It is the eve before the Golden Globes and many questions loom: who will win, who will lose, who will wear what, who will Gervais drive to substance abuse? Known as one of the fluffiest awards shows, it’s time for me to break down my who should win/who will win movie predictions. I know my dad is psyched for this.
Best Motion Picture Drama
Who Should Win: The Descendants - Alexander Payne’s impressive family drama so thoroughly avoids the melodrama in favour of the honest, the sincere, and the Clooney.
Who Will Win: The Help - Tate Taylor’s narrative of 1960s black maids who risk it all to tell it all is Golden Globes catnip. Unfortunately, this problematic Mammy-spree will take home the gold.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Who Should Win: Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady - With almost 30 years since Streep’s last win for Sophie’s Choice, her tour-de-force performance as Margaret Thatcher is one of her best to date.
Who Will Win: Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady - Yeah, it’s time.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Who Should Win: George Clooney in The Descendants – I’ve been hard on him for always playing himself, it paid off majorly in his performance as Hawaiian land baron Matt King. Although the best performance of the year was Michael Shannon in the incredible Take Shelter, Clooney is the best of these nominees.
Who Will Win: George Clooney in The Descendants - Although it’ll be a close call between the Clooney and Brad Pitt for his impressive turn in Moneyball, I think Clooney’s honest and powerful performance will win the day.
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Who Should Win: The Artist – Believe the hype. This black and white, silent film is so charmingly and skillfully executing, it’ll have you nostalgic for the Chaplin days.
Who Will Win: The Artist – There’s no stopping this one. The undeniable momentum of this french phenom will most likely take them all the way to a Best Picture win at the Oscars.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Who Should Win: Kate Winslet in Carnage - One of her least talked about performances, but one of her best nonetheless, Winslet’s performance as Nancy Cowan, a mother trapped in a parental dispute, is simply stunning.
Who Will Win: Charlize Theron in Young Adult – Her subtle, menacing, and bitchy performance in Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman’s first collaboration since Juno got a lot of folks talking. She’s hit her stride at just the right time in the awards season race.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Who Should Win: Jean Dujardin in The Artist - Not enough can be said about Dujardin’s stunning, physical, and charming performance as George Valentin. He’s bringing black and white back, and it’s a welcome and fresh change from the status quo of American film.
Who Will Win: Jean Dujardin in The Artist - It’s all about The Artist and it’ll show in the numbers, tomorrow night.
Best Animated Feature Film
Who Should Win: The Adventures of Tintin - With stunning special effects and a jovial and exciting plot, this Jackson/Spielberg collaboration was a light point in the feel bad movie season of the year.
Who Will Win: Rango - It’s been an awards season favourite so far, and Johnny Depp’s vocal stylings as a cool, Southern chameleon might just charm the Hollywood Foreign Press too.
Best Foreign Language Film
Who Should Win: In The Land Of Blood and Honey – Written and directed by that ugly actress Angelina Jolie, this tale of forbidden love during the Bosnian War is altogether brutal and stirring.
Who Will Win: In The Land Of Blood and Honey - Sucks to be Angelina, huh?
Best Performance by and Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Who Should Win: Berenice Benjo in The Artist - Charming, moving, and sweet, Benjo brings back the ingenue in her literally silent performance in the French sleeper hit.
Who Will Win: Octavia Spencer in The Help - There’s no denying the Spencer. Cleaning up at awards shows throughout the season, her performance as the black maid with a flare for revenge will undoubtedly win.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Who Should Win: Christopher Plummer in Beginners - With dually acclaimed performances in this film and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, it’s all about the sexy senior citizen this awards season.
Who Will Win: Christopher Plummer in Beginners - Although he’s got close competition with Albert Brooks in Drive, Plummer’s performance as the newly out and proud gay senior is a critic favourite.
Best Director – Motion Picture
Who Should Win: Michel Hazanavicius in The Artist – With stunning visual and emotional images, Hazanavicius makes a stunning mark in popular cinema with his tale about film innovation and love.
Who Will Win: Michel Hazanavicius in The Artist – A director who can make a black and white, silent picture a hit in the United States: now that’s award worthy.
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Who Should Win: Woody Allen for Midnight In Paris- With his whimsical, challenging, fantastical, and charming screenplay, writer and director Allen was able to craft a story that brought in the best box office numbers of his career.
Who Will Win: Stan Chervin, Aaron Sorkin, and Steve Zaillian for Moneyball - The wordy trio showed considerable restraint with this crisp, slick, and exciting adaptation of Michael Lewis’s novel of the same name. The Hollywood Foreign Press will not be able to resist.
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Who Should Win: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Reuniting the Oscar winning musical team from Fincher’s last film, The Social Network, this duo of English gent and Nine Inch Nails frontman produced a powerful, sinister score.
Who Will Win: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - This could possibly be the only award for Fincher’s adaptation of Steig Larsson’s bestselling novel. I’m still bitter about the Social Network too.
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
Who Should Win: I have no opinion. Maybe Elton John for that Gnomeo and Juliet film, mostly because the combination makes me laugh.
Who Will Win: I can only assume the Hollywood Foreign Press will agree with my above reasoning.
For a complete list of the 2012 Golden Globe nominations, click here.
Who do you think will win tomorrow night? Isn’t the combination of Elton John and talking gnomes hilarious? Drop me a line in the comment section.