Streampix Watch: The Golden Globe Top 10 Edition

Amy Poehler goes for the Gold on "Parks and Recreation" (NBC Universal)

This Sunday night’s 71st Golden Globes Awards on NBC at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT marks the official start of Hollywood’s pat-itself-on-the-back season. Can Steve McQueen’s groundbreaking “12 Years a Slave” maintain its momentum over David O. Russell’s hard-charging “American Hustle” or Martin Scorsese’s controversial “The Wolf of Wall Street”?  Will this awards season turn out to replicate last year’s, when Ben Affleck’s crowd-pleasing “Argo” nipped Steven Spielberg’s earnest “Lincoln” at the finish line? Hey, if we knew the answers to that, we’d be busy placing bets, but as it is, Streampix is your place to do your homework, with the following 10 movies and TV series that spotlight the past work of some of this year’s Globe nominees.

If you liked Best Actor in a Motion Picture drama nominee Christian Bale as balding, pot-bellied, Bronx accented con man Irving Rosenfeld in “American Hustle,” marvel at his performance as a serial killing Wall Street hustler in Mary Harron’s button-pushing 2000 adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel “American Psycho,” which also stars Best Supporting Actor candidate Jared Leto for “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Julia Roberts has returned to the awards fray as part of the ensemble cast of “August: Osage County,” the ensemble movie based on Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play, where she goes head to head with Meryl Streep, who is up to Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.  Check her out in Alan J. Pakula’s 1993 adaptation of John Grisham’s thriller “The Pelican Brief,” where she co-stars with Denzel Washington as a law student on the run after discovering an assassination plot. The film also features fellow “August: Osage County” co-star, Sam Shepard.

Writer/director Spike Jonze is up for a Golden Globe Best Screenplay for “Her,” his futuristic romance about a lovelorn man (Best Ac tor nominee Joaquin Phoenix) who romances his computer’s Operating System, voiced by Scarlett Johansson, but he explored much the same metaphysical turf in his 1999 comedy, “Being John Malkovich,” in which puppeteer John Cusack somehow enters the brain of the titular actor.

The iridescent Julie Delpy was tapped for a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in “Before Midnight,” the third of Richar Linklater’s trilogy about boy (Ethan Hawke) meeting, losing and finally marrying girl, but you can catch up on the first two installments, 1995’s “Before Sunrise” and 2004’s “Before Sunset,” both on Streampix.

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Joaquin Phoenix nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in “Her,” but you can see him in another futuristic saga in Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s first English language film, 2003’s “It’s All About Love,” available on Streampix, in which he co-stars with multiple Golden Globe winner Claire Danes and Sean Penn as a professor who returns to New York to divorce his wife, only to unravel a plot to turn her into a clone. Vinterberg’s “The Hunt” is also nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film.

With the Coen brothers’ affectionate folk music film “Inside Llewyn Davis” up for three awards, including Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, it might be instructive to check out two of the siblings’ less known films featured on Streampix, including their 2003 screwball farce, “Intolerable Cruelty,” starring George Clooney as a fast-talking divorce lawyer smitten with Catherine Zeta-Jones’ irresistible gold digger, or their 2001 black-and-white ‘40s period noir, “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” about a barber (Billy Bob Thornton) who tries to blackmail the rich man (James Gandolfini) having an affair with his wife (Frances McDormand).

The Good Wife” boasts Golden Globe nominations for Best TV Series, Drama, as well as nods for star Julianna Margulies and the much underrated Josh Charles as Best Supporting Actor. Check out previous seasons on Streampix.

Saturday Night Live” alum Amy Poehler won’t just be co-hosting the Golden Globes awards with her fellow comic Tina Fey, but she is up in the Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy category for her role in “Parks and Recreation,” also nominated for Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy, with episodes available on Streampix, which also boasts a full selection of “SNL” going back to the show’s very first season.

Inside Llewyn Davis”’ faux ‘60s novelty song, “Please Mr. Kennedy,” which is up for Golden Globe’s Best Original Song, Motion Picture, brings to mind Christopher Guest’s 2003 folk music mockumentary “A Mighty Wind,” which received an Oscar nomination for its original song, “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow,” and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.  Check out the similarities on Streampix.

Matt Damon is up for a Golden Globe as Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie for his role in the HBO Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra,” where he goes up against his co-star, Michael Douglas, playing the lover of the legendary pianist. To glimpse Damon in a very different role, check out the Robert De Niro-directed Streampix feature, “The Good Shepherd,” where he plays a Yale student whose life is changed when he is invited to join Skull and Bones, the university’s powerful secret society, which led to the birth of the CIA.

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