This year’s Golden Globes will be presented on Sunday evening. They are to be hosted by British comic actor Ricky Gervais again this year and he has promised he will not tone down his act from last year so expect some big names to be offended.
But what else can we expect from the Golden Globe Awards 2012? How well will they foretell the winners of Academy Awards? That didn’t go so well last year with The Social Network winning Best Picture and Best Director at the Globes, but losing out in both categories to The King’s Speech at the Oscars. However, four Globe acting winners (Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo) repeated their victories at the Oscars. It was the previous year: good predictor of the winning actors but not the winning movies.
So let’s have a look at the Golden Globe Awards 2011 nominations:
Best Actor (Drama)
Nominees are: George Clooney in The Descendants, Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar, Michael Fassbender in Shame, Ryan Gosling in The Ides of March, Brad Pitt in Moneyball
This one is too close to call for me between George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
Best Actress (Drama)
Nominees are: Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs, Viola Davis in The Help, Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady, Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin
I think Meryl Streep has this one in the bag. She already holds the record for most competitive wins at the Golden Globes, with seven. And her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher is arguably her finest performance ever.
Best Actor (Comedy/Musical)
Nominees are: Jean Dujardin in The Artist, Brendan Gleeson in The Guard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 50/50, Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love, Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris
Jean Dujardin looks likely for this one for his physically challenging and emotionally draining performance in a movie expected to grab handfuls of awards.
Best Actress (Comedy/Musical)
Nominees are: Jodie Foster in Carnage, Charlize Theron in Young Adult, Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn, Kristin Wiig in Bridesmaids, Kate Winslet in Carnage
Michelle Williams has been attracting for ages now. In the title role, she exudes a rare combination of grace, humor, sex appeal and vulnerability. She has also previously been nominated for two Golden Globes. Marilyn Monroe herself won this category for more than 50 years ago for Some Like It Hot. Just a note for Michelle’s acceptance speech, unless Bridesmaids springs a surprise here.
Best Supporting Actor
Nominees are: Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn, Albert Brooks in Drive, Jonah Hill in Moneyball, Viggo Mortensen in A Dangerous Method, Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”
I’m rooting for Christopher Plummer her. Widely tipped as the winner, the screen legend gave possibly the most moving performance of his career in Beginners. Stunning!
Best Supporting Actress
Nominees are: Berenice Bejo in The Artist, Jessica Chastain in The Help, Janet McTeer in Albert Nobbs, Octavia Spencer in The Help, Shailene Woodley in The Descendants
This is a difficult category to predict but Octavia Spencer should triumph as a feisty maid, which has been one of the most talked-about performances of the year. It’s possible that all the hype surrounding The Artist will pull Berenice Bejo through, though, or possibly Spencer’s The Help co-star Jessica Chastain for her large body of work in 2011.
Nominees are: Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris George Clooney for The Ides of March, Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist, Alexander Payne for The Descendants, Martin Scorsese for Hugo
Martin Scorsese is my guess for the toughest category to call. The HFPA loves both Hugo and its director Scorsese, whom they have honored twice before. If members want to spread the honors around on Sunday night, he would seem to be the most logical choice.
Of course, no one ever said that the Golden Globes had to be logical. Remember -Ricky Gervais is hosting again!
Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical
Nominees are: 50/50, The Artist, Bridesmaids, Midnight in Paris, My Week with Marilyn
I can’t see this award going anywhere else but to The Artist.
Best Motion Picture (Drama)
Nominees are: The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, The Ides of March, Moneyball, War Horse
I have my eye on The Descendants for this one. Previously, I would have maybe said War Horse, but not now as it failed to earn directing nominations. HFPA voters love both Hugo and The Ides of March, but the former may seem too unconventional and the latter simply too commercial to win the top award.
So there you have it: the Golden Globes 2012 nominations and my predictions for the winner. Tune in on Sunday to find out who actually wins.