First, there was the Leo win. Although there was no true obvious front runner in this particular category (the heavyweights were in the drama section), Leo had so far been plagued by an awards-losing streak many years in the running that was hard to overlook. That boy just couldn't seem to win anything with any role he played his heart out - anything in terms of major awards, that is - until now. Could Leo be taken seriously as an Oscar contender with this push from the Globes? Who knows? He won't win the big guy though. If anyone would be giving Chiwetel Ejiofor a run for his front runner status money comes Oscars time, it would be Matthew McConaughey.
Speaking of whom, that was the second, bigger surprise of the evening: Matthew McConaughey. Who would've thunk it? Well, should I have seen Dallas Buyers Club (DBC) earlier, I would've predicted him in stead of Chiwetel. I watched the film earlier today, and I gotta say, his performance was right up Serious Awards' alley. It was showy in an underdog story, and considering his body of work this past year, I was not surprised he'd won. So in retrospect, the surprise was there mainly because I did not see DBC becoming such a major player that it could win McConaughey, of all people, a best actor trophy. And I only did not see it because, well, I literally did not see the movie before making my predictions. But I should've seen it coming with the onslaught of Guilds nominations for the picture. Watch out, here comes DBC to ruin everyone's party!
And as for front runner 12 Years a Slave - ouch. The only award it took home was the biggie, but it lost the awards it could've won too: actor, supporting actress, screenplay (Her! Surprise ruiner!). If it was a more serious threat as a front runner, it would've picked up at least another category. But it didn't. And now we have a-few-horses race: Slave, Hustle, and ... Dallas. Gravity, as expected, will duke it out with the other guys in the Director category alone.
In the end, my money is still on American Hustle to win big. Dallas maybe a serious threat now, but overall, Hustle still got the fun factor and a big ensemble with pedigrees to power through.
And, oh, yeah, go The Great Beauty!!!
12 years a slave
ACTRESS (COMEDY / MUSICAL)
FOREIGN FILM FEATURE
The Great Beauty
All is lost
Editor: 7/14 <--- I live dangerously.
Griz: 10/14 <--- Made deal with Awards devil.