Saturday, January 14, 2012

The 69th Golden Globes - Movies

Tomorrow is Sunday, January 16, 2012. It is finally time for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (of which there are only 90 members) to hand their awards to the best in film and television for 2011. Last year, the four Oscar-winning actors were victorious in their respective categories at the Golden Globes, but this is not always the case. In 2009 Kate Winslet won two Golden Globes: Best Supporting Actress for The Reader and Best Actress in a Drama for Revolutionary Road. Yet for the Academy Awards Winslet was nominated (and victorious) for Best Actress in The Reader.

The Golden Globes are fun and frivolous, and here are my expert predictions!

Best Motion Picture - Drama
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
War Horse

I am going to opt for Alexander Payne's The Descendants. The HFPA loves Clooney, and it is the best of the bunch. This may be the one chance Spielberg has to win for War Horse since the film has been losing a lot of traction in recent weeks.

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
The Artist
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn

Ignoring my bias, I think Woody Allen has a great chance with Midnight in Paris. International audiences love his films and it is a real dark horse to win the Oscar. The Artist is a superior film, but does it have enough Hollywood appeal?

Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
George Clooney - The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio - J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender - Shame
Ryan Gosling - Drive
Brad Pitt - Moneyball

In another year I might lean towards Fassbender, but Clooney is an HFPA darling. I fully believe George Clooney will win for his career-best performance in The Descendants.

Best 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

I would love to see Swinton win, but I am fairly sure Meryl Streep will take home the prize for The Iron Lady. A brilliant performance in a terrible film, Streep is everything the HFPA loves.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Brendan Gleeson - The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt- 50/50
Ryan Gosling - Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Owen Wilson - Midnight in Paris

This is always the hardest category to pick. There is rarely a standout performance, but this year Jean Dujardin must win for his outstanding performance in The Artist.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Jodie Foster - Carnage
Charlize Theron - Young Adult
Kristin Wiig - Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn
Kate Winslet - Carnage

Williams is the only actress in this group who has a shot at an Oscar nomination. My Week with Marilyn is a forgettable film, but Williams routinely wins critical praise for her films.

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh - My Week with Marilyn
Albert Brooks - Drive
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen - A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer - Beginners

If Christopher Plummer does not win for Beginners I will...

Best Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo - The Artist
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer - The Help
Shailene Woodley - The Descendants

George Clooney was not the best part of The Descendants. Shailene Woodley was.

Best Director
Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris
George Clooney - The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Alexander Payne - The Descendants
Martin Scorsese - Hugo

I could see, and would be happy, if any of these five men won the award. I am going to go with Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist.

Best Screenplay
Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, Grant Heslov & Beau Willimon - The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash - The Descendants
Steve Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin - Moneyball

If Woody Allen has a chance at any award, it will be this.

Best Original Score
The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
War Horse

Ludovic Bource's score for The Artist was another character in the film. It is brilliant.

Best Original Song
Hello, Hello - Gnomeo & Juliet
The Keeper - Machine Gun Preacher
Lay Your Head Down - Albert Nobbs
The Living Proof - The Help
Masterpiece - W.E.

If only because I love Mary J. Blige, I am opting for The Help.

Best Animated Feature Film
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss in Boots

I have only seen The Adventures of Tintin, but I have no interest in picking it. Cars 2 was attacked by critics. I am going to have to choose Rango. It has been a down year for animation.

Best Foreign Language Film
The Flowers of War
In the Land of Blood and Honey
The Kid with a Bike
A Separation
The Skin I Live In

I would love to pick Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In, and I am sure the HFPA would love to award Angelina Jolie for her directorial debut, but the best film in the bunch in the Iranian film A Separation.

Check back later for my thoughts on the television awards!

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