Thursday, December 11, 2008

Completely Useless and Silly Golden Globe Predictions

I've been a bit iffy all day - a brief medical emergency during last night threw me off balance, so I haven't been able to fully utilise my day off to the blog's advantage - but that doesn't mean I don't have time to make predictions for The Golden Globes. Aah, The Golden Globes. Bless 'em. No doubt by this time tomorrow we will have already gotten twenty thousand stories about how "irrelevent" the Hollywood Foreign Press are and another thirty thousand or so "exposing" the "shocking truth" behing the organisation. WOW! Nobody'll see it coming.

Let's begin. I've put a strike through a sixth contender. You know the Globes, they like to add nominees willy nilly and I doubt this year will be any different (I can see them going for seven nominees again). So the title with a strike through it I can see getting nominated if there is an extra space. Make sense? Yeah.

Best Picture - Drama
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionaire

The globes didn't care for Nixon either so I'm predicting that as a "surprise" snub. Nixon wasn't a very popular president outside of America if I remember correctly, although the British angle could easily make it appeal to them. However, I do think the HFPA love it when Harvey Weinstein gives them money and that they will nominate The Reader. And on it goes.

Best Picture - Musical/Comedy
Burn After Reading
Cadillac Records
Mamma Mia!
Sex and the City: The Movie
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

I reckon Cadillac Records will be one of those "we're only nominating you because you're a musical and you're not receiving any other nominations from us okay thanks bye now" type nominations.

Best Actor - Drama
Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road
Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler


Best Actress - Drama
Cate Blanchett, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Kristen Scott Thomas, I've Loved You So Long
Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

I totally reckon they're going to cheat in this category, don't you?

Best Actor - Musical/Comedy
Javier Bardem, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Jim Carrey, Yes Man
George Clooney, Leatherheads
Robert Downey Jr, Tropic Thunder
Colin Farrell, In Bruges
Dustin Hoffman, Last Chance Harvey

I hope Farrell get's a nomination here, that'd be sweet justice indeed. Does anybody actually know where Downey Jr was classified? Lead or Supporting? The HFPA website is useless in that regard.

Best Actress - Musical/Comedy
Anna Faris, The House Bunny
Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Scarlett Johannson, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City: The Movie
Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia!
Emma Thompson, Last Chance Harvey

Yeah, I've been saying they'll nominate Faris for ages so I can't back out now. Remember, this is the same group that nominate Sandra Bullock for Miss Congeniality!

Best Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin, Milk
James Franco, Milk
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Brad Pitt, Burn After Reading
Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

If you take out Pitt - they'll wanna give Pitt and Jolie duel nominations, won't they? - doesn't this just look like the Oscar lineup ALREADY. How boring.

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, Doubt
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
Kate Winslet, The Reader

When in doubt, take out the non-famous person.

Best Director
Woody Allen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry, The Reader
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
Gus Van Sant, Milk

Remember they nominated Woody Allen here for Match Point, and VCB has even more buzz - especially with the Globes - than that title did. It could easily lead the nomination tally, which has more to do with the dearth of contenders in the M/C categories, but it still very impressive.

Best Screenplay
Rachel Getting Married
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionare
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Who knows, honestly.

Best Foreign Language Film
The Class
I've Loved You So Long
Let the Right One In
The Secret of the Grain
Waltz with Bashir

Take the submissions list and pick five of the more note-worthy or buzzed about films and there ya go. Easy five.

Best Animated Film
Kung Fu Panda
Waltz with Bashir

Best Original Score
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Pride & Glory
Slumdog Millionaire

This category routinely throws up bizarro entries at the Globes (Nomad, anybody?) so I randomly threw in a movie I'd never heard of before as an alternate. Makes sense to me!

Best Original Song
High School Musical
Sex and the City: The Movie
The Wrestler

And done. I'm hungry now.

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