Let Me Entertain You | The Season of Pretty Dresses, Alcohol, and Awards

“Like a supermodel’s vagina, let’s all give a warm welcome to Leonardo DiCaprio.” This was one of the best jokes Tina Fey made at the 2014 Golden Globes on January 12. The Globes, co-hosted by Fey and Amy Poehler for the second year in a row, are basically a giant cocktail party for the famous elite. They give mainstream America the opportunity to watch their favorite actors get completely smashed while accepting awards. But despite its booze-soaked excess, the Globes do hold some weight in determining who will win the Academy Awards. (You can find the list of Golden Globe winners here.)

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler provided the perfect amount of snark for the night’s festivities. Photo courtesy of EW/NBC.

A frontrunner in the awards race only a few months ago, 12 Years a Slave lost in every category that it was nominated for at the Globes, except Best Motion Picture—Drama. The cast of the film also missed out on the award for best Ensemble Cast at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 18. Will the Academy overlook 12 Years a Slave in favor of the current favorite, American Hustle? If the Globes and the SAG awards are any indication of success, 12 Years a Slave still has a strong possibility of winning Best Picture, but maybe nothing else.

Another surprise nominee on the road to Oscar success is Matthew McConaughey, who won Best Actor at both the Globes and the SAG Awards for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. The film, released with little fanfare on November 1, is certainly garnering more attention now that McConaughey and co-star Jared Leto have been honored at recent awards shows. I was only marginally interested in seeing a movie about AIDS rights activists in 1980s Texas when it came out, but now I have to see it.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey accepting his SAG Award. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him with a shirt on. Photo courtesy of Huffington Post/Kevin Mazur via Getty Images.

It’s more fun to make predictions now, because the list of nominees for the 86th Annual Academy Awards was announced on January 16. American Hustle and Gravity are the frontrunners with ten nominations each, with 12 Years a Slave close behind with nine nominations. The Winter Olympics pushed the Oscars broadcast a week back, so you have until March 2 to catch up on every film nominated.

I’m pretty surprised at some of the nominees, to be honest. I thought Christian Bale’s performance in American Hustle was brilliant and understated, but I wasn’t sure that it would be recognized by the Academy. While I was pleased that he was nominated, it was kind of unexpected. I was also pretty intrigued by Leonardo DiCaprio’s nomination for The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese’s love letter to excess and profanity. This was only partially because DiCaprio’s lack of Oscar awards is a popular Internet meme. I just honestly thought that Tom Hanks would be honored for Captain Phillips, or Robert Redford for All Is Lost.

I don’t think that I’ll publish my predictions quite yet, but will say that I’m definitely rooting for actors in certain categories. Lupita N’yongo deserves to win Best Supporting Actress. The Kenyan actress’s performance in 12 Years a Slave was tragically beautiful. Plus, she has superior red carpet dress taste. I’d also like to see Amy Adams win for American Hustle. When I was twelve, I only knew Adams as the bubbly Princess Giselle in Enchanted, so her performance in David O. Russell’s newest film really gave me new respect for her skills as an actress.

Lupita N’yongoLupita N’yongo at the Golden Globes red carpet. Photo courtesy of deadline.com.

I’m very excited to see all of the movies nominated, as I’ve currently only watched a few. Unfortunately, I’m a broke college student with a life outside of movies, so this is easier said than done. But you will still find me on March 2, glued to the television, shouting out random facts of trivia about nominees to anyone who will listen. I’ve resigned myself to this life, and now I’m very excited for one of my favorite days of the year.