I love that the Golden Globe nominations come out before Christmas. I also love that the awards show doesn't air until after the new year. First, binge-watching old episodes featuring my favorite nominees is a great way to relax when I'm holiday-harried and second, it gives me something to look forward to when the house takes on its annual, eerie post-holiday quiet.
My hands-down favorite for best motion picture is "The Theory of Everything," the beautifully told, heart-rending story of the smartest man in the world, Stephen Hawking. And this year, I'm rooting for Claire Danes, who absolutely deserves to take home the best actress statue for her sublime work in "Homeland." I'm also hoping that "Downton Abbey" outshines the already much-awarded HBO dramatic series, "Game of Thrones" and that "The Lego Movie" will overcome the favorite, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" in the animated film category.
So when you need to take a little holiday from the holidays, check out all the nominees and pick your favorites. Then rent the nominated films you haven't seen yet and see if you change your mind. If that doesn't give you enough of a break, you can always watch an episode (or two, or five) of your favorite television show while you wait to see if your picks take home the top honors next year.
Your "Happy Binge-Watching Holidays" Gift Guru,