Golden Globe Awards 2014: Picks and Predictions

Our list of picks and predictions for Sunday's Golden Globe Awards.

Jan. 10, 2014— -- intro: You can always count on the Golden Globes to be entertaining, especially with the return of hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. But this Sunday, you may also find yourself taking the Hollywood Foreign Press Association a little more seriously.

That's because there seems to be no turkeys -- remember "The Tourist" -- among this year's slate of nominees.

"It's a very strong year," Yahoo! Movies contributing editor Thelma Adams told ABC News. "What you're going to find is really worthy people and movies who would have won in other years, will get shut out this year."

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Even on the television side, where the story seems to be the rise of Netflix and its hit series "House of Cards," the Hollywood Foreign Press Association appears to be in sync with the critics this year.

Of course, expect to see your favorite celebrities kicking back with a drink and laughing along with Fey and Poehler.

"They will bring the funny no matter what happens," Yahoo! TV editor Maggie Furlong told ABC News about the hosts.

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"What makes me look forward to the Globes is it's a real show and everybody is there to entertain," echoed Adams.

Click through to see our predictions, with the help of Adams and Furlong, for who will take home the awards Sunday.

quicklist:title: Best Motion Picture, Drama: '12 Years A Slave'text: "It's a movie that will play well with the foreign press," Adams said about the slave drama by British director Steve McQueen with a mostly foreign cast. But if "12 Years" doesn't take the prize, Adams predicts "Gravity" will. She only thinks the awards for best picture and director will be split between the two films. In other words, if "Gravity" wins, look for McQueen to take home the best director prize. media: 20609275

quicklist: title: Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: 'American Hustle'text: One thing is for sure, a musical won't take the award this year, because there are none among the nominees. Instead, there are a "bunch of really, really strong comedies -- dark comedies, wild comedies, dysfunctional family comedies," Adams said. She gives "American Hustle" the edge but adds she's been surprised by the strength of latecomer "The Wolf of Wall Street." media: 21211454

quicklist: title: Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Cate Blanchetttext: Calling her role a latter-day Blanche DuBois, Adams said "Cate Blanchett is so far ahead in 'Blue Jasmine.' It's a funny, sad, deep performance, and she's gracious, beautiful and an actor's actor." Look to Sandra Bullock in "Gravity" for the upset, Adams said. media: 21103343

quicklist:title: Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Chiwetel Ejiofortext: Adams said this year's toughest race is, by far, in the actor category. Of course at the Globes, they split the actors awards between drama and comedy. "There are 10 really meaty performances," Adams said. "No Johnny Depp in 'The Tourist.' Everything is believable." That said, Adams believes British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor will take home the trophy. "It's such a tremendous performance," she said. She added, don't count out Robert Redford for his solo turn in "All Is Lost." media: 21104114

quicklist: title: Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Amy Adamstext: "While I think everyone is terrific, I have to say Amy Adams, riding the 'American Hustle' wave," Adams said. "People underestimate how brave she is, how she really puts herself out there. She's so much more than a petite, pretty face." And how about that perennial awards favorite, Meryl Streep? "Meryl doesn't even want it," Adams said. "At this point in her career, she wants to share the wealth. She's too big for another Oscar." media: 21190941

quicklist:title: Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Leonardo DiCapriotext: Adams said while Matthew McConaughey should win for "Dallas Buyers Club," and veteran Hollywood actor Bruce Dern is viable for "Nebraska," Leonardo DiCaprio will most likely win the award. "That Quaalude scene is just such great physical comedy," she said. media: 21338456

quicklist:title: Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Jennifer Lawrence/Lupita Nyong'otext: Jennifer Lawrence, who "just topped 'American Hustle,' has the edge," according to Adams. But if anyone can upset her it's Lupita Nyong'o in "12 Years a Slave."media: 21478192

quicklist:title: Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Jared Letotext: Adams declared Jared Leto the front-runner for his role as a drug-addicted transgender prostitute with AIDS in "Dallas Buyers Club." "He's doing the rooms now," Adams said about the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman. "He has a very easy way about him. He's smart and gracious and attentive, and he has this is kind of a delight to him [about the awards season]."media: 21103415

quicklist:title: Best Director: Alfonso Cuarontext: While Adams believes the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will spread the love around, splitting the best picture and best director awards, she feels strongly Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron will win the best director prize for his film "Gravity."media: 21103463

quickist:title: Best TV Series, Drama: 'Breaking Bad'text: Even though "House of Cards" has all the buzz going in, Yahoo! TV editor Maggie Furlong thinks this year's win belongs to "Breaking Bad," which just wrapped up its final season. Furlong said even with all of its nominations, "House of Cards" is still a newcomer and the Globes love their favorites. media: 19691477

quicklist:title: Best TV Series, Comedy: 'Big Bang Theory'text: Another surprising newcomer in the comedy category was "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." "I love that show," Furlong said. "It's awesome, but there's not a chance in hell it will win. The one-two punch of 'Modern Family' and 'Big Bang Theory' is just too much to overcome." Furlong believes "Big Bang" will edge out other Globe favorite "Modern Family." "It would be a first win for the show, which just keeps getting bigger and bigger," she 20316651

quicklist: title: Best TV Movie or Miniseries: 'Behind the Candelabra'text: Furlong calls Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" the clear winner. "It's got the star power of Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, and just about everyone associated with it has been nominated," she 19691530

quicklist:title: Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama: Kerry Washington/Tatiana Maslanytext: "This is one category where I'm pretty much happy with whoever wins," Furlong said. But she believes the race will come down to either Tatiana Maslany from British drama "Orphan Black" or Kerry Washington from "Scandal." "They let so many newcomers in, it has to be a newcomer," Furlong 21477996

quicklist:title: Actor in a TV Series, Drama: Bryan Cranstontext: "It has to be Bryan Cranston [from 'Breaking Bad']," Furlong said. "If ['House of Cards' star Kevin] Spacey beats him, I'll cry." But Furlong doesn't count out Globe favorite James Spader. "The Globe voters love to see people try different things and 'The Blacklist' is Spader personified," she 20414420

quicklist: title: Actress in a TV Series, Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfustext: "Just give it to Julia Louis-Dreyfus," Furlong said. "She just brings it, and she's so humble about the fact that she's crushed all these awards show records." Plus, Furlong is looking forward to another funny Louis-Dreyfus speech, not to mention the possibility of having Fey, Poehler and Louis-Dreyfus on the same stage is "almost too much funny." media: 19691378

quicklist:title: Actor, TV Series Comedy: Jim Parsonstext: The competition in this category isn't as tough as in past years, Furlong said. "I think it's Jim Parsons to lose," she said of the "Big Bang Theory" 21477359

quicklist:title: Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Jessica Langetext: Furlong calls Jessica Lange's recent announcement that she's retiring from acting "well-timed," as it came before awards season. "They are going to give her all the awards since she's not going to be around for long," she joked. In all seriousness, the Globe voters love Lange in "American Horror Story: Coven," and she's previously won for the show in the best supporting category, Furlong 21477818

quicklist:title: Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Michael Douglastext: Furlong declared Douglas the winner for his "over-the-top," "can't see past the glitz" performance of Liberace in "Behind the Candelabra." "The only shame is that he and Damon are against each other," she 19691427

quicklist:title: Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV movie: Sofia Vergaratext: Though it was a huge deal that Hayden Panettiere was nominated over her "Nashville" co-star and Globe favorite Connie Britton, and Monica Potter had a powerful season on "Parenthood," Furlong thinks the award will go to Globe favorite Sofia Vergara for "Modern Family."media: 21477281

quicklist:title: Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV movie: Aaron Paultext: "It has to be Aaron Paul," Furlong said about the "Breaking Bad" co-star. "Even Rob Lowe ['Behind the Candelabra'] would say he's not accepting it. I can't imagine a world where Jesse Pinkman isn't recognized."media: 19691477