Well, the Golden Globes were fun, but awards season keeps rolling on! Now Hollywood is setting its sights down the road at the Academy Awards: Nominations will be announced Thursday and the statuettes will be handed out on Feb. 22. However, after Sunday’s Globes, some actors and filmmakers are better positioned than others to walk away with Oscars.
Here’s a list of who picked up momentum and who lost it at the Golden Globes:
- “Boyhood” -- After winning Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director Sunday night, as well as Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” is the clear front-runner for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The groundbreaking coming-of-age drama has received praise since its summer release for its innovative production – filmed with the same actors for 12 years – and it’s looking increasingly like that praise will culminate with a big win at the Oscars.
- Eddie Redmayne -- The race for Best Actor is a tight one, with portrayals of several real-life characters -- David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma,” Benedict Cumberbatch as code breaker Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game” and Steve Carell as billionaire murderer John du Pont in "Foxcatcher" -- vying for the award. However, the favorite now may be Eddie Redmayne, who won Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for playing another real-life figure – Stephen Hawking -- in “The Theory of Everything.”
- Amy Adams -- Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon and Felicity Jones are all pretty much locked in for Best Actress Oscar nominations. However, the competition for the last two spots will be fierce, with both Rosamund Pike for “Gone Girl” and Jennifer Aniston for “Cake” in the running. Amy Adams, though, gained momentum with her win for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her portrayal of artist Margaret Keane in Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes.” Meanwhile, awards watchers shouldn't forget that Moore won the Golden Globe Sunday for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for "Still Alice."
- “Birdman” -- Yes, “Birdman” won for Best Screenplay and Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Michael Keaton, but losing Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy to “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was a big blow to the film’s Best Picture chances. "Birdman" scored thanks to the Golden Globes splitting up dramas and comedies and by avoiding going up against heavyweights like “Boyhood,” “Selma” and “The Imitation Game.” Many considered "Birdman" the only real threat to “Boyhood” for Best Picture at the Oscars, but losing to Wes Anderson’s quirky "Budapest" is not a good sign.
- “The Imitation Game” -- Nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Keira Knightley) and Best Original Score, the period drama came away empty-handed. That marks a big loss of momentum for a film considered an outside contender for Best Picture at the Oscars.
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