I love awards season; I love it and I love to hate it. I used to prepare detailed lists of all my predictions with friends and then we'd score our psychotic psychic abilities. It was bad.
Today, the Golden Globes were announced. Full list here. It was funny to be watching Sofia Coppola's Somewhere last night knowing the Globes were coming—there's a scene involving foreign journalists that's as funny as it is false (more on this interesting movie Friday).
My thoughts (and please feel free to reply, telling me where I'm crazy):
Best Motion Picture—Drama
It will be The Social Network, which I'd also tap for Oscar's Best Picture winner. Earlier in the year, I really thought Inception was the one to beat because people were creaming their jeans over it. Seems to have worn off a bit. The five nominees are exactly as expected.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Drama
Interesting category made more interesting by the fact that two of Oscar's front-runners—Annette Bening and Julianne Moore—were relegated to a separate Musical or Comedy category. This will either be Nicole Kidman (people have raved—I haven't seen Rabbit Hole) or Natalie Portman. I say Portman—she was brilliant and is the type of A-lister the Globes love to reward.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Drama
Sorry to see Stephen Dorff left out; he was terrific in Somewhere. And Mark Ruffalo really deserved to be nominated for The Kids Are All Right. But the category is fairly expected. I think it will go to Colin Firth because along with having a beloved performance he's also a beloved international star, probably enough so to overcome Franco—typical Globes-bait.
Best Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical
A joke of a category...every year they have to get creative with categorization and/or nominate crap just to fill out the Comedy or Musical categories. Here, The Kids Are All Right is clearly superior to the competition. I mean...The Tourist is one of the worst-reviewed mega-movies of the year and Burlesque has its defenders but ain't exactly considered award-worthy. Alice in Wonderland sucked. I've heard good things about Red.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical
Annette Bening is the one to beat for her amazing job in The Kids Are All Right. So glad Julianne Moore was nominated, too. Emma Stone was cute but it's embarrassing to put her fun work from Easy A alongside those two. Though not as embarrassing as Angelina Jolie's inexplicable presence. (Worst Performance by a Good Actress?)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical
Nominating Johnny Depp twice is like when Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize; too much of a good thing is alienating. Jake's cute as a button but isn't great in the amiable Love and Other Drugs. Jesus, who is winning this category...Paul Giamatti for Barney's Version? Depp for Alice? (Which should be Most Performance not Best.) Jesus, I hate this category. I'll guess Johnny Depp for Alice. Could they really not have fit Jim Carrey into this category?
Best Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 3 is unbeatable.
Best Foreign Language Film
Hmmm...the Globes folks actually watch these and understand them! I haven't heard anything about any of these so a guess would be akin to the guesses one makes on challenging standardized tests. So I'll guess The Edge.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Great list! I think this could be Melissa Leo for The Fighter, or Mila Kunis for Black Swan. Helena is Globes-bait and I've heard The King's Speech is glorious. (I'll see it very soon.) Let's say Leo.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Another terrific list! I've heard a lot about Geoffrey Rush in The King's Speech, but also have heard Christian Bale is Oscar-worthy for The Fighter (a movie I had tickets for but was not interested in seeing...mistake?) I hope they don't give it to Michael Douglas out of pity. I'll guess Bale. Justin Timberlake was really smacked down here—the Globes of all awards orgs should have noticed him. He's dead in the water as far as an Oscar nom.
Best Director—Motion Picture
I think it should be Fincher if the movie wins, and yet Darren Aronofsky and Christopher Nolan's director prowess was more blatant in their films.
Best Screenplay—Motion Picture
Aaron Sorkin is the one to beat here.
Best Original Score—Motion Picture
Loved Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's for The Social Network, and I think it will win.
Best Original Song—Motion Picture
Burlesque probably cancels itself out with two noms (though Diane Warren vs. Christina Aguilera would tilt toward the former). I think maybe "Coming Home" from Country Strong has the best chance, unless they throw a bone to Tangled.
Best Television Series—Drama
I think Mad Men still has the juice. Boardwalk Empire might sneak in there.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—Drama
I think Julianna Margulies.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Drama
Best Television Series—Comedy or Musical
Horrified that Parks and Recreation was left out; it was hysterical last season (and the new eps coming in January that I've been watching aren't as great). At least they didn't nominate Community! This has to be Modern Family. I suppose Glee could sneak in.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—Comedy or Musical
Of course Edie Falco is a perennial awards-show favorite, but I think this could be Lea Michele.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Comedy or Musical
I think it will be Alec Baldwin.
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Temple Grandin, probably.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jennifer Love Hewitt...ha! Okay, seriously...Claire Danes beats Judi Dench.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Al Pacino for sure.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
I'm tempted to guess Sofia Vergara, but it would suck for Jane Lynch not to win.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Eric Stonestreet for sure.