2011 Golden Globe Predictions

It’s awards season, and as always, I’ve got to take a stab at predicting the winners of some of the major award ceremonies. Tonight: The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Below are all the nominees with my predictions. (I’ll update this post later with the actual winners and my score.)

And for the record, these are my predictions of who will win—not necessarily my favorites or who I think deserves to win. Clearly, I haven’t seen everything that’s nominated, so it’d be hard for me to judge them personally. But also because the Globes seem to be influenced by star power and popular opinion a bit more than I would (they gave the best picture and best director awards to ‘Avatar’ two years ago, for crying out loud). So here we go… my predictions in italics, actual winners in bold.

  • Best Motion Picture – Drama
    The Descendants
    The Help
    The Ides of March
    War Horse.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
    Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
    Viola Davis – The Help
    Rooney Mara – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
    Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
    Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
    George Clooney – The Descendants
    Leonardo DiCaprio – J. Edgar
    Michael Fassbender – Shame
    Ryan Gosling – The Ides of March
    Brad Pitt – Moneyball
  • Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
    The Artist
    Midnight in Paris
    My Week With Marilyn
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
    Jodie Foster – Carnage
    Charlize Theron – Young Adult
    Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids
    Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn
    Kate Winslet – Carnage
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
    Jean Dujardin – The Artist
    Brendan Gleeson – The Guard
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt – 50/50
    Ryan Gosling – Crazy, Stupid, Love
    Owen Wilson – Midnight in Paris
  • Best Animated Feature Film
    The Adventures of Tintin
    Arthur Christmas
    Cars 2
    Puss in Boots

  • Best Foreign Language Film
    The Flowers of War (China)
    In the Land of Blood and Honey (U.S.)
    The Kid With A Bike (Belgium)
    A Separation (Iran)
    The Skin I Live In (Spain)
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
    Berenice Bejo – The Artist
    Jessica Chastain – The Help
    Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
    Octavia Spencer – The Help
    Shailene Woodley – The Descendants
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
    Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn
    Albert Brooks – Drive
    Jonah Hill – Moneyball
    Viggo Mortensen – A Dangerous Method
    Christopher Plummer – Beginners
  • Best Director – Motion Picture
    Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris
    George Clooney – The Ides of March
    Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
    Alexander Payne – The Descendants
    Martin Scorsese – Hugo
  • Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
    Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
    Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne, Jim Rash – The Descendants
    George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon – The Ides Of March
    Woody Allen – Midnight In Paris
    Stan Chervin, Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian – Moneyball
  • Best Original Score – Motion Picture
    Ludovic Bource – The Artist
    Abel Korzeniowski – W.E.
    Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
    Howard Shore – Hugo
    John Williams – War Horse
  • Best Original Song – Motion Picture
    “Hello Hello” – Gnomeo & Juliet
    “Keeper, The” – Machine Gun Preacher
    “Lay Your Head Down” – Albert Nobbs
    “Living Proof, The” – The Help
    “Masterpiece” – W.E.
  • Best Television Series – Drama
    American Horror Story
    Boardwalk Empire
    Game Of Thrones
  • Best Actress In A Television Series – Drama
    Claire Danes – Homeland
    Mireille Enos – The Killing
    Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
    Madeleine Stowe – Revenge
    Callie Thorne – Necessary Roughness
  • Best Actor In A Television Series – Drama
    Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire
    Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
    Kelsey Grammer – Boss 
    Jeremy Irons – The Borgias
    Damian Lewis – Homeland
  • Best Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
    Modern Family
    New Girl
  • Best Actress In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
    Laura Dern – Enlightened 
    Zooey Deschanel – New Girl
    Tina Fey – 30 Rock
    Laura Linney – The Big C
    Amy Poehler – Parks And Recreation
  • Best Actor In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
    Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
    David Duchovny – Californication
    Johnny Galecki – The Big Bang Theory
    Thomas Jane – Hung
    Matt LeBlanc – Episodes
  • Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
    Cinema Verite
    Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)
    The Hour
    Mildred Pierce
    Too Big To Fail
  • Best Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
    Romola Garai – The Hour
    Diane Lane – Cinema Verite
    Elizabeth McGovern – Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)
    Emily Watson – Appropriate Adult
    Kate Winslet – Mildred Pierce
  • Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
    Hugh Bonneville – Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)
    Idris Elba – Luther
    William Hurt – Too Big To Fail
    Bill Nighy – Page Eight
    Dominic West – The Hour
  • Best Supporting Actress – Television
    Jessica Lange – American Horror Story
    Kelly MacDonald – Boardwalk Empire
    Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)
    Sofia Vergara – Modern Family
    Evan Rachel Wood – Mildred Pierce
  • Best Supporting Actor – Television
    Peter Dinklage – Game Of Thrones
    Paul Giamatti – Too Big To Fail
    Guy Pearce – Mildred Pierce
    Tim Robbins – Cinema Verite
    Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family
Total score: 11/25. Better than randomly guessing, but still not very impressive. Some were honestly toss-ups, such as picking Pitt over Clooney for best actor. But others I’m very disappointed with. I loved Hugo and Tintin, but Hugo was far from the best-directed film on the list. And Rango was far-and-away the best animated picture of the year, if not of the last few years.

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