The likely ones: 2013 Golden Globe Predictions
What's left to say now that the Golden Globe nominations have been announced, the missing parties have been outlined in a list of obvious snubs, fashion issues have been addressed and co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have given us a taste of the night's tone with their hilarious promo video? Predictions, of course!
This year's best actor and actress races are pretty much a lock but supporting kudos and best pictures categories are wide open and up for grabs, making predictions a fun, educated guessing game based on overall critical reception, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's noted tastes and historical preferences, Oscar chances and who's just plain having a banner year.
So before the winners are crowned, and cheered with a few drinks - this is the Globes after all - check out our 2013 Golden Globe Predictions and add in your own. Don't forget to visit our Awards HQ for all the latest news and views.
Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)Silver Linings Playbook - David O. Russell's romantic drama-comedy focuses on characters who are supposedly damaged, mentally troubled, pharmaceutically dependent and just off-kilter enough to seem sexy-dangerous and that combination will prove to be a winner this year despite the fact that Silver Linings Playbook is far more conventional that it would like to believe.
Best Picture (Drama)
Argo - Ben Affleck's crowd-pleasing look at the 1979 Iran hostage crisis is a Hollywood movie through and through and though it doesn't take many risks, it succeeds in being a capably told part of history played out by some of the best actors working today, wearing a lot of wigs and tons of polyester. It's certainly Affleck's most fully realized work and will take the Globe, leaving room for Lincoln to get the Oscar.
Best Actress (Drama)
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
- The talented redhead only came onto the scene a few short years ago and has been working non-stop, wowing audiences with her varied roles and dedicated performances in dramas and comedies and her work as a CIA agent in Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden drama is her strongest to date and will earn her the Globe. Her first but certainly not her last.
Best Actor (Drama)
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
- The method actor is choosy with his movies and known for disappearing into his characters but he achieves something close to perfection in Lincoln. Daniel Day-Lewis completely transforms in Steven Spielberg's inventive biopic, from his voice to his mannerisms and so seamlessly embodies this well-known man that his performance is, beyond a doubt, award-worthy.
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty - In a stacked category filled with extremely talented lensers, there's isn't really a clear frontrunner here with Ben Affleck giving us his best movie yet with Argo, Kathryn Bigelow offering another slam dunk with her tense war drama Zero Dark Thirty and
Steven Spielberg challenging himself with a non-standard look at a beloved American with Lincoln. Our prediction: it's Bigelow's year.
Best Actor, (Comedy or Musical)
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
- Much like his Les Miz co-star Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman's Jean Valjean has the critics raving in a movie otherwise deemed uneven. The Broadway vet was a wise choice and he belts out the live-on-floor showstoppers with a ferocity that's impressive even for a man who plays Wolverine. A grittier side to Jackman than he usually shows will mean a Golden night for the Aussie and his first win thanks to his work in the Tom Hooper-directed musical.
Best Actress (Comedy or Musical)
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
- The talented ingenue is known in certain circles as the Girl on Fire and in others as the young actress who has made her mark in indies like Winter's Bone and The Burning Plain. Here she nails the part of Tiffany, the wounded sort-of-Goth who hides her insecurities with sexual bravado and a blunt way of socializing and made the character believable, charming, pitiable and sweet.
Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables - The movie has been met with some fairly middling reviews but no one seems to have anything negative to say about Anne Hathaway's commitment to the part of doomed prostitute Fantine and while the actress' innate earnestness can oftentimes be grating, it's put to good use in Les Miz as Hathaway finds fresh pain in the role. And considering the movie won't be getting much love in other categories, the HFPA will give it kudos here. That head-shaving scene did not happen in vain!
Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Argo - The Globe could go to any of the men nominated and it would be entirely fair since they all put forth masterful performances in their respective movies so predicting a winner is TOUGH but we're going to go with respecting our elders and pick Alan Arkin. While Tommy Lee Jones will likely get the Oscar and Christoph Waltz continues to make us yearn for him to be in every movie ever, Arkin's sassy performance as a veteran Hollywood fixture was a delight.
Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
- Condensing what was originally a very bloated script, based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's book, and honing in on the passing of the 13th amendment that outlawed slavery, Tony Kushner's Lincoln gave every actor - and the cast is massive - meaty dialogue to chew on and made the movie feel timely while broadening the scope of what a biopic can be.
Best Foreign Language Film
- The Palme d'Or winner will continue its awards haul with the Foreign Language prize. Michael Haneke's sober look at life, love and death is an emotionally wrought and extremely intimate portrait of Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), who are in their 80s and whose lives take a dramatic turn when Anne suffers two strokes.
Best Animated Feature Film
Wreck-It Ralph - Disney proves why the Mouse House continues to stay on top with this colourful, clever and funny take on living within other people's expectations. Not only does it expertly fuse different, seemingly at-odds styles of animation, it doesn't talk down to kids and has more than enough retro gaming references and sweet puns to entertain the adults. A fun time at the movies that looks gorgeous to boot, a win here would be deserved.
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