Golden Globes 2015: Movie Predictions

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Welcome to awards season, where we all take a stab at figuring out what various academy voters are going to pick as their favorite films of the year. The Golden Globes are tricky and prone to upsets, but that does get factored into our predictions. Here are our predictions for all the movie winners. Keep a score card with us when the Globes air January 11! And look out for our TV predictions later this week!

 

Best Picture – Drama:

MV5BMTYzNDc2MDc0N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTcwMDQ5MTE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2980516/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1There’s really only one obvious winner here, and that’s Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. The most ambitious film of 2014 (well, probably the decade) is a sure fire here. Selma could be a dark horse, but Boyhood has gotten a lot of awards buzz thus far. Granted, the best film nominated is The Theory of Everything, for its stunning performances and honest portrayal of love. It stings that neither Gone Girl nor Whiplash got in here, but enough great films did that the winner is deserving. Will Win: Boyhood/Should Win: The Theory of Everything

 

Best Picture – Comedy or Musical:

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2562232/?ref_=nv_sr_1I’m not honestly too big a fan of any of these films, but the winner is obvious and the reasons are justified. Birdman features one of the best performances of the year while also being one of the most technically interesting movies in recent memory. If there’s an upset, and there won’t be, it’ll likely go to The Grand Budapest Hotel. But my guess is that this will be one more chance for Birdman to fly. Will/Should Win: Birdman

 

 

Best Director:

Photo Credit:http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/movies/richard-linklater-and-ethan-hawke-on-boyhood.htmlThis is a great category this year, but let’s rule out some people. With Gone Girl out of the Best Picture race, David Fincher won’t be going home with a statue. The Grand Budapest Hotel simply isn’t getting enough buzz for this to go to Wes Anderson. Selma‘s Ava DuVerney could be an upset, but this will go to either of the Best Picture winners. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Richard Linklater made two of the year’s most ambitious films with Birdman and Boyhood, respectively, but it’s the latter that comes out as more of a triumph. Will/Should Win: Richard Linklater for Boyhood

 

Best Actor – Drama:

Photo Credit:http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/first-look-at-eddie-redmayne-as-stephen-hawking-in-biopic-the-theory-of-everything-9655226.htmlPhoto Credit:http://www.gossipcop.com/foxcatcher-steve-carell-channing-tatum-watch-scene-video/This year’s nominees are honestly such an outstanding group of performances from five very talented actors, most of which are fairly new to the awards game. Just about any of them could win and I wouldn’t complain. I have a feeling that the HFPA will go for Eddie Redmayne’s committed turn at Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, but my personal pick would be Steve Carell’s haunting role in FoxcatcherWill Win: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything/Should Win: Steve Carell for Foxcatcher

 

Best Actress – Drama:

Photo Credit:http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/julianne-moore-kristen-stewart-and-maria-shriver-bring-still-alice-home-to-laWhile this is another great category with a lot of fresh blood, there’s no question of the winner. Julianne Moore put it all on the table for Still Alice, where she played a professor with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. There’s no arguing the greatness of what Felicity Jones, Rosamund Pike, and the others did, but this is Moore’s year. Will/Should Win: Julianne Moore for Still Alice

 

 

Best Actor – Comedy or Musical:

Photo Credit:http://www.interaksyon.com/entertainment/birdman-generates-rave-reviews-oscar-buzz-for-michael-keaton/It’s going to be Michael Keaton. It should be Michael Keaton. He is the only true contender in a relatively weak category. Keaton will also probably win the Oscar while we’re at it. Will/Should Win: Michael Keaton for Birdman

 

 

 

Best Actress – Comedy or Musical:

Photo Credit:http://turntherightcorner.com/2014/11/06/into-the-woods-movie-trailer-2/into-the-woods-movie-screenshot-emily-blunt-bakers-wife-5/This is a very weak category this year. Considering Annie got panned, Quvenzhane Wallis is out. The same can be said for Helen Mirren in The Hundred-Foot Journey. Julianne Moore won’t win twice. That leaves Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. Into the Woods seems like the type of movie the HFPA would randomly adore. Blunt also shows off a whole new side in the film. Will/Should Win: Emily Blunt for Into the Woods

 

 

Best Supporting Actor:

Photo Credit:http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/jk_simmons/Robert Duvall is pretty easily ruled out, while Channing Tatum probably should have been nominated over Mark Ruffalo. Edward Norton’s comedic turn in Birdman is pretty hilarious, but not that much besides that. Then there’s Ethan Hawke, one of the best things about Boyhood. Sorry though, this is the only place on the Globes predictions I get to say how much I love Whiplash. J.K. Simmons owned the movie, and he’s easily the favorite. It’s his to lose. Will/Should Win: J.K. Simmons for Whiplash

 

Best Supporting Actress:

Photo Credit:http://www.indiewire.com/article/patricia-arquette-on-why-she-needed-to-make-boyhood-and-why-it-was-so-weird-to-finally-watch-it-20140714Photo Credit:http://www.hypable.com/2014/09/16/into-the-woods-poster-meryl-streep/Patricia Arquette is the frontrunner here, despite what was honestly a pretty spotty performance. Sure, there were moments of brilliance, but over the 12 years, Arquette was never as consistent as her costar Ethan Hawke. There are, however, two great performances nominated. Jessica Chastain continued her journey to Hollywood royalty in A Most Violent Year while Meryl Streep maintained the throne in Into the Woods. The latter was a little more interesting, considering Streep doesn’t usually do big budget musicals. Will Win: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood/Should Win: Meryl Streep for Into the Woods

 

Best Screenplay:

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2562232/?ref_=nv_sr_1Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2267998/Another strong category. Though I do have to wonder how much Boyhood deserves this since Richard Linklater admitted to making it up as he went during the press junkets for the film. For that reason, it’ll likely be Birdman taking home the Globe, for all its offbeat ridiculousness and smart as a whip attitude. That said, it’d be great of Gillian Flynn got at least some recognition for Gone Girl, which is actually one of the best written films of the year. Will Win: Birdman/Should Win: Gone Girl

 

Best Animated Film:

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1490017/?ref_=nv_sr_1You know what would make everything awesome? The LEGO Movie snagging a win here, which it will. The Boxtrolls and The Book of Life weren’t well-received enough, while How to Train Your Dragon 2 wasn’t quite as strong as the original. Big Hero 6 could be an upset, but The LEGO Movie set the bar high for animation early on in 2014, and no one really hit it. Will/Should Win: The LEGO Movie

 

 

Best Foreign Film:

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2718492/?ref_=nv_sr_1Confession time: I haven’t seen any of these yet, something I plan to remedy by the time I’m writing predictions for the Oscars. Though, I’m told Ida is amazing. Everyone else seems to think so too. Will Win: Ida

 

 

 

Best Original Score:

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2980516/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1Interstellar is a pretty big question mark here. I’m a big fan of Hans Zimmer, but his score was downright overpowering most of the time. Otherwise, we got great nominees out of BirdmanGone Girl, and The Theory of Everything. While the former two are more adventurous and fun, The Theory of Everything‘s score is subdued yet incredibly powerful. It’s the type of subtlety that gets votes, including mine. Will/Should Win: The Theory of Everything

 

 

Best Original Song:

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1020072/Always a tough category to call, so let’s tackle this song by song. Noah‘s “Mercy Is” is weakest of the bunch. Annie‘s “Opportunity” is fairly generic, despite Sia’s powerful vocals. Big Eyes‘s titular song by Lana Del Ray is where things get a little more interesting. The song is moody and even a little catchy. But it doesn’t measure up to the two powerhouses of the category. Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is the most fun of the bunch, easily having the highest replay value of the five. But it’s Selma‘s “Glory” by John Legend and Common that stands tallest with its powerful and relevant lyrics and subdued, rhythmic melody. It’s the only real option. Will/Should Win: “Glory” from Selma

 

Who do you think will take home the Globes? Let us know below!

 

By Matt Dougherty

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