Golden Globes Predictions Part 1: Movies

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The Golden Globes are right around the corner, meaning that awards season is in full swing for 2013. In the first half of our predictions, we try to figure out who is going to win all the movie categories. But sometimes who will win doesn’t quite match up with who should win, so we’ll give you that too. Be sure to check back tomorrow for our TV predictions!



Best Picture – Drama:

Photo Credit: Credit:’s a tight race between a few films if we’ve ever seen one. Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln could all very well walk away with the award. All three are certainly strong enough to be called “Best Picture”. But a lot of time has passed since Argo was released, whereas the other two are pretty fresh. Zero Dark Thirty has also cleaned up at all the smaller awards ceremonies. But neither political thriller really stands up to the best biopic in years. Will Win: Zero Dark Thirty. Should Win: Lincoln.



Best Picture – Musical or Comedy:

Photo Credit: Moonrise Kingdom losing steam, this race is appropriately between a musical and a comedy, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook. After the Oscar nominations, which favored the latter in the major categories, this becomes a difficult category to predict. Each film has four nominations at the Globes, but Silver Linings Playbook has one for its screenplay that could turn the tide. Will/Should Win: Silver Linings Playbook.




Best Director:

Photo Credit: Credit: this one became a lot more complicated after the Oscar nominations came out since Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck were both ignored. So where will the Globes land? My guess is that Bigelow could still get recognized despite the snub. However, the Globes tend to favor big names, and even she can’t stand in the shadow of Steven Spielberg. What’s really too bad is that Affleck won’t get anything. The way he crafted the humor and the tension throughout Argo was nothing short of masterful. Will Win: Steven Spielberg for Lincoln. Should Win: Ben Affleck for Argo. 


Best Actor – Drama:

Photo Credit:’s no contest here. Daniel Day Lewis gave a unforgettable performance as the 16th president and has been recognized at just about every awards ceremony yet. There is no wild card, as much as I love Joaquin Phoenix in The Master. Will/Should Win: Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln.




Best Actress – Drama:

Photo Credit: since Quvenzhane Wallis was ignored for Beasts of the Southern Wild, this category is narrowed down to two fantastic performances. Jessica Chastain as the determined CIA agent and Naomi Watts as a mother who refuses to give up. Both performances will suck the life out of you by the end of their respective films. However, Watts spends a lot of screen time, well, asleep. Will/Should Win: Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty.



Best Actor – Musical or Comedy:

Photo Credit: like the Best Picture race for musicals and comedies, it comes down to the male leads of two films, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook. While Bradley Cooper was certainly great in the latter, Hugh Jackman was pretty unbelievable in the adaptation of the adored musical. Especially since he was singing live on set. Will/Should Win: Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables.




Best Actress – Musical or Comedy:

Photo Credit: the Hollywood Foreign Press can’t resist giving Meryl Streep another award, Jennifer Lawrence is the obvious choice here. None of the other performances are strong enough to really even be considered against Lawrence. Most of the nominees seem like they are there simply because they are veterans (as mentioned before Streep, along with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith). But it’s time for some new Hollywood blood, and who better to draw it than Katniss Everdeen herself? Will/Should Win: Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook.



Best Supporting Actor:

Photo Credit: Credit: was a great year for supporting male performances, making this category perhaps the most stacked of them all. The race is really only between two though, Alan Arkin and Tommy Lee Jones, although the latter’s role is a bit more substantial. While I love both of their performances, Philip Seymour Hoffman blew me away in The Master. He was the best part of the movie and once again showed us just how terrific of an actor he is. Will Win: Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln. Should Win: Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master.


Best Supporting Actress:

Photo Credit: words: I dreamed a dream. If that dream comes true, and I think it will, Anne Hathaway will be walking home with a Golden Globe Sunday night. Sally Field and Amy Adams did wonderful jobs in their nominated performances, but nothing compares to the single take in which Hathaway brutally belts out the iconic number from Les Miserables without the assistance of post production. It is one of the only moments in any musical where I forgot it wasn’t normal for people to not sing about all their problems. Will/Should Win: Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables.



Best Screenplay:

Photo Credit: a tough category to predict. Django Unchained shouldn’t win due to the strange nature of the climax (in that there are two, with the second feeling incredibly redundant). Silver Linings Playbook and Lincoln shouldn’t win because they both rely so heavily on performances. Leaving Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, I have to go with the film that took us from 2003 to 2011 so quickly without any given scene feeling out of place. That’s a tough feat to accomplish. Will/Should Win: Zero Dark Thirty.



Best Original Song:

Photo Credit: Keith Urban, Jon Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, and Hugh Jackman are all going to lose, you know the winner must have produced something really special. Urban’s catchy country rock song “For You” from Act of Valor is a lot of fun. Bon Jovi and Swift both have nice ballads from Stand Up Guys and The Hunger Games respectively. But nothing compares to the epic title track from Skyfall, beautifully sung by Adele. If the Hollywood Foreign Press proves to love Les Miserables, that could be the only downfall of the best James Bond theme song in the 50 year franchise. Will/Should Win: Adele for “Skyfall” from Skyfall.


Best Original Score:

Photo Credit: Credit: doesn’t love John Williams? Creator of such classic themes from Star Wars, E.T., and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Well he’s nominated for Lincoln, which has basically no score. And guess what? He’ll probably win because the film is fantastic and everyone loves John Williams. However, the best score of the bunch belongs to Cloud Atlas. Simultaneously quiet and epic, the sweeping score served as a motif in the film’s plot. But, like I said, John Williams. Will Win: Lincoln. Should Win: Cloud Atlas.



Best Foreign Film:

Photo Credit:’s going to be Amour. Seriously, the film got nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Take that as a sign. I haven’t seen it yet to be perfectly honest, but I’ll believe everyone on this one (I will remedy this before the Oscars). Will Win: Amour.





Best Animated Film:

Photo Credit: was a fantastic year for movies but know what it was missing? A standout animated movie. There were a lot of good ones like Brave, Frankenweenie, and Wreck-It Ralph. But there was no Wall-E or Up. So where does that leave us? Frankenweenie was well made and paid tribute to more than a few genres of the past. For that, I have a feeling it will touch the hearts of voters more than other nominees. Will/Should Win: Frankenweenie.




Who do you think will win? Check back for our TV predictions tomorrow!

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