Sunday, January 15, 2012

Golden Globes 2012 Predictions

The Golden Globe Awards celebrate excellence in both film and television. The group of voters is called the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HPFA). The HPFA is made up of working journalists who cover the United States Film Industry in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America. The first Golden Globes ceremony was held in 1944, so this year is the 69th Annual Golden Globes.

The Golden Globes is considered a very prestigious awards ceremony, but there is often a fair amount of controversy surrounding the nominations. Many believe the Golden Globes has become a popularity contest. Now, that can be said of almost any awards show (Sandra Bullock winning an Oscar for The Blind Side?), but it is most prevalent at the Golden Globes.

The HPFA loves big movie stars. They love having as many huge faces as possible in their audience. Because of this, many famous actors receive nominations that they might not have gotten if they were less well-known. For example, last year Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp both received acting noms for the film The Tourist which was widely acknowledged as one of the worst films of the year. The HPFA has a bit of a love affair with Depp. He has received 10 nominations in the last 11 years.

That being said, the HPFA and the Golden Globe Awards are still highly respected. In Hollywood, being a Golden Globe winner is second only to being an Oscar winner.

Now for my predictions:

The Golden Globes cover a lot of ground. They are for both films and television (which means shows, miniseries, and made-for-TV films), and there are separate categories for Drama and Comedy or Musical.

Now, I don't watch very much television, so I'm not going to predict every category. For example, there is no way for me to make an informed decision for "Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television" because I haven't seen any of the nominees.

And one final disclaimer: I'm usually not very good at predicting the Golden Globe winners for two reasons:
1) The minds of the HPFA members are totally different from that of an American teenager and their choices are often baffling to even Hollywood experts.
2) I have only seen about half of the these films. I usually use the Golden Globe winners as a guide for what films to see before the Oscars next month.

So, here we go. I've put my number one choice in green and my runner-up in purple.

Best Motion Picture- Drama

The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
War Horse

Best Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical

The Artist
Midnight in Paris
My Week With Marilyn

Best Director

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

Best Actor- Drama

Brad Pitt, Moneyball
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March

Best Actress- Drama

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin
Rooney Mara, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Viola Davis, The Help

Best Actor- Comedy or Musical

Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
JeanK Dujardin, The Artist
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris
Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love

Best Actress- Comedy or Musical

Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

Best Supporting Actor

Albert Brooks, Drive
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Kenneth Brannagh, My Week With Marilyn
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method

Best Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Best Animated Film

Arthur Christmas
Puss in Boots
The Adventures of Tintin
Cars 2

Best Screenplay

The Descendants
The Ides of March
The Artist
Midnight in Paris

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

Best Original Score

Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, The Girl WIth The Dragon Tattoo
Howard Shore, Hugo
John Williams, War Horse

Best Original Song

"Hello Hello" Gnomeo and Juliet
"The Keeper" Machine Gun Preacher
"Lay Your Head Down" Albert Nobbs
"Living Proof" The Help
"Masterpiece" W.E.

Best TV Series- Drama

American Horror Story
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones

Best TV Series- Comedy or Musical

Modern Family
New Girl

Best TV Actress- Drama

Claire Danes, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness

Best TV Actor- Drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Kelsey Grammar, Boss
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias
Damain Lewis, Homeland

Best TV Actress- Comedy

Laura Dern, Enlightened 
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for TV

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family


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