Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Oscars 2015: Golden Globes Predictions

Hello, Bloggers! The Golden Globes air on January 11th and even though many are probably going to save their predictions for who will win until perhaps a couple days before the ceremony, I figured I'd post my thoughts because I am so anxious to share my predictions with you folks. Let's take a look:

Best Motion Picture- Drama:
The Imitation Game
Theory of Everything 

Will/ Should Win: Boyhood- It is the current frontrunner for Best Picture and the HFPA could easily take part in rewarding the record-breaking masterpiece.
Could Win: Selma- Even though it is a late bloomer in this Oscar race, I wouldn't underestimate Selma's ability to possibly pull off an upset. Especially with the racial events going on with Ferguson. So, if any film were to best Boyhood, it might just be this film. The Imitation Game could also surprise, but who knows.
Missing From The List: Gone Girl

Best Motion Picture- Comedy Or Musical:
Grand Budapest Hotel
Into The Woods
St. Vincent

Will/Should Win: Birdman- This one seems pretty set in stone. I only say "seems" because....
Could Win: Grand Budapest Hotel- It has received it's fare share of Best Film awards and nominations and has quite a bit of box office gold. Sometimes, they tend to award the biggest money makers in the different categories (i.e., Avatar, The Hangover, etc.)
Missing From The List: Obvious Child

Best Director:
Wes Anderson, Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay,  Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl 
Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Will Win: Richard Linklater- This is a tough call because this is an exceptional category. But because Linklater is winning his fair share of directors awards, that may give him an edge. 
Should Win: Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu- While I find it difficultimately to argue with Linklater being the favorite, my personly pick would go to Alejandro for his equally inventive work.
Could Win: Ava DuVernay- Again. I wouldn't underestimate her film's ability to do well here.
Missing From The List: Christopher Nolan, Interstellar

Best Actor In A Motion Picture- Drama:
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, Theory of Everything 

Will Win: Eddie Redmayne- He has a very physical role and the Globes sometimes like to anoint a future star or anoint the next generation at least.
Should Win: Jake Gyllenhaal- Gave one of my favorite performances of the year and while I admire the physical commitment Redmayne did, I would probably choose Gyllenhaal or even Benedict Cumberbatch.
Could Win: Benedict Cumberbatch- He has quite a fan following, so they could award him to please those viewers.
Missing From The List: Tom Hardy, Locke

Best Actor In A Motion Picture- Comedy Or Musical:
Ralph Fiennes, Grand Budapest Hotel
ichael Keaton, Birdman
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice 
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

Will/Should Win: Michael Keaton- This one might be pretty sewn up. But....
Could Win: Ralph Fiennes- He is also in a strong contender for Best Picture. 
Missing From The List: Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Actress In A Motion Picture- Drama:
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Will Win: Julianne Moore- The consensus appears to be that this is Moore's year because who knows how many "moore" chances she'll have?
Should Win: Rosamund Pike- As much as I loved Moore's performance, I would love to see Pike tale this to maybe shake the race up and make it interesting.  
Could Win: Jennifer Aniston- The HFPA love their stars. I am not entirely sure her getting nominated for the Oscar is entirely certain, but we shall see if her "cake" will have enough layers to make it to the Oscars. 
Missing From The List: Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night

Best Actress In A Motion Picture- Musical Or Comedy:
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Emily Blunt, Into The Woods
Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore, Maps To The Stars
Quvenzhane Wallis, Annie

Will Win: Tough call, but I'll go with Amy Adams. If she does win, that might be the best she can do at this point.
Should Win: Emily Blunt- Since this is the Musical or Comedy category, Blunt's peromance was a smooth mix of both. 
Could Win: Julianne Moore- Kate Winslet won two Globes the same year. Don't see why Moore can't?
Missing From The List: Jenny Slate, Obvious Child (if she was on here, she'd be my vote)

Best Supporting Actor:
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Will Win: J.K. Simmons- It might take a lot of pounding on the drums to take him down.
Should Win: Ethan Hawke or Mark Ruffalo- Both gave such amazing and nuanced performances that I would find it hard to choose between the two. I'm certaintly not arguing with Simmons' acclaim, though. He deserves it as well.
Could Win: Mark Ruffalo- He is a double nominee for both this and The Normal Heart, so they could want to award him somewhere. Norton might also pull off an upset.
Missing From The List: Nobody off the top of my head.

Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods

Will Win: Patricia Arquette- She has been winning everything left to right, even Best Lead Actress at LAFCA. She's the clear frontrunner as of right now for her deep and subtle work.
Should Win: Emma Stone- A true scene-stealing performance that still has me thinking about it. 
Could Win: Meryl Streep- Has a showy musical role and obviously is a legitimate name.
Missing From The List: Carrie Coon, Gone Girl or Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer

Best Screenplay:
Gone Girl
Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

This one's tough. But I'll give it my best shot.

Will/ Should Win: Birdman- This category has marvelous scripts, but gun to my head, I would choose Birdman.
Could Win: Gone Girl- They could easily indicate the Best Adapted Screenplay if they can't indicate the Best Original one since this category isn't divided.

Best Original Score:
Gone Girl
Grand Budapest Hotel
Imitation Game

Will/ Should Win: Birdman- Despite it being disqualified by the Oscars, the Globes could easily atone for that by giving the award. I think it should win because of how inventive it is.
Could Win: Grand Budapest Hotel- It was done by double nominee in this category Alexandre Desplat, who also scored Imitation Game.

Best Original Song:
"Big Eyes" from Big Eyes
"Glory" from Selma
"Mercy Is" from Noah
"Opportunity" from Annie
"Yellow Flicker Beat" from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part I

Don't know, don't care. Too busy wondering where "Everything Is Awesome" is and why Noah is even at the Globes to begin with.

Best Animated Feature:
Big Hero 6
The Book Of Life
The Box trolls
How To Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

Will/Should Win: The LEGO Movie. No contest.

Best Foreign Language Film:
Force Majeure (Sweden)
Gett: The Trial Of Vivian Amsalem (Israel)
Ida (Poland/Denmark)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)

Will/Should Win: Ida- It is an art house hit and received favorable reviews. It would be my pick to win. Although....
Could Win: Force Majeure- It has been released to quite a wide audience and was even released at an indie theater near where I live. So, because the HFPA tend to lean towards familiar names or films, they could award this film. Although something is telling me Leviathan could also pull off an upset.
Missing From The List: Two Days, One Night (Belgium), The Way He Looks (Brazil)
  I haven't seen a lot of the TV nominees, so I obviously won't go too deep into those. But, I will say that Matt Bomer should win Supporting Actor category for The Normal Heart after that shocking Emmy snub. Whether we will win remains a slight mystery, though. 

So those are my quick thoughts on the major film categories and you can feel free to write your thoughts on who should win or who will win. I will continue my Oscar coverage until February 22nd, when the Oscars take place, and from now until then, thanks for reading!