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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced today key dates in its awards calendar as well as a date for the 2016 Golden Globes Awards. The 73rd Annual Golden Globes will take place on Sunday January 10, 2016.

Other key dates in the calendar include:

Friday, October 30, 2015                      Deadline for submission for Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entry forms

Wednesday, November 25, 2015         Deadline for nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members

Wednesday, December 2, 2015           Final screening date for Motion Pictures

Saturday, December 5, 2015               Final date for Motion Picture press conferences

Monday, December 7, 2015                Deadline for receipt of nomination ballots.

Thursday, December 10, 2015             Announcement of nominations for the “73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards” at 5:00am/pt (8:00am/et)

Monday, December 21, 2015              Final ballots mailed to all HFPA members

Wednesday, January 6, 2016             Deadline for receipt of final ballots.

Sunday, January 10, 2016                 Presentation of the “73rd Annual Golden Globe® Awards

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That awkward moment when the HFPA listed the Golden Globes nominees conveniently ranked in order of voter support. On the morning of December 11, 2014, several sharp-eyed awards junkies noticed something unusual about the layout of the official site of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. On the fancy page where all the Golden Globes nominees were itemized on a beautiful chart, none of the names were in alphabetical order. Instead, it sure looked like all the consensus favorites were named in the #1 slots. And all the likely rivals came along in very tidy groupings — 2, 3, 4, 5 — each rung of the ladder representing the relative strength of the nominees we had all come to agree was falling into place.

This Dec 11 chart showed us the results of the nominations phase of the Golden Globe process, but clearly the relative strength of each movie was already getting locked down. Locked down so tightly that they barely varied at all for the next 5 weeks (until final voting took place last week).

One of our readers here at Awards Daily brought this to our attention in the comments. I can’t recall who it was, but I’ll find out to give him credit for the catch. This seemed like a coup. It looked like the perfect Golden Globes cheat sheet. If it was indeed a slip-up leakage then I figured the HFPA wouldn’t leave it online like that for long. So I took a screenshot of all the categories. I put the jpg in an archive for safekeeping, just in case it meant what we thought it did. Then I forgot about it. No way to prove it, so we put it out of our minds.

Last night our suspicions seem to have been confirmed. To make this more clear, I have removed 4 of the lesser categories that did not match up. (I extracted both music categories, animated feature and foreign language film — because there was slippage and divergence in those categories.)

Of the 10 remaining major bigtime movie categories, 9 times out of 10, the original Dec 11 chart matched up perfectly with last night’s actual Golden Globe winners.

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I glanced over the TV nominees too, and they appear to match up with close to 80% accuracy.

The HPFA never released any statement about what happened. But in the days following the Dec 11 leak, the layout of the Golden Globes chart got shuffled in various ways. Every day it was different, but never alphabetical. Cute. Nice try. If anything this only made me more certain that they were trying to cover up their blunder.

Two caveats. Voting tallies for nominees will of course differ a little from the tally for the final winners. Because voters chose from 30 titles to select nominees, but to chose winners they select from the top 5. Also bear in mind that 5 weeks is a long time, and whatever support most movies had on Dec 11, we can expect that there would be some shifting allegiances as the race evolves.

I’ve heard that some astute pundits may have used this Dec 11 leak as a helpful guideline when making predictions. For example, Gold Derby has told me that they gave the leak some “guarded consideration” when they built their predictions.

So, anyway, that happened. Almost all the Golden Globe winners were announced on Dec 11.

We didn’t make a big deal about this at the time because (a), we had no proof, and (b) we didn’t really see how it would be any fun to ruin the Golden Globes for everybody.

But now that it’s all over, Sasha and I thought that maybe you guys would like to take a look to see the evidence.

Let’s hope this is new annual Golden Globes tradition!

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If there was anything worth taking away about last night’s Globe telecast it was the following:

1) Best Actor is still open — now down to Michael Keaton for Birdman and Eddie Redmayne for Theory of Everything. The SAG will likely decide it but Keaton’s speech was one for the ages.

2) Birdman was not as beloved with the HFPA voters as it might be with the industry overall but The Grand Budapest Hotel is very much beloved by both. Look for it to do very well at the Oscars, particularly in the design categories but perhaps in other categories, like Original Screenplay where it will go up against Birdman.

3) Jennifer Aniston had a lot of love in the room. Julianne Moore likely has this but Aniston is definitely in the running. Again, the SAG could be the decider. It feels like it’s finally Moore’s year and that’s a powerful motivator to vote.

4) Freedom of Speech is going to be the big thing at the Oscars. That, along with the In Memoriam tribute should make for an emotional night at the Oscars.

5) Because The Imitation Game and Gone Girl did not get any awards does not mean they are not popular with the industry. The Golden Globes are not the industry.

6) The surge of Selma will have no impact on the Oscars because ballots were turned in before the Globes telecast, but the love in the room was palpable. Selma will do just fine – what a speech given by Common and one of the more memorable moments of the night.

7) It’s still a wide open year. Even with Boyhood winning Picture and Director there is no telling if the Producers Guild and Directors Guild will follow suit. But probably we’re looking at a juggernaut on the level of The Artist, which can’t be stopped. We’ve been predicting Boyhood since the beginning of the season and have had no other film in the number one spot. The last time that happened I could not tell you. Arquette gave among the best speeches of the night, securing her frontrunner status; she has no challenger.

8) The biggest surprise of the night was Grand Budapest Hotel besting Birdman. It’s not that surprising, given the flavor of the HFPA — and the exotic, international flavor of the film. Birdman is much more American, more industry, less foreign press. We’ll have to see how that one plays out in the long run.

9) The race does seem to have a basic shape, at least for now, with only Best Actor and the Screenplay categories in question. Original will be very competitive between Birdman and Grand Budapest, while Adapted will have Gone Girl vs. The Imitation Game vs. Theory of Everything vs. Wild. Flynn deserves to walk away with the award but one never knows how this thing will go when people want emotional and mushy. That she adapted her own novel to the screen and will be the only female in all of Oscar history to do that (the others have adapted plays) that should count for a lot.

10) It was a night for Boyhood, putting it in that nervous-making spot where The Social Network was in back in 2010. It needs to win the bigger industry votes to take it all the way. Its heavy presence on a widely-watched television program will go a long way towards helping them make the final leap.

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Our readers who have entered the contest (so far) believe it will go like this. Most of the races have a clear frontrunner. Some categories are more competitive than you’d think. Here are the pie charts indicated what readers believe will win tonight.

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The rules are the same as they’ve always been. You get up to three choices for No Guts, No Glory. It can’t be something predictable but should be some unpredictable, like off the charts crazy.

If you’d like to win this Birdman poster, though, you have to enter our Globe haiku contest. Ryan will be choosing one winner. I’ll start.

1. Into the Woods actually does win Best Musical.
2. Felicity Jones wins Best Actress for Theory of Everything
3. Gett wins foreign

And now, my haiku.

A batch of Cumber,
A man of Bird, mane of Red.
But he has a dream.

Lots of booze at Globes.
Teary speeches, awkwardness.
Breasts spill over dress.

Your turn, Oscar watchers!

Here’s the poster:

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The Golden Globes are the second most-watched awards show behind the Oscars. One of the reasons the Academy wanted to separate themselves from the Globes (by closing their ballot before the Globes aired) is that the concern that some people might not want to watch the Oscars after watching the Globes. In doing so, the Academy subverts the one and only thing good thing the precursors can do: give Oscar voters the time to reconsider their options and/or to become better aware of movies they might have otherwise skipped. The window for the ballot phase for Academy voters this year was ridiculously brief. December 29 through January 8th. The tightest squeeze imaginable. If you hadn’t seen a movie because you didn’t get a screener? Tough luck for that movie.

The Globes can’t influence the nominees — for instance, if Selma won, no amount of momentum could help it get into the Oscar race. But it can influence the winners. It can set in motion a chain of events that may or may not greatly impact the Oscar race. This often occures if an underdog wins at the Globes and they knock their speech out of the park. I would say 85% of the reason someone gets a vote is that they are liked, people are rooting for them. If their win doesn’t feel great, if they don’t act appreciative enough, if they act entitled or casual or indifferent, very few contenders are beloved enough to overcome the bad PR that comes with the wrong winning attitude. The Coen brothers are two notable exceptions. There are others. But the majority of wins during the awards race happen because people like to see people win when those wins MEAN SOMETHING.

Winning because something is deserved can sometimes transcend the PR but not often. The last perfect combination I can think of was Danny Boyle and Slumdog Millionaire. Not only was Boyle grateful, humble and enthusiastic about his win but his film was a film voters rooted for because it was about rescuing impoverished kids of Mumbai: double whammy = unstoppable.

Another was Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker. Again, the extraordinary nature of seeing her win felt so good people liked watching the same shit go on just to see a woman finally win something so significant and groundbreaking. When Jim Cameron won double at the Globes for Avatar and Bigelow didn’t you could feel the air being sucked out of the room, even for those of us watching at home. Where was the brain kick? Where was the feelgood? It was just watching a guy no one particularly likes whose movie is the highest grossing film of all time collecting yet another gold statue. No one cared. That boosted Bigelow’s chances (and she would have won regardless).

Another big Globes moment was Kate Winslet winning in two categories in 2008, when she took Best Actress prize for Revolutionary Road, with an Best Supporting awaard for The Reader. No one is as humble and grateful as Winslet. Seeing her win finally was too much to bear. It felt like a Charles Dickens Christmas.

Tomorrow night’s show could produce a few of these Charles Dickens’ Christmas moments. One such win would be Jennifer Aniston for Cake. Aniston is SO written off as a serious actress that a win there might actually really bring on the water works. For some reason, I think Benedict Cumberbatch would also be a grateful winner. Needless to say, if Ava Duvernay wins Best Director or Selma wins Best Picture it will bring the house down but there’s still no guarantee the film got in for Best Picture with the Academy. I would say that a Globes win coupled with an Academy nomination could do some major damage to the race.

Here and only here could Boyhood face some problems. Though I think the film is extraordinary and stands on its own, Linklater is so laid back and casually accustomed to winning he might not give Globes audiences what they’re looking for in a feelgood moment. Then again, he might. I know, how gross, right? Yes, it’s gross. But it’s also human nature.

We nobodies out here in the dark live vicariously through the winners. Everyone wants to be a winner so we watch our kings and queens take the stage to win something. We want those wins to feel good. We want winning to feel good. We’re a culture based on it. Therefore, an awards win should never be looked upon as something given on merit. It’s more a celebration of the notion of winning. It comes with a price tag, both literally and figuratively. `If you want to win, if you want them to like you, to really really like you, you have to work that moment. Just saying.

The Golden Globes happen Sunday night. Up next, our annual Golden Globes haiku.

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The Golden Globes, like the BAFTA noms, like the DGA announcement on Tuesday will have no impact whatsoever on the Oscar nominations. This was a deliberate (hasty) choice by the Academy to distinguish themselves from the rest of the consensus, so that they were purely them and not just a period at the end of a long-winded sentence.

The Globes have become their own thing, standing up virtually as a worthy awards show in and of themselves, without needing to be an essential part of the Oscar race. To say someone won a Golden Globe has become almost as important as winning an Oscar, though not quite. Weirdly enough, the Globes are actually more daring than the Oscars in many different ways. They’re more progressive, more open-minded yet continue to get no respect from the people who cover the awards. They are only about 100 people compared to the 6,000 who vote on the Oscars.

Vive la difference. Any group that parts ways with voting “how they think Oscar will go” is okay in my book.

As you can see by the charts at Gold Derby I’ve gone completely agains the consensus. This is never a wise move. You should definitely follow the better predictors over there, including Anne Thompson, Steve Pond and Susan Wloszczyna. I am notoriously bad at them. But this year, nobody knows anything beyond a certainty yet and the Globes do tend to be unpredictable. The only other person who is daring to take the non-consensus way out is Jenelle Reilly, who has Selma predicted for Picture and Director.

The majority of the pundits are correct in predicting Inarritu for Director and Boyhood for Picture. But there are likely some other things that might happen. Kris Tapley and Greg Ellwood at Hitfix are predicting The Imitation Game to win Drama. That also seems highly likely.

I will probably get exiled to the island of bad predictors this year because I’ve gone and done exactly what no one else is doing. I could hide behind the consensus and when it comes to scoring gets the same as everyone else. But I’m really hoping to be dead last, to wear “loser” like a badge of honor. Don’t you be like me. If you want to win don’t follow what I do. Lecter does it to amuse himself.

Thus, my predictions are as follows:

Best Picture: Boyhood
Gold Derby: Boyhood
But it could just as likely be: Imitation Game

Best Picture Comedy: Birdman
Gold Derby: Birdman
But it could just as likely be: Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Director: Richard Linklater
Gold Derby: Split between Linklater and Inarritu
Could very well be: Ava DuVernay, Selma

Best Actor, Drama: Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Gold Derby: Eddie Redmayne, Theory of Everything
Could very well be: David Oyelowo, Selma

Best Actress, Drama: Jennifer Aniston, Cake (I know, I know)
Gold Derby: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
But it could just as likely be: Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Gold Derby: Arquette
But it could just as likely be: Emma Stone, Birdman

Best Supporting Actor: JK Simmons, Whiplash
Gold Derby: Simmons
But it could just as likely be: Edward Norton, Birdman

Actress Musical Comedy: Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
Gold Derby: Emily Blunt
But it could just as likely be: Amy Adams, Big Eyes

Actor Musical Comedy: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Gold Derby: Keaton
But it could just as likely be: Ralph Fiennes, Grand Budapest Hotel

Screenplay: Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Gold Derby: Birdman
But it could just as likely be: Imitation Game or Grand Budapest

Animated: Lego Movie
Gold Derby: Split

Foreign: Ida
Gold Derby: Ida
But it could just as likely be: Force Majeure or Leviathan

Score: Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross, Gone Girl
Gold Derby: Kind of split all over the place

Song: Mercy Is, Patti Smith
Gold Derby: Glory from Selma

So there you have it. My herding cats predictions. I feel sure I will be wrong. Make sure you ENTER OUR CONTEST — I will be posting what AD readers think will win over the weekend.

Here are the presenters for the night of the Big Show:

Amy Adams
Adrien Brody
Robert Downey, Jr.
Anna Faris
Ricky Gervais
Kevin Hart,
Salma Hayek
Kate Hudson
Gwyneth Paltrow
Chris Pratt
Channing Tatum
Lily Tomlin
Kristen Wiig
Owen Wilson
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Jennifer Aniston
Kate Beckinsale
Bryan Cranston
Jamie Dornan
Colin Firth
Jane Fonda
Harrison Ford
Bill Hader
Katherine Heigl
Dakota Johnson
Adam Levine
Jennifer Lopez
Matthew McConaughey
Seth Meyers
Lupita Nyong’o
Jeremy Renner
Meryl Streep
Lily Tomlin
Vince Vaughn
Kerry Washington

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Keira Knightley – Best performance by an actress in a supporting role – Drama – Imitation Game
“I felt so lucky to have portrayed Joan Clarke, such an extraordinary woman who defied convention and was part of a moment in history. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign press for this honor, and for recognizing our film. I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone.”

Graham Moore –Best Screenplay – Motion Picture – Imitation Game
“It’s an honor and the thrill of a lifetime to be recognized by the HFPA for being a part of bringing this little-known true story to the screen. Through this amazing recognition the HFPA has helped us to shine a little more light on the important and powerful legacy of Alan Turing, and for that I could not be more grateful.”

Amy Adams / Best Actress / BIG EYES:
“Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this honor. It’s so exciting to be nominated for a film I really enjoyed making and I’m so proud to have been a part of Tim Burton’s vision in sharing Margaret Keane’s story alongside Christoph.”​

Lana Del Rey/BIG EYES
“I’m so grateful to Tim for letting me into his wild world and to Harvey for encouraging me to continue to write for films. I’m honored that the Hollywood Foreign Press has nominated my song. ”

EDDIE REDMAYNE / Stephen Hawking – “THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features) – Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
“I was in the middle of attempting to do all my holiday shopping in a day when I got the call. I am beyond thrilled to be nominated alongside such a stunning quartet of actors. The fact that Felicity, Jóhann, and the film are nominated means the world. I am hugely grateful to the HFPA – and to Professor Stephen Hawking for his personal support in helping me to share his story with the world.”

FELICITY JONES / Jane Hawking – “THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features)- Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama- Golden Globes
“I’m overjoyed to hear this news! It’s a tremendous feeling to receive recognition for this film amongst a list of so many wonderful actors- an absolute privilege. The greatest thanks to the HFPA, and to Jane Hawking for entrusting me with performing her moving and inspirational life story.” – Felicity Jones, Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Actress [Drama] (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING)

John Legend / Selma / Best Song:
“Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing “Glory” with a nomination for Best Original Song! Common and I wrote this song for “Selma” as a labor of love in honor of this magnificent film and the incredible men and women whose struggle the film chronicles. As we continue to march for justice and equality in 2014, we are so inspired by their work.”

Directors Don Hall & Chris Williams and producer Roy Conli – Big Hero 6 – Best Animated Feature
We are honored to receive this Golden Globe nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for Big Hero 6! We share this nomination with our incredibly talented team who worked tirelessly to bring this beautiful film to the screen. We can’t wait to give them a big Baymax fist bump!

“THE BOXTROLLS” (Focus Features) – Nominee, Best Animated Feature Film- Golden Globes
“How wonderful! My sincere thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for honoring THE BOXTROLLS with this nomination. Nearly 10 years in the making, THE BOXTROLLS was a labor of wholehearted love crafted a frame at a time. From the inky black puppet mines in Portland to the well-appointed recording studios in London, our production was blessed with diverse and passionate artists of the highest caliber: brilliant actors, visionary directors, and a sublimely gifted crew. I’m so pleased that their prodigious talents have been so meaningfully recognized.” – Travis Knight, Golden Globe Award nominee as producer of THE BOXTROLLS, Best Animated Feature Film Nominee

“THE BOXTROLLS” (Focus Features) – Nominee, Best Animated Feature Film- Golden Globes
“I’d like to express my delight and appreciation to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for its nomination of THE BOXTROLLS for this year’s Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Animated Film. There are so many great animated films this year! The medium is branching out and growing in wonderful ways, and we’re happy to be part of it. It is both gratifying and humbling to be included in such a talented group of nominees.

This nomination recognizes the efforts of a crew of over 300 women and men at LAIKA who worked for years on the picture, each expressing their unique talent and love for the medium of animation through their sacrifice and tireless work. Guided by our masterly directors, they have painstakingly hand-crafted the most complex stop-motion feature film ever, and it was an honor to work alongside them on this adventure. So many outside the studio also contributed immeasurably to THE BOXTROLLS. Our electrifying cast, superb composer, and the rest of THE BOXTROLLS family created a world of image and sound out of what often seemed like thin air.” – David Bleiman Ichioka, Golden Globe Award nominee as producer of THE BOXTROLLS, Best Animated Feature Film Nominee

Anthony McCarten – “THE THEORY OF EVERTHING” (Focus Features) – Nominee, Best Motion Picture, Drama- Golden Globes
“At its heart, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING is a story about the physics of love – so we share in this recognition with the extraordinary Jane and Stephen Hawking. I’m deeply grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for embracing this film, and so proud of everyone who helped us to get this special story told.”

Eric Fellner – “THE THEORY OF EVERTHING” (Focus Features) – Nominee, Best Motion Picture, Drama- Golden Globes
“We’re grateful to the HFPA for recognizing the fantastic work of the whole team behind The Theory of Everything with these four nominations. This film reflects the extraordinary lives of Stephen and Jane Hawking, and tells their personal story in a way audiences have never seen before. We’re delighted that Eddie’s astonishing performance as Stephen and Felicity’s as Jane have received the recognition we feel they so richly deserve, and we congratulate them and everyone who worked so hard on this film.”

Reese Witherspoon, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
“I’m extremely thankful that the film is being recognized in this way. WILD is truly my baby and was a labor of love from the beginning. Cheryl Strayed was so brave in putting her life’s journey into words and it makes me happy that this type of recognition will hopefully drive more people to experience it on film‎.” ‎

Antonio Sanchez, Best Original Score – Birdman – Motion Picture
“I’m really honored to be Golden Globe nominated. I’m thankful to Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu for the opportunity to work on this masterful film, and everyone that was involved in the process of helping it come to fruition. Being a jazz musician in our modern culture involves being cloaked in relative darkness when it comes to popular media attention, so I really hope this nomination helps propel our music and industry to a higher plane.”

Jenji Johan, Orange is the New Black
“Telling the stories of these felonious ladies is a tremendous pleasure and we are grateful to have our work recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.”

ROSAMUND PIKE / BEST ACTRESS NOMINEE / GONE GIRL – “It is as if a magic carpet picked me up last year and it is astonishing and exhilarating that it has taken me all the way here. I am nothing but grateful to have had the opportunity to dive into a role like this. All thanks really go to David Fincher for his guidance and for allowing me to play Gillian Flynn’s incredible, confounding character. I’m very honored to be nominated alongside actresses I have long admired. Thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this nomination!”

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Ava DuVernay made history today becoming the first black female director nominated for a Golden Globe Award. While it was looking not so great for Selma after the SAG shut out and the dismissive “New Generation” award from the LA Film Critics, the more high profile (and more gender-diverse, to be sure) HFPA went for Selma in a big way.

While the core frontrunners were not shaken, even without director nominations for The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, Selma is giving them some major heat, as is Gone Girl. This came as a shock to me, I must admit. I did not think Gone Girl was their thing, and I was starting to lose hope for Selma. But this is a big get, despite every negative thing I’ve said about the HFPA in the last 24 hours. The fact of the matter is, with any of these awards — no matter what their level of prestige — they offer validity to ambiguity.

A few films and contenders were left off the list — notably, Whiplash is nowhere to be found except for Supporting Actor. Hilary Swank seems to be supplanted by Jennifer Aniston, at least for today. Whether that shift will translate to the Academy is still a big question mark. It might. It might not.

Unbroken’s fate is likewise iffy. The complete shutout of the Angelina Jolie film seems particularly odd, given their love for having someone like Jolie at their show, and it makes me wonder if enough of the Hollywood Foreign Press saw Unbroken.

All in all, there wasn’t a single embarrassing misstep for these Globes. And that is, perhaps, most surprising of all.

I did not predict well over at Gold Derby, I’m afraid. I was counting on the forecasts by my better predicting pals who were steering this ship not in Gone Girl’s favor. As of yesterday, Karger, switched his Unbroken prediction for the win (as so many have this season) finally to Boyhood, as the pundits all begin to realize we have another Artist year on our hands where one film is going to clean sweep the season.

But I think they greatly underestimated Gone Girl’s appeal, although never say never. Remember, the Globes are sometimes the kiss of death or a last gasp before the industry comes along and kills any and all dreams. It’s always fine and dandy until the Producers Guild announces.

I think Whiplash, maybe Unbroken, maybe American Sniper are still going to show up on the PGA’s list. The DGA is going to be tricky, as with the Globes director. One thing in Gone Girl’s favor, however, is that it’s more common for the directing category at the Globes to predict Oscar’s Best Picture than it is even their Best Picture category, that’s because they split picture into two categories but still only have five slots for Director. Five slots makes it more competitive. So that could mean Gone Girl is in, ultimately, for Best Picture but a director nod is still up in the air.

The big news today, however, is Ms. DuVernay kicking ass and taking names. Although some may be inclined to a coarse interpretation of awards voters overall, to say that they “did the black thing” last year with 12 Years a Slave. When Halle Berry and Denzel Washington won in their top categories on the same night in 2001, many skeptic latched onto to the falsehood that the Academy “did the black thing.” From then on, indeed throughout their 87 years of Oscar history, no other black actress has ever won in a lead role.

Still, when I saw Selma I didn’t see a “black thing.” I saw an American thing. I saw a story about black and white people – Martin Luther King, Jr. and LBJ. I saw injustice in the voting rights of American citizens. I saw a community of protesters, black and white, following King. He’s an American civil rights hero. Civil rights are meant for all of us, not just those who were prevented from registering to vote or sitting at lunch counters or drinking from water fountains or swimming in public pools.

It is our shame, our recent shame, in the white community that continues to treat stories like these as “black things” and not American things.

That’s my speech for today. I thought I would wake up despairing. I was pretty sure Selma and Gone Girl would be shut out. Why does it matter so much to me? Because I care about things that seem unfair. I’m a middle child so it comes down to that. Apologies for sounding like a broken record.

1) Selma is a great film. I felt the major critics in the big cities so far have done to it what they did to 12 Years a Slave last year — casually shove it aside. True, they didn’t have the option of giving out more awards than “best.” I’ve seen a lot of movies this year. Some were interesting. Some were fantastic. Some allowed for a deep intellectual dive. Some were entertaining but didn’t go much deeper than that. But when it comes to giving out awards there has to be something bigger involved than just liking something. We like things every day on Facebook – that doesn’t make them award worthy. The Oscars are meant to reflect the “highest achievements in film,” not just reward good movies. The consensus, I think, does reflect those highest achievements, even if they aren’t the favorites of the internet.

2) When a film like Gone Girl, that was adapted by Gillian Flynn because David Fincher insisted that no male screenwriter be hired, makes 163 million at the box office (and counting) as an R rated film with an uncomfortable, ambiguous ending, from a major studio in town, that stars, is produced by and written by women? That is a high achievement in film. What has bothered me all year, and might bother me in the weeks ahead, is the casual dismissal of this film when it is so blatantly earns its spot among the most significant films of the year. No other studio movie was as talked about or ruminated on as this one. We can’t exist in our own little bubble. Movies are still, last time I checked, made for audiences, not critics, not awards bloggers, not even industry voters.

There, that’s my speech for this morning. For now, hope – the thing with feathers – springs eternal. In the end, the Scott Feinbergs and the Dave Kargers et all could prove right. With five slots for Best Picture it’s unlikely enough Academy members will reward Gone Girl with a Best Picture nomination. In the end, inconceivably to many of us, Selma could be shut out for the major categories too – But that’s not today.

This is how I think Best Picture will go:

Boyhood
Birdman
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Selma
Foxcatcher
Gone Girl
Whiplash

Fringe dwellers because who knows:
Mr. Turner
Nightcrawler
Into the Woods

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Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Wes Anderson – Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay – Selma
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Alejandro Inarritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo – Selma
Eddie Redmayne – Theory of Everyting

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
St. Vincent
Pride

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game
Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY/MUSICAL
Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
Helen Mirren – 100 Foot Journey
Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhane Wallis – Annie

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY/MUSICAL
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Meryl Streep – Into The Woods
Emma Stone – Birdman
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
J.K Simmons – Whiplash
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Big Eyes” (Big Eyes)
“Glory” (Selma)
“Mercy Is” (Noah)
“Opportunity” (Annie)
“Yellow Flicker Beat” (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Ida
Tangerines
Leviathan
Force Majeure
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Boxtrolls
The LEGO Movie
Big Hero 6
“The Book of Life

TELEVISION

Best TV Movie or Miniseries
Fargo
The Missing
The Normal Heart
Olive Kitteridge
True Detective

Best TV Series
The Affair
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards

Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Girls
Jane the Virgin
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Transparent

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Clive Owen, The Knick
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist
Dominic West, The Affair

Best Actor, TV Series Comedy
Louis C.K., Louis
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffery Tambor, Transparent

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Ruth Wilson, The Affair
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Frances O’Connor, The Missing
Allison Tolman, Fargo

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Allison Janney, Mom
Michelle Monaghan, True Detective

ANEMIC - No Guts No Glory, web

Go ahead and let them fly, folks. But predicting things people are mostly predicting anyway does not count as a No Guts, No Glory. Like, no Gone Girl for Best Picture.

Extra credit given (a gift from us to you) for the best haiku.

First, my No Guts, No Glory picks.
1. Complete shutout of The Imitation Game (it will SO never happen)
2. Interstellar for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay
3. A Most Violent Year for Drama

Now, my haiku

Hope springs eternal
First, no one sees the movies.
But soon, shit gets real.

Golden Globes bobble
Shiny dresses, white faces
Big bummer Oscars.

Ben Affleck’s penis
Even scarjo is naked.
Yet sexless Oscars.

george-clooney

On January 11, 2015 George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes, Variety reports.  Clooney has won the Globe three times, including for 2012’s Best Picture winner, Argo.

This year, Clooney made news by announcing his upcoming marriage. This should be the centerpiece for much of the jokes around the DeMille award and Clooney by co-hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.  If his bride is in attendance she will immediately class up the joint, making distasteful jokes seem in, well, bad taste.  The

MOTION PICTURES:

Best Director

  • Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • 12 Years a Slave

Best Actress  – Drama

  • Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Best Actor   – Drama

  • Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

  • American Hustle

Best Actress  – Comedy or Musical

  • Amy Adams, American Hustle

Best Actor  – Comedy or Musical

  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

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AD makes haikus
Clever words strung together.
Let’s see what you do.

A Haiku is defined by three lines. The first line has five syllables. The second line has seven syllables and the third line has five syllables. Ideally, these represent three separate thoughts that tie in together.

The winner of this contest editor of AwardsDaily, will be winning a copy of five of the Golden Globe nominated films. These can be any of the movies in the race – foreign film, Best Actress, Picture, Animated…you get the idea. You may enter as many Haiku as you like.

Flailing on quaaludes
DiCaprio Tour de Force
The Wolf of Wall Street

Llewyn Davis tried
But Bob Dylan succeeded
Folk singer with cat.
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It’s official. It’s now been announced that American Hustle will be classified as a comedy in 3 major categories at the Golden Globes. Not only does this free up slots in the Globes drama divisions for Best Picture, Actor and Actress, it allows American Hustle to compete against several less substantial performances less momentous films. (Not that there aren’t any substantial comedy performances every year; there just aren’t 10 of them).

By definition, it’s rare to find a comedy the Oscars take seriously. Over the past 40 years, only 3 winners of the Golden Globes Musical/Comedy prize have gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars.

1998 – Shakespeare in Love
2002 – Chicago
2011 – The Artist

Other illustrious winners of the Globes Best Comedy/Musical category have included The Longest Yard, The Sunshine Boys, Green Card and The Hangover. The Goodbye Girl beat Annie Hall in 1977, typical of the Golden Globe’s flat sheen of comedy prestige.

Note: 36 hours ago Monica and bennett drew our attention to a lone tweet from HFPA member @anamariabahiana: “American Hustle (A Trapaça, no Brasil) acaba de passar para a categoria comedia nos #GoldenGlobes.” I wanted to post the news but couldn’t find a second source to confirm until this afternoon. In the future we’d be wise to pay attention when Monica and bennett tell us what Ana Maria Bahiana is saying.

I like to quote the feedback card from a Pomona guy at the first test screening for The Magnificent Ambersons: “People like to laff, not be bored to death.” Allowing for the possibility that death by boredom and laffing aren’t our only options, I’ll see if I can list 50 substantial Golden Globe comedy nominees from the past 50 years.

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70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Show

70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Show

What a great idea to have them return, as they are the best hosts any kind of awards show could ask for. They could do the Oscars but they’re well suited for the more relaxed (sloppy and dirty) HFPA celebration.

 

woody-allen

The Cecil B. DeMille award is only an honor if you believe in awards, which Woody Allen does not. It was reported today that he will be the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille award, and I guess this means he’s going to show up and receive it.

Certainly he is a worthy recipient of any honor anyone wants to give him.

Previous winners from the Hollywood Reporter’s story:

Jodie Foster (2013), Morgan Freeman, (2012), Robert De Niro (2011), Martin Scorsese(2010), Steven Spielberg (2009), Warren Beatty (2007),Anthony Hopkins (2006), Robin Williams (2005),Michael Douglas (2004), Gene Hackman (2003),Harrison Ford (2002), Al Pacino (2001) and BarbraStreisand (2000).

Watch two of the dumbest presenters and one of the smartest winners at the Globes after the cut.

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In case you missed them or just want to relive them, NBC has generously made available all the major highlights from Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards ceremony. Here’s the opening repartee with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

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Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Quentin Tarantino, Anne Hathaway, Christoph Waltz, Michael Haneke, and the Best Picture production teams behind Les Mis and Argo after the cut.

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