There are less than two hours until the Golden Globes. In lieu of predictions (which I don’t enjoy making when I haven’t had the luxury of seeing all the nominees), here is a brief round-up of what films I want to win.
Best Picture – Drama: The Social Network
Why: The Social Network is a film for the ages. It is a sharp legal drama that questions not only the foundations of Facebook, but also our changing notions of how we conceptualize friendship. The director-writer pairing of David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin is the best combo to happen in American cinema in year.
Best Picture – Comedy: The Kids Are All Right
Why: Lisa Cholodenko’s film about a uncoventional family dynamic is funny, charming, heartwarming, heartbreaking. A Globes win will make up for any recognition this doesn’t get enough Oscar love.
Best Actor – Drama: Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Why: The Oscar is Colin Firth’s award. But I would just love for Ryan Gosling to be commended for his awe-inspiring performance (or rather performances) as an idealistic young man and, years later, that same man as a down-on-his-luck alcoholic husband and father.
Best Actress – Drama: Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine/ Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Why: These are two gritty female performances. A beleaguered wife. A teenager trying to hold her family together. Natalie Portman is one piece of a theatrical art film; Williams and Lawrence are the very definition of great acting.
Best Actor – Comedy: I have not seen most of the nominated performances. But I am sick of Johnny Depp always winning Golden Globes. (With two noms, for Alice in Wonderland and The Tourist, he is the most likely winner.) Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance is the only other I have seen. As much as I didn’t like Love and Other Drugs, could I live with Jake Gyllenhaal winning? I have no idea.
Best Actress: Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, The Kids are All Right
Why: Annette Bening has already been lauded for her performance and Julianne Moore has been left behind. In a perfect world, Bening and Moore will tie. One performance cannot exist without the other.
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Why: Bale transforms into Dicky Eklund, the older half-brother of prize-fighter Mickey Ward. Dicky is a jail-bound, junkie. Bale’s performance is a demonstration of pure physicality and he steals the movie right out from under Wahlberg’s nose.
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, The Fighters
Why: Amy Adams is one of the best female actresses in Hollywood. In The Fighter she is playing against type and shows off her range.
Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
Why: Have you seen The Social Network?
Best Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Why: Screenplays are so rarely great talking pictures these days where the dialogue only enhances the performances. The writing in The Social Network does just that. (I also want , Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg’s screenplay for The Kids Are All Right to win.)
What are your picks for tonight’s Golden Globes? Sound off below and be sure to follow me on Twitter tonight (@cinefille) as I live-tweet the ceremony.