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The 2015 Golden Globes – My Picks


Golden-GlobesIt’s time to make some picks from the Golden Globe nominees. For my fourth time doing this I’ll be sticking to the film categories. There’s a lot of great television out there, but I don’t know enough to make educated guesses.

My picks are in bold among the list of nominees for each category.

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Best Drama

a. Boyhood
b. Foxcatcher
c. The Imitation Game
d. Selma
e. The Theory of Everything

Keeping in mind that I’ve got a few more films to see, I’m sticking with one that I have seen. The Imitation Game was a wonderful movie and I hope it earns some recognition this season.

– Having seen The Theory of Everything, I realize how hard this choice can be. I’ll stick with my first choice until I see the other two films.

– – Is Boyhood gonna take it? It could be Linklater’s year.

Good win for a movie that is so unique.

Best Musical/Comedy

a. Into the Woods
b. Birdman
c. The Grand Budapest HotelWINNER
d. St. Vincent
e. Pride

This is a tough category since I’m still working on seeing all of the films. From my research I’m going with Birdman to take this one.

I didn’t see this one coming. They’re all good films.

Best Director

a. Ava DuVernay, Selma
b. Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
c. Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
d. David Fincher, Gone Girl
e. Richard Linklater, Boyhood – WINNER

Another tough choice with this one. I think that Linklater might have done enough to rise above the other talented directors on the list.

Nailed it again!

Golden-Globe   Best Actress in a Drama

a. Julianne Moore, Still AliceWINNER
b. Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
c. Reese Witherspoon, Wild
d. Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
e. Jennifer Aniston, Cake

Like the other categories, I’m working on getting to all of the films. I’m sticking with Witherspoon for now.

Still Alice wasn’t even on my radar.

Best Actor in a Drama

a. Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of EverythingWINNER
b. Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
c. Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
d. David Oyelowo, Selma
e. Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler

I loved Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler. I loved Carell in Foxcatcher. I really loved Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game. I do need to see the other two films on this list to be sure. Oyelowo and Redmayne might be able to change my mind.

– Redmayne might have earned my vote. It’s such a hard choice. For now I’ll stick with Cumberbatch.

Redmayne earned it!

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy

a. Michael Keaton, BirdmanWINNER
b. Bill Murray, St. Vincent
c. Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
d. Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes
e. Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice

I’d love to see Bill Murray take this one home, but this doesn’t seem likely. Michael Keaton’s performance in Birdman seems destined for a few wins this season.

– While I loved Waltz in Big Eyes, I think Keaton’s role is more likely to win. I still have a few more to see though.

Picked this one!

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy

a. Amy Adams, Big EyesWINNER
b. Julianne Moore, Map to the Stars
c. Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
d. Helen Mirren, The Hundred Foot Journey
e. Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie

Let’s be honest about this one. Wallis is a talented young lady, but Annie doesn’t seem likely to get her a win. I’m going with Emily Blunt this time around.

– Amy Adams does such a great job in Big Eyes. She’s taken over my choice on this one.

Picked it. She was great!

Best Supporting Actress

a. Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
b. Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
c. Patricia Arquette, BoyhoodWINNER
d. Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
e. Emma Stone, Birdman

I need to see a few more of these films, but I’m sticking with Knightley for now.

Good win for Boyhood and Arquette.

golden-globes-759Best Supporting Actor

a. Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
b. Robert Duvall, The Judge
c. Edward Norton, Birdman
d. J.K. Simmons, WhiplashWINNER
e. Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

This is another one that I need to see a few more films for. In the meantime, I’m going with Simmons for a performance that’s getting a ton of notice.

A point for me!

Best Screenplay

a. Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
b. Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
c. Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, BirdmanWINNER
d. Richard Linklater, Boyhood
e. Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

I think that this could go to any one of these great writers. I’m sticking with Moore until I can see a couple more films.

Good win for Birdman.

Best Animated Feature

a. The Lego Movie
b. How to Train Your Dragon 2WINNER
c. Big Hero 6
d. The Book of Life
e. The Boxtrolls

I didn’t expect this to be a tough choice for me. I think this was a great year for animation. I’m going with Big Hero 6 on this one.

Whatever… Big Hero 6 was way better.

Best Original Song

a. Big Eyes
b. SelmaWINNER
c. Noah
d. Annie
e. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I

I don’t know much about this category. I’d only be making a wild guess. I’ll check out the nominated songs and get back to this one.

– I do love the song from Big Eyes, so it’s getting my vote for now.

Failed it.

Best Score

a. Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
b. Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory of EverythingWINNER
c. Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Gone Girl
d. Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
e. Hans Zimmer, Interstellar

I like music a lot. Some of the films I’ve seen this year had scores that blew my mind. I’m going with Zimmer until I’ve seen a few more movies.

– The music in The Theory of Everything is wonderful. It’s the kind of score I could buy and listen to. It’s got my vote for now.

Nailed it!

So there you are… my picks for the Golden Globes. I’m dying to know what you think. Am I right? Am I wrong? You tell me. We have a week until the winners are announced.

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2 Comments on “The 2015 Golden Globes – My Picks”

  1. Marshall January 4, 2015 at 2:09 PM #

    I think Moore and Arquette will win.

    Liked by 1 person

    • jeffro517 January 4, 2015 at 2:19 PM #

      I need to see a few more films. It seems like a lot of the contests are pretty close.

      Like

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