The beginning of a new year means one thing to the movie industry: award season!

The two biggest celebrations, The Golden Globes and The Oscars, aka The Academy Awards, gather the biggest stars and respected filmmakers to honor the outstanding achievements in film of the previous year. The comedic and heartfelt acceptance speeches and the lavish formal wear are amongst the top reasons to watch the award shows and are what truly make the broadcasts spectacles to behold.

With all the movie mania going on this time of year, what better time to pause for a Golden Globe recap, as well as a preview of the Oscars?

More Glitz for the Golden Globes?

In case you missed it, The Golden Globes were held on Sunday, January 12, in Beverly Hills, California. The show was brilliantly hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and their comedic prowess made it good television.

While the show was not without its mishaps, like wrong cues on the teleprompter, it did a great job of taking it all in stride and made the viewing audience feel like they were there with shots of celebrities interacting with each other.

The Globes in past years was seen as a prelude to The Oscars. It’s safe to say that Oscar now shares the spotlight with the Hollywood Foreign Press’ gala. The rise in popularity and respect can be attested to the fusion of television and film; with television’s growing mark on pop culture, people get the best of both worlds.

One remarkable moment was when U2 won Best Original Song for “Ordinary Love” from the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Their acceptance speech was full of love and respect for Nelson Mandela, whose life was an inspiration on the band.

Here are a few of the big winners in Motion Pictures at The Globes:

Best Picture, Drama: 12 Years a Slave

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy: American Hustle

Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity (Sandra Bullock won a People’s Choice award for Favorite Movie Actress and she and George Clooney won for Favorite Movie Duo. Gravity won for Favorite Dramatic Movie.)

Best Actor, Drama: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress, Drama: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street (DiCaprio also won a People’s Choice award for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor.)

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy: Amy Adams, American Hustle

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Best Animated Feature Film: Frozen

Frozen is the only movie listed above that we can recommend for the entire family and the rest will require a discerning eye as there are adult themes throughout each film.

Get Ready for Oscar Time!

Huge wins for 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle at the Globes vaults the films into strong contention for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. McConaughey, Blanchett, DiCaprio, Adams, Leto and Lawrence were all winners at the Globes and have strong chances to repeat as Oscar winners in their respective acting categories.

Here are a few of the Oscar nominees to watch for:

Best Picture

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Christian Bale, American Hustle
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
  • Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Actress in a Leading Role

​Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
  • Jonah Hill, The Wolf of the Wall Street
  • Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
  • Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Sally, Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
  • Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
  • June Squibb, Nebraska
  • Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Animated Feature Film

Did your favorite film take home a Globe? Will it win at the Oscars on March 2? Let us know your predictions below!

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