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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sean Kelly

Golden Globe Predictions

It is once again time for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to present their awards, which is often seen as a precursor to the Oscars.

As always here are my predictions for the film categories.


Best Picture - Drama
Nominees:
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
The Reader
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionaire

Prediction: Frost/Nixon
Alternate: Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Reason: I've seen all, but one, of these films and I can confidently say that Frost/Nixon is the best of the bunch (if not, then I pick Benjamin Button).

Best Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominees:
Burn After Reading
Happy-Go-Lucky
In Bruges
Mamma Mia!
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Prediction: Burn After Reading
Alternate: Happy-Go-Lucky
Reason: I like Happy-Go-Lucky better, but I believe Burn After Reading is the more mainstream choice (and it's also a great comedy).

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominees:
Leonardo DiCaprio – Revolutionary Road
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn – Milk
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

Prediction: Frank Langella
Alternate: Mickey Rourke
Reason: As much as I loved Rourke in The Wrestler, Langella was breathtaking as Nixon.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominees:
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Meryl Streep – Doubt
Kristin Scott Thomas – I've Loved You So Long
Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road

Prediction:
Kristin Scott Thomas
Alternate: Meryl Streep
Reason: Since I've seen none of these movies, this is a hard one to pick. As such, I'll go with the least mainstream performance (with Streep added as the alternate for good measure).

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy
Nominees:
Javier Bardem – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Colin Farrell – In Bruges
James Franco – Pineapple Express
Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges
Dustin Hoffman – Last Chance Harvey

Prediction: James Franco
Alternate: Colin Farrell
Reason: James Franco's hilarious stoner character is almost a shoe-in. I also liked Colin Farrell's performance, by I will fear that he may be cancelled out my Brendan Gleeson also being nominated.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominees:
Rebecca Hall – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Sally Hawkins – Happy-Go-Lucky
Frances McDormand – Burn After Reading
Meryl Streep – Mamma Mia!
Emma Thompson – Last Chance Harvey

Prediction: Sally Hawkins
Alternate: Frances McDormand
Reason: Sally Hawkins is the sole reason Happy-Go-Lucky was so great and she deserves to win. If not, than I'll say Frances McDormand.

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominees:
Tom Cruise – Tropic Thunder
Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder
Ralph Fiennes – The Duchess
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight

Prediction: Heath Ledger
Alternate: Robert Downey Jr
Reason: I'll go with popular opinion for this one.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominees:
Amy Adams – Doubt
Penélope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis – Doubt
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler
Kate Winslet – The Reader

Prediction: Kate Winslet
Alternate: Marisa Tomei
Reason: Winslet's performance was actually quite


Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominees:
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry – The Reader
David Fincher – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon
Sam Mendes – Revolutionary Road

Prediction: Ron Howard
Alternate: David Fincher
Reason: Ususally the best picture winner corresponds with this category (especially when they are exactlty the same nominee-wise)

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominees:
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button Written by Eric Roth
Doubt Written by John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon Written by Peter Morgan
The Reader Written by David Hare
Slumdog Millionaire Written by Simon Beaufoy

Prediction: Frost/Nixon
Alternate: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Reasion: Same as Best Picture.

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominees:
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button Composed by Alexandre Desplat
Changeling Composed by Clint Eastwood
Defiance Composed by James Newton Howard
Slumdog Millionaire Composed by A. R. Rahman
Frost/Nixon Composed by Hans Zimmer

Prediction: Slumdog Millionaire
Alternate: Frost/Nixon
Reason: It's the only one

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominees:
"Down To Earth" – Wall-E
"Gran Torino" – Gran Torino
"I Thought I Lost You" – Bolt
"Once In A Lifetime" – Cadillac Records
"The Wrestler" – The Wrestler

Prediction: Down to Earth
Alternate: The Wrestler
Reason: You can't beat Peter Gabriel (or Bruce Springsteen)

Best Animated Feature Film
Nominees:
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
Wall-E

Prediction: Wall-E
Alternate: Kung-Fu
Reason: Wall-E is more than just an animated film and it should win.

Best Foreign Languge Film
Nominees:
The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany)
Everlasting Moments (Sweden, Denmark)
Gomorrah (Italy)
I've Loved You So Long (France)
Waltz With Bashir (Israel)

Prediction: I Loved You So Long
Alternate: Waltz With Bashir
Reason: I've heard good things about both I Loved You So Long and Waltz with Bashir, but I will go with the non-animated one.

And those are the predictions.

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).