8 Movies to Watch Before the Golden Globes
Golden Globe 2015 nominations are in, and though the nods seem evenly distributed this time around, Birdman leads with a total of seven nominations! Want to be able to follow along and judge fairly while watching the January 11th broadcast? Here are all the movies you need catch up on in the next month. Most of them are still in theaters, so you could realistically see one or two a week – if you start today – and be ready by award time. Happy viewing!
Birdman (In theaters now)
This picture about a washed-up actor (Michael Keaton – Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture nominee) who must overcome his ego and family trouble to reclaim his past glory is the film to beat this year. Not only is Birdman up for Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical, it has received nods for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Comedy/Musical (Emma Stone), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Edward Norton), Best Original Score (Antonio Sanchez), Best Director and Best Screenplay (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu).
Selma (In theaters January 9)
Ava DuVernay becomes the first black female director nominated for a Golden Globe with her retelling of the 1965 March for Voting Rights in Selma. Hitting theaters just six days before what would have been Martin Luther King’s 86th birthday, Selma is up for four awards including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama (David Oyelowo), and Best Original Song – Motion Picture for “Glory” written by John Legend and Common.
Boyhood (In Theaters Now)
This Best Motion Picture – Drama nominee showcases the joys and pitfalls of growing up by following a young boy named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from age 5 to 18. Boyhood also nabbed nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Ethan Hawke), Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Patricia Arquette), as well as Best Screenplay and Best Director (Richard Linklater).
The Theory of Everything (In Theaters Now)
Chronicling the life and love of famous Physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his college sweetheart turned wife Jane (Felicity Jones), The Theory of Everything earned a total of four nods in the Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama and Best Original Score in a Motion Picture categories.
The Imitation Game (In Theaters Now)
Benedict Cumberbatch is up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his role as Alan Turing, a genius logician and cryptologist who helps crack Germany’s Enigma Code during World War II but is later prosecuted by his own government for illegal homosexual acts. The Best Motion Picture – Drama nominated film also received nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Keira Knightly), Best Original Score and Best Screenplay.
Foxcatcher (In theaters now)
Slightly behind its Best Motion Picture – Drama contenders with just three award nominations, Foxcatcher stars Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama nominee Steve Carell as a wealthy man who leads Olympic wrestling brothers (Channing Tatum and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama nominee Mark Ruffalo) toward an unforeseen tragedy.
Gone Girl (In theaters now)
This movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel in which a writer (Ben Affleck) becomes the prime suspect when his glamorous wife (Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role nominee Rosamund Pike) goes missing garnered four nominations including Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture, Best Original Score (Trent Reznor), and Best Director – Motion Picture (David Fincher).
Annie (In theaters December 19)
Quvenzhane Wallis is yet again the youngest in her category as she earns her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical playing Annie in this remake of an 80s classic. The new film has its share of updates including music like “Opportunity” which is up for Best Original Song.
The 72nd annual Golden Globes airs January 11 at 8pm EST on NBC. If there’s anything on this list you haven’t already seen check them out and live tweet the awards show along with me at @ItsEstaFiesta!