January 13, 2012
Well it's January and you know what that means. Awards season. The Golden Globes are Sunday, the Grammys are Feb. 12 and the Oscars are Feb. 26.
Part of the appeal of awards shows is watching the crazy clothes, acceptance speeches and fun hosting skits.
And lately, the Golden Globes has not disappointed. Ricky Gervais returns again as host this year. Hollywood people have said Gervais is too mean to the actors and actresses, but he must be doing something right because he is hosting it for the third time in a row. And I love it. I find him hilarious and you can't take these things too seriously, it is just a big Hollywood party. Gervais just turns it into a roast. And I'm OK with that.
The Globes is sort of a warm up to the Oscars for me. It gives me an idea of what I should be watching for the Oscars. I love making Oscar predictions but I'm not so great on the Globe predictions. I usually haven't watched the movies in time for the Globes. But the Globes has TV and that I can make pretty good predictions about that. Because, as we have found out, I love some TV.
So I'm going to try to make some Golden Globe predictions. I'm sure I'll get more wrong than I get right, but it is fun to root along with the actors for someone while watching. That and to make fun of what people are wearing.
So without further ado, here are my predictions for the big categories for Sunday's Globes.
Best motion picture – drama:
“The Descendants,” “The Help,” “Hugo,” “The Ides of March,” “Moneyball,” “War Horse”
Prediction: This one is a tough one. I haven't seen any of these movies (I hope to watch “The Help” and “Moneyball” by Sunday). I'm going to pick “The Descendants” because I love George Clooney and I really want to see that movie.
Best motion picture -- comedy or musical:
“50/50,” “The Artist,” “Bridesmaids,” “Carnage,” “Midnight in Paris,” “My Week With Marilyn”
Prediction: Also another tough one. Last year I was angry “The Kids are Alright” won because once I saw it, I didn't think it was all that funny and it really wasn't a musical. What I want to win is “Bridesmaids,” but since they don't like to pick funny movies, I'll say “Midnight in Paris” will win because it is Woody Allen. I hope I'm wrong.
Best actor, drama:
George Clooney in “The Descendants,” Brad Pitt in “Moneyball,” Ryan Gosling in “The Ides of March,” Michael Fassbender in “Shame,” Leonardo DiCaprio in “J. Edgar”
Prediction: I'm going with Leonardo DiCaprio. He's a great actor and portrayed a historical figure. Awards love biopics and good makeup.
Best actress, drama:
Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs,” Viola Davis in “The Help,” Rooney Mara in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady,” Tilda Swinton in “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
Prediction: I have to pick Streep. For the same reasons I picked DeCaprio.
Woody Allen for “Midnight in Paris,” George Clooney for “The Ides of March,” Michael Hazavicius for “The Artist,” Alexander Payne for “The Descendants,” Martin Scorsese for “Hugo”
Prediction: Wow, there are a lot of big names in this category and I am going to pick Steven Spielberg. Oh wait, he isn't in here. OK then, Scorsese. I have heard that his “Hugo” movie is pretty good.
Best actor, comedy or musical:
Jean Dujardin in “The Artist,” Brendan Gleeson in “The Guard,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt in “50/50,” Ryan Gosling in “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” Owen Wilson in “Midnight in Paris”
Prediction: I'm picking Dujardin. He is in a silent movie so he had to act with his body. I think that takes talent.
Best actress, comedy or musical:
Jodie Foster in “Carnage,” Charlize Theron in “Young Adult,” Kristen Wiig in “Bridesmaids,” Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn,” Kate Winslet in “Carnage”
Prediction: I pick Williams for the same reason I picked Streep and DiCaprio. Although it would be weird if everyone won for playing real people.
Best supporting actress:
Berenice Bejo in “The Artist,” Jessica Chastain in “The Help,” Janet McTeer in “Albert Nobbs,” Octavia Spencer in “The Help,” Shailene Woodley in “The Descendants”
Prediction: Woodley because I heard she was great in “The Descendants” and I think the two women from “The Help” might cancel each other out.
Best supporting actor:
Kenneth Branagh in “My Week With Marilyn,” Albert Brooks in “Drive,” Jonah Hill in “Moneyball,” Viggo Mortensen in “A Dangerous Method,” Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”
Prediction: Lot of veterans in this category. I'm going with Plummer because he's been around the longest.
Best animated feature:
“The Adventures of Tintin,” “ Arthur Christmas,” “Cars 2,” “Puss 'n Boots,” “Rango”
Prediction: “Cars 2” because Pixar always wins. As it should.
Best Television Series — Drama
"American Horror Story," "Boardwalk Empire," "Boss," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland"
Prediction: I'll admit it, I haven't watched any of these. Mainly because they are on the premium channels. I think I'm going to go with “Boardwalk Empire” because it won last year and I heard this season was even better.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama
Claire Danes, "Homeland," Mireille Enos, "The Killing," Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife," Madeleine Stowe, "Revenge," Callie Thorne, "Necessary Roughness"
Prediction: Claire Danes. I love her. And I plan on watching “Homeland” as soon as it comes out on DVD.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire," Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad," Kelsey Grammer, "Boss," Jeremy Irons, "The Borgias," Damian Lewis, "Homeland"
Prediction: Can I pick Jon Hamm? I really want to pick Hamm because I have missed Don Draper so. But if I can't pick him, then I'll go with Cranston.
Best Television Series — Comedy or Musical
"Enlightened," "Episodes," "Glee," "Modern "Family," "New Girl"
Prediction: I'd like to pick “New Girl” but I'm sure “Modern Family” will win, even though it has never been as funny as it was the first season.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical
Laura Dern, "Enlightened," Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl," Tina Fey, "30 Rock," Laura Linney, "The Big C," Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"
Prediction: I want to pick Amy Poehler because she is so great as Leslie Knope, but I think they will give it to Tina Fey. And deservedly so. Liz Lemon is a funny, funny character.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock," David Duchovny, "Californication," Johnny Galecki, "The Big Bang Theory," Thomas Jane, "Hung," Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"
Prediction: Alec Baldwin because Jim Parsons isn't nominated this year for some reason. And Jack Donaghy always makes me laugh.
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“Cinema Verite,” "Downton Abbey," "The Hour," "Mildred Pierce," "Too Big to Fail"
Prediction: “Downton Abbey” because it is awesome and the only one of these I've seen.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Romola Garai, "The Hour," Diane Lane, "Cinema Verite," Elizabeth McGovern, "Downton Abbey" (Masterpiece), Emily Watson, "Appropriate Adult," Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce"
Prediction: Kate Winslet because I never bet against Kate Winslet
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hugh Bonneville, "Downtown Abbey" (Masterpiece), Idris Elba, "Luther," William Hurt, "Too Big to Fail," Bill Nighy, "Page Eight" (Masterpiece), Dominic West, "The Hour"
Prediction: Dominic West because I loved him on “The Wire” a TV series that never won a Golden Globe or Emmy but should have.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story," Kelly MacDonald, "Boardwalk Empire," Maggie Smith, "Downtown Abbey" (Masterpiece), Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family," Evan Rachel Wood, "Mildred Pierce"
Prediction: Maggie Smith. She is the best character on “Downton Abbey.” I love Vergara on “Modern Family” and the Golden Globes loves “Modern Family” but the Dowager Countess is a force to be reckoned with.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones," Paul Giamatti, "Too Big to Fail," Guy Pearce, "Mildred Pierce," Tim Robbins, "Cinema Verite," Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"
Prediction: I didn't think Cam was all that funny last year on “Modern Family” so I'm going with Peter Dinklage in “Game of Thrones.” I've read the books and his character is one of my favorite and he won the Emmy for it.
Who do you think will win on Sunday night?