Sunday, January 11, 2015
My 2015 Golden Globe Predictions
And we're off! Tonight is the 72nd annual Golden Globes, which means one thing, award season is here. The Golden Globes are kicking off what is sure to be a fun week for fans of this sort of stuff, with Oscar nominations coming in on Thursday and then the Critics Choice Awards on Friday. Personally, this is one of my favorite times of the year (aside from the always enjoyable Summer movie season). With the Golden Globes being the first of all the major award shows, it really is the hardest one to predict, not to mention the fact that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association often makes questionable choices to begin with. As is the norm, I don't predict the TV winners, because I just really am not well versed enough in that world to make good predictions, but I do love to predict the movie winners. With that all said, onto my predictions. As always, check back after the show to get a quick recap of what I thought about the night overall, and for a full list of nominees click here.
Best Original Song, Motion Picture - Selma
Best Original Score, Motion Picture - Antonion Sanchez, Birdman
Best Screenplay, Motion Picture - Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Director, Motion Picture - Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture - J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Foreign Language Film - Ida
Best Animated Feature Film - The LEGO Movie
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy - Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy - Michael Keaton, Birdman
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama - Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama - Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical - Birdman
Best Motion Picture, Drama - The Imitation Game
UPDATE: Nothing is ever really predictable with the Golden Globes, I got 7 out of 14. With the Golden Globes being the first major award show out the gate, they can sometimes set the tone for what to expect from all of the others. With that said, their division of comedy and drama, not to mention the fact that these awards aren't chosen by people in the film industry themselves like the Oscars or all of the guild awards, makes their choices often not line up with other award shows. One thing I can say is the Hollywood Foreign Press shared the love this year with the only real dominant player of the night being Boyhood. Here are my quick takeaways.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a serious award season player. Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons, and Patricia Arquette had better be clearing room on their mantles for their Oscars (just my opinion), as should Richard Linklater. I was also exceptionally pleased to see How to Train Your Dragon 2 win, continuing to make the animated race this year one of the most hard to call of any. Finally, I have been hesitant to say it for a while, but I think it's safe to say it now... Boyhood is the frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar, and you know what, I'd be perfectly fine with that. It's a unique, one-of-a-kind filmmaking experiment, and wouldn't you want a movie like that to be the one remembered as this year's Best Picture winner 50 years from now? While nothing is by any means set in stone, I think the love shown to Boyhood tonight, and the love the film will receive from the Broadcast Film Critics on Friday night, will have a lot of Academy members who haven't yet seen it rushing out to see it now.