Hot on the heels of the release of SAG nominations, the Golden Globes reveal their own set of nominations. Let the battle commence between some of the year’s best motion pictures, televisions series, directors and actors.
Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln leads the pack with a whopping seven nominations while Ben Affleck’s Argo and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained are tied at five nominations each.
Cries of surprise went out as Mad Men was snubbed this year as was Modern Family, with the exception of some minor categories. Robert De Niro was overlooked despite critics hailing his performance in Silver Linings Playbook as one his best so far (Possibly his retribution for his snide remarks on the HFPA last year). Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises got no love at all from the Globes this year while Salmon Fishing in the Yemen bagged a surprising three nominations. Both Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook are nominated in various categories but both their directors, Tom Hooper and David O. Russell were left out of the running for Best Director.
Widely acknowledged as being one of the strongest years at the Globes in recent memory, it seems as if anything could happen at the award ceremony that will take place on January 13. We’re putting our best predictions out there to deal with the tangled mess that is the Golden Globes nominations (so you don’t have to).
Best Picture: Drama — Django Unchained
Life of Pi brought in the big bucks, Lincoln brought the star power, and Zero Dark Thirty brought the heart-wrenching drama. The race is between Argo and Django Unchained but given that the votes are decided by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the keyword being foreign), Django Unchained will take home the Globe. Argo, while receiving positive reviews and pats-on-the-back for director, Ben Affleck, has had some minor negative press for historical inaccuracies in screenwriting and the unfair portrayal of an ethnic group. However, HFPA is unlikely to be unaware about this and will divert the Globe to Django Unchained, a film with a star-studded cast that served as a reminder as to why the world fell in love with Quentin Tarantino in the first place.
Best Picture: Comedy or Musical — Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
The one thing that gets the HFPA every time is a good, from-the-heart dramedy. While audiences loved the raunchy comedy of Exotic Marigold Hotel and the oddball romantic antics of Silver Linings Playbook, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen will take the cake this year. A feel-good dramedy with light romance and even lighter humour, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a sure hit with the voters and having Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt as leads can’t possibly hurt either.
Best Actor: Drama — Daniel-Day Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance in Lincoln just obliterates the chances of the other nominees. His portrayal of Abraham Lincoln has been universally praised whether one likes the film or not.
Best Actress: Drama — Jessica Chastain
Without a doubt, all the women nominated here have fine acting chops. The deciding factor may just be the film instead of the actress herself. With Zero Dark Thirty making waves all over the globe, this will bolster Jessica Chastain’s chances at winning immensely.
Best Actor: Comedy or Musical — Hugh Jackman
While it may not be the most challenging role in terms of character depth, Hugh Jackman has impressed audiences with his ability to branch out of action flicks and the fact that he actually sings in Les Miserables will shoot him to the top of this category.
Best Actress: Comedy or Musical — Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence will take this one. She’s up against heavyweights of the acting world but her immaculate yet endearing performance in Silver Linings Playbook shows skills beyond her years.
Best Supporting Actor — Philip Seymour Hoffman
This is a tight race between five amazing actors but Phillip Seymour Hoffman has the best odds. His powerful acting creates moments of white-hot emotions and Paul Thomas Anderson provides the backing of a beautifully-written (as always) script. This is definitely a winning combination.
Best Supporting Actress — Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway almost makes the audience want to cry at one point in Les Miserables. That alone is enough for her to take home the win.
Best Television Series: Drama — Homeland
Without a doubt: Homeland. It already won last year and the second season is even more explosive than the first. Sure, it’s got some unrealistic moments but overall, compared to the other nominees, it’s still going to come up tops.
Best Television Series: Comedy or Musical — Modern Family
The race is between Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory. Judging from past wins, voters always go for the easy choice which almost always is Modern Family.
Best Actor: Drama — Damian Lewis
Again, riding on the success of the show itself, Homeland’s Damian Lewis will take the Globe.
Best Actress: Drama — Claire Danes
This is yet another category screaming for a win for Homeland. Claire Danes’ overacting tendencies combined with one of televisions’ most complex female characters is a hit with audiences everywhere.
Best Actor: Comedy or Musical — Louis C.K.
Alec Baldwin and Jim Parsons display outstanding acting as usual but Louis C. K. writes, stars in, produces, edits and directs Louie. The man does almost everything for his show so just give him a Globe already.
Best Actress: Comedy or Musical — Either Amy Poehler or Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Let the battle between Amy Poehler, the darling of Parks and Recreation and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the seasoned comedienne of Veep. Honestly, it can go either way. Both have won some awards and lost others in the past. This one’s going to come down to the balance of votes and at the moment, it looks like that could tip either way. But one thing’s for sure, whichever way the balance tips; it’s going to be a close one for the winner.
Best Supporting Actor in a Series — Mandy Patinkin
The commercial success of the show aside, Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin is the likely winner here. Already having won three Globes in the past (including a win for Best Supporting Actor for the same show last year), a SAG and an Emmy, there is no doubt that his performance as Saul, Carrie’s conflicted yet comforting mentor in Homeland will take the win again.
Best Supporting Actress in a Series — Sofia Vergara
This category is truly a mish-mash of actresses of varying caliber and style (I mean, really. Hayden Panettiere is nominated alongside Maggie Smith). While she may not have the best acting chops of the group, Sofia Vergara’s been nominated multiple times for all the major awards and the voters may be inclined to side with her this once, especially considering that her only real competition is Maggie Smith.