Monday, 17 January 2011

68th Golden Globe Awards Predictions

The 68th Golden Globe Awards is nigh upon us and the buzz going about it is crazy and intense! Who should win? Who will win? These two are the top (possibly only) questions debated online and over coffee during the days leading to the first award ceremony that will kick start the major award season.

Just to spice things up and to keep the buzz going around here, here's my two cents worth towards the Golden Globes.

Best Motion Picture - Drama
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King's Speech
The Social Network

Who should win: The Social Network
Who will win: The Social Network

You should also know that despite the film sweeping critics award of recent, it is still not a clear indication as we are referring to the HFPA here. I can totally see "Black Swan" or "The Fighter" claiming this award.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Halle Berry - Frankie and Alice
Kidman - Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine

Who should win: Natalie Portman
Who will win: Natalie Portman

I really can't see how this will be a dud, but of course we are heading to the Globes so brace yourself nevertheless.

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

Who should win: James Franco
Who will win: Colin Firth

Firth's a forerunner at this category but the award can easily sway over to Eisenberg's hands.

Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
Alice in Wonderland
The Kids Are All Right
The Tourist

Who should win: The Kids Are All Right
Who will win: Alice in Wonderland

I'm as depressed as anyone of you in predicting against such a fine film like "The Kids Are All Right". There's a reason why Johnny Depp's nominated twice, he's in "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Tourist" and the HFPA loves him. I'm going with the former based on appropriateness of category.

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
Angelie Jolie - The Tourist
Julianne Moore - The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone - Easy A

Who should win: Emma Stone
Who will win: Annette Bening

This is an interesting category and I could have easily given my vote to Anne Hathaway. Emma Stone really made a lasting impression in me but I'm really sorry Emma, you might be still new to the HFPA. Oh, and if Jolie wins this, I won't even try to act surprised.

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

Who should win: Jake Gyllenhaal
Who will win: Johnny Depp - Alice in Wonderland

We all know it. This is a crooked category. Enough said.

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

Who should win: Melissa Leo / Helena Bonham Carter
Who will win: Amy Adams

My predictions for this category might sound wild but Amy Adams seems to be someone whom the HFPA is more in favour of.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Christina 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

Who should win: Christian Bale
Who will win: Christian Bale

This is the most comfortable category for me. Bale has submitted a fine cinematic performance for the year and happens to also be someone the HFPA will love.

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

Who should win: Toy Story 3
Who will win: Toy Story 3

Other animations are equally as good but Toy Story 3 just edged a little over the rest with more soul.

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

Who should win: I Am Love
Who will win: Biutiful

If they love Babel, they'll surely love Biutiful. In my opinion, I Am Love is a Biutiful film.

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

Who should win: David Fincher
Who will win: David Fincher

Very likely to enter the hands of Fincher, but Aronofsky poses an equally lethal threat nevertheless. When Danny Boyle is not in this list, it's a lot more easier.

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

Who should win: Aaron Sorkin
Who will win: Aaron Sorkin

I reckon they'd just stick with the critics on this one.

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

Who should win: The Social Network
Who will win: Inception

I'm recently moved by others into agreeing that The Social Network does feature an interesting score. Nevertheless, I think Hans Zimmer's name will stick with the HFPA's mind more.

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
"Bound To You" - Burlesque
"Coming Home" - Country Strong
"I See The Light" - Tangled
"There's A Place For Us" - The Chronicles of Narnia
"You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me" - Burlesque

Who should win: "I See The Light"
Who will win: "Bound To You"

I'm really not in a good position to comment on this seriously. It's my weakest forte.

*Television Award categories are not covered in this prediction

What do you think of it?
We shall be posting the results in an upcoming article. Stay anchored!

(Photography credit due: Alberto E. Rodriguez/


  1. I'll only comment on the Best Animation - there's four great movies nominated and Toy Story 3 should NOT be a shoe-in winner. It probably won't win, but How to Train Your Dragon deserves the honor.

  2. @Alex Hey Alex, I'm with you on how the other nominees are equally great animations. I think the average quality of animations has been exceptional for 2010 and I notice that everyone has his/her own favourite.

    On second thought, maybe best animation shouldn't be judged like a film. You've provided me some food for thought there. It's really nice to hear your opinions, I really needed it to even out my thoughts late at this hour (it's 3:40 in the morning over my end of the world).

    Thanks Alex! =)

  3. Nice rundown J-Son. I especially liked the fact that you picked James Franco as your Best Actor Winner. I have to agree with you even though I was also extremely impressed by Firth's portrayal of King George VI.

  4. @Matt Hi Matt, Firth's a brilliant actor with a remarkable performance in "The King's Speech". It's absolutely justified as the forerunner. Thanks for dropping by with your kind compliments! =D


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