It’s award season again! The time has come for your favorite actors and actresses to get all gussied up in tuxedos, dresses, shoes, and jewels, all of which cost more than the Average American’s annual salary, and strut the Red Carpet. It’s time for entertainment journalists and fashion pundits to gush over said actors’ and actresses’ appearances during interviews, only to badmouth and backstab them moments later behind the scenes. The time has come for the nominees to prepare long-winded speeches, and practice reading them really fast so the orchestra doesn’t shoo them off stage before they get to thank their husbands and wives. And just in case they lose, it’s also time for those same nominees to practice their fake smiles and golf claps for the camera when someone else wins, in order to avoid the awful fate that Faith Hill suffered a few years back at the Grammy’s.
For the rest of us, the time has come to fluff up the cushions on our couches, pour a glass of cheap wine, and plop in front of the tube for an evening of vicarious thrills and glamour. And for some of us (myself included), an awards night like this would not be complete without a trusty homemade ballot sheet sitting nearby on the sofa, just waiting to be x’ed out with red pen . . .
So, with that in mind, this year, I am going to do something very brave — something that may adversely effect the little credibility I have built up as an “Expert Television Recapper.” This, year, I have decided to share my 67th Annual Golden Globe Predictions with you, the reader.
Just in case you feel like playing along, under my predictions, I have left a blank for “Your Pick.” Feel free to print out and use this blog entry as a makeshift ballot. This will give you the unique opportunity to join me in my embarrassment as I make apparent to the whole world the reason I don’t gamble . . .
So, without further adieu . . . THE BALLOT!
*Best Drama Nominees: Up in the Air, Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Bastards, Precious
My Pick: Up in the Air
*Best Comedy or Musical Nominees: Nine, 500 Days of Summer, The Hangover, It’s Complicated, Julie and Julia
My Pick: 500 Days of Summer
*Best Drama Actor Nominees: George Clooney (Up in the Air), Jeff Bridges (Crazy at Heart), Colin Firth (A Single Man), Morgan Freeman (Invictus), Tobey Maguire (Brothers)
My Pick: George Clooney (Up in the Air)
*Best Drama Actress Nominees: Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side), Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria), Helen Mirren (The Last Station), Carey Mulligan (An Education), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious)
My Pick: Carey Mulligan (An Education)
*Best Comedy Actor Nominees: Matt Damon (The Informant), Daniel Day Lewis (Nine), Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes), Joseph Gordon Levitt (500 Days of Summer), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man)
My Pick: Matt Damon (The Informant)
*Best Comedy Actress Nominees: Sandra Bullock (The Proposal), Marion Cotillard (Nine), Julia Roberts (Duplicity), Meryl Streep (Julie and Julia), Meryl Streep (It’s Complicated)
My Pick: Meryl Streep (Julie and Julia)
*Best Supporting Actor Nominees: Matt Damon (Invictus), Woody Harrelson (The Messenger), Christopher Waltz (Inglourious Bastards), Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones), Christopher Plummer (The Last Station)
My Pick: Christopher Waltz (Inglourious Bastards)
*Supporting Actress Nominees: Penelope Cruz (Nine), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), Mo’Nique (Precious), Julianne Moore (A Single Man)
My Pick: Mo’Nique (Precious)
*Best Director Nominees: Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), James Cameron (Avatar), Clint Eastwood (Invictus), Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Bastards)
My Pick: James Cameron (Avatar)
Your Pick: ?
*Best Foreign Language Film Nominees: Baarie, Broken Embraces, The Maid, A Prophet, The White Ribbon
My Pick: Broken Embraces
*Best Animated Film Nominees: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Princess and The Frog, Up
My Pick: Up
*Best Screenplay Nominees: District 9, The Hurt Locker, It’s Complicated, Up in the Air, Inglourious Bastards
My Pick: Up in the Air
*Best Original Score Nominees: Up, The Informant, Avatar, The Single Man, Where the Wild Things Are
My Pick: Avatar
*Best Original Song Nominees: Cinema Italiano (Nine), I Want to Come Home (Everybody’s Fine), I Will See You (Avatar), The Weary Kind (Crazy Heart), Winter (Brothers)
My Pick: The Weary Kind (Crazy Heart)
*Best Drama Nominees: Big Love, Mad Men, Dexter, House, True Blood
My Pick: Mad Men
Best Comedy or Musical Nominees: 30 Rock, Glee, Entourage, The Modern Family, The Office
My Pick: Glee
*Best Drama Actor Nominees: Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Hugh Lurie (House), Bill Paxton (Big Love)
My Pick: Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
*Best Actress Drama: Glenn Close (Damages), January Jones (Mad Men), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Anna Paquin (True Blood), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
My Pick: Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
*Best Comedy Actor Nominees: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Steve Carell (The Office), David Duchovny (Californication), Thomas Jane (Hung), Matthew Morrison (Glee)
My Pick: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
*Best Comedy Actress Nominees: Toni Collette (United States of Tara), Courtney Cox (Cougar Town), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Lea Michelle (Glee)
My Pick: Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
*Best Supporting Actor Nominees: Michael Emerson (Lost), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), William Hurt (Damages), John Lithgow (Dexter), Jeremy Piven (Entourage)
My Pick: Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
*Best Supporting Actress Nominees: Jane Adams (Hung), Rose Byrne (Damages), Jane Lynch (Glee), Janet McTeer (Into the Storm), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love)
My Pick: Jane Lynch (Glee)
*Best Miniseries Actor Nominees: Kevin Bacon (Taking Chances), Kenneth Branaugh (Wallender), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Endgame), Brendan Gleeson (Into the Storm), Jeremy Irons (Georgia O’Keefe)
My Pick: Kevin Bacon (Taking Chances)
*Best Miniseries Actress Nominees: Joan Allen (Georgia O’Keefe), Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens), Jessica Lange (Grey Gardens), Anna Paquin (The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler), Sigourney Weaver (Prayers for Bobby)
My Pick: Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens)
Best Miniseries Nominees: Grey Gardens, Little Dorrit, Taking Chances, Georgia O’Keefe, Into the Storm
My Pick: Grey Gardens
(Wow, my fingers sure are numb from typing all of this! I wonder how many bloggers suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome . . .)
Best of luck on your ballots, and I will see YOU at the Awards!