_ Once again we must remember that all that matters for the Golden Globes this year is the hosts. They may not be the most prestigious organization, but the HFPA know how to host a party and after last year I can’t wait to see what Tina Fey and Amy Poehler do now that they have some tenure in this gig. Other than that it’s nice to see a bunch of celebrities having a good time while some of them win awards. That’s the flip side of having no credibility (and waning significance) to the awards – no one takes them too seriously, which can be a nice breath of fresh air.
We get to see a lot of nominations for contenders that go unrecognized elsewhere thanks to the comedy/drama split on the film side and it’s fun to see all the TV & film people in one place (even if that line is quickly disappearing). The biggest shock this year is how good the overall crop of nominees in the film categories are. With so many of the top movies being classified as comedies they were really able to spread the love and not nominate anything embarrassing (cough The Tourist Cough).
Either way, here are my Golden Globes predictions for this Sunday. Keep in mind, this is the Globes, so in most cases I will take popularity into account much more than quality and just plain guess in others as they really like to go their own way with some awards. There are less than 100 voters so there are always some surprises.
I’ve mentioned before, and now say it again: 2013 was a fantastic year for films, and not just big screen films but “filmed entertainment”, including an impressive group of TV programs (that list is coming). If you make an effort to find them (and living in New York, that’s not difficult), there is always something good out there to make that effort worthwhile. I’ve seen around 100 films released this year, and think I’ve seen all the possible contenders for this list of FAVORITE FILMS OF 2013. But you never know. Something I missed may become a favorite when I get around to seeing it. So this is my list, as of right now. Once again, I emphasize that these are MY FAVORITES – those that stood out to me from all the films I’ve seen—and may not be the “best of 2013” by popular acclaim. I was going for a TOP TEN, but couldn’t make up my mind, so 12 seems to be my number this year (appropriate given two of the films that made the list), plus a lot of non-ranked honorable mentions. Apparently, I have become much more of a romantic.