2010 has gotten off to a crazy start, so I’m posting my Golden Globe predictions to start the week. I doubt I’ll see any more of the films between now and Sunday, so away we go…
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Who I’d Like to Win: The Hurt Locker. And I wouldn’t be surprised if it does win. It all starts with the script as they say.
Who Will Probably Win: Up in the Air. The modern day equivalent of a classic Hollywood film. You threw in the fact that it’s more upbeat than Locker and it was directed by a (legitimately talented) Hollywood legacy kid, and all the signs of there. That said, Tarantino is HUGE overseas and this is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, so who knows?
Best Director – Motion Picture
Who I Want to Win: Katheryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Who Will Probably Win: Katheryn Bigelow. This is one of those categories where every nominee is legitimate, but I think the Globes will set the stage for a female director to walk away with the top prize.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Motion Picture
Who I Want to Win: Matt Damon in the upset.
Who Will Probably Win: Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds. This is the scene stealer category. Not much more to add.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Motion Picture
Who I Want to Win: Mo’Nique.
Who Will Probably Win: As cynical as I am, I think the two ladies from Up in the Air will split the vote and Mo’Nique will actually win this category.
Best Actor – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical
Who I Want to Win: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 500 Days of Summer. If I could have played any role in a movie I saw in the past 12 months, this would have been it. I admit I’m jealous.
Who Will Probably Win: Man, I could make a strong case for every nominee here. I really don’t know so I’ll go with Gordon-Levitt.
Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical
Who I Want to Win: Meryl Streep – It’s Complicated.
Who Will Probably Win: Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia Yeah I know I’m cheating a bit here, but…it’s Meryl Streep.
Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama
Who I Want to Win: Gabourey Sidibe, Precious. Now the cynicism kicks in – it ain’t gonna happen. But giving the sister her due.
Who Will Probably Win: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side. Accuse me of being biased since she was by far one of the most down to earth actresses I’ve met (on her level), but I think Blind Side mania gets its coup de gras with a victory here.
Best Actor – Drama
Who I Want to Win: George Clooney, Up in the Air. You know, as I write this entry I’m starting to recognize how much personal biases really do shape who wins awards in this town. Ah, got to love Hollywood politics…
Who Will Probably Win: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart. I think this is this year’s ‘Mickey Rourke Special’ where a guy who’s been around forever gets some overdue love from his peers.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Who I Want to Win: 500 Days of Summer. If for no other reason than the Hall & Oates dance sequence. Damn you, Joseph Gordon-Levitt…
Who Will Probably Win: The Hangover. Time will tell if this film is as transcendent as the comedies that came before it, but it was certainly the crowd pleaser of the year.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Who I Want to Win: Up in the Air. One more admission of bias: Clooney’s the star, they shot in the Midwest, and guys I’ve worked with worked on this film.
Who Will Probably Win: The Hurt Locker. And I won’t be remotely upset of it does win. The most ‘powerful’ film of last year in my opinion.
One last note, Ricky Gervais is the host. I’m in the cult of people who love his sense of humor; if you’re unfamiliar with his work (creator of The Office and Extras, two shows I love), the Globes is probably the perfect opportunity to see if he’s your cup of tea or not.