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2014 Golden Globe Predictions: Could '12 Years a Slave' be shut out?

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Hollywood’s biggest party is this Sunday with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey returning to bring the laughs. Oh yeah, and they give out some awards to. To be honest, that isn’t entirely fair. The Golden Globes has garnered a bit of a bad reputation over the past for pandering to celebrities with their nominations, though some were hard to argue against -- 2011 awards ring a bell? However, they do often go against the grain and spread some love to titles that never would get recognition from the Academy, like “The Hangover.”

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And outside of the baffling labeling of most of their comedy/musical selections this year, the ten films that make up their drama and comedy/musical categories are a strong representation of the year in film for 2013. If you want to be reminded just who they nominated this year, check out the full list here.

So, as we close in on Hollywood’s second biggest awards show of the year, here are my predictions for who will be honored come Sunday.

Best Song: Let it Go – Frozen
Best Score: Gravity
Best Foreign Language Film: Blue is the Warmest Color
Best Animated Feature: Frozen
Best Screenplay: American Hustle
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress Comedy/Musical: Amy Adams – American Hustle
Best Actor Comedy/Musical: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actress Drama: Cate Blanchett –Blue Jasmine
Best Actor Drama: Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Best Picture Comedy/Musical: American Hustle
Best Picture Drama: Gravity

Check out the slideshow to see how it all breaks down.

“American Hustle” is in a great position to be the big winner of the night if all pans out. Right now it seems a lock for both Screenplay and Best Picture – Comedy/Musical, but where it may slip up is in the acting categories. Amy Adams’ top competition is Meryl Streep, but outside of the almost necessary Meryl nomination, there wasn’t much love shown to “August: Osage County.” Adams is likely the favorite, but never count Streep out.

On less firm ground is Jennifer Lawrence as she goes up against Lupita Nyong’o from “12 Years a Slave.” Nyong’o is likely the front-runner for the Oscar, but this is an instance where the Globes’ love to reward bigger names could come through. Lawrence is one of the biggest stars in the world right now and gave a brilliant performance, while Nyong’o, equally as brilliant, is just making her American film debut. It will be a close call.

That could be said about every category that “12 Years” is competing in on Sunday. Out of the dramas I have “Gravity” coming out of top in best picture and best director, but it’s really just a coin flip between that and "12 Years a Slave" for both awards. Same goes for best actor; Chiwetel Ejiofor could just as easily win the night over McConaughey, but again, I have name power winning out when it comes to two outstanding performances.

It may be close in all the aforementioned categories, but I’m standing by my picks for better or for worse. This would result in “12 Years” getting completely shut out by the HFPA. That doesn’t weaken its position for Oscars at all though. “The Hurt Locker” was completely shut out at the Globes, and “The King’s Speech” only won one award in its year. Like I said, sometimes the Globes like to put their own stamp on things.

The Golden Globes will air on Sunday Jan. 12 at 8:30 PM EST/5:30 PM PST on NBC.

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