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Golden Globes 2014: Preview and guide to nominees, predictions & hosts

The 2014 Golden Globe Awards airs on Sunday, Jan. 12 on NBC. This year marks the 71st anniversary of the Globes, where the Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognizes the best motion pictures, television shows and stars of the past year. To get set for one of Hollywood’s most glamorous and unpredictable nights of the year, here’s a complete A-Z guide and preview to the 2014 nominees and predictions, as well as a look at Golden Globes traditions, record holders and this year’s hosts. It all adds up to one of the most prestigious TV events of the year.

The 2014 Golden Globes takes place on Sunday, Jan. 12.
The 2014 Golden Globes takes place on Sunday, Jan. 12.
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A:
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.
For the second year in a row, “Saturday Night Live” alumni and extreme funny ladies Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are set to serve as hosts of the Golden Globes. In a new promo, Poehler states, “This year’s event will be more glorious and grand than ever before.” With an impressive body of work that encompasses both film and television, Amy Poehler has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most versatile and sought-after talents. She currently produces and stars in the NBC comedy series “Parks and Recreation.” Prior to creating “30 Rock,” Tina Fey completed nine seasons on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” with roles as head writer, cast member and co-anchor of the “Weekend Update” segment. She won an Emmy in 2009 for Guest Appearance by an Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Sarah Palin on the 2008-09 season of “SNL.” To see Amy and Tina talk about hosting the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, be sure to watch the above video.

B:
Belles of the ball.
Fashion has always played an important role at the Golden Globe Awards. These days, Hollywood heavyweights like Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, and Anne Hathaway always shine on the red carpet, but that wasn’t always the case. Back in 1990, Julia Roberts showed up at the Globes dressed in a grey menswear ensemble. Throughout the years, her style has matured into pure sophistication. The same can be said of Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet and Anne Hathaway. To see how these belles of the ball have transformed their style over the years, click on this Golden Globes link.

C:
Cecil B. DeMille Award.
When the Hollywood Foreign Press decided to establish a prestigious award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment, the members wanted it to bear an internationally recognized and respected name. So, they turned to a born showman, Cecil B. DeMille, who accepted the idea graciously. The first Cecil B. DeMille Award went to him in 1952, the year his film, "The Greatest Show on Earth," premiered. In 1953, at the 10th Annual Golden Globe Awards gala, Walt Disney received the award. The first woman to receive the award was Judy Garland in 1962. Alfred Hitchcock, Lucille Ball, Sidney Potier, Sophia Loren, Sean Connery and Barbra Streisand have also been named honorees. In 2014, 78-year-old Woody Allen will receive the prestigious recognition, but he won’t be in attendance. According to the "L.A. Times," Diane Keaton, who won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her role in Allen’s “Annie Hall,” will accept the award on his behalf.

D:
Directing.
The Best Director is the second most anticipated Golden Globe Award of the evening, behind only Best Picture. The 2014 nominees for Best Director: Motion Picture are Alfonso Cuaron for “Gravity,” Paul Greengrass for “Captain Phillips,” Steve McQueen for “12 Years a Slave,” Alexander Payne for “Nebraska,” and David O. Russell for “American Hustle.” In 2013, Ben Affleck was snubbed by the Academy for an Oscar, but won the Best Director Golden Globe Award for “Argo.” In 2014, Steve McQueen is the predicted winner.

E:
Extraordinary moments.
Because booze is free flowing at the Golden Globes, extraordinary moments can and do happen. In 2011, Elizabeth Taylor forgot that she was supposed to announce the nominees before naming the winner. Dick Clark raced on stage and saved the day. In 1998, Christine Lahti almost lost out on her chance to win an award for “Chicago Hope.” After running up to the podium, she said breathlessly, “I was just flushing the toilet.” Journalists from the Hollywood Foreign Press used to present the awards until 1958, when a bored Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. stormed the stage, whiskey glasses and cigarettes in hand, and played host for the rest of the show. The crowd loved it - and so did the HFPA, enough to invite them back the next year. The best acceptance speech goes to Hugh Laurie. When he won in 2006 for “House,” he joked that he wrote down 172 names to thank, but would only draw three names out of his pocket randomly to save on time. The three names turned out to be the script supervisor, the hairstylist and his agent. The audience loved Laurie’s originality.

F:
First ceremony.
The precursor of today’s Golden Globes was a luncheon held in December of 1947 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, hosted by the newly formed Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association. The organization’s first awards presentation for distinguished achievements in the film industry took place in early 1944 with an informal ceremony at 20th Century Fox. In conjunction with the Golden Globes presentation, the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association held its first gala social event in 1945 with a formal banquet at the Beverly Hills Hotel. In 1955, the Golden Globes began honoring achievements in television as well as in film. The first honorees in the Best Television Show category that year were “Dinah Shore,” “Lucy & Desi,” “The American Comedy” and “Davy Crockett.” Today, the Golden Globes recognize achievements in 25 categories: 14 in motion pictures and 11 in television. This year marks the 71st presentation of the Golden Globe Awards.

G:
Girl power.
The Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories are always highly competitive. In 2014, the nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy are Amy Adams for “American Hustle,” Julie Delpy for “Before Midnight,” Greta Gerwig for “Frances Ha,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “Enough Said,” and Meryl Streep for “August: Osage County.” The nominees for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama are Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine,” Sandra Bullock for “Gravity,” Judi Dench for “Philomena,” Emma Thompson for “Saving Mr. Banks,” and Kate Winslet for “Labor Day.” The Best Supporting Actress nominees in the motion picture category are Sally Hawkins for “Blue Jasmine,” Jennifer Lawrence for “American Hustle,” Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave,” Julia Roberts for “August: Osage County,” and Julia Squibb for “Nebraska.” Best Actress – TV Series, Musical or Comedy nominees include Zooey Deschanel for “New Girl,” Lena Dunham for “Girls,” Edie Falco for “Nurse Jackie,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “Veep,” and Amy Poehler for “Parks and Recreation.” The Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie are Helena Bonham Carter for “Burton and Taylor,” Rebecca Ferguson for “The White Queen,” Jessica Lange for “American Horror Story: Coven,” Helen Mirren for “Phil Spector,” and Elisabeth Moss for “Top of the Lake.”

H:
Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Every year, the HFPA votes on its choices for the annual Golden Globe Awards. The Association consists of about 90 reporters from 55 countries. The Golden Globes has enabled the non-profit organization to donate more than $15 million to entertainment-related charities, as well as fund scholarships and other programs for future film and television professionals.

I:
International audience.
Although it’s not quite as popular as the Oscars, the Golden Globe Awards still pulls in an impressive international audience. Last year’s ceremony was watched by 250 worldwide viewers in more than 198 countries. It is one of the few awards ceremonies that span both television and motion picture achievements. According to TV By the Numbers, last year’s Golden Globes broadcast pulled in 19 million U.S. viewers, the biggest TV audience since 2007.

J:
Jimmy Fallon.
Expect to see Jimmy Fallon at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards. Expect to laugh a lot. After the Winter Olympics, Fallon takes over “The Tonight Show” for Jay Leno. It’s an NBC show, as is the Golden Globes, so it only makes sense for a crossover. Fallon is all set to present. So is Seth Meyers, Fallon's replacement.

K:
Knockout in 2008.
The Golden Globe Awards was knocked off the air in 2008 due to a writers’ strike. Rather than cross the picket line, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association adopted another approach. E!, CNN, TV Guide Channel and KNBC-TV were invited to the Grand Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the names of the winners were announced. NBC filled the two vacant hours with an “Access Hollywood” segment and a special edition of “Dateline,” hosted by Matt Lauer. The last minute additions included film clips and interviews with some of the nominees and commentary from Kathy Griffin.

L:
Live red carpet shows.
Some of the best Golden Globes fun comes from watching the celebrities walk the red carpet prior to entering the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic will cover the glitz and glamour of the 2014 Golden Globe Awards for E! “Live from the Red Carpet” airs at 4 p.m. EST (1 p.m. PST) on Sunday, Jan. 12. The network's after party (11 p.m.-midnight) keeps the festivities going and recaps the evening. At 7 p.m. EST, NBC will air a 60-minute red carpet special and a preview of the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards. It airs from 7-8 p.m. EST (4-5 p.m. PST) on Sunday. For a list of red carpet gown predictions, head to Eonline.

M:
The men.
Two of the most coveted Golden Globe Awards are Best Actor in the motion picture and television categories. The Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama 2014 nominees are Chiwetel Ejiofor for “12 Years a Slave,” Idris Elba for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Tom Hanks for “Captain Phillips,” Matthew McConaughey for “Dallas Buyers Club,” and Robert Redford for “All Is Lost.” The nominees for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy are Christian Bale for “American Hustle,” Bruce Dern for “Nebraska,” Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Oscar Isaac for “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and Joaquin Phoenix for “Her.” The nominees for Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama are Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad,” Liev Schreiber for “Ray Donovan,” Michael Sheen for “Masters of Sex,” Kevin Spacey for “House of Cards,” and James Spader for “The Blacklist.” The Best TV Comedy nominees are Jason Bateman for “Arrested Development,” Don Cheadle for “House of Lies,” Michael J. Fox for “The Michael J. Fox Show,” Jim Parsons for “The Big Bang Theory,” and Andy Samberg for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Critics predict mad love for the men from “Breaking Bad.”

N:
Nominees.
In 2014, the films with the most nominations (7 each) include “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle.” “Nebraska” follows with five, “Gravity” with four, and “Captain Phillips” with three. In the television categories, new series pushed out old favorites, including first-time nods for three original shows from Netflix (“House of Cards,” “Arrested Development” and “Orange is the New Black”). HBO leads all networks with nine nominations, while Netflix, Showtime and Starz share the second place spot with six nominations apiece. On Jan. 9, "Newsday" predicted wins for Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle.”

O:
Oldest winners.
Jessica Tandy and Henry Fonda hold the records for oldest Golden Globe winners. Tandy was 80 when she won in 1990 for “Driving Miss Daisy.” Fonda was 76 when he won the Golden Globe Award in 1982 for “On Golden Pond.”

P:
Presenters.
Tom Hanks, Chris Hemsworth, Melissa McCarthy, Seth Meyers, Liam Neeson, Margot Robbie, Mark Ruffalo, Kyra Sedgwick, Channing Tatum, Emma Watson, Naomi Watts, Olivia Wilde, Kevin Bacon, Julie Bowen, Laura Dern, Robert Downey Jr., Jimmy Fallon, Colin Farrell, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, Uma Thurman and Reese Witherspoon are all slated to present at the star-studded 2014 Golden Globes.

Q:
Queens of the night.
Winning two Golden Globes in one year is no easy feat and only three actresses have ever done so, earning them “Queen of the Night” titles. In 1989, Sigourney Weaver won Best Actress for “Gorillas in the Mist" and Best Supporting Actress for "Working Girl." Joan Plowright won Best Supporting Actress for “Enchanted April” and “Stalin” in 1993. Kate Winslet was also a double winner. In 2009, she won Globes for Best Actress for “Revolutionary Road” and Best Supporting Actress for “The Reader.”

R:
Ricky Gervais.
For many years, the Golden Globes ran without a host. Ricky Gervais was tapped in 2010 and returned in 2011 and 2012. He caused a storm of controversy with his off-the-cuff humor and biting criticism. The backlash was so strong in 2012 that a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press said afterward, “Ricky will not be invited back to host the show next year, for sure.” He wasn’t. Instead, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler stepped in and return this year for their second stint.

S:
Snubs and spoilers.
Every year, TV critics look for snubs and possible spoilers. In 2014, there are quite a few of them. In television, newcomers replaced old standbys. Claire Danes, who won the Globe in 2013 for “Homeland,” was not even nominated, nor was Michelle Dockery from “Downton Abbey.” Critically acclaimed series “Veep” and “Arrested Development” were also not nominated. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is a newcomer in 2014. “Breaking Bad” could break the bank and receive lots of love for the series, Cranston and Paul. On the movie side, neither “The Butler” nor Oprah Winfrey received nominations, despite doing very well at the box office. “Lone Survivor” was another huge snub.

T:
Trivia.
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is the only film to win a Golden Globe Award in all five major categories (Best Motion Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, Screenplay). The biggest shutouts in the history of the Globes were “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1967) and “The Godfather, Part III” (1991). Each received seven nominations, but no Golden Globe wins. The only three-way tie occurred in 1989. Jodie Foster for “The Accused” tied with Shirley MacLaine for “Madame Soustzka” and Sigourney Weaver for “Gorillas in the Mist.”

U:
Upsets and underdogs.
While film critics feel like they can predict the Golden Globe winners, an underdog or two usually manage to snatch a statuette away from the favorite. With fewer than 90 foreign journalists voting, it’s sometimes impossible to figure out exactly what they’re thinking as they fill out their ballots. In 1995, underdog Brad Pitt surprisingly won a Golden Globe for “12 Monkeys” and upset favorites Ed Harris and Kevin Spacey. In 1999, “Toy Story 2” won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, defeating “Being John Malkovich,” “Man on the Moon” and “Notting Hill.” Most of the pundits were left speechless, proving that anything can happen at the Golden Globes Awards. “The Hangover” shocked everyone by winning Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical in 2009, defeating a double dose of Meryl Streep (“It’s Complicated” and “Julie and Julia”) and “Nine.” The result was a sobering surprise. “Scent of a Woman” won Best Motion Picture Drama in 1990 and shockingly defeated Clint Eastwood’s highly acclaimed “Unforgiven.” It was later reported that the studio had invited HFPA members to an all-expenses paid junket in New York City, possibly influencing their Globe votes. “Scent of a Woman” suddenly smelled of suspicion – in an upset so scandalous that it’s still recalled two decades later.

V:
Victory parties and fashion recaps.
After the last award of the evening, the winners head out to victory parties. E! will cover the late night action during a 60-minute special that’s set to air from 11 p.m.-midnight EST. If the Globes run long, the time could be extended. Joan Rivers will host a one-hour special on Monday, Jan. 13. It’s called “Fashion Police: The 2013 Golden Globes" and will include commentary on fashion hits and misses from Joan, Kelly Osbourne, and Guiliana Rancic. It airs at 9 p.m. EST and PST on E!

W:
Website.
The official website for everything Golden Globes is www.goldenglobes.org. There, fans can find the latest news, exclusive interviews, an insider’s look at the menu, a jewelry preview, and exclusive videos from this year’s Golden Globes nominees. There’s even a countdown clock down to the seconds.

Y:
Youngest Golden Globe winner.
Ricky Schroeder holds the record as the youngest Golden Globe winner of all time. He was just nine years old when he won Best New Star for “The Champ” in 1980.

Z:
“Z” refuses the Golden Globe. The producers of “Z” refused the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1970 because they wanted the film included in the main Best Motion Picture category.

The 2014 Golden Globe Awards airs live at 8 p.m. EST (5 p.m. PST) on Sunday, Jan. 12 on NBC.

Source: Goldenglobes.org

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