Sunday, January 15, 2012

Guide to the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes is arguably the most entertaining of all awards shows - a splendidly sardonic host and wide open bar providing the oft irreverent edge. What goes down at the Globes often transfers to the Oscars but almost equally as often - what happens at the Beverly Hilton ballroom stays at the Beverly Hilton ballroom (see 'The Social Network' - criminal). Here come tonight's picks (my reviews linked in blue):

Best Motion Picture - Drama

Hugo

Winner: The Help in an upset over The Descendants and Hugo.
E's Pick: Drive
My take: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association bizarrely didn't bother nominating 2011's lone masterpiece 'Drive' - deplorable.                                                                 


Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

50/50
Bridesmaids
Midnight in Paris
My Week With Marilyn

Winner: The Artist
E's Pick: The Artist
My take: While 'Marilyn' was immensely entertaining - 'The Artist' was the most revelatory experience of the year.


Best Director - Motion Picture

Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
Martin Scorsese (Hugo)

Winner: Michel Hazanavicius
E's Pick: Michel Hazanavicius
My take: While my guy Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) was shamefully omitted - Hazanavicius is the pick here for his brilliantly unique offering.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)
Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)
Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin)

Winner: Meryl Streep
E's Pick: Meryl Streep
My take: Davis delivered resonance and Swinton was stunning but Streep's transformation was transcendent - the finest in any year.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Brad Pitt (Moneyball)

Winner: Brad Pitt
E's Pick: George Clooney over Leonardo DiCaprio
My take: If Pitt wins - throw the award in the trash. Both George and Leo trumped him - no contest.

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

Jodie Foster (Carnage)
Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids)
Kate Winslet (Carnage)

Winner: Michelle Williams
E's Pick: Michelle Williams
My take: Williams embodied Marilyn Monroe - a brutally tough role to sell as resplendently as she did.

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

Brendan Gleeson (The Guard)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (50/50)
Ryan Gosling (Crazy, Stupid, Love)
Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris)

Winner: Jean Dujardin
E's Pick: Jean Dujardin
My take: While uttering just a single word - Dujardin sold emotion with solely his eyes.

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

Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)

Winner: Octavia Spencer
E's Pick: Octavia Spencer
My take: Woodley was a revelation and Bejo was the breakout but Spencer shone brightest in 'The Help'.

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

Viggo Mortensen (A Dangerous Method)
Christopher Plummer (Beginners)

Winner: Albert Brooks 
E's Pick: Albert Brooks
My take: Arguably the most competitive category, you could argue for either Brooks or Plummer - both crushed their roles.

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin (Moneyball)

Winner: The Descendants
E's Pick: The Descendants
My take: Can the HFP resist the trendy 'Moneyball' and properly award the exquisite 'Descendants'?

Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Ludovic Bource (The Artist)
Abel Korzeniowski (W.E.)
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)
Howard Shore (Hugo)
John Williams (War Horse)

Winner: John Williams
E's Pick: John Williams
My take: The soundtrack scoring king wins over Reznor & Ross LLC.

Best Original Song - Motion Picture


Hello Hello (Gnomeo & Juliet)
The Keeper (Machine Gun Preacher)
Lay Your Head Down (Albert Nobbs)
The Living Proof (The Help)
Masterpiece (W.E.)

Winner: The Living Proof
E's Pick: The Living Proof seeing as 'Life's a Happy Song' from 'The Muppets' was shortchanged.
My take: The Mary J. Blige track was a pristine closing number to one of the best closing shots of the year.

Best Animated Feature Film

The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Rango

Winner: The Adventures of Tintin
E's Pick: The Adventures of Tintin
My take: Steven Spielberg is going to lose to a talking cat, car or lizard? As if.

Best Foreign Language Film

The Flowers of War (China) 
In the Land of Blood and Honey (USA)
The Kid With a Bike (Belgium)
A Separation (Iran)
The Skin I Live In (Spain)

Winner: In the Land of Blood and Honey
E's Pick: In the Land of Blood and Honey
My take: The Hollywood Foreign Press loves Jolie - even though 'A Separation' has been the critics' darling.