The Golden Globes were a pretty good show this year. With Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting it turned out to be pretty funny from beginning to end.
Okay, before I get started, I need to express how much I hated Jodie Foster’s speech. Talk about ruining a good moment. It was like Marlon Brando sending a Native American to accept his Oscar. I’m all for politics and making a statement. Maybe the time someone honors your career shouldn’t be one of them.
So back to the awards. I’m going to lay out my picks versus the actual results. It was a show full of surprises, some bigger than others.
1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Warner Bros. Pictures, GK Films, Smokehouse Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures
b. DJANGO UNCHAINED
The Weinstein Company, Columbia Pictures; The Weinstein Company/Sony Pictures Releasing
c. LIFE OF PI
Fox 2000 Pictures; Twentieth Century Fox
DreamWorks Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox; Touchstone Pictures
e. ZERO DARK THIRTY
Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing
This one is a tough category for me. I loved Life of Pi but I think Lincoln is bound for great things this award season. Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained are also likely to be great movies, but I don’t think they’ll be able to best Lincoln. I am also anxious to see Argo to see if it lives up to the praise so many people are giving it.
This is one twist I didn’t see coming. With affleck being snubbed for his work as a director, I thought this one wasn’t going to push past Lincoln. I guess I need to see it now.
2. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
a. Jessica Chastain – ZERO DARK THIRTY
b. Marion Cotillard – RUST AND BONE
c. Helen Mirren – HITCHCOCK
d. Naomi Watts – THE IMPOSSIBLE
e. Rachel Weisz – THE DEEP BLUE SEA
I haven’t seen any of these films, but I have heard that Chastain and Mirren both do wonderful work in their respective roles. I’ll leave this one alone until I’ve seen a few of these movies.
I left this one off the table, but after seeing Zero Dark Thirty I think they chose wisely.
3. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA|
a. Daniel Day-Lewis – LINCOLN
b. Richard Gere – ARBITRAGE
c. John Hawkes – THE SESSIONS
d. Joaquin Phoenix – THE MASTER
e. Denzel Washington – FLIGHT
This performance took on the role of Abraham Lincoln, an American icon, and Daniel Day-Lewis killed it. If he doesn’t win, I’ll be forced to make time to see all these other movies. I have heard great things about all the other films in the category, but I can’t see this one losing out to any of the other stars.
Just as I thought, Daniel Day-Lewis is an award magnet. I hope he has room for another Oscar.
4. BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
a. THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
Blueprint Pictures/Participant Media; Fox Searchlight Pictures
b. LES MISERABLES
Universal Pictures, A Working Title Films/Cameron Mackintosh Productions; Universal Pictures
c. MOONRISE KINGDOM
Indian Paintbrush; Focus Features
d. SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN
CBS Films; CBS Films
e. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
The Weinstein Company; The Weinstein Company
Having not seen any of these, I’m once again going off of the opinions of trusted friends and fellow critics. This year I think Les Miserables should see a windfall of awards. This should be the first one.
I called this one. It just didn’t seem possible that anyone else would take on an epic musical like this one.
5. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
a. Emily Blunt – SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN
b. Judi Dench – THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
c. Jennifer Lawrence – SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
d. Maggie Smith – QUARTET
e. Meryl Streep – HOPE SPRINGS
Through my reading, I have to believe that Maggie Smith could take this one home. I’m still waiting to see all of these movies. (Too many good films, and not enough time.)
Jennifer Lawrence proved that she is more than that girl from The Hunger Games. Good for her, I need to see Silver Linings Playbook now.
6. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
a. Jack Black – BERNIE
b. Bradley Cooper – SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
c. Hugh Jackman – LES MISERABLES
d. Ewan McGregor – SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN
e. Bill Murray – HYDE PARK ON HUDSON
Despite the hope that Jack Black will win for a great performance, it’s going to be hard to take anything away from Jackman. He was called on for an epic role that required him to act and sing throughout a classic story.
This is another win for me. I like all of the nominees, but Jackman seemed destined for the win after great reviews from Les Miserables.
7. BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios; Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures; Walt Disney Pictures
c. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA
Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures Animation; Sony Pictures Releasing
d. RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
DreamWorks Animation LLC; Paramount Pictures
e. WRECK-IT RALPH
Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios; Walt Disney Pictures
Of all the films on nominated for this award, I think that Frankenweenie is likely to win. It’s a great story taken on by a proven talent in Tim Burton. If not this film, I think it’s likely that Disney will take home a trophy in this category for one of the three films nominated.
I’ll give myself half a point for knowing that Disney would take this one. I know it’s cheap, but I’ll take what I can get. I really liked Brave, so I’m glad it won.
8. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
a. Amy Adams – THE MASTER
b. Sally Field – LINCOLN
c. Anne Hathaway – LES MISERABLES
d. Helen Hunt – THE SESSIONS
e. Nicole Kidman – THE PAPERBOY
I could say the same things about Field that I did about Daniel Day-Lewis. This movie is a work of art, and Field is just one of a handful of actors that will be in the award conversation this season.
I didn’t see this one coming, I guess some people just couldn’t resist the musical this year.
10. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
a. Alan Arkin – ARGO
b. Leonardo DiCaprio – DJANGO UNCHAINED
c. Philip Seymour Hoffman – THE MASTER
d. Tommy Lee Jones – LINCOLN
e. Christoph Waltz – DJANGO UNCHAINED
I need to see a few more movies to really pick this one. My heart says to go with Tommy Lee Jones, but the list of actors here is amazing. Any of these guys could take home the statue. Stay tuned and I’ll do my best to revisit this when I’ve seen a few more movies.
After I made these picks I went and saw Django Unchained. Waltz, Jones, or DiCaprio could’ve taken this one. Great choice by the Golden Globes.
Steven Spielberg needs to make a little more room on the mantle this season. I think he’ll not only win the Golden Globe, but also an Oscar for his work on Lincoln.
I’ll need to think long and hard about my Oscar predictions this year. I really do need to see Argo now that it’s taken me by surprise with some big wins.
12. BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
a. Mark Boal – ZERO DARK THIRTY
b. Tony Kushner – LINCOLN
c. David O. Russell – SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
d. Quentin Tarantino – DJANGO UNCHAINED
e. Chris Terrio – ARGO
Once again, this is where it gets a bit hard to pick for me. I’ll hold off on making a definite pick since I need to see these for myself to really make an educated choice.
Django Unchained was a great choice. I think it’s nice to see Tarantino win with his unique style of writing.
13. BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
a. Mychael Danna – LIFE OF PI
b. Alexandre Desplat – ARGO
c. Dario Marianelli – ANNA KARENINA
d. Tom Tykwer, – CLOUD ATLAS
e. John Williams – LINCOLN
I’d love to see Life of Pi win this category. The score for this movie is amazing, and really needed to be to keep up with the great direction by Ang Lee.
I picked another one with this awesome score. When you have those kind of wonderful visuals, you need a score that lives up to the rest of the film.
14. BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
a. “FOR YOU” — ACT OF VALOR
Music by: Monty Powell, Keith Urban
Lyrics by: Monty Powell, Keith Urban
b. “NOT RUNNING ANYMORE”—STAND UP GUYS
Music by: Jon Bon Jovi
Lyrics by: Jon Bon Jovi
c. “SAFE & SOUND” — THE HUNGER GAMES
Music by: Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett
Lyrics by: Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett
Music by: Adele, Paul Epworth
Lyrics by: Adele, Paul Epworth
e. “SUDDENLY” — LES MISERABLES
Music by: Claude-Michel Schonberg
Lyrics by: Herbert Kretzmer, Alain Boublil
Finally, a category that I can be sure about. I’ve heard all of these songs and Skyfall is my definite choice. Adele did an awesome job working her way into the legend of the Bond songs with this powerful ballad.
Yep, that’s one more win for my predictions this year. It’s just an awesome song that really stood out this year.
So, until next year, keep watching movies and we’ll do this again soon. I’m looking forward to the Oscars and the many possibilities that still exist for the award season.