Golden Globes 2014 Nomination Predictions: The Locks, The Shocks, The Maybes

'Gravity,' 'American Hustle' and 'Wolf' are sure bets, but what will surprise you come Thursday?

Awards season is all fun and games and good movies until it comes time to name the best of the best, and Thursday, we'll find out which movies and television programs will vie for Golden Globes on January 12.

With a strong field of contenders, there are certainly more than a few locks for noms, so MTV News has broken down the field into the sure things (The Locks), the possible surprises (The Shocks) and the titles in between (The Maybes) for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards.

The Locks



When there are this many great films in one year, everything is a lock. Expect big showings from "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

» Directors Alfonso Cuarón ("Gravity"), Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street") can bet on early morning phone calls on Thursday.

» Expect Sandra Bullock to be rewarded for her zero-G work in "Gravity" and Cate Blanchett for her impressive drinking in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" when Best Actress - Drama nominees are revealed.

» Similarly, Robert Redford ("All Is Lost") and Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave") shouldn't lose too much sleep wondering if they'll hear their names.

» Oh, and we hope you enjoy watching Jennifer Lawrence on award shows.



"Breaking Bad." Lots of "Breaking Bad." Cranston. Paul. Gunn. This is their victory lap.

» Steven Soderbergh, by many accounts, directed one of the best movies of the year. "Behind the Candelabra" just happened to air on HBO. The Made For TV Movie categories are mostly spoken for.

» When considering series that aren't "Breaking Bad," expect a big showing from "Orange Is the New Black," the Netflix exclusive that came out of nowhere to be the show everyone was talking about/bingeing on.

The Shocks


» With so many serious contenders in almost every category, it's hard to imagine any of the Best Picture nominees coming as a surprise, but "August: Osage County," a movie that came out of TIFF with only OK reviews and tepid awards buzz could show up to the party swinging.


» As much as we'd like it to be a "lock," "Parks & Recreation" is still the funniest show on TV. Could we please show some appreciation?

The Maybes


» The major categories are pretty much packed to the gills, but any room that can be found for indies "Before Midnight" or "Short Term 12" would be much appreciated!

» It's certainly late to the party, but "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" has been collecting positive reviews in the last few days, something worth noting in addition to the awards success of "Lord of the Rings."


» "The Americans," FX's Cold War-era spy drama, could steal nominations in the Best Series and Best Actress category for Keri Russell.