The Golden Globes are tonight, and since the Back Row is holding a contest to see who can correctly guess the winners (and this contest is restricted to people who aren’t contributors to the Back Row), I thought I should make my picks for the winners public. I should mention that all of these choices are who I think the Hollywood Foreign Press will choose to win and not necessarily my personal picks (though there are a handful of my own personal choices included). For every pick I get wrong, I will donate 25…cents to charity. Sound Fair? Sounds good to me.
Best Motion Picture – Drama: The Social Network
Reason: Come on, with all the hype, good press and Oscar buzz, this is obvious.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: The Kids Are All Right
Reason: Easily the best of the nominees, and also the most critically successful among them.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama : Colin Firth for The King’s Speech
Reason: Its his year. He’ll clean up in the Golden Globes, the Baftas and at the Oscars.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: Natalie Portman for Black Swan
Reason: I would be surprised if she does not win the Golden Globe and the Oscar for her performance. This is not just coming from the heart, this is what I think most people in Hollywood would be rooting for.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Paul Giamatti for Barney’s Version
Reason: Unfortunately for Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church stole the spotlight in Sideways, so its his turn to shine here.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Emma Stone for Easy A
Reason: She was genuinely good in that film, but I only feel like she will win here because she won’t recieve an Academy Award nomination, as the category will be filled up with dramatic performances this year (similar to the year when Sally Hawkins won for Happy Go Lucky).
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Christian Bale for The Fighter
Reason: Again, another overdue award, and a very well deserved one indeed. As with Natalie Portman, I will be surprised if Bale doesn’t recieve both an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Melissa Leo for The Fighter
Reason: She was really good in the film, and while I want her to win. I’m also in favour of Jacki Weaver getting the award. Still, with politics, this who I think Melissa Leo is the most likely choice to win.
Best Director – Motion Picture: David Fincher for The Social Network
Reason: While it is the year for both Aronofsky and Nolan to get their rewards, Fincher has been in the biz a while longer, and has been long overdue himself. I really liked the way his film was directed and I won’t be cross if he wins the award. It’s practically a given anyway.
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture: The Social Network by Aaron Sorkin
Best Original Song – Motion Picture: Burlesque – Samuel Dixon, Christina Aguilera, Sia Furler (“Bound to You”)
Reason: A shot in the dark; mainly because I don’t think Alan Menken will win this year.
Best Original Score – Motion Picture: The Social Network – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross>
Reason: The others have won or been nominated before, and this is Reznor’s first time. And the score is great.
Best Animated Film: Toy Story 3
Reason: Well duh.
Best Foreign Language Film: Biutiful
Reason: A joint production by a country and it’s former colony? Why not! I feel like it has been well recieved and popular enough to get the award. And yes, I am aware of the slightly low rating on RottenTomatoes.
Best Television Series – Drama: Boardwalk Empire
Reason: The new, very successful show on the block should pick up the award.
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy: 30 Rock
Reason: I don’t get the appeal, myself. Apparently awards ceremonies do, though.
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: The Pacific
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Al Pacino for You Don’t Know Jack
Reason: IT HAS BEEN A HELL OF A LONG TIME, MR. PACINO.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Romola Garai for Emma
Reason: Another shot in the dark. I decided to pick the most random choice.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy: Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock
Reason: Again, award ceremonies have unusual taste.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy: Jane Lynch for Glee
Reason: In the past, it seemed to alternate between Tina Fey and Toni Collette. I’m gonna go with Lynch this time.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama: Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire
Reason: Long overdue, and he is a member of a new show.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama: Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife
Reason: Critics love her.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Eric Stonestreet for Modern Family
Reason: Why not? He is hillarious, and people are warming up to his role more than other supporting roles.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Kelly Macdonald for Boardwalk Empire
Reason: New show, and it might be her year to shine.
Now, personally, I think I am up to give up $2.50 for charity. We’ll see how much more or less I will have to give up tonight! Enjoy the awards!