2013 Golden Globe Nominations

As far as I’m concerned, all you need to know about the legitimacy of the Golden Globes can be stated in one sentence.

They do not consider Mad Men in the conversation for Best Drama.

In other words, the Golden Globes are pretty meaningless.

The nominations are determined by the Hollywood Foreign Press and they are notorious for giving nominations to unworthy candidates and their seemingly haphazard standards not only in how they make their nominations, but in how they categorize different films and television shows; the Globes has separate categories for dramas and comedies in films, so the two don’t compete against one another. But in the television categories, everyone is thrown together in the supporting actor and actress categories, regardless of the genre of their program, which leads to some very weird match-ups. They are particularly bad when it comes to the television nominations, but they have an overall preference for what they consider to be young and pretty upstarts and for movie stars slumming it on the small screen; the Emmys have the same fixation with the latter, but the Golden Globes is even worse about it.

In my opinion, the Golden Globes are barely a step up from the People’s Choice Awards and the MTV Movie Awards, which isn’t saying much. I don’t think anyone in the business takes the awards very seriously; it is nice to win and be nominated, but it just doesn’t have the prestige of some of the other awards out there. This doesn’t mean that they don’t get things right, but there are always plenty of nominations that make you shake your head. Awards in generally are kind of silly anyway.

However, the Golden Globes ceremony can be a lot of fun to watch. It’s one of the few times television and movie stars are in the same room running elbows with each other and the free flowing alcohol sometimes makes for some fun speeches and good reaction shots in the audience. It isn’t an accident that NBC advertises the ceremony as “the most unpredictable party of the year.” Everyone is there just to have a good time. It’s all an exercise in futility, but as long as everyone is in on the joke, it can be a fun night. This year I’ll definitely be tuning in as two of my favorite ladies are hosting: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. They are always funny and are a good team.


The 2013 nominations are listed below; my predicted winners are in bold. Note that these are not necessarily who I think should win, but my best guess on how the American Foreign Press will vote. Many of the films haven’t been released yet, so I haven’t seen them all.



“Django Unchained”

“Life of Pi”


“Zero Dark Thirty”



“Exotic Marigold Hotel”

 “Les Miserables”

“Moonrise Kingdom”

“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”

“Silver Linings Playbook”



Ben Affleck, “Argo”

Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”

Ang Lee, “Life of Pi

Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”

Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”



Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”

Richard Gere, “Arbitrage”

John Hawkes, “The Sessions”

Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”

Denzel Washington, “Flight”



Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”

Marion Cotillard, “Rust & Bone”

Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock”

Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”

Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea”



Emily Blunt, “Salmon Fishing In The Yemen”

Judi Dench, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Maggie Smith, “Quartet”

Meryl Streep, “Hope Springs”



Jack Black, “Bernie”

Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”

Ewan McGregor, “Salmon Fishing In The Yemen”

Bill Murray, “Hyde Park On Hudson”



Amy Adams, “The Master”

Sally Field, “Lincoln”

Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”

Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”

Nicole Kidman, “The Paperboy”



Alan Arkin, “Argo”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “Django Unchained”

Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”

Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”

Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”




“A Royal Affair”

“The Intouchables”


“Rust and Bone”



“Zero Dark Thirty”


“Django Unchained”


“Silver Linings Playbook”



“Anna Karenina”


“Cloud Atlas”

“Life of Pi”






“Hotel Transylvania”

“Rise of the Guardians”




“For You”

“Not Running Anymore”

“Safe and Sound”




Television Series – Drama

“Breaking Bad”

“Boardwalk Empire”

“Downton Abbey: Season 2”


“The Newsroom”


Actress In A Television Series – Drama

Connie Britton, “Nashville”

Glenn Close, “Damages”

Claire Danes, “Homeland”

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey: Season 2”

Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”


Actor In A Television Series – Drama

Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”

Damian Lewis, “Homeland”


Television Series – Comedy Or Musical

“The Big Bang Theory”



“Modern Family”



Actress In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical

Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Lena Dunham, “Girls”

Tina Fey, “30 Rock”

Amy Poehler, “Parks And Recreation”


Actor In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical

    Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Don Cheadle, “House Of Lies”

Louis C.K., “Louie”

Matt Leblanc, “Episodes”

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”


Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television

 “Game Change”

“The Girl”

“Hatfields & McCoys”

“The Hour”

“Political Animals”


Actress In A Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”

Sienna Miller, “The Girl”

Julianne Moore, “Game Change”

Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”


Actor In A Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & Mccoys”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”

Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”

Toby Jones, “The Girl”

Clive Owen, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”


Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Hayden Panettiere, “Nashville”

Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”

Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”

Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey: Season 2”

Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”


Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Max Greenfield, “New Girl”

Ed Harris, “Game Change”

Danny Huston, “Magic City”

Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”

Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”


The Golden Globes will take place on January 13, 2013 on NBC.

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