As the Golden Globe fever is soaring high, its nominations of 2014 were announced in Beverly Hills, some of the nominations came with no surprises, others snubbed. Movies like American Hustle starring Christian Bale, Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks won some accolades. Movies like Rush, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, and Captain Phillips won the Globe nominations for the best motion picture in the drama segment. Among these American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave won seven nominations each, enthralling audiences who enjoyed the movies with a hope for the nod.
The nomination nod of American Hustle and its director,was no surprise because director-writer, David Russell has already won Golden Globe nominations for last year’s Silver Linings PlayBook and The Fighter. On the other hand director Steve McQueen was relieved to hear the news of nominations for his story about an antebellum plantation called 12 Years a Slave. Previously, he received a Golden Globe nomination for a movie called Jaap Buitendijk. McQueen landed his first award back in 2008 and won BAFTA awards in the category of Promising Newcomer. Thereafter, it was a dry spell until 2011, when he was given recognition for the movies, Hunger and Shame. With directors like Russell and Alexander Payne by his side, his satisfaction with this nomination must be unmatched.
Golden Globe Fever is rising and will soon grip the world but before that, there is a review of the 2014 nominations.
The nominations of best director were pretty much expected and they included the talents of Martin Scorsese for the movie, The Wolf of Wall Street. It was speculated with Leonardo DiCaprio, Spike Jonze and Jon Favreau in its star cast list, this movie will be one of the top five and indeed, its prediction came true. The real surprise was the absence of the movie The Butler; it won worldwide accolades and a lot of positive reviews but received no Golden Globes nominations. Oprah Winfrey and Howard Butler must be disappointed after the announcement because it was a really well-crafted story. It was the gripping acting of Oprah that should had featured in the top four supporting actress’ nominations. It not only had good reviews but also a pretty good checkbook with $45 million already under its belly. The voters of the selection process i.e. Hollywood Foreign Press Association should definitely give a suitable reason for this decision to the movie fans, a movie many readers may agree with.
On the foreign film’s category the nominations are Blue is the Warmest Color, The Great Beauty, The Past, The Wind Rises and The Hunt. Among these movies, Blue is the Warmest Color has won some real accolades in Cannes, France. It is a sound of music production and a pure drama which enthralled the French audience for 3 hours of duration. All these nominations of the 71st Golden Globes were announced by the Olivia Wilde, Aziz Ansari and Zoe Saldana. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will host the event, with what is imagined to be, a very entertaining evening. It will be celebrated on January 12, 2014 at the prestigious Beverly Hills Hilton. It’s time to enjoy the Golden Globes fever of 2014! Have a favorite nomination in mind or wish one made the list? Share in the comments.
By Sunando Basu