Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Golden Globes- The Final Countdown & Predix

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air on Sunday night on NBC, hosted by Ricky Gervais. Lots of stars from television and movies will show up for this annual "party of the year".


Motion Picture- Drama:
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King's Speech
The Social Network- WILL/SHOULD WIN

Yes, "The King's Speech" has the most nominations, and is probably a sure bet to win because this is an awards show run by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of foreign journalists. However, "The Social Network" is too hard to be ignored. This movie has dominated critics' lists all across the country as one of the ten best films of 2010, and with a Globe win, will sit comfortably in the driver's seat on Oscar Sunday.

Actress, Motion Picture-Drama:
Natalie Portman (Black Swan)- SHOULD WIN
Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)
Halle Berry (Frankie and Alice)
Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole)- WILL WIN
Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone)

Actor, Motion Picture-Drama:
Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine)
Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter)
Colin Firth (The King's Speech)- WILL WIN
James Franco (127 Hours)
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)- SHOULD WIN

Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical:
Alice in Wonderland- WILL/SHOULD WIN
The Kids Are All Right
The Tourist

It is no secret that Globe voters are smitten with Johnny Depp films, especially in recent history. This is a no-brainer as the latest Depp collaboration with Tim Burton will win this category. On a side note, "Burlesque" will still be in the running for another award, the Golden Raspberry.

Actress, Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical:
Emma Stone (Easy A)- SHOULD WIN
Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right)
Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right)
Anne Hathaway (Love and Other Drugs)- WILL WIN
Angelina Jolie (The Tourist)

Actor, Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical:
Johnny Depp (Alice in Wonderland)- WILL WIN
Paul Giamatti (Barney's Version)
Kevin Spacey (Casino Jack)
Jake Gyllenhall (Love and Other Drugs)- SHOULD WIN
Johnny Depp (The Tourist)

If Johnny Depp wins, it will be for his role as the Mad Hatter in his latest collaboration with director Tim Burton. If Depp loses, then it is up in the air to see who will win.

Supporting Actress, Motion Picture:
Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)
Mila Kunis (Black Swan)- SHOULD WIN
Amy Adams (The Fighter)
Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech)- WILL WIN

Supporting Actor, Motion Picture:
Christian Bale (The Fighter)
Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech)
Andrew Garfield (The Social Network)
Jeremy Renner (The Town)
Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps)- WILL/SHOULD WIN

Michael Douglas has been through a lot personally in the past several months, fighting throat cancer and getting accolades for reprising his Oscar-winning role as Gordon Gecko in the sequel to the 1987 film "Wall Street". Douglas is a cinch to win this category.

Best Animated Feature:
Despicable Me
How To Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist

This isn't even close. "Toy Story 3" was the most heartbreaking movie of the summer of 2010, and is a future Best Picture nominee.

Best Director- Motion Picture:
Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)- SHOULD WIN
David Fincher (The Social Network)- WILL WIN
Tom Hooper (The King's Speech)
Christopher Nolan (Inception)
David O. Russell (The Fighter)

Best Foreign Language Film:
Biutiful (Mexico/Spain)
The Concert (France)
The Edge (Russia)
I Am In Love (Italy)
In a Better World (Denmark)

Best Screenplay- Motion Picture:
Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle (127 Hours)
Christopher Nolan (Inception)
Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids are All Right)- SHOULD WIN
David Seidler (The King's Speech)
Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)- WILL WIN

Sorkin has been a Globe nominee before, but as Executive Producer of his hit TV drama "The West Wing" and short-lived dramedy "Sport Night". This is a tough race to handicap, as all of the five screenplays seem scrumptious to the writer's palate.


Best Television Series- Drama:
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)- WILL WIN
Dexter (Showtime)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Mad Men (AMC)
The Walking Dead (AMC)- SHOULD WIN

Globe voters are in love with the "IT" factor when it comes to the small screen. While "Mad Men" has won the last three years, it is time for Globe voters to step further back in time, from the 1960s to 1920 Atlantic City. A possible spoiler is AMC's "The Walking Dead".

Best Actress- Television/Drama:
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife, CBS)- WILL WIN
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, AMC)
Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs, USA)
Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy, F/X)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer, TNT)- SHOULD WIN

Best Actor- Television/Drama:
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire, HBO)- WILL WIN
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, AMC)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Showtime)- SHOULD WIN
Jon Hamm (Mad Men, AMC)
Hugh Laurie (House, Fox)

Best Television Series- Comedy or Musical:
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
The Big C (Showtime)
Glee (Fox)- WILL WIN
Modern Family (ABC)- SHOULD WIN
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
30 Rock (NBC)

Yes, "Modern Family" won the Emmy back in August, but "Glee" is a universal hit, both on the small screen and on the Billboard charts. Can you sing "repeat"?

Best Actress- Television/Comedy or Musical:
Toni Collette (The United States of Tara, Showtime)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie, Showtime)
Tina Fey (30 Rock, NBC)
Laura Linney (The Big C, Showtime)- WILL/SHOULD WIN
Lea Michele (Glee, Fox)

Best Actor- Television/Comedy or Musical:
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock, NBC)
Steve Carell (The Office, NBC)- SHOULD WIN
Thomas Jane (Hung, HBO)
Matthew Morrison (Glee, Fox)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory, CBS)- WILL WIN

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Carlos (Sundance Channel)
Pillars of the Earth (Starz)
Temple Grandin (HBO)
You Don't Know Jack (HBO)

Best Actress- Television/Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Hayley Atwell (Pillars of the Earth, Starz)
Claire Danes (Temple Grandin, HBO)- WILL WIN
Judi Dench (Return to Cranford, PBS)- SHOULD WIN
Romola Garai (Emma, PBS)
Jennifer Love Hewitt (The Client List, Lifetime)

Best Actor- Television/Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Idris Elba (Luther)
Ian McShane (Pillars of the Earth, Starz)
Al Pacino (You Don't Know Jack, HBO)- WILL WIN
Dennis Quaid (The Special Relationship, HBO)
Edgar Ramirez (Carlos, Sundance Channel)- SHOULD WIN

Best Supporting Actress- Television:
Hope Davis (The Special Relationship, HBO)
Jane Lynch (Glee, Fox)- WILL WIN
Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire, HBO)
Julia Stiles (Dexter, Showtime)
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family, ABC)- SHOULD WIN

Best Supporting Actor- Television:
Scott Caan (Hawaii Five-O, CBS)
Chris Colfer (Glee, Fox)- SHOULD WIN
Chris Noth (The Good Wife, CBS)
Ed O'Neill (Modern Family, ABC)
David Strathairn (Temple Grandin, HBO)- WILL WIN

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