I really love the Golden Globes because the nominations are broader than the Oscars when it comes to the Best Picture category, with two categories for Best Picture: Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, and Best Picture, Drama.
The Oscars have recently expanded to include up to 10 films for Best Picture, but there’s no distinction between comedy and dramas with the Oscar nominations. It’s nice that the Golden Globes recognize comedies, which are often overlooked by the Oscars (example: the fantastic dark comedy “Bernie” was completely snubbed at this year’s Oscars).
However, the Golden Globes also include musicals in that same category, so sometimes you have some interesting contrasts, like the sweeping epic “Les Misérables” competing against lighter fare like the delightful comedy “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.”
For a full discussion of my Golden Globe predictions, check out the 1/9/13 edition of “Showbiz View” radio show at http://www.artistfirst.com/showbiz-view.htm
BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
This year’s Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical category doesn’t contain any surprises. Again, I would have loved to see the black comedy “Bernie” by Richard Linklater on the list — it’s already become a cult classic — but dark comedies often have a hard time getting recognition at the awards shows. Jack Black is nominated in the Best Actor – Comedy category for his performance in “Bernie.”
I’m going to predict that “Les Miserables” will win for this category. Usually the films that are considered important are the winners, and “Les Miserables” has the noble themes, historical settings, and tortured souls that awards shows love. “Moonrise Kingdom” had a really distinctive style and “Silver Linings Playbook” has had great word of mouth and is a popular favorite, so either of those could mean an upset.
Here are the nominees for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL: (Click here for my review.) Directed by John Madden. Stars Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith. From Blueprint Pictures/Participant Media; Fox Searchlight Pictures
LES MISERABLES: (Click here for my review.) Directed by Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech,” “John Adams” mini series). Stars Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, from Universal Pictures, A Working Title Films/Cameron Mackintosh Productions
MOONRISE KINGDOM: Directed by Wes Anderson. Stars Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward. From Indian Paintbrush; Focus Features
SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN: (Click here for my review.) Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, written by Simon Beaufoy stars Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor. From CBS Films
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK: Directed by David O. Russell. Stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. From The Weinstein Company
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
This is a very competitive category. “Lincoln” leads the nominations, but it’s not a lock. All of these films have been very popular with critics, so any one of them could walk away with the trophy, which makes it a very exciting category.
Here are the nominees for Best Motion Picture – Drama
ARGO: Directed by Ben Affleck. Stars Ben Affleck and Alan Arkin. From Warner Bros. Pictures, GK Films, Smokehouse Pictures
DJANGO UNCHAINED: Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Stars Jamie Fox, Cristoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson. From
The Weinstein Company, Columbia Pictures; The Weinstein Company/Sony Pictures Releasing
LIFE OF PI: Directed by Ang Lee. Stars Suraj Sharma. From Fox 2000 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox.
LINCOLN: Directed by Steven Spielberg. Stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones. From DreamWorks Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox; Touchstone Pictures.
ZERO DARK THIRTY: Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Stars Jessica Chastain. From Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
I love this category. Family films are my thing as you know, and at least half of the films I review are animated. I’m going to predict that “Wreck-It Ralph” will win, though each film is deserving in its own way. “Wreck-It Ralph” may be the popular favorite, but “Rise of the Guardians” is a personal favorite for me. I felt that “Rise of the Guardians” was so enchanting, and it truly captures the magic of childhood. “Wreck-It Ralph” is charming and quirky. My daughter is three, and she absolutely loved both films.
Here are the nominees for Best Animated Feature Film:
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS: (Click here for my review) Directed by Peter Ramsey. Stars Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Isla Fischer, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law. From DreamWorks Animation LLC; Paramount Pictures. For my exclusive interview with “Rise of the Guardians” Executive Producer William Joyce, click here.
BRAVE: (Click here for my review.) Directed by Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Brenda Chapman. Stars Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, and Emma Thompson. From Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios.
FRANKENWEENIE: (Click here for exciting info about the DVD release this weekend.) Directed by Tim Burton. Stars Charlie Tahan, Martin Short, Martin Landau. From Walt Disney Pictures
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: (Click here for my review.) Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. Stars Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Fran Drescher, Andy Samberg. From Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures Animation; Sony Pictures Releasing
WRECK-IT RALPH: (Click here for my review) Directed by Rich Moore. Stars John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer. From Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Animation Studios
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
I’m going to predict Jessica Chastain as the winner, with Marion Cotillard as a close second.
Jessica Chastain in ZERO DARK THIRTY
Marion Cotillard in RUST AND BONE
Helen Mirren in HITCHCOCK (Click here for my review.)
Naomi Watts in THE IMPOSSIBLE
Rachel Weisz in THE DEEP BLUE SEA
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Daniel Day-Lewis is a lock as the favorite for his portrayal as “Lincoln” for Golden Globe and Oscar. I predict Richard Gere as the dark horse in this category. Both would be recognized for their careers as much as for their individual work in the nominated films.
Daniel Day-Lewis in LINCOLN
Richard Gere in ARBITRAGE
John Hawkes in THE SESSIONS
Joaquin Phoenix in THE MASTER
Denzel Washing in FLIGHT
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Anne Hathaway has a lock on this for both Globes and Oscars, though Sally Field is a popular favorite, and Amy Adams has been getting a lot of buzz.
Amy Adams in THE MASTER
Sally Field in LINCOLN
Anne Hathaway in LES MISERABLES
Helen Hunt in THE SESSIONS
Nicole Kidman in THE PAPERBOY
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
I’m predicting Tommy Lee Jones for “Lincoln.” It will act as a way to recognize this performance and his body of work.
Alan Arkin for ARGO
Leonardo DiCaprio for DJANGO UNCHAINED
Philip Seymour Hoffman for THE MASTER
Tommy Lee Jones for LINCOLN
Christoph Waltz for DJANGO UNCHAINED
BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
I love this category. It includes Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow, who were overlooked by Oscar in the Best Director category this year. I’m going to predict Steven Spielberg in this very competitive category. I think he’s the sentimental favorite.
Ben Affleck for ARGO
Kathryn Bigelow for ZERO DARK THIRTY
Ang Lee for LIFE OF PI
Steven Spielberg for LINCOLN
Quentin Tarantino for DJANGO UNCHAINED
For a full list of nominees, click here.
Check out these other posts about the Golden Globes 2013!
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An interview with ‘Rise of the Guardians’ Executive Producer William Joyce: A true guardian of childhood
An interview with the Oscar-winning artists behind “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”