My Golden Globe Predictions

The Golden Globes are tonight (in 7 hours and 20 minutes) and here are my predictions for the big winners. The Golden Globe awards will air on NBC at 8pm est.

Disclaimer: I still have not seen every film nominated, so in some cases I may be going by the critics’ opinions not just my own.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Brokeback Mountain
The Constant Gardener
Good Night, and Good Luck.
A History of Violence
Match Point

Who Should Win: The Constant Gardener with Match Point in a close second. Both were engrossing and fabulous films, but I am leaning more towards The Contant Gardener because of it’s brilliant acting, cinematography, and that wow factor I love so much. Although I loved Good Night, and Good Luck, it most likely won’t win. I still haven’t seen A History of Violence but from what I’ve gathered, it really didn’t deserve to be nominated.
Who Will Win: Brokeback Mountain. If you’re wondering why, then you haven’t been reading my blog.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Pride & Prejudice
The Producers
The Squid and the Whale
Walk the Line

Who Should Win: Pride and Prejudice because I said so and it’s the only one I’ve seen.
Who Will Win: Walk the Line.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Maria Bello, A History of Violence
Felicity Huffman, Transameria
Gwyneth Paltrow, Proof
Charlize Theron, North Country
Ziyi Zhang, Memoirs of a Geisha

Who Should Win: Felicity Huffman. The Hollywood Foreign Press has a tendency to nominate fluff films and so-so performances, which is exactly the case in this category. Maria Bello is the only other performance that stands a fighting chance. But the award could easily go to Charlize because ever since
Monster everybody loves her.
Who Will Win: Felicity Huffman. Her performance as a man who desires to become a woman, is the only one that stands out. Felicity could easily win twice tonight (also for Desperate Housewives) and approve of that.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Russell Crowe, Cinderella Man
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow
Heath Legder, Brokeback Mountain
David Strathairn, Good Night and Good Luck.

Who Should Win: Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I’ve only seen clips of him as Truman Capote and those clips are enough evidence for me.
Who Will Win: Heath Ledger. He was good in Brokeback Mountain…. really good.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents
Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice
Laura Linney, The Squid and the Whale
Sarah Jessica Parker, The Family Stone
Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line

Who Should Win: Keira Knightley, because I said so. But she is young (only 20) and that usually works against an actress. Actually, the only actress who should not win is Sarah Jessica Parker. Sorry SJP fans.
Who Will Win: Reese Witherspoon. She is winning all the critics’ awards and is the early favorite for the Academy Awards.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Pierce Brosnan, The Matador
Jeff Daniels, The Squid and the Whale
Johnny Depp, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Nathan Lane, The Producers
Cillian Murphy, Breakfast on Pluto
Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line

Who Should Win: Either Pierce Brosnan or Jeff Daniels because they are Pierce Brosnan and Jeff Daniels. Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka was too much child molester and he will probably win for the next installment of Pirates.
Who Will Win: But none of the other nominees were as good as Joaquin Phoenix.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Scarlett Johansson, Match Point
Shirley MacLaine, In Her Shoes
Frances McDormand, North Country
Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener
Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain

Who Should Win: This race is between Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams. I’m hoping Rachel Weisz wins.
Who Will Win: Michelle Williams. I did love her Brokeback Moutain and although past work doesn’t qualify, Dawson’s Creek is my favorite teenage angst drama of all time (it’s way better than One Tree Hill.)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
George Clooney, Syriana
Matt Dillon, Crash
Will Ferrell, The Producers
Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man
Bob Hoskins, Mrs. Henderson Presents

Who Should Win: Either Matt Dillon, or Paul Giamatti. They both gave great performances in underappreciated movies. I’m rooting more for Matt Dillon. Did you see Crash? That whole cast should be nominated.
Who Will Win: Paul Giamatti. Because of his snub at last years Golden Globe and Oscars ceremonies, he’ll win. Plus, everybody loves him.

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Woody Allen, Match Point
George Clooney, Good Night and Good Luck.
Peter Jackson, King Kong
Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
Fernando Meirelles, The Constant Gardener
Steven Spielberg, Munich

Who Should Win: Fernando Meirelles. The Constant Gardener blew me away. Woody Allen and George Clooney duking it out for second.
Who Will Win: Ang Lee. I know there’s a reason, but I can’t seem to figure it out.

The 2006 Golden Globe Nominations

The Golden Globe Awards Nominations were announced yesterday. The award show is presented annually by the Hollyood Foreign Press for achievement in motion pictures and televsion. The movie categories are separated by genre. The 63 Annual Golden Globes Ceremony will air on January 16, 2006 at 8pm est.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Brokeback Mountain
The Constant Gardener
Good Night, and Good Luck.
A History of Violence
Match Point

BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Pride & Prejudice
The Producers
The Squid and the Whale
Walk the Line

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Maria Bello, A History of Violence
Felicity Huffman, Transameria
Gwyneth Paltrow, Proof
Charlize Theron, North Country
Ziyi Zhang, Memoirs of a Geisha

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Russell Crowe, Cinderella Man
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow
Heath Legder, Brokeback Mountain
David Strathairn, Good Night and Good Luck.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents
Keria Knightley, Pride & Prejudice
Laura Linney, The Squid and the Whale
Sarah Jessica Parker, The Family Stone
Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Pierece Brosnan, The Matador
Jeff Daniels, The Squid and the Whale
Johnny Depp, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Nathan Lane, The Producers
Cillian Murphy, Breakfast on Pluto
Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Kung Fu Hustle (China)
Master of the Crimson Armor aka The Promise (China)
Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noel) (France)
Paradise Now (Palestine)
Tsotsi (South Africa)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Scarlett Johansson, Match Point
Shirley MacLaine, In Her Shoes
Frances McDormand, North Country
Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener
Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
George Clooney, Syriana
Matt Dillon, Crash
Will Ferrell, The Producers
Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man
Bob Hoskins, Mrs. Henderson Presents

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Woody Allen, Match Point
George Clooney, Good Night and Good Luck.
Peter Jackson, King Kong
Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
Fernando Meirelles, The Constant Gardener
Steven Spielberg, Munich

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Woody Allen, Match Point
George Clooney & Grant Heslov, Good Night and Good Luck.
Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco, Crash
Tony Kushner & Eric Roth, Munich
Larry McMurty & Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Alexandre Desplat, Syriana
James Newton Howard, King Kong
Gustavo Santaolalla, Brokeback Mountain
Harry Gregson, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
John Williams, Memoirs of a Geisha

BEST ORIGINAL SONG, MOTION PICTURE
A Love That Will Never Grow Old – Brokeback Mountain
Christmas in Love — Christmas in Love
There’s Nothing Like a Show on Broadway — The Producers
Travelin’ Thru — Transamerica
Wunderkind — The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Nominations for Television Programs

Some Thoughts on the Cecil B DeMille Award

Let me begin by saying that I’m not angry. I’m just a little ticked and mostly curious.

On Wednesday, the 2006 recipiant of the Cecil B. DeMille Award was announced as Sir Anthony Hopkins. (Better than 2005 winner Robin Williams, I think.) Sir Anthony Hopkins is one of the greatest living actors. In The Silence of the Lambs, Amistad, A Bridge Too Far, The Lion in Winter etc., he delivers excellent performances and he rightfully deserves the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

The Cecil B DeMille Award is the lifetime achievement award given annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (aka the Golden Globes). Past winners include Walt Disney, Bette Davis, Jimmy Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock, Jack Lemmon, Sophia Loren, Al Pacino, and Audrey Hepburn. The only requirement to receive this honor is “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment” to an internationally recognized and respected name.

I have nothing against most of the past winners (except Barbara Streisand, who I absolutely abhor). To me it just seems as though certain actors were snubbed and other actors have received the award too early.

My question is simple. Why didn’t Katharine Hepburn or Cary Grant ever receive this award? (I know the reason, if you’re curious. I’m afraid that if I go into it, I’ll never stop complaining.) Barbara Streisand (again YUCK!) has. Meryl Streep has yet to be awarded. Joan Crawford, Charlton Heston, Robert Redford, all have received it. Neither Warren Beatty nor Spencer Tracy nor Grace Kelly nor Gary Cooper nor Clark Gable nor Marlon Brando. Where’s Vivien Leigh, Claudette Colbert, or one of the Barrymores? In 1976, the award wasn’t presented at all.

Robin WIliams Receives the Cecil B DeMille Award in 2005

I realize that my bitterness is kind of pointless. Not everyone who deserves something gets it. I just keep< reminding myself that it is only the Golden Globes and that it’s the Academy Awards that matter. But if Meryl Streep doesn’t receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award soon and Tom Cruise does then I will be so angry that I won’t know what to do with myself.

What is your take on this? Who do you want to see receive the Cecil B. DeMille award? Am I overreacting? Sound off below.