Who will win at the Golden Globes?

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By Claudia Puig
USA TODAY

USA TODAY movie critic Claudia Puig predicts who will and should win Golden Globe awards from among the nominees at the 71st annual show (NBC, Sunday, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT), to be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Motion picture, drama

12 Years a Slave

Captain Phillips

Gravity

Philomena

Rush

 Will win/should win: 12 Years a Slave

Given how profoundly moving and impeccably acted this film is - and the gravity of its subject matter - it likely will edge out its toughest competition, Gravity. It's a beautifully rendered film about the ugliest period in American history. With its blend of uncompromising authenticity and tempered sense of uplift, 12 Years is the clear-cut choice for best drama.

Motion picture, musical or comedy

American Hustle

Her

Inside Llewyn Davis

Nebraska

The Wolf of Wall Street

 Will win: American Hustle

 Should win: Nebraska

Neither of these movies are comedies in any traditional sense, but both have darkly comic elements. While Hustle is an entertaining tale with engaging performances,Nebraska is a masterful blend of wit and drama with superb performances, gorgeous cinematography and a pitch-perfect screenplay.

Actress in a motion picture, drama

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Judi Dench, Philomena

Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks

Kate Winslet, Labor Day

 Will win/should win: Blanchett

The early momentum has been with Blanchett and her latter-day Blanche DuBois in Woody Allen's latest film The groundswell is intact, though Saving Mr. Banks' Thompson is a formidable competitor Still, the deluded, tragic and shockingly self-asorbed Jasmine is the juiciest of roles, and Blanchett plays it fabulously.

Actor in a motion picture, drama

Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips

Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Robert Redford, All Is Lost

 Will win/should win: Redford

Redford''s essentially silent performance as a solo sailor is his best in decades and the most captivating in a very competitive category. What the veteran actor is able to convey about his beleaguered character with gestures, facial expressions and physicality is staggering. He's an iconic movie star, which is something the Hollywood Foreign Press Association likes to honor. This will likely be the most closely contested category.

Actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Amy Adams, American Hustle

Julie Delpy, Before Midnight

Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said

Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

 Will win: Streep

 Should win: Louis-Dreyfus

Streep is a perennial awards winner and the most admired actress in America, so she's almost always at the head of the pack of nominees. But hers is a scenery-chewing role that, while riveting, lacks subtlety. Louis-Dreyfus' believable, multilayered performance in Enough Said digs deeper and conveys humor, wistfulness, charm, awkwardness and regret.

Actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Christian Bale, American Hustle

Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis

Joaquin Phoenix, Her

 Will win: DiCaprio

 Should win: Dern

The HFPA is notorious for choosing razzle-dazzle over substance and movie-star turns over character studies, so DiCaprio is the obvious choice for his entertaining and occasionally clownish portrayal of a Wall Street weasel defined by excess and entitled lawlessness. DiCaprio's character quickly fades from memory, however. Dern's grizzled curmudgeon is haunting, complex and raw, never caricatured or predictable - and leaves an indelible impression.

Supporting actress in a motion picture

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave

Julia Roberts, August; Osage County

June Squibb, Nebraska

 Will win: Lawrence

 Should win: Nyong'o

With her seemingly boundless vivacity and natural charm, the prodigiously talented Lawrence is a barrel of fun at awards ceremonies. And her role in American Hustlecapitalized on that lively appeal. But the more multilayered performance is that of Nyong'o in 12 Years a Slave. The Kenyan actress makes an astonishingly powerful impression as Patsey, a young slave preyed upon and abused by a cruel alcoholic slave owner. It is a memorable and deeply moving portrayal.

Supporting actor in a motion picture

Bradley Cooper,American Hustle

Michael Fassbender,12 Years a Slave

Jared Leto,Dallas Buyers Club

Daniel Brühl,Rush

Barkhad Abdi,Captain Phillips

 Will win/should win: Leto

Leto disappears into the role of Rayon, the vulnerable HIV-positive transsexual inDallas Buyers Club, but his was no mere physical transformation. The actor created a multidimensional portrait that nearly stole the film, despite Matthew McConaughey's powerful lead performance. It's the kind of role awards were made for.

Director, motion picture

Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity

Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips

Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Alexander Payne, Nebraska

David O. Russell, American Hustle

 Will win/should win: Cuarón

The breathtaking technical achievements of Cuarón in his dazzling 3-D space adventure make him the clear-cut favorite. Directing a film in which a pair of astronauts look so convincingly, dizzyingly adrift in outer space is a spectacular feat. A visionary filmmaker, Cuarón probably deserves the award for the 12-minute opening action sequence alone. But everything that comes after induces a sense of wonderment rarely experienced in films.

Animated feature film

The Croods

Despicable Me 2

Frozen

 Will win/should win: Frozen

In addition to its spectacular box office success, Frozen, a tale of princess sisters in an icy world, has gorgeous visuals, charming humor and remarkably catchy songs to recommend it. It wasn't a great year for animation until Frozen swirled into theaters in November, and it will win the trophy, mittened hands down.

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