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Golden Globes Predictions: Amy Adams?

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The winners of the 2014 Golden Globes will be announced on Sunday, January 12, 2014 – the same day that two-time Oscar winner Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth) turns 104 years old. (I'd have said “cosmic,” except that Luise Rainer has never won or been nominated for a Golden Globe.)

Now, who's going to take home the dozen or so Golden Globes in the Motion Picture categories? Curiously, there's no absolute, clear-cut favorite in any of them, except perhaps for David O. Russell's American Hustle in the Best Comedy or Musical category, even though (or perhaps because) Russell's '70s throwback film is not exactly a comedy – and it's certainly not a musical. (See full list of 2014 Golden Globes nominees.)

But who cares about the Golden Globes, anyway? They're not important. Well, whether or not you find them important, there are lots of people who'd like to have one Golden Globe at home (including, quite possibly, you). Also, the Golden Globes “party” is one of the most watched awards ceremonies of the year. And finally, when it comes to film trophies, those little golden globes are second only to the Oscar statuettes in international recognition.

So, below are our Golden Globes 2014 predictions in the motion picture categories, plus a trio of television selections. As always, if our winners turn out to be losers come tomorrow evening, don't blame us – blame the Hollywood Foreign Press Association voters.

Oh, here's one guaranteed Golden Globes 2014 winner: Woody Allen, who'll be receiving – via proxy Diane Keaton – the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

2014 Golden Globes predictions

BEST PICTURE – DRAMA: 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen. Second choice: Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Third: Philomena, directed by Stephen Frears.

BEST PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL: American Hustle, directed by David O. Russell. Second choice: Her, directed by Spike Jonze. Third: The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese.

BEST ACTRESS – DRAMA: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine. Second choice: Sandra Bullock, Gravity. Third: Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks.

BEST ACTOR – DRAMA: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave. Second choice: Robert Redford, All Is Lost. Third: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club.

BEST ACTRESS – COMEDY OR MUSICAL: Amy Adams, American Hustle. Second choice: Meryl Streep, August: Osage County. Third: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said.

BEST ACTOR – COMEDY OR MUSICAL: Christian Bale, American Hustle. Second choice: Bruce Dern, Nebraska. Third: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Blue Is the Warmest Color, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Second choice: The Hunt, directed by Thomas Vinterberg. Third: The Wind Rises, directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle. Second choice: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave. Third: Julia Roberts, August: Osage County.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club. Second choice: Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave. Third: Bradley Cooper, American Hustle.

BEST DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity. Second choice: David O. Russell, American Hustle. Third: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave.

BEST SCREENPLAY: American Hustle, Eric Singer and David O. Russell. Second choice: 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley. Third: Her, Spike Jonze.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: Frozen. Second choice: Despicable Me 2. Third: The Croods.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Steven Price, Gravity. Second choice: John Williams, The Book Thief. Third: Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG: “Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, music by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. and Brian Burton; lyrics by Bono. Second choice: “Please Mr Kennedy,” Inside Llewyn Davis, music and lyrics by Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. Third: “Sweeter Than Fiction,” One Chance, music and lyrics by Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff.

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Behind the Candelabra directed by Steven Soderbergh. Second choice: Dancing on the Edge. Third: The White Queen.

BEST ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Helen Mirren, Phil Spector. Second choice: Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor. Third: Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake.

BEST ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra. Second choice: Al Pacino, Phil Spector. Third: Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra.

2013 Golden Globes winners

For the record: Among the 2013 Golden Globe's winners in the motion picture categories were Ben Affleck's Argo, Tom Hooper's Les Misérables, Michael Haneke's Amour, Daniel Day-Lewis for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables, Jessica Chastain for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, Jennifer Lawrence for David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, Christoph Waltz for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables, director Ben Affleck, and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino.

Director Affleck wasn't even nominated for an Academy Award, but Argo, Amour, Day-Lewis, Lawrence, Waltz, Hathaway, and screenwriter Tarantino all went on to win Oscars.

Amy Adams American Hustle: Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures.

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