Editor predicts Golden Globe wins

The 67th annual Golden Globe Awards are Sunday, January 17 on NBC at 8-11 p.m. (EST) hosted by “The Office” creator, Ricky Gervais.

The bolded nominations are who I think will win (NOT WHO I WANT).


Best Motion Picture – Drama

Avatar – as of right now, the second highest grossing film of all time behind Titanic

The Hurt Locker – has been in second place for the longest time, but finally pulled ahead of Up in the Air

Inglorious Basterds– rated number two on best movies of 2009, only behind Avatar on www.imdb.com

Precious – Lee Daniels’ directorial debut, featuring actors who are known for everything but acting (Mo’Nique: comedian, Mariah Carey: singer, etc.)

Up in the Air – has been purported to win since early September 2009, but has recently fallen behind The Hurt Locker and Inglorious Basterds

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria – by far the best performance of her young career

Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side – has a large fan-base who believe she deserves this award

Helen Mirren, The Last Station – many critics claim she deserves the award

Carey Mulligan, An Education– the dark horse in this category who will probably win; but come Oscar time, Meryl Streep has a slight advantage

Gabourey Sadibe, Precious – making her acting debut, but her competition is too strong to pass

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart – performance of a lifetime, even coming from Bridges’ amazing career; very similar to last years’ The Wrestler and Mickey Rourke won a Golden Globe for that

George Clooney, Up in the Air – the favorite for a long time, but only before Bridges came into the picture; plus, Clooney’s role was a little similar to that of Michael Clayton; do not rule him out of this race though

Colin Firth, A Single Man – the dark horse of the category, the last two actors who portrayed a homosexual (Sean Penn-Milk, Phillip Seymour Hoffman- Capote) won an Oscar, so you never know what may happen; as of right now, he is second in fan voting for Best Actor behind only Jeff Bridges on ropeofsilicon.com

Morgan Freeman, Invictus – played the role of Nelson Mandela perfectly and has as good of a shot to win this award as do the previous three

Tobey Maguire, Brothers – in my opinion, he does not deserve to be nominated over Sam Rockwell- Moon, Viggo Mortensen- The Road, Sharlto Copley- District 9, Jeremy Renner- The Hurt Locker, Johnny Depp- Public Enemies and Brad Pitt- Inglorious Basterds

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

(500) Days of Summer – best  movie in this category as of quality, not comedy. Could have a lock for one of the 10 Best Picture nominations in the Academy Awards

The Hangover – the funniest movie and most surprising box-office success (grossing over $200 million domestically)

It’s Complicated – funny for the older crowd

Julie & Julia – more of a good-acting movie than a good comedy

Nine – the terrible reviews for this movie speak for themselves, and the five nominations will all end up losing

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Sandra Bullock, The Proposal – funny acting role for Bullock, however not good enough to pull away with a win; Bullock is 0 for 2 (she did have two top grossing films of ’09 in The Proposal and The Blind Side)

Marion Cotillard, Nine – acting was good, but she should have been nominated for Public Enemies rather than Nine

Meryl Streep, It’s Complicated – funny role for her, but she cannot win twice in the same category

Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia terrific acting job, played the role of Julia Child perfectly and without a doubt will be nominated for an Oscar and will probably win yet another Academy Award

Julia Roberts, Duplicity – the most surprising nomination, not good enough to beat Streep in this race though

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Matt Damon, The Informant – he’s the only nominee here with a good chance of an Oscar nomination, and winning a Golden Globe will definitely help his chances

Daniel Day Lewis, Nine – one of the best actors in his generation, but his past can’t help him this year, neither can his terrible reviews

Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes – perfect casting as Mr. Holmes but won’t beat out Gordon Levitt

Joseph Gordon Levitt, (500) Days of Summer – great role, great movie, great acting; though the three greats are the key to winning in this category, Matt Damon has this one

Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man – the  Coen Bros. always direct one actor who receives a nomination, but it’s not always a win; Stuhlbarg will have plenty of chances if he can get a nom after his first movie

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Mo’Nique, Precious – hands down wins this and an Oscar. No other actress stands a chance against Mo’Nique

Julianne Moore, A Single Man – Variety says, “This is her best role since 1997’s Boogie Nights” (She was nominated three times in between)

Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air – fantastic job, but not good enough to beat out Mo’Nique

Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air – her and Kendrick cancel each other out, but still have no chance with Mo’Nique in the picture

Penelope Cruz, Nine – always does a terrific job in every role she plays, but with bad reviews and tough competition, Cruz will leave Beverly Hills empty handed

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Matt Damon, Invictus – it’s very rare to win in both actor categories, and Damon does have the acting to pull it off, if it weren’t for Waltz and Tucci

Christopher Waltz, Inglorious Basterds – like Mo’Nique, he has this award hands down; his role as “The Jew Hunter” was a brilliant part of this film; he was charming yet vicious, eccentric and subtle; Waltz’s performance was outstandingly good throughout the film and he was able to capture that idiosyncratic evilness of his character

Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones – would win this award if not for Waltz; Tucci played a terrific bad guy in Lovely Bones but even his amazing performance isn’t good enough to take down “The Jew Hunter”

Christopher Plummer, The Last Station – at eighty years old, Plummer can still wow a crowd like he did 45 years ago in The Sound of Music.

Woody Harrelson, The Messenger – Harrelson was in numerous summer movies, such as Zombieland and 2012, but in neither movie did Harrelson act like a true Oscar-winner (hence, like a winner) as he did in The Messenger

Best Animated Feature Film

Coraline – with its vivid stop-motion animation combined with Neil Gaiman’s imaginative story, Coraline is a film that’s both visually dramatic and wondrously entertaining

The Fantastic Mr. Fox – don’t be surprised if Fox comes away with a win here, it’s getting some talk on being nominated for best picture in The Academy Awards

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – great 3-D movie made from a top-selling children’s book, but not good enough to be called best animated movie of 2009

The Princess and the Frog – great kids movie, the dark horse in this category but has a long shot to beat two best picture contenders

Up – the category is between this and Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Up has the slight advantage

Best Foreign Language Film


Broken Embraces– Penelope Cruz is the biggest reason why this movie is nominated and will win

A Prophet

The White Ribbon

The Maid

Best Director — Motion Picture

Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt LockerThe Hurt Locker’s strong point is directing; the film is so well-executed that you are always on the edge of your seat, wondering what’s going to happen next; Bigelow really makes this movie what it is: a wonderfully directed war-drama with great suspense and an amazing story

James Cameron, Avatar – $450 million is enough for this movie to be called “successful”; however, it’s no Titanic, otherwise it would win by a landslide

Clint Eastwood, Invictus – one of the best directors of all time, always has a trick up his sleeve and will always direct or star in a fantastic movie, but three directors this year have directed top tier movies that completely rule Invictus out of the race

Jason Reitman, Up in the Air – Reitman’s last two movies (this and Juno) have been highly acclaimed by critics and fans, but competition has been too hard to overcome; he still has a solid shot at winning, so don’t rule him out just yet

Quentin Tarantino, Inglorious Basterds – this is an amazing film to watch over and over, every scene is filled with action, and suspense, drama and humor to the point where you can’t wait to see what event will unfold next; Tarantino’s directing mixed in with the terrific acting is what makes this movie a fan favorite … it’s too bad there is no award for second place

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture

Up in the Air – terrific movie with amazing reviews, might leave Beverly Hills empty handed; this will not be the result for the Academy Awards though: Up in the Air should at least win one Oscar

It’s Complicated – hystericaly funny movie for adults and mature teens, very unusual to find a comedy nominated for Best Screenplay, but when there’s a Streep, there’s a movie nomination

District 9 – one  of the most underappreciated movies of 2009, has a chance at winning, but most likely will not come away with it

The Hurt Locker – no, this movie will not sweep its categories, just the major two

Inglorious Basterds – if Tarantino doesn’t win Best Director, he will still leave with at least one win

Best Original Score — Motion Picture

Michael Giacchino, Up

Marvin Hamlisch, The Informant

James Horner, Avatar – after Titanic’s eleven Oscar wins, I don’t think Cameron will care how many Golden Globe wins he gets for Avatar (one): he has the top two all-time grossing films for crying out loud

Abel Krozeniowski, A Single Man

Karen O. and Carter Burwell, Where the Wild Things Are

Best Original Song — Motion Picture

“I Will See You,” Avatar – the last James Cameron movie, Titanic, had a song called “My Heart Will Go On.” It won a Golden Globe, an Oscar and was the world’s best selling single in 1998; so this and “Weary Kind” are the strongest options to win this category

“The Weary Kind,” The Crazy Heartthe best song by far out of all these songs

“Winter,” Brothers – the only nomination from Brothers that deserves a nomination

“Cinema Italiano,” Nineit’s from Nine, which should mean it’s not worthy of anything, but it’s a very well-done song that deserves credit

“I Want to Come Home,” Everybody’s Fine – even though it’s Paul McCartney, this won’t win for Best Song

Those who know me well know that I watch way too much TV, so I will give a list of which nominations I want to win, and which I think will win.

Bold is my pick; capitalized title is who I think will win.


Best Television Series – Drama

“Big Love” (2006)

“Dexter” (2006)

“House M.D.” (2004)

“MAD MEN” (2007)

“True Blood” (2008)

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

“Entourage” (2004)

“GLEE” (2009)- (in my opinion, I don’t think this show deserves any nomination, its just a High School Musical TV show)

“Modern Family” (2009)

“The Office” (2005)

“30 Rock” (2006)

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Georgia O’Keeffe (2009) (TV)

Grey Gardens (2009) (TV)


“Little Dorrit” (2008)

Taking Chance (2009) (TV)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

KEVIN BACON for Taking Chance (2009) (TV) I never saw this, but I love Kevin Bacon, so I choose him

Kenneth Branagh for “Wallander” (2008)

Chiwetel Ejiofor for Endgame (2009)

Brendan Gleeson for Into the Storm (2009) (TV)

Jeremy Irons for Georgia O’Keeffe (2009) (TV)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Joan Allen for Georgia O’Keeffe (2009) (TV)

Drew Barrymore for Grey Gardens (2009) (TV)

JESSICA LANGE for Grey Gardens (2009) (TV)

Anna Paquin for The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009) (TV)

Sigourney Weaver for Prayers for Bobby (2009) (TV)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

ALEC BALDWIN for “30 Rock” (2006)

Steve Carell for “The Office” (2005)

David Duchovny for “Californication” (2007)

Thomas Jane for “Hung” (2009)

Matthew Morrison for “Glee” (2009)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

TONI COLLETE for “United States of Tara” (2009)

Courteney Cox for “Cougar Town” (2009)

Edie Falco for “Nurse Jackie” (2009)

Tina Fey for “30 Rock” (2006)

Lea Michele for “Glee” (2009)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Simon Baker for “The Mentalist” (2008)

MICHAEL C. HALL for “Dexter” (2006) – he’s America’s favorite serial killer, and in my opinion, he is the best actor here and that’s hard to accomplish with men like Hamm and Laurie in the category, so Hall is due for a win

Jon Hamm for “Mad Men” (2007)

Hugh Laurie for “House M.D.” (2004)

Bill Paxton for “Big Love” (2006)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Any one of these actresses has a chance of winning. I have no favorite.

Glenn Close for “Damages” (2007)

JANUARY JONES for “Mad Men” (2007)

Julianna Margulies for “The Good Wife” (2009)

Anna Paquin for “True Blood” (2008)

Kyra Sedgwick for “The Closer” (2005)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Michael Emerson for “Lost” (2004) – as much as everyone loves him as Ben Linus, and the fact that he won an Emmy, Lithgow deserves this win more than anyone

Neil Patrick Harris for “How I Met Your Mother” (2005)

William Hurt for “Damages” (2007)

JOHN LITHGOW for “Dexter” (2006) – if he doesn’t win, there is something seriously wrong with the voters

Jeremy Piven for “Entourage” (2004)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Jane Adams for “Hung” (2009)

ROSE BYRNE for “Damages” (2007)

Jane Lynch for “Glee” (2009)

Janet McTeer for Into the Storm (2009) (TV)

Chloë Sevigny for “Big Love” (2006)