Really? It’s Awards Season Already? : My Predictions for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards—The Film Edition


Wow—so it’s that time of year again. I have barely recovered from the holidays, and now it’s awards season. For me this means yet another excuse to bake a tasty treat or whip up an appetizer (because, really, who has appetizers anymore?). While I am not complaining that I get to exercise my culinary muscles, I just can’t get over how the Golden Globes sneak up on me year after year. It probably doesn’t hurt that they put all their ranks in “sneak” and have a Cloak of Elvenkind. Jerks.

 

And now, without further ado [drum roll, please], my predictions* in the film categories for this weekend’s Golden Globe ceremony!

*Keep in mind that I’ve not seen most of the nominated films, so I will likely gauge it on the hotness of the cast…do you suppose this is what the Hollywood Foreign Press Association does as well?

 

Best Motion Picture-Drama

The Descendants

The Help

Hugo

The Ides of March

Moneyball

War Horse

Predicted Winner: The Help

OK, I haven’t seen The Help, nor do I necessarily think it should win (I would actually like to see Hugo take this one), but I think 90% of awards are given to the “buzzed about” films and The Help was certainly on everyone’s lips last summer.

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama

Glenn Close—Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis—The Help

Rooney Mara—The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Meryl Streep—The Iron Lady

Tilda Swinton—We Need to Talk about Kevin

Predicted Winner: Viola Davis, The Help

Again, I am going to throw my hat with the most-hyped film in this category. However, Davis is up against Meryl Streep and Streep has a tendency to win awards for everything she does (“And the Academy Award for Best Grocery Shopping goes to… Meryl Streep!”).

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama

George Clooney—The Descendants

Leonardo di Caprio—J. Edgar

Michael Fassbender—Shame

Ryan Gosling—The Ides of March

Brad Pitt—Moneyball

Predicted Winner: Brad Pitt, Moneyball

This one is a tough call: Leo put on weight for J. Edgar (usually gaining or losing weight seems to equal dedication to the craft and therefore deserving of an award). Clooney and Gosling are apparently “dreamy.” And I had to Google who this Fassbender character is—hey, I haven’t seen X-Men: First Class yet and could not make it through Jonah Hex, OK? So, by process of elimination, it’s Brad Pitt!

 

Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical

50/50

The Artist

Bridesmaids

Midnight in Paris

My Week with Marilyn

Predicted Winner: Bridesmaids

Sure, I could have gone high-brow here and picked The Artist or My Week with Marilyn; but since I have Bridesmaids at home, begging to be watched, I kind of feel obligated to choose it.

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical

Jodie Foster—Carnage

Charlize Theron—Young Adult

Kristin Wiig—Bridesmaids

Michelle Williams—My Week with Marilyn

Kate Winslet—Carnage

Predicted Winner: Kristin Wiig, Bridesmaids

Well, Carnage doesn’t really sound like a funny movie and, from viewing the trailers, Young Adult seems pretentious. That leaves me with a movie about Marilyn Monroe or one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. Eh, let’s try the blockbuster for three hundred, Alex.

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical

Jean Dujardin—The Artist

Brendan Gleeson—The Guard

Joseph Gordon-Levitt—50/50

Ryan Gosling—Crazy, Stupid, Love

Owen Wilson—Midnight in Paris

Predicted Winner: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50

I really want Professor Moody—er, Brendan Gleeson to win this one. But, since 50/50 has a “message” and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the new James Franco (just like pink is the new black), I will pick him for the win.

 

Best Animated Feature Film

The Adventures of Tintin

Arthur Christmas

Cars 2

Puss in Boots

Rango

Predicted Winner: Puss in Boots

Logic tells me to pick Cars 2, but I really disliked Cars so I really can’t see myself choosing its sequel. I actually liked Rango, but Puss in Boots seemed to have more press than the lizard movie. Also, if you don’t vote for Puss, he gives you the “big eyes” look, thus melting your heart and killing you instantly.

 

Best Foreign Language Film

The Flowers of War (China)

In the Land of Blood and Honey (United States)

The Kid with a Bike (Belgium)

A Separation (Iran)

The Skin I Live in (Spain)

Predicted Winner: The Skin I Live In

I do love me a good Almodovar film.

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Berenice Bejo—The Artist

Jessica Chastain—The Help

Janet McTeer—Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer—The Help

Shailene Woodley—The Descendants

Predicted Winner: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Why do I have the feeling that I will have my fill of The Help before I even have a chance to sit down, watch it, and judge for myself?

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Motion Picture

Kenneth Branagh—My Week with Marilyn

Albert Brooks—Drive

Jonah Hill—Moneyball

Viggo Mortensen—A Dangerous Method

Christopher Plummer—Beginners

Predicted Winner: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Not only have I heard many wonderful things about Beginners, but after Thor I just can’t take Branagh seriously in any capacity quite yet.

 

Best Director- Motion Picture

Woody Allen—Midnight in Paris

George Clooney—The Ides of March

Michel Hazanavicus—The Artist

Alexander Payne—The Descendants

Martin Scorsese—Hugo

Predicted Winner: George Clooney, The Ides of March

I think the HFPA likes to see pretty faces—which would explain Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie’s nominations last year for The Tourist.

 

Best Screenplay-Motion Picture

Michel Hazanavicus—The Artist

Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne, Jim Rash—The Descendants

George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon—The Ides of March

Woody Allen—Midnight in Paris

Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian—Moneyball

Predicted Winner: Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, Moneyball

I’ve had good luck with Sorkin-penned material this year, so I might as well stick by him now.

 

Best Original Score-Motion Picture

The Artist

W.E.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

War Horse

Predicted Winner: War Horse

Just ‘cuz.

 

Best Original Song-Motion Picture

“Hello Hello”–Gnomeo & Juliet

“The Keeper”–Machine Gun Preacher

“Lay Your Head Down”–Albert Nobbs

“The Living Proof”–The Help

“Masterpiece”–W.E.

Predicted Winner: “The Keeper,” Machine Gun Preacher

OK, that just sounds like an awesome movie title to me.

 

Check back tomorrow for my picks in the television categories. There was just too much Golden Globes awesomeness for just one post! 🙂

 

Have a super duper day!


One Comment, Comment or Ping

  1. anakin78z

    +1 for the D&D reference

    January 13th, 2012

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