Golden Globe Awards Predictions: In which we crown the Oscars hopefuls

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Hey, Melanie Laurent is in The Concert! Must rent!

Anyway, the Golden Globe airs tomorrow night, and as a tradition, I make predictions for posterity. I must also color code, because, everything must be pretty*:
Predicted winner
Dark horse
Pleasant surprise (If applicable)

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The King's Speech
The Social Network

The Social Network should win this, because any other picture would be just be weird.

Best Foreign Language Film
Biutiful (Mexico/Spain)
The Concert (France)
The Edge (Russia)
I Am Love (Io Sono L'amore) (Italy)
In A Better World (Denmark)

I have seen the trailer for every film except Biutiful, which I have actually seen at VIFF. They look interesting, but I'm basing my judgment on how much of a feel good movie they are. Although Biutiful isn't a feel-good movie, it's the most well known of the bunch. Plus it has Javier Bardem, who's completely overlooked by the Globe, so maybe they want to reward the film here.

Best Animated Feature Film
Despicable Me
How To Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Tangled
Toy Story 3

Frankly, if Toy Story 3 doesn't win, I'll give up predicting. My horse is The Illusionist, but. it. ain't. gunna. happen.

Best Director – Motion Picture
Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan
David Fincher - The Social Network
Tom Hooper - The King's Speech
Christopher Nolan - Inception
David O Russell - The Fighter

It gets interesting here, because I don't see Fincher taking it. It's the least showy of the nominees? I think the melodrama in Black Swan should be up the Globes' ally.

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama
Halle Berry - Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine

The Foreign Press loves Nicole, but unless she's wearing a burqa in the role of a suffering middle eastern woman with epilepsy, I don't see her winning again. Natalie Portman should have this in the bag.

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama
Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
Colin Firth - The King's Speech
James Franco - 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg - The Fighter

This is the strongest Globe group. If The Social Network juggernaut rolls, Jesse Eisenberg may nab the ball. But Colin Firth should win this, if there's any justice. He should've won the Oscars last year, for A Single Man. Pay back time!

Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Alice in Wonderland
Burlesque
The Kids Are All Right
Red
The Tourist

I couldn't even bring myself to predict anything else. Any other picture winning this category would render this a complete, utter joke. As much as I think the Globe is already generally a fluffy tail of a bunny award, any other win would shoot them down a ridiculous, beyond campy crap hole that they'll never be able to get up again. But then, they did vote for Madonna, so I don't know.

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway - Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie - The Tourist
Julianne Moore - The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone - Easy A

Annette got this. But I would seriously have fits of hilarity should Angelina win.

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Johnny Depp - Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp - The Tourist
Paul Giamatti - Barney's Version
Jake Gyllenhaal - Love And Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey - Casino Jack

This category sucks and is completely irrelevant to the Oscars. Maybe they'll reward Johnny Depp for showing up, I'm not sure. The saner thing to do would be to reward Paul Giamatti, but Barney's Version is crap. This category sucks.

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Amy Adams - The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech
Mila Kunis - Black Swan
Melissa Leo - The Fighter
Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom

Melissa Leo was awesome in the Fighter, she should win it. Mila Kunis is more nubile and has a sexy scene with Natalie Portman. Will the Globe vote with their groin? We'll find out tomorrow!

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Christian Bale - The Fighter
Michael Douglas - Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Andrew Garfield - The Social Network
Jeremy Renner - The Town
Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech

Please let it be Christian Bale. Please let it be Christian Bale.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy - 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg - The Kids Are All Right
Christopher Nolan - Inception
David Seidler - The King's Speech
Aaron Sorkin - The Social Network

If there's one thing The Social Network has, it's clever dialogue. It's almost TOO clever. Were they robots?

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat - The King's Speech
Danny Elfman - Alice In Wonderland
Ar Rahman - 127 Hours
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross - The Social Network
Hans Zimmer - Inception

Everyone knows the Inception score. Plus, as a Best picture nominee, and a blockbuster, it must win something!

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Bound to you - Burlesque
Coming home - Country Strong
I see the light - Tangled
There's a place for us — Chronicles of Narnia: the voyage of the dawn treader
You haven't seen the last of me — Burlesque

Wow, talk about a boring category. Give it to Christina, at least it's ... something. I don't know. Maybe Cher would get it just because she would be hilarious on stage, with or without exposed sixty something body parts. It's a family show!


*from Lady Vengeance (Park, 2005)



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