonze, “Her” — WINNER
• Bob Nelson, “Nebraska”
• Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, “Philomena”
• John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”
• Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

Our Choice: Spike Jonze. A hit through and through, the former Beastie Boys’ director has truly come into his own with Her. An original work of art, written and helmed by Jonze, was an easy pick that we predicted and are happy to report were spot on about.

Best TV Series, Drama

• “Breaking Bad” — WINNER
• “Downton Abbey”
• “The Good Wife”
• “House of Cards”
• “Masters of Sex”

Our Choice: Breaking Bad. It’s hard not to be wrong when Vince Gilligan made a show so right. The talented cast, wonderful writing, and great storytelling were all key components in making the final send-off of Walt and co. a truly special one.

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama

• Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
• Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
• Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black”
• Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
• Robin Wright, “House of Cards” — WINNER

Our Choice: Taylor Schilling. Although we missed the mark on this one, it was still a mighty huge win for streaming service Netflix as Robin Wright took home the night’s grand prize. Her portrayal as ice cold cohort, Claire Underwood, is one to behold if you haven’t already.


Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama

• Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” — WINNER
• Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
• Michael Sheen, “Masters of Sex”
• Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
• James Spader, “The Blacklist”

Our Choice: Bryan Cranston. Another spot on point for us, as it was easy to see why the former Malcolm In The Middle star deserved this win. He closed out a popular series and left audiences around the globe satisfied. It was purely golden.

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy

• “The Big Bang Theory”
• “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” — WINNER
• “Girls”
• “Modern Family”
• “Parks and Recreation”

Our Choice: The Big Bang Theory. We thought that the HFPA wouldn’t be even looking at Andy Samberg’s little-seen police sitcom, but boy were we surprised. The former Saturday Night Live comedian provided easily one of the most head-scratching moments of the night.

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

• Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
• Lena Dunham, “Girls”
• Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
• Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
• Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” — WINNER

Our Choice: Zooey Deschanel. New Girl is one of the hippest, funniest shows to hit prime time, but we were wrong with our prediction on who would win ‘Best Actress’. The night’s host, Amy Poehler, looks to close out her reign as comedy’s best second fiddle in the number one spot, as she took home the prize for her show, Parks and Recreation.


Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

• Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
• Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
• Michael J. Fox, “The Michael J. Fox Show”
• Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
• Andy Samberg, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” — WINNER

Our Choice: Don Cheadle. The House of Lies star didn’t stand a chance and neither did our prediction, as the HFPA made a double-winner out of Andy Samberg and his police comedy sitcom. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is something that people will have to get hip too, but did the HFPA just kill the show’s chances at ever becoming popular?

We were pretty off with our predictions, which could be better described now as ‘hopefuls’.

How did you fare? Let us know your predictions and results in the comments below.