SAGS Recap

The Winners

We had fun again last night, watching the SAGS red carpet and awards show with all my Face Book awards junkies. I personally thought the telecast was a little dull. Argo’s win for best ensemble was the highlight of the night for me. I think Argo is now the front-runner to win Best Picture at the Oscars. I loved how surprised and humble Ben Affleck was in the acceptance speech.

After last night’s win Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway should start working on their Oscar acceptance speeches. The rest of the acting categories, I believe are still up in the air as to who is going to come home with the Oscar. Who will win Best Supporting Male and Best Actress in February? Will it be Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln) or Alan Arkin (Argo)? Will is be Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) or Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)?

What are your predictions for Oscar winner this year? What Oscar nominated movies have you had a chance to see?

The TV portion had a few surprises. For once this awards season, we did not see a Homeland sweep in all the categories. It was really nice to see Downton Abbey win for Best Drama ensemble. I am glad they recognized out going shows like Breaking Bad and 30 Rock with acting awards for Bryan Cranston, Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.

Were you surprised by some of the winner in the TV portion of the awards?

For a more detailed recap of last night’s show click here for this great Los Angeles Times article.

Red Carpet

I always like the SAG red carpet a little more than other awards show, because I feel that since it’s not as “fussy” of an awards show, the actors can have more fun with their outfits. I thought the fashion was really eclectic this year. Even though, black and blue ruled we did see some pastels, prints and glittery metallic. Another trend on the red carpet was the side swept  Veronica Lake”esque” hair. I did enjoy a lot of the looks but, these three were my best dressed of the night.

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Helen Hunt just dazzled in this platinum beaded mermaid  gown by Romona Keveza. She kept her make up natural, which was perfect with such an elaborate gown. I only wish she had put a little bit more color on her cheeks. I just adored the sexy beachy waves in her hair.

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Jennifer Lawrence was a knock out in this Christian Dior Haute Couture blue gown. She wore this dress very well. She knows what looks get on her body and I love that. It’s nice to see that, because there were so many ill-fitting gowns last night. The rest of the styling was perfect, the red lips and side swept hair is perfection.

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Marion Cotillard makes it look so effortless. Considering she was feeling under the weather. She still looked beautiful. When I first saw this gown, I didn’t love it. I loved her hair, makeup and simple jewelry, so that is why I gave it a second look today. After looking at the pictures, I changed my mind. I really love this Dior Haute Couture gown. I love the contrast of the white and blue. The skirt is beautiful. I like the shorter length in the front. I am really glad I gave this dress a second chance.

Click here to see all the red carpet looks from last night.

Who was your Best Dressed last night?

My SAG Awards Predicitions

My predictions are in bold. Can’t wait to watch tomorrow night.

FILM

Male Actor, Lead
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Denzel Washington, Flight

Male Actor, Supporting
Alan Arkin, Argo
Javier Bardem, Skyfall
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Female Actor, Lead
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Female Actor, Supporting
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Cast in a Motion Picture
Argo

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Lincoln 
Silver Linings Playbook

TV

Male Actor, TV Movie or Miniseries
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Ed Harris, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys

Female Actor, TV Movie or Miniseries
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Charlotte Rampling, Restless
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias

Male Actor, Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Female Actor, Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Male Actor, Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Louis CK, Louis
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Female Actor, Comedy Series
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

Ensemble, Comedy
30 Rock

The Big Bang Theory
Glee
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie
The Office

Ensemble, Drama
Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Homeland
Mad Men

Weekend of Organization

This week we decided to buy our older son a bigger desk and give his old desk to our younger son. For some reason this decision unleashed an organizational beast inside of me. I thought I was only going to go through the boys school and crafts supplies to see what we could reduce. Well, not only did I do that, but I also organized our pantry, kitchen drawers, playroom, our youngest’s closet, and my side of the master closet.  I was proud of myself, because these burst of organization usually result in the purchases of new bins and drawers, etc. I only bought some baskets (that were 50% off at Hobby Lobby) and some of the fabric cubes. I repurposed a lot of our old stuff, putting it in other places.

One long sought-after accomplishment was organizing all the recipes from magazines I had cut out over the years. I got rid of a lot of recipes. I went in with a realistic mindset, and only kept the ones that I thought our family would enjoy and were not too complicated to make.  By the time my organizing rampage was over, I accumulated 10 bags/boxes to consign, 2 bags to give away, and 4 trash bags. I normally do go through things routinely, but this was out of the ordinary. It was almost like an out-of-body experience!

I wish I had taken “before” pictures. I didn’t realize I was going to blog about this, so apologies. Here are the end results of this weekend’s labor:

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I bought all those baskets for under $50. It really helped with making more space and hiding all those loose small items. It’s not shown in the picture, but this freed up half a shelf on the bottom!

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This kitchen drawer was a hot mess. It’s not as organized I was wanted, but it is better.

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My new recipe binder! The only thing I have left to do is add dividers. I organized them, by drinks, appetizer, sides, pasta, seafood, chicken, pork, beef and desserts.

We have a nice big bonus room upstairs. Until now it has been solely a playroom. WIth the boys getting older and my younger one preferring to play in his room, I decided to make it a den. I consolidated the playroom to one half of the room. I hope this will encourage my younger one to play more upstairs. We got rid of ALOT of unused toys.

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Playroom side

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Den side (our next step is to get posters of our favorite bands).

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This is the guest bedroom closet. I re-used the Ikea book shelve (that we have had for 12 years and 5 moves). I was able to put the inflatable beds on the top shelve and moved the towels there. Also, give guests another place to put personal items. Moving the inflatable beds to the top shelf opened up a lot of space.

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This our younger son’s closet. I re-used the second Ikea bookshelf here. Before he had plastic drawers that were to the playroom. This looks better because it opens up some space, and I was able to put a lot of space-taking items on the floor. Extra space for books is also good, since we have so many of them.

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The boys’ new home offices. The first picture is my older son’s. We found this desk at Staples. It works perfect for his needs and for his room. The second picture is my younger son’s desk (that used to be his big brother’s). We put it in the kitchen, because it didn’t fit in his room. Both boys have been enjoying their respective new spaces this weekend.

I can sufficiently say that I will not be organizing for a while. It is just a great feeling though! Do you ever get bitten by the organizational bug? If yes, what area in your home do you usually re-organize the most? I find myself organizing the boy’s room and playroom the most.

Hope you all have a great week! Those on the East Coast stay warm during this cold snap we are going to have. xoxo

 

New Recipes

A lot of times I feel that I get into a cooking rut with dinner. I feel that I make the same things over and over again. I thought I would start the new year right, with some new recipe’s. Last week I made Lemon Pepper Pappardelle with Shrimp and it was such a hit with kids. That made me realize it was ok to start trying new recipes.

I have a love hate relationship with Pinterest. I love all the ideas, but then I feel overwhelmed, by what is out there. Sunday I decided to go and look at my food board and I told myself I had to pick 3 recipes to make for the week. So here are the recipes I have tried this week to include the Lemon Pepper Papardelle with Shrimp.

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Lemon Pepper Pappardelle with Shrimp (I went off the recipe on the back of pasta packaging, but I tweaked a few things): Click here for revised version.

Lemon Pepper Pappardelle Pasta from Trader Joes, 1 1/4 pounds of large shrimp, juice of 3 lemons, 6 cloves of garlic minced, few glugs of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, handful of chopped Italian parsley

1) Boil water for pasta. Once you put the pasta in (Pasta will take 10-13 minutes), Heat oil, when the pasta has about 8 min left add shrimp (that has been tossed with garlic salt and a little pepper)

2) Drain pasta and put pasta in with shrimp and garlic. Add lemon juice and toss pasta in shrimp and lemon garlic mixture.

3) Add chopped parsley before serving.

What I would do differently next time is save a little bit of the starchy water to add once the pasta is tossed with the shrimp or a little bit of a dry white wine. I felt that the dish was a little dry.

Penne Rosa

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I found this recipe on Pinterest and here is the link for the recipe. I tweaked, because we had just had shrimp a few days before. This is how I modified it. I used the penne, the diced tomatoes, garlic, marinara sauce (I used Trader Joe’s sauce) and I added the yogurt, but I used 2%. It was so delicious! It was a hit with the kids! Took a yummy twist on penne with marinara.

Skinnytaste Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken

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This was fabulous! The kids loved it, it’s easy to make and it’s good for your figure. It is very versatile too. The boys made tacos out of it. My husband and I made a rice bowl. I accidentally added too much broth and I didn’t drain he beans. I had a lot of liquid left over, but it had so much flavor I froze it to make tortilla soup with at a later date. Click here for this delicious recipe!

I am making a Pinterest veggie chili tonight. Will report on how it turns out. I hope you all have a great weekend! xoxo

Golden Globes Recap

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The Show

We had a blast last night on our Facebook Golden Globes viewing party. It was a good show. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler should always host awards show, because they were fabulous. I really wish they would have allotted more time for them. Their opening was great. They had some great zingers in there, especially, the comment about James Cameron. It made me roar with laughter.

There were not any big train wrecks last night, I thought.  I felt a lot of the acceptance speeches came from the heart. I really did enjoy Anne Hathaway’s acceptance speech. I really loved her shout out to Sally Field.

I am so happy Argo got the recognition I thought it deserved. I was happy for Ben Affleck, and his director win. Even though, he was nervous I enjoyed his acceptance speech. I thought it was very humble.

Over all I was 14/25 on my predictions. I was really surprised Lincoln didn’t win more. Do not count out Christopher Waltz for that Oscar.  That was the biggest surprise for me. I thought  Tommy Lee Jones was a going to win. With Argo and Les Miserables winning best pictures in their respective categories and Quentin Tarantino winning for best screenplay for Django in Chains. The Oscar best movie is very, very hard to predict. Neither Golden Globe best movie has an Oscar director nomination. We will see how the rest of the award season goes, to see if we can predict an Oscar winner.

What were some of your favorite moments from last night show? Did your predictions win?

The Fashion

I thought last night was a great night for fashion. There were more dresses that I liked. There really wasn’t anyone that totally looked horrid. I thought on a few people the dress didn’t match the occasion. In other cases, I found that there was only a particular element I didn’t like about the dress.

The trends I saw last night were natural flowing hair, dark bold eyes and light lip and cheeks. The color trend for dresses was a pale almost nude pink. One actress called it “ballet pink.” I feel that it was successful on some, but not on others skin complexion.  I also noticed a lot of dresses that had a sheer or lace over lay. Again, in worked in some cases, but not in others.

These are the three ladies on my best dressed list. It’s not just the dress, but also the makeup and styling is just perfection.

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Claire Danes wore this simple, but so elegant Versace red dress. Everything was so perfect the hair and makeup. I just love her simple style. She makes simple look so stunning.

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Anne Hathaway stunned in a Chanel two piece gown. I know a lot of people said it was predictable. I don’t care. If I could make predictable look like that, I would wear it ever day. The make up the styling was all perfect. She is such a classic beauty.

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Kerry Washington really stood out to me in Mui Mui and Chopard jewlery. I love the color of this dress on her complexion and I loved the beading of this dress. She looked very modern.

I am very excited to watch all the fashion recap shows tonight. To see what the “experts” thought.  I am also looking forward to the SAG Awards in two weeks.

What were some of your favorite fashions from last night?

Awards Season Has Arrived

With the Golden Globes this Sunday, The SAG Awards are on January 27 and the Academy Awards nominations being announced yesterday, we can safely say that Awards season is in FULL SWING!! I try to see as many of the nominated films as I can, especially those in the big categories. I know I won’t be able to see all of them, but I hope to see Zero-Dark-Thirty, Beasts of the  Southern Wild, Amour (this is for curiosity, because I think it took Argo spot for direction) and Silver Linings Playbook soon.

These are the nominated movies that I have been able to see. These are my 2-cents on the movies. Now know that I am just an ordinary cinema lover and these are my personal opinions.

Lincoln was a great film. I have always have found that part of our American history very compelling. This movie was not a Lincoln bio pic. It really chronicle that last few months of Lincoln’s life, the ending of the Civil War and most importantly the passing of the 13th Amendment.  It was a great insight look, at the workings of our government during that time. It was like watching a West Wing episode of  the1860s.

The acting was absolutely superb. No matter how big or small the role the acting was really out of this world. Daniel Day-Lewis in my view has the Oscar in the bag for his portrayal of our 16th president. He was Lincoln. From articles I have read he really embodied that role even off camera. He stayed in character the entire time of the shoot. As part of their preparation for the role of President Lincoln and Mrs. Lincoln. Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field (Mary Todd Lincoln) spent a period of time exchanging text messages in character. Tommy Lee Jones was great as Senator Stevens . I wouldn’t be surprised if he took home a statue for supporting actor. Sally Field was not in the movie very much, but she owned every scene she was in. She is definitely a contender for best supporting actress.  James Spader (W.N. Bilbo), David Strathairn (William Seward),  Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Robert Lincoln), John Hawkes (Robert Latham) and Gloria Reuben (Elizabeth Keckley), in my opinion all gave award-winning performances in their respective roles.

Les Miserables, was also a very moving and beautiful film. I have never seen the stage production and I read the book (abridged version and more than likely cliff notes) ages ago. With that said, I was detached from the story for a while, I really didn’t have anything to compare this movie too. I know there has been some criticism that the actors sang while they filmed. I thought it worked well. The performances that really stand out for me are Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean) and Samantha Barks (Eponine). My only big complaint, is that even though physically Russell Crowe fit the part of Javert. His voice wasn’t on par with the others (Sorry Russell).  I think and I hope that Anne Hathaway runs away with the Oscar. Her emotional scene when she sings, “I Dreamed A Dream” in my opinion it is probably the best performance this year. It’s acting at it’s very best.  It broke me in half. I was sobbing like a baby. I almost stood up and applauded at the end of that scene.  I think Les Miserables is going to win big in the production categories. The costumes and the sets were all such a key piece to the movie. It is almost like they were a characters in and of themselves.

Argo, what can I say if you haven’t seen it run, run, run to see it. It was the best movie I have seen this year. It was so well made. The story, the production, the sets, the acting were all top-notch.  It is very hard to make a modern-day historical movie. Most of us lived through that time. I was very young when the Iran hostage crisis was going on, but I do remember things from that era. My husband commented how he had all the Star Wars figurines in Ben Affleck‘s (Tony Mendez) character son’s room. At the end of the movie they had side by side comparison of the real life images from the Iran hostage situation and the movie still shots of those same images and they were exactly a like. You couldn’t tell which one was real-life and which one was from the movie. I really enjoyed how they started the film with a brief, but detailed history of what led up to the hostage crisis. It set up the movie very well. I would call this more of an ensemble cast but, the award worthy acting performance in my opinion is Alan Arkin (Lester Siegel). Even though his role is small. He owned every scene he was in. Many of his lines made the movie so memorable. Ben Affleck does a superb job, but unfortunately, he was not nominated for an Oscar.  I am glad this real-life story was made into a movie. It was riveting. Even though, I knew the ending I held my breath the entire movie. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY hope this picture win’s Best Picture (you all know how I feel about his Oscar snub for direction). It was just so damn good. Well, done Mr. Affleck.

Click here to see the full list of Academy Awards nominations. What do you all think? I think a lot of people were snubbed, especially in the direction and best actor categories. Click here to see EW article on snubs.

I would really love to hear what were your favorite movies this year. What are your predictions for this awards season?

My 2013 Golden Globes Predictions

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Here are my predictions (in bold) for Sunday night. Let’s see how well I do!

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on the Hudson

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Best Director

Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Quentin Taratino, Django Unchained
Chris Terrio, Argo

Best Foreign-Language Film

Amour (Austria)
A Royal Affair (Denmark)
The Intouchables (France
Kon-Tiki (Norway)
Rust and Bone  (France)

Best Animated Feature Film

Brave
Frankenweenie
Hotel Transylvania
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

“For You,” Act of Valor, Monty Powell & Keith Urban
“Not Running Anymore,” Stand Up Guys, Jon Bon Jovi
“Safe and Sound,” The Hunger Games, Taylor Swift. John Paul White, Joy Williams & T Bone Burnett
“Skyfall,” Skyfall, Adele & Paul Epworth
“Suddenly,” Les Misérables, Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil

Best Original Score, Motion Picture

Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
Alexandre Desplat, Argo
Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, Cloud Atlas
John Williams, Lincoln

Best TV Movie or Miniseries

Game Change
The Girl
Hatfields & McCoys
The Hour
Political Animals

Best TV Series, Drama

Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Homeland
The Newsroom

Best TV Series, Comedy

The Big Bang Theory
Episodes
Girls
Modern Family
Smash

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Actor, TV Series Comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama

Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie

Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Toby Jones, The Girl
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie

Julianne Moore, Game Change
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Max Greenfield, New Girl
Ed Harris, Game Change
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie

Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Cecile B. DeMille Award

Jodie Foster

What are you predictions for The Golden Globes this year?