Saturday, January 12, 2013

Golden Globe Thoughts

Predictions in bold.  Looking forward to an awesome show tomorrow night, too bad I have to sit through all of those boring TV awards.

Best Motion Picture - Drama
"Django Unchained"
"Life of Pi"
"Zero Dark Thirty"

I've seen all of these except for Life of Pi.  I think it's a two horse race between Argo and Lincoln.  Lincoln has all the Oscar momentum, but Globes votes have been in for quite a while.

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
"Les Miserables"
"Moonrise Kingdom"
"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"
"Silver Linings Playbook"

Seen them all except Silver Linings Playbook.  It's the only one I think has a bit of a chance.  Still, I'd love to see a Moonrise Kingdom upset here!

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis - "Lincoln"
Richard Gere - "Arbitrage"
John Hawkes - "The Sessions"
Joaquin Phoenix - "The Master"
Denzel Washington - "Flight"

No contest here, although it is worth noting that Gere's performance in the little-seen Arbitrage is simply astounding.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Jessica Chastain - "Zero Dark Thirty"
Marion Cotillard - "Rust and Bone"
Helen Mirren - "Hitchcock"
Naomi Watts - "The Impossible"
Rachel Weisz - "The Deep Blue Sea"

Again Zero Dark Thirty is the only one I've seen, and Chastain is also the only one with ANY buzz.  Too bad she is gonna win for her worst performance to date.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Jack Black - "Bernie"
Bradley Cooper - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Hugh Jackman - "Les Miserables"
Ewan McGregor - "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"
Bill Murray - "Hyde Park on Hudson"

Yet another lock here methinks.  Love this category though for mentioning two amazing and completely underseen movies from '12 - Bernie and, the unfortunately named, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.  Jack Black and Ewan McGregor both do some of the best acting of their spectacular careers.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt - "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"
Judi Dench - "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
Jennifer Lawrence - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Maggie Smith - "Quartert"
Meryl Streep - "Hope Springs"

The Globes splitting up their acting categories certainly makes for some pretty obvious winners.  Anyone other than Katniss would be a major upset.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Alan Arkin - "Argo"
Leonardo DiCaprio - "Django Unchained"
Philip Seymour Hoffman - "The Master"
Tommy Lee Jones - "Lincoln"
Christoph Waltz - "Django Unchained"

DiCaprio probably deserves it for his first turn as a completely intriguing villain  but I can't see the voters ignoring Tommy Lee Jones scene-stealing performance that is quite a bit more lovable than Leo's slave torturer.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams - "The Master"
Sally Field - "Lincoln"
Anne Hathaway - "Les Miserables"
Helen Hunt - "The Sessions"
Nicole Kidman - "The Paperboy"

I'd love to see Helen Hunt or Amy Adams steal this one away (I'd also love to see their respective movies :'( ), but have you seen Hathaway's "I Dreamed a Dream"???  She has this category sewn up.

Best Director - Motion Picture
Ben Affleck - "Argo"
Kathryn Bigelow - "Zero Dark Thirty"
Ang Lee - "Life of Pi"
Steven Spielberg - "Lincoln"
Quentin Tarantino - "Django Unchained"

I have no idea why Ben Affleck got snubbed by the Oscars.  I hope the Hollywood Foreign Press soothes the sting from Thursday by awarding him for what is, simply put, the best directing job of the year.

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Mark Boal - "Zero Dark Thirty"
Tony Kushner - "Lincoln"
David O. Russell - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Quentin Tarantino - "Django Unchained"
Chris Terrio - "Argo"

No real idea here.  Going with the film that had the most talking.  ;)

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
"For You" - "Act of Valor"
"Not Running Anymore" - "Stand Up Guys"
"Safe and Sound" - "The Hunger Games"
"Skyfall" - "Skyfall"
"Suddenly" - "Les Miserables"

I'm pretty sure everybody likes Adele.

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
"Life of Pi"
"Anna Karenina"
"Cloud Atlas"

Cloud Atlas' score is astonishing, but I don't think many people (other than me) really loved that movie.  The Globes are going to want to honor Pi somewhere.  Why not here?

Best Animated Film
"Hotel Transylvania"
"Rise of Guardians"
"Wreck-It Ralph"

I've seen all except for Frankenweenie.  None of the 4 I saw were overly exceptional, so I think I'll go with the unknown.

Once again, I am seriously looking forward to what Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have in store for us tomorrow night!

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