Alright gang, the Globes is this weekend, and as you can probably guess, I’ve seen almost every nominated film and performance. Here are my picks for the film categories:
Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy or Musical
I could make a case for Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia (the biggest hit) or Emma Thompson in Last Chance Harvey (solid as always), but I’m going with Frances McDormand in Burn After Reading. With Clooney, Pitt, and Malkovich all hamming it up, McDormand brought the comedy more through mannerisms and behavior than over the top theatrics. Well played.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy or Musical
Not even his best work this year in my opinion, but I’m going with James Franco in Pineapple Express. I’ve said this before, but at a pretty young age he’s shown a) range, b) he takes his craft seriously, and c) no real love affair with being a ‘celebrity.’ My kind of actor.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
If this were the People’s Choice Awards I’d easily choose Mamma Mia, but instead I’m taking Burn After Reading. A tightly written genre piece by the Coen brothers, that’s pedigree enough without the all star cast.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
At this point, we know Penelope Cruz can be more than a pretty face. Doubt is a good movie, but I keep hearing it’s better on the stage where it originated. Call me biased, but I say Kate Winslet for the Reader. With all due respect to the other four actresses in this category (and I admire and respect all of them, they were great), I feel with some rewriting Kate Winslet could play the characters that they’re nominated for. But watch the Reader, no one else on this list could play that role but Winslet.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
I think you and I are destined to do this forever. (sigh…)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jolie, Streep, Winslet…there are some heavyweights in this category. I’d cast my vote for Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married. She’s been around so I don’t want to use the word ‘breakthrough’, but she definitely wasn’t playing the glamour girl in this role. The Globes are more of the ‘feel good’ awards, and the timing would be perfect. Speaking of feel good…
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Frank Langella is my dark horse here for Frost/Nixon, and in my opinion, Sean Penn as Harvey Milk was the best performance of the year. But this is a ‘who I think will win’ column, and all signs point to Mickey Rourke for the Wrestler. I didn’t bring as much of his past into the theatre with me as most people, but I still thought it was a great performance. Now I’m hearing he’ll co-star in Iron Man 2. Got to love Hollywood…
Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Motion Picture – Drama
If you want to see a fun, politics free, well crafted movie, Slumdog Millionaire is the way to go. Written by Simon Beaufoy and directed by Danny Boyle, Slumdog is way, WAY lighter than its competition (Frost/Nixon, Benjamin Button, Reader, Revolutionary Road). And the way things are in the real world right now, that lightness is the perfect tonic.