Between glowing reviews and more than $250 million in grosses, you’ll forgive us for failing to remember any 2013 drama that isn’t “Gravity.”
Sandra Bullock already took the People’s Choice Awards by storm, but the next stop on the “Gravity” victory tour is likely to be at the Golden Globes. The space disaster flick is up for Best Picture, Drama at the Sunday (January 12) awards ceremony, but could any of its competitors pull off an upset?
Fear not, thrill-seekers: the race looks to be much tighter when it comes to Best Picture, Musical or Comedy.
Ahead of the 71st annual kudosfest, MTV News attempts to break down the big categories so you can be well informed when creating your Globes-themed drinking game. Cheers!
Best Motion Picture — Drama
Who Should Win: We here at MTV News did select “Gravity” as our best film of 2013, but we were also quite fond of Steve McQueen’s critically acclaimed “12 Years a Slave.” It’s a must-see film for all Americans on principle, and Chiwetel Ejofor delivered an emotionally charged and captivating performance. It deserves every bit of awards season recognition thrown its way, but anyone who held their breath along with Dr. Ryan Stone as she careened through outer space knows that “Gravity” has the gravitas to become a cinematic classic. At the end of the day, “Gravity” still deserves the gold.
Who Will Win: Before we completely write off “12 Years a Slave,” let’s first remember who casts the ballots for the Golden Globes: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association. As poignant and sobering as “12 Years a Slave” is for American audiences, it’s not likely to hold the same weight with moviegoers outside of the good ol’ 50 states. You can proudly notch at least one victory on your Golden Globes party ballot by choosing “Gravity” as the winner here.
Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Who Should Win: All you wild things might be pulling for “Wolf of Wall Street,” while music lovers undoubtedly have a soft spot for “Inside Llewyn Davis.” (For what it’s worth, our MTV News staff picked “Wolf” as #3 on our best of 2013 list, while “Llewyn Davis” didn’t quite make the cut.) But “Her” shouldn’t be left out in the cold. The critical darling delivers a wholly unique and believable take on the unconventional love story genre and at 126 minutes, the running time is much more palatable than “Wolf’s” 180-minute marathon. We’d love nothing more than to see “Her” nab the top honor here.
Who Will Win: This could be anyone’s race, with all five nominees garnering rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, but we’ve gotta hand it to David O’Russell on this one. “American Hustle” is the only contender to be nominated in all four acting categories, as well as best direction and best screenplay, making it a powerhouse to be reckoned with.
Stick with MTV News all weekend long for continued coverage on the road to the Golden Globes, airing live on Sunday, January 12 at 8 pm ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.