Golden Globes: Sure-things, shocks, and shutdowns -- ANALYSIS

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Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

CERTAINTIES: Meryl. It was a big, loud, monstrous performance and it’s hard to ignore as an Oscar sure-thing, even if it’s not her most subtle work. Amy Adams’ work as a super-sexed ’70s grifter probably benefited the most from the attention of this nod. Julia Louis-Dreyfus would be a good bet for Enough Said, if only comedies got more Oscar respect.

SURPRISES: Another Globe category where there weren’t any outrageous grabs at celebrity. There was a chance of seeing Melissa McCarthy or Sandra Bullock here for The Heat, but they went with the smaller Frances Ha and Greta Gerwig instead.

SNUBS: None. This was a hard category to fill out because there haven’t been many strong comedy/musical lead actress performances this year. The Globes pretty well covered it.

PRIZE FIGHTER SCORE: 4 out of 5. What’s with the sudden integrity, Globes? I was sure McCarthy would get in as a way to put a popular comedienne in the room.


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