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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Golden Globes Live Blog

Overall thoughts...... not an overly exciting show, but it certainly helped to clarify the Oscar race.  It looks like George Clooney, Christopher Plummer, and Octavia Spencer are ahead in the race for Oscar.  I think Actress is still a nice 3-way race between Streep, Michelle Williams, and Viola Davis (who just won the Broadcast Film Critics Award).

Also, Ricky Gervais was a bit much even for me.  Let's get someone else next year.

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Motion Picture Drama.... The Descendants.  Meh.  More thoughts on this movie here.



Actor in a Drama....George Clooney in The Descendants.  I really don't want this performance to win the Oscar.  I found The Descendants pretty disappointing and was hoping Brad Pitt could come through here.  Ah well.

10/13, my percentage is dropping.


Best Picture Comedy/Musical... The Artist, of course.  And UGGIE the dog comes on stage!!  Have you all seen The Artist yet?  It's certainly the crowd-pleaser of the year.  10/12


Actress in a Drama.... Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady.  So gracious in her speech.  I love Meryl but I was hoping Viola would win this one.  I certainly had my problems with The Help, but Viola added so much to that movie.  Didn't predict another one, so 9/11.


Actor Comedy/Musical.... Jean DuJardin in the Artist.  I've heard he's just been learning some English to work the awards circuit.  Quite impressive I think.  Also love the silent bit!  9/10 so far.


TV Comedy.... Modern Family!  I'm certainly glad Glee didn't win, because I think it's jumped the shark about 20 times over.  I really like Modern Family, but why no nominations for 30 Rock or Parks and Recreation??

Also, the translation bit is funny, but a little rehearsed, like they were too sure they would win.


Best Director.... Martin Scorsese for Hugo.  Not my absolute favorite of the nominated movies, but you can tell it was such a labor of love for Scorsese.  I love how much he loves movies.

Doing well on my predictions!  8/9.


Cecil B. DeMille Honorary award to Morgan Freeman.  What are your favorite performances?  I like Shawshank, Glory, and Unforgiven.  Damn it if I didn't tear up watching those Shawshank clips.


Supporting Actress... Octavia Spencer in The Help.  While not my favorite performance in The Help (I was hoping Jessica Chastain would win this), I'm glad for her.  This was a competitive category, so this may just set her on the path to Oscar.

7/8 on my predictions.


Actor in a Comedy.... Matt LeBlanc in Episodes.  This just reminds me that I wasted a lot of hours in my life watching friends.


Actress in a TV Drama... Claire Danes in Homeland.  Angela Chase (from My So-Called Life) will always hold a place in my heart.


Foreign Film.... A Separation.  I've only heard remarkable things about this movie.  I cannot wait to see it.

6/7 so far.


Supporting Actress/TV.... Jessica Lange, American Horror Story.  Have not seen this, but I know that it also stars Connie Britten from Friday Night Lights.  Her portrayal of Tami Taylor over 5 seasons of FNL was truly a work of beauty.  Watch them all if you haven't.


Best Screenplay.... Midnight in Paris.  5/6.  Woody NEVER comes to awards shows.  He didn't even show up to the Oscars when he won Best Picture in '77 for Annie Hall.


Animated Film.... The Adventures of Tintin.  I've only seen Rango of the nominees, and I was not a big fan.



Supporting Actor in TV... Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones.  Another I'm looking forward to catching up with on DVD.  Also, do you think other little people are mad that Dinklage gets every single role written for them??


Erection joke from Seth Rogen. Classic.

Actress in Comedy/Musical..... course Michelle Williams for the "hysterically funny" My Week With Marilyn.  The joke is that they only qualified it in Comedy/Musical (an easier category for Michelle to win) by having a couple musical numbers in it.  3/4 on my predictions.


Actor in a Drama.... Idris Elba!! I haven't seen the show Luther, but I will ALWAYS be excited when an alum from The Wire wins something.  And he was up against McNulty.  Go Stringer!


Best Score... The Artist.  How could it not win?  Without dialogue, it had so much work to do. 2/2

Best Song... Masterpiece from W.E.  This movie was directed by Madonna and looks really bad.  The Globes really love their stars... I missed this one, so 2/3.  Also, why does Madonna always slip in and out of a British accent?


Actor TV Drama.... Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) in Boss.  I know nothing about this show.  I am in the midst of watching Breaking Bad Season 2, and Bryan Cranston is awesome. He should have won.

TV Series Drama.... Homeland.  I've heard great things but I am cableless and it's on Showtime.  Guess I'll wait for Netflix.


TV Movie/Miniseries.... Downton Abbey of course because it is so crazy good and addicting.  Watch Season 1 if you haven't-it's on Netflix Watch Now.  I can't wait to catch up with Season 2.

Actress Miniseries/Movie... Katie Winslet in Mildred Pierce of course.  She's probably my favorite modern actress.  And looking good tonight.


TV Comedy Actress.... Laura Dern in Enlightened.  Haven't seen this show but heard it's good and am really glad that Zooey Deschanel didn't win.  I was hoping for a Tina Fey or Amy Poehler speech, though.


Supporting Actor... Christopher Plummer in Beginners!  A great performance if you haven't seen the movie yet.  I expect he'll be repeating this at the Oscars. 1/1 on predictions.


Wow, Ricky Gervais is trying to outdo his off-color remarks from last year.  The Jodie Foster and Justin Bieber remarks especially.... yikes.


OK, the fashion portion of the show is definitely not my strong suit.  Nevertheless, I have to say that Charlize Theron, Tina Fey, Viola Davis, and Emma Stone were looking great.  And I love Amy Poehler, but her dress is terrible.  Also, I find Zooey Deschanel and think she acts like she is 16. She said she painted her nails with tuxedos so that they were her date..... ugh.


I'll be liveblogging tonight for the Golden Globes, which have become the awards seasons second-biggest night.  They are important for a couple of reasons.  They give us a sense of momentum in the race, and, if winners give really great acceptance speeches, it can definitely help them on their road to Oscars.... So Below is my blog.  Newest posts will be on top!

Before the red carpet even starts, here are some predictions for the movie categories!

Picture-Drama (The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, The Ides of March, Moneyball, War Horse)
Will Win: The Descendants
Runner Up: The Help
Should Win: Moneyball

Tough call.  I think it could go The Descendants, The Help, or Hugo.

Actor-Drama (George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt)
Will Win: Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
Alternate: George Clooney (The Descendants)
Should Win: Michael Fassbender (Shame)

This is definitely Clooney vs. Pitt, and I really hope Pitt pulls it out.  He was so terrific in Moneyball, and I think Clooney has given better performances before.

Actress-Drama (Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara, Meryl Streep, Tilda Swinton)
Will Win: Viola Davis (The Help)
Alternate: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Should Win: Viola Davis.  Actually the only one I've seen, but she deserves it.

A real horse race between Davis and Streep, as I expect it might be throughout the rest of the season.

Picture-Comedy/Musical (50/50, The Artist, Bridesmaids, Midnight in Paris, My Week with Marilyn)
Will Win: The Artist
Alternate: Midnight in Paris
Should Win: The Artist

Nothing much to say.  The Artist will definitely win here.  Last year this category was kind of a dumping ground, but this year a lot of really good movies showed up.

Actor-Comedy/Musical (Jean DuJardin, Brendan Gleeson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling, Owen Wilson)
Will Win: Jean DuJardin (The Artist)
Alternate: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (50/50)
Should Win: Jean DuJardin (The Artist)

The Comedy/Musical acting awards are very locked up.

Actress-Comedy/Musical (Jodie Foster, Charlize Theron, Kristen Wiig, Michelle Williams, Kate Winslet)
Will Win: Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)
Alternate: Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids)
Should Win: Charlize Theron (Young Adult0

Another lock.

Supporting Actor (Kenneth Branagh, Albert Brooks, Jonah Hill, Viggo Mortenson, Christopher Plummer)
Will Win: Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Alternate: Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn)
Should Win: Christopher Plummer (Beginners)

Supporting Actress (Berenice Bejo, Jessica Chastain, Janet McTerr, Octavia Spencer, Shailene Woodley)
Will Win: Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Alternate: Berenice Bejo (The Artist)
Should Win: Jessica Chastain (The Help)

A little up in the air category.  Hard to pick between Spencer and Bejo, and I even think Chastain has a chance.  Look for whoever wins here to get major Oscar momentum.

Director (Woody Allen, George Clooney, Michel Hazanivicus, Alexander Payne, Martin Scorsese)
Will Win: Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
Alternate: Michel Hazanivicus (The Artist)
Should Win: Michel Hazanivicus (The Artist)

If Hazanivicus wins, The Artist is on a major role.  The Globes tends to love star directors though, so my money is on Scorsese.

Other quick predicitions:
Foreign Film: A Separation
Screenplay: Midnight in Paris
Original Song: The Living Proof (The Help)
Score: The Artist
Animated: The Adventures of Tintin

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