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Golden Globe 2012: Predicting the Winners

Posted January 15, 2012 by Max in Awards

Tonight is of the big ones. The 2012 Golden Globe award ceremony is tonight. While I think most of the locks for Oscar consideration have been figured out at this point, this is always a fun award show. Ricky Gervais is back to host again, so even if there are no surprise winners, it should be funny. I want to thank Andy Buckle of Andy Buckle’s Film Emporium for putting this list together.

Golden Globes 2012 Predictions

Best Motion Picture – Drama

The Descendants
The Help
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
War Horse

Predicted Winner: The Descendants
Alternative Choice: Hugo

I have to believe it is Alexander Payne’s night here. Back in 2005, his film ‘Sideways’ won the best musical/comedy award and while that shouldn’t have bearing on tonight, he is a proven winner. I also believe the supporting cast and George Clooney make this more of a showy choice than Hugo.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

50/50
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Midnight In Paris
My Week With Marilyn

Predicted Winner: The Artist
Alternative Choice: Midnight in Paris

If The Artist doesn’t win this category, who else should? That leaves Midnight in Paris as number 2, but I really believe The Artist is going to wrap this one up.

Best Actor – Drama

George Clooney – The Descendants
Michael Fassbender – Shame
Leonardo DiCaprio – J. Edgar
Ryan Gosling – The Ides of March
Brad Pitt – Moneyball

Predicted Winner: George Clooney (The Descendants)
Alternative Choice: Brad Pitt (Moneyball)

George Clooney put on a career best performance in The Descendants. While there has been raves for Michael Fassbender’s role in Shame, I don’t believe it has the glamor that the Hollywood Foreign Press looks for. Brad Pitt would be the runner-up here.

Best Actress – Drama

Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis – The Help
Rooney Mara – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton – We Need To Talk About Kevin

Predicted Winner: Viola Davis (The Help)
Alternative Choice: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

This one is a toss up. If Meryl Streep does win maybe it would prove more people got behind her role in The Iron Lady. This is Viola Davis’ award to lose though.

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy

Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Brendan Gleeson – The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – 50/50
Ryan Gosling – Crazy, Stupid, Love
Owen Wilson – Midnight in Paris

Predicted Winner: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Alternative Choice: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (50/50)

There’s really no contest in this category. Jean Dujardin should easily win.

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy

Jodie Foster – Carnage
Kate Winslet – Carnage
Charlize Theron – Young Adult
Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

Predicted Winner: Charlize Theron (Young Adult)
Alternative Choice: Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)

This is another tough one that I’m going against the grain. I’ve seen Charlize Theron in Young Adult, but not Michelle Williams. I’m basing it on my experience with the films, so Michelle could easily win this award.

Best Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks – Drive
Jonah Hill – Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen − A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Predicted Winner: Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Alternative Choice: Albert Brooks (Drive)

Like my friend Andy Buckle said, this is indeed a two horse race. Plummer and Brooks have split almost every award they’ve both been nominated for. I’m not sure who ultimately wins, but I did enjoy Plummer a little bit more (maybe because he wasn’t playing a killer).

Best Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo – The Artist
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Octavia Spencer – The Help
Shailene Woodley – The Descendants
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs

My Prediction: Jessica Chastain (The Help)
Alternative Choice: Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)

I believe Jessica Chastain will be awarded this year for her body of work, not particularly for The Help. She was just as good in 50/50, Tree of Life, and Take Shelter. Shailene Woodley deserves plenty of kudos for her performance, but this won’t be her year.

Best Screenplay

Midnight in Paris
The Ides of March
The Artist
The Descendants
Moneyball

My Prediction: The Artist
Alternative Choice: Midnight in Paris

The Artist is as original as they come.

Best Animated Film

The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

My Prediction: Rango
Alternative Choice: Tintin

I’ve seen none of the films nominated for this award, but I’d still go with Rango.

Best Foreign Language Film

A Separation (Iran)
The Flowers of War (China)
The Kid with the Bike (Belgium)
In the Land of Blood and Honey
The Skin I Live In (Spain)

My Prediction: A Separation

A Separation is the only one I’ve seen. I believe its strong enough to beat any of these films though.

Best Original Score

Ludovic Bource – The Artist
Abel Korzeniowski – W.E
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Howard Shore – Hugo
John Williams – War Horse

My Prediction: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)
Alternative Choice: Ludovic Bource – The Artist

This could go multiple different ways. I’m just a Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross fanboy though, so I’m going with that horse.
Well there you have it. I’ve made my selections for the movie portion of the show. Keep an eye on the blog for all the latest winners tonight.

Who do you think will win best picture? Supporting actor – Brooks or Plummer?

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About the Author

Max

Chief Editor of Impassionedcinema. A film enthusiast who studies and creates his own films. Criticizing movies is his favorite pass-time.