January 16, 2011

My Quick Golden Globe Predictions

What use to be one of my favorite times of year has not become a period of indifference. Award's season was once a time I looked forward to, but I have to admit that I have not been able to muster much excitement the last couple of years. Personally, I blame the "Dark Knight Rule" which allowed 10 Best Picture nominees, but I digress. The 68th Annual Golden Globes are tonight, so I figured I'd put together some uninformed picks for tradition's sake.

Best Motion Picture - Drama
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • The Social Network *WINNER*
Quick Thoughts: I haven't seen The King's Speech, but I'm sure it's good. The rest of the nominees were really good, but none of them really blew me away. As a casual viewer I'd lean towards Black Swan or Inception, but I'm sure The Social Network is going to win.

Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Burlesque
  • The Kids are All Right *WINNER*
  • Red
  • The Tourist
Quick Thoughts: I picked The Kids are All Right because it's the only one of the bunch people actually liked, and it's the only one that has a chance at being nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

Best Actor - Drama
  • Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
  • Colin Firth, The King's Speech *WINNER*
  • James Franco, 127 Hours
  • Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
  • Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter
Quick Thoughts: The thought of Colin Firth winning a Golden Globe makes more sense than any of the other actors taking home the statue.

Best Actress - Drama
  • Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
  • Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
  • Natalie Portman, Black Swan *WINNER*
  • Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
Quick Thoughts: Black Swan is the only movie listed here that I've heard anything substantial about. Sure, there was the whole rating debacle for Blue Valentine, but that's not enough for Michelle Williams to upset Natalie Portman.

Best Actor - Comedy/Musical
  • Johnny Depp, The Tourist
  • Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
  • Paul Giamatti, Barney's Vision
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs
  • Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack
Quick Thoughts: Either I haven't heard of any of these films or they weren't worth my time, so I'm not even going to pick a winner.

Best Actress - Comedy/Musical
  • Annette Benning, 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 *WINNER*
Quick Thoughts: I'll admit it, Emma Stone is a sentimental pick (although I'm not loving her as a blond) but Easy A was also the only movie of the bunch that I actually watched.

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
  • Christian Bale, The Fighter *WINNER*
  • Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
  • Jeremy Renner, The Town
  • Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech
Quick Thoughts: I want Renner to win so The Town gets some love and momentum towards the Oscars, but a Christian Bale win is a pretty safe bet.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
  • Amy Adams, The Fighter
  • Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
  • Mila Kunis, Black Swan
  • Melissa Leo, The Fighter *WINNER*
  • Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
Quick Thoughts: If I had my way, Mila Kunis would easily take home the Globe based on her work in one scene alone. The one where she dances you perverts. I didn't love Melissa Leo's character in The Fighter, but that was the point and she did a good job overall.

Best Director
  • Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
  • David Fincher, The Social Network *WINNER*
  • Tom Hopper, The King's Speech
  • Christopher Nolan, Inception
  • David O. Russell, The Fighter
Quick Thoughts: While I didn't love The Social Network, I was surprised how Fincher turned a boring concept into a pretty captivating movie. I can't wait for his film that chronicles the meltdown of Myspace.

Best Animated Film
  • Despicable Me
  • How To Train Your Dragon
  • The Illusionist
  • Tangled
  • Toy Story 3 *WINNER*
Quick Thoughts: I still haven't seen Tangled, but I want it to win so Zachary Levi could get some more recognition which could lead to more people checking out Chuck. Too bad it's going up against Toy Story 3. You'd think Disney would've spaced them out so they both could win. Ah well.

Best Television Series - Drama
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Dexter
  • The Good Wife
  • Mad Men *WINNER*
  • The Walking Dead
Quick Thoughts: I'm finally watching Mad Men, and I get why people love it so much. Since Breaking Bad was left off the list, it's an almost lock that Mad Men will win.

Best Television Series - Comedy/Musical
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • The Big C
  • Glee
  • Modern Family *WINNER*
  • Nurse Jackie
  • 30 Rock
Quick Thoughts: I really wish I could say that Glee would repeat, but the backlash is too strong and the show's taken a step back creatively, which means the door is wide open for Modern Family. Honestly, neither one has been the funniest show this season, and I'd much prefer a 30 Rock win. A Showtime win wouldn't shock me either.

Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama
  • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad *WINNER*
  • Michael C. Hall, Dexter
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Hugh Laurie, House, M.D.
Quick Thoughts: Even though Breaking Bad isn't up for Best Drama, there's enough buzz going around for Bryan Cranston, so I'm picking him for the win. Although, I could see any of these men winning with the exception of Hugh Laurie.

Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama
  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
  • Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
  • Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs
  • Katey Segal, Sons of Anarchy
  • Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer *WINNER*
Quick Thoughts: I really wanted to go with Piper Perabo, but Kyra Sedgwick makes too much sense.

Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy/Musical
  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock *WINNER*
  • Steve Carell, The Office
  • Thomas Jane, Hung
  • Matthew Morrison, Glee
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Quick Thoughts: It's too bad people hate Morrison's rapping because he should win for "Ice, Ice, Baby" alone. That's not even a joke; I actually like it when Schue raps. Jim Parsons could repeat his Emmy win, but he's still too new and I could see an established vet like Baldwin restarting a winning streak.

Best Actress in a Television Series - Comedy/Musical
  • Toni Collette, United States of Tara
  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie *WINNER*
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Laura Linney, The Big C
  • Lea Michele, Glee
Quick Thoughts: I'd love for Tina Fey to win for 30 Rock, but Showtime's "comedies" are picking up steam, so I'm pretty sure one of the three are going to win. Since Collette won last year, and Falco won an Emmy, I'm going with the latter. Linney could easily win as well.

Best Supporting Actor - Television
  • Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-0
  • Chris Colfer, Glee
  • Chris Noth, The Good Wife
  • Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family *WINNER*
  • David Strathairn, Temple Grandin
Quick Thoughts: CAAAAAANNNN! Still bitter he took NPH's spot, but at least he's the best thing on a somewhat entertaining show. Colfer could give Glee a win, but the positive mojo for Modern Family and the face that Stonestreet is one of the highlights is too much to overcome.

Best Supporting Actress - Television
  • Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
  • Jane Lynch, Glee *WINNER*
  • Kelly Macdonlad, Boardwalk Empire
  • Julia Stiles, Dexter
  • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Quick Thoughts: Jane Lynch is Glee's only hope for a win, and I'd be surprised if she got snubbed again especially after her Emmy win. If Vergara wins, I might break something because she's one of the least funny characters on Modern Family, but I wouldn't be surprised if she won either.

So there you have it; my half-hearted Golden Globe predictions. Honestly, I'm not really invested in any nominee with the exception of Glee and 30 Rock to a lesser extent, but that might be because I've been binging on Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy. I'll still tune in, although my tolerance levels for Ricky Gervais aren't that high, but it'll be more out of obligation. I just hope I can muster some enthusiasm for the Oscars, but Jake and Anne aren't doing it for me, so we'll have to wait and see.


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