Golden Globe Awards 2014: Picks and Predictions

PHOTO: In this file photo, Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort is pictured in a scene from "The Wolf of Wall Street."
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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.

PHOTO: Michael Fassbender, left, Lupita Nyongo and Chiwetel Ejofor in a scene from "12 Years A Slave."
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Best Motion Picture, Drama: '12 Years A Slave'

"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.

PHOTO: This film image released by Sony Pictures shows, from left,  Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from "American Hustle."
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Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: 'American Hustle'

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."

PHOTO: Cate Blanchett stars in the film "Blue Jasmine."
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Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Cate Blanchett

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.

PHOTO: Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in the film "12 Years a Slave."
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Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Chiwetel Ejiofor

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."

PHOTO: Christian Bale, left, as Irving Rosenfeld, Amy Adams as Sydney Prosser, and Bradley Cooper as Richie Dimaso walking down Lexington Avenue in a scene from Columbia Pictures film, "American Hustle."
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Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Amy Adams

"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."

PHOTO: Leonardo DiCaprio left, in a scene from "The Wolf of Wall Street and right, Writer Jordan Belfort attends the The Wolf Of Wall Street premiere after party at Roseland Ballroom, Dec. 17, 2013.
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Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio

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.

PHOTO: From left, Jennifer Lawrence in "American Hustle," and Lupita Nyongo in "12 Years A Slave."
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Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Jennifer Lawrence/Lupita Nyong'o

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."

PHOTO: Jared Leto stars in the film "Dallas Buyers Club."
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Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Jared Leto

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]."

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Best TV Series, Drama: 'Breaking Bad'

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.

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Best TV Series, Comedy: 'Big Bang Theory'

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 said.

PHOTO: Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in Behind the Candelabra.
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Best TV Movie or Miniseries: 'Behind the Candelabra'

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 said.

PHOTO: From left, Tatiana Maslany in "Orphan Black," and Kerry Washington in "Scandal."
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Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama: Kerry Washington/Tatiana Maslany

"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 said.

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Actor in a TV Series, Drama: Bryan Cranston

"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 said.

PHOTO: Julia Louis Dreyfuss in Veep.
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Actress in a TV Series, Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

"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."

PHOTO: Jim Parsons, right, and Simon Helberg in a scene from "The Big Bang Theory."
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Actor, TV Series Comedy: Jim Parsons

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" star.

PHOTO: Jessica Lange as Fiona in American Horror Story: Coven.
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Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Jessica Lange

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 said.

PHOTO: Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in Behind the Candelabra.
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Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Michael Douglas

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 said.

PHOTO: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, left, and Sofia Vergara in a scene from "Modern Family."
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Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV movie: Sofia Vergara

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."

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Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV movie: Aaron Paul

"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."

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