This year the Golden Globes will be handed out on January 15th. The invitations have been sent and the voters have until January 11th to get their ballots in. The categories will span movies and television and usually set the tone for the Oscars as they single out some of the nominees. I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing all the films this year, so instead of predictions I’m choosing the films I would like to see win. I’ve avoided the television categories since this site is devoted mainly to movies.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Moneyball – I’m pulling for this film all the way. This movie was not only a great story, but it also showcased some really good acting by Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.
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 – Mara has a great shot if the voters can stomach her gritty performance. I think this should be a performance worthy of an Oscar nomination as well.
Meryl Streep – Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton – We Need To Talk About Kevin
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
George Clooney – The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio – J. Edgar – DiCaprio deserves this award for such an amazing performance. If you haven’t seen this movie you’re missing out.
Michael Fassbender – Shame
Ryan Gosling – The Ides Of March
Brad Pitt – Moneyball
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
50/50 – I’m pulling for the underdog in this category. The truth is that this shouldn’t be nominated as a comedy since cancer isn’t really funny. Perhaps having Seth Rogen in the film tricked the Golden Globe people. This was a serious drama with some light moments. I hope it gets some recognition.
Midnight In Paris
My Week With Marilyn
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Jodie Foster – Carnage
Charlize Theron – Young Adult
Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn – Having not yet seen any of these films I’m going with the actress I’ve read the most about lately. Williams seems to be getting some good reviews and I’ll pull for her this time.
Kate Winslet – Carnage
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 – Once again, this was not a comedy. I’m still pulling for this guy to take home a trophy.
Ryan Gosling – Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Owen Wilson – Midnight In Paris
Best Animated Feature Film
The Adventures Of Tintin – Of all the films I haven’t seen, this is the one I’m telling people to go see. I’m anxious for my chance and the reviews have backed that up so far.
Puss In Boots
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 – Once again I’m relying on the critics and fellow review nuts in this category. Woodley is relatively unknown to the big screen and this role has earned her some recognition outside of her television show.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks – Drive
Jonah Hill – Moneyball – Hill earned some respect from me when he stepped out of his raunchy comedy roles and took on a real character.
Viggo Mortensen – A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Best Director – Motion Picture
Woody Allen – Midnight In Paris – According to the people I know who love Allen, this might be his best in years. I’ll hope for him this time around.
George Clooney – The Ides Of March
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Alexander Payne – The Descendants
Martin Scorsese – Hugo
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Michel Hazanavicius – 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 – If the story is as good as the reviews and recommendations from friends, then I hope this one wins.
Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian – Moneyball
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Ludovic Bource – The Artist
Abel Korzeniowski – W.E.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Sounds like Ross and Reznor are on their way to another happy awards season.
Howard Shore – Hugo
John Williams – War Horse
Like I said before, I haven’t seen all of these films. I’m working on the films I’ve seen and the reviews of others. I’d love to hear what your thoughts and predictions are as well.
Money ball was a good movie. It will be a strong candidate in oscar as well.
Wow, you and I have some vastly different choices for who is going to take the wins for the Golden Globes. Which is great in my opinion as you had some good points to make about particular actors deserving the wins. I wish that 50/50 gets a lot more credit since it is hard to make a film about a serious subject, but interject with humor so as not to have this tear fest of a flick.
These awards though are just a mixed bag of who votes and what people love. I expected The Artist to clean up big time and The Descendants to make a strong showing, which apparently they did now that the awards show is over. I do like reading other people’s picks cause I want to see what they think about particular picks over others. Good insight!