Golden Globes 2014: The Movies & TV Shows to Know About

Published 9 months ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:39 am, This is a list post.

Golden Globes 2014: What to Know

Golden Globes 2014 Nominees

The nominees for the 2014 Golden Globes have been announced, once again giving the world (and the show biz world) a preview of what might be in store for the 2014 Oscars race. Some people care about the various awards - others certainly don't - but it is a reality in our culture that movies and TV shows in contention for awards become topics of discussion - and being in the "know" when the discussion comes around always feels better than not being in the know. Here you will find a concise list of the movies and TV shows you should be in the "know" about as the 2014 Golden Globes (and general awards season) approaches. We're skipping the big ones (like who HASN'T heard of Gravity before now?) and will stick to informing you about the lesser-known picks on the Globes nominee list.

12 Years A Slave

12 Years a Slave - Golden Globes 2014

Look, you could keep saying "12 Years A Slave" throughout Golden Globes AND Oscars season and you'll probably end up on the right side of every discussion. Steve McQueen's horrific drama about one man's ordeal in the southern slave trade has awards pedigree written all over it. Acting, directing, technical awards - this film could walk away with some big ones. If you haven't seen it yet, you should; if you can't (or don't want to), just think Passion of the Christ brutality set in slavery-era America (to the rhythm of a Hans Zimmer score), and you'll get the idea of why this film is resonating so much. WATCH THE TRAILER

Wolf of Wall Street & American Hustle

American Hustle and Wolf of Wall Street - Golden Globes 2014 American Hustle director David O. Russell reunites with cast members from his last two awards-contender films, The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook; Scorsese reunites for fifth time with his leading muse Leonardo DiCaprio (and some new friends, like Jonah Hill) for Wolf of Wall Street. Both are outrageous true-story caper-dramadies dissecting America's greed culture; both hit theaters around Christmas; both are likely to attract a large adult crowd and critical praise - but early word is that Marty and Leo win this contest with some fantastic work in Wolf. WATCH:Wolf of Wall Street Trailer - American Hustle Trailer

Inside Llewyn Davis & Her

Inside Llewyn Davis and Her - Golden Globes 2014 You'll be hearing a lot of talk about the "hipster picks" Her and Inside Llewyn Davis this awards season. Her is a quirky romance about Joaquin Phoenix falling in love with his Siri operating system (Scarlett Johansson); Llewyn Davis examines artistic struggle via a '60s musician (Oscar Isaacs). Both films explore humanity with wit, heart and style - but neither of them necessarily belongs in the "Comedy or Musical" category, since both are really character dramas. Still, if you want to be in the "know" for that esoteric discussion with the film snob crowd, better find out if and where they're showing near you in the coming weeks. WATCH: Her Trailer - Inside Llewyn Davis Trailer

Dallas Buyers Club & Nebraska

Nebraska and Dallas Buyers Club - Golden Globes 2014 Further down the list of "must know" films are Dallas Buyers Club and NebraskaThe former (about a medicine-slinging cowboy dying of AIDS ) features some award-worthy performances from Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto; but in this year of heavy competition, it's Leto's street-smart cross-dresser supporting role that's likely to win. Nebraska is from The Descendants director Alexander Payne and follows a road trip with an estranged father (Bruce Dern) and son (Will Forte). The film is slowly creeping out of the festival circuit and into awards circles with nominations for lead and supporting acting, direction, writing, and that surprising "Best Picture" nod. WATCH: Dallas Buyers Club Trailer - Nebraska Trailer

Blue Jasmine, All Is Lost, Philomena

Blue Jasimne, All is Lost and Philomena - Golden Globes 2014 While the films themselves may not take top awards, these performances from some industry veterans are likely to be the focus of some discussion: Blue Jasmine - Woody Allen's latest about a depressed housewife has made the "Best Actress - Drama" category a near lock for Cate Blanchett, with an Oscar nom sure to follow. All Is Lost - Robert Redford does a one-man show (without saying much) as a guy lost out on the treacherous sea. While he might not win over more favored choices (Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years) Redford is excellent in the film. Philomena  - People are more likely to say "Oh hey, there's Judi Dench again!" rather than actually checking out this quirky, funny and moving film about an odd-couple road trip to search for a long-lost son.

Foreign Language & Animated Films

Blue is the Warmest Color and the Wind Rises - Golden Globes 2014 To the handful of you who didn't outright skip this slide, you want to be able to mention that animated film The Wind Rises was made by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki and would be a big win if it (a cartoon) takes Best Foreign Language Film. However the early favorite in that category is Blue Is the Warmest Color, a French film about a young woman who comes into her own by way of a (quite explicit) relationship with an eccentric blue-haired girl. Props to you if you pronounce the names of stars Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos correctly.

Showtime

Showtime Master of Sex and Ray Donovan - Golden Globes 2014 Showtime has some strong freshman dramas that are about to get a visibility push thanks to this year's Golden Globes nominations. So you better catch up on both, pronto. Masters of Sex (about a scandalous and groundbreaking human sexuality study) sounds titillating, but it really is a Mad Men-style examination of modern day topics (gender politics, sexual identity, racial inequality) via a 1950s period setting. The cast - led by Globes nominee Michael Sheen and snubee Lizzy Caplan - is fantastic. Ray Donovan earned a nom thanks to lead actor Liev Schreiber and supporting actor Jon Voight - both of whom are electric on the show, about Hollywood's top "fixer" and his hard-knock Boston family.

Netflix

Orange is the new Black and House of Cards - Golden Globes 2014 Whatever ground Netflix gains in the awards season race is substantial, as the debate about the future of TV continues. House of Cards already won some big Emmy Awards, proving the Netflix model doesn't hinder chances at critical acclaim; Orange is the New Black is one of the most talked-about new shows of the year, so it's not a surprise that star Taylor Schilling got recognized. What is telling is that both series made it, while broadcast staples like Game of Thrones and Walking Dead did not.

BBC

BBC Orphan Black and Luther - Golden Globes 2014 As different avenues of viewing offer shows to a global audience, BBC (and its subsidiaries) is gaining ground in the US. Word of mouth has propelled series like the Idris Elba-led Luther or the BBC America breakout hit Orphan Black into solid cult-hit followings - and now, Golden Globes nominations as well. Whatever happens at the Globes, these BBC hits (and many other great series that the network airs) should be a focus of your attention.

Other Things to Know

captain-phillips-international-poster What else should you be in the "know" about this awards season? The usual suspects - Big Blockbusters with critical acclaim are always popular discussion points. Gravity will likely be the most popular this year. Tom Hanks - He's back (big time) in this awards season race, with both Captain Phillips and Saving Mr. Banks now picking up awards steam. Indie Prestige - They might not have a lot of nominations, but films like Enough Said  (James Gandolfini's last movie) and August: Osage County  (with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts) are sure to be topics for the arthouse/intellectual crowds. Network vs. Cable - Network TV still has a hold on the comedy award noms, but drama has almost totally been conquered by cable (and now streaming) programming. The 71st Golden Globe Awards will air Sunday, January 12, 2014 on NBC.

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  1. Something tells me with the descriptive in some of these slides that Mr. Outlaw was not in the best of welcoming moods when he wrote this…

    If ‘The Hunt’ wins Best Foreign Language Film I’ll buy everyone (all SR staff and all SR comment people) a drink*.

    (* – blatant lie. I’m Scottish. We don’t get the rounds in)

  2. I wouldn’t compare 12 Years a Slave to Passion of the Christ. 12 Years was horrific in many ways than just violence. Passion lost all emotional resonance and cultural undertones by overly displaying its torture porn to the point where I think the film makers were proud of it.

  3. Dear Screenrant,

    I am merely making an observation:
    When I look at articles that are NOT based on Comics, I see VERY FEW comments. When I see articles based on Comics I see 70 to hundreds of comments. What do you think of this phenomenon? You obviously have my email, so I’d appreciate an email from you. I know if I state what I am REALLY thinking here, it would cause an uproar. I’d like to hear from you.
    Sincerely yours,
    The Breakfast Club. I mean, Realist

    • I personally think it’s because comic book movie audience are more ‘vocal’ with how the movies are created, considering they are adapting from something they’ve known since childhood. It’s that psychological attachness that will definitely tease audience (like me) to react. With Oscar/Globe movies, they don’t have much to talk about because it’s something ‘new’, even when some of them are based on a novel/book. But even books adaptation will likely to have more comments *coughTwilight* because audience already know the story and what to expect from it :)

      • This site obviously specializes in the comic book/blockbuster area. That also seems to be the majority of the reader base. All you SR writers definitely know what you’re talking about with the comic book movies and big budget action flicks, but no offense, the so-called award contenders and “oscar-bait” get very little attention on this site. And I partially agree with AverageMovieGoers, most of the news is about these big budget films because we are familiar with the characters, as well as the fact that they are big budget and the casting rumors are huge and can be criticized. As opposed to original films where it’s hard to criticize or praise casting until you actually see the characters and story play out on screen.

        All that being said, I’d like to see some more coverage of these films, which IMO, are just much better and more entertaining than the likes of Thor, The Wolverine, MoS, etc. As much as the Academy is very much politicking and BS, there’s a reason you’re not going to see MoS, IM3 or even something like the Hunger Games getting much awards-season buzz outside of the technical awards.

  4. Cool sum up of good award contenders. Seen some, but looking forward to a few others.

  5. No the walking dead?

    • The Walking Dead gets very little love from critics despite it being the highest rated show on cable television

  6. Everyone needs to know about Justified. I have a really good feeling about season five.

  7. Seriously…… One nomination for The Book Thief???!!!! Thats simply Outrageous and Pathetic.And without a doubt from all the performances this year that I have seen,Geoffrey Rush is simply incredible and would be my choice for Best Actor.

  8. Frozen is a lock for best animated feature. Everything else is up for grabs.

  9. I definitely need to catch up with MANY of the movies/shows on the list…
    But I’m really looking forward to. I have yet seen 12 Years and Her, or the other names (not too interested with Hustle and Wolf though), but my family really wants to see it just because of the highly buzzed hype surrounding it.

  10. I hope Blue Jasmine wins something. It’s one of my favorites from 2013.

  11. No 42 or the Butler? lame those were really good. maybe they’ll be up for academy awards

  12. marvel

  13. The musical or comedy winner will be either American Hustle or The Wolf of Wall Street. Because of the star power of both films and remembering that this is the Golden Globes after all I just can’t see Her, Nebraska or Inside Llewyn Davis winning.
    This is not a knock on any of these movies. I haven’t seen Her or Nebraska yet but the other 3 I mentioned are all great with my favorite being TWoWS.

    Ya know what? I’m predicting there will a tie between American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street. The HFP won’t pass up the chance to have all those stars on stage. ;)

  14. Her is my favorite film of 2013, but its chances of winning is limited