Golden Globes 2010 Predictions

Tonight, the Golden Globes ceremony will take place on NBC.  The hilarious Ricky Gervais will host what will be a very entertaining night full of celebrities and awards that don’t really matter for anything.  Anyway, time for me to warm up my predicting chops.  Here are my predictions:

Best Picture – Drama

  • Avatar
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Precious
  • Up in the Air

Prediction:  Avatar is simply too big of a movie for the Golden Globes to ignore.  Already surpassing the $1 billion mark worldwide and possibly becoming the all-time highest grossing film, expect the GG to award Avatar the last trophy of the night.

Best Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • (500) Days of Summer
  • The Hangover
  • It’s Complicated
  • Julie & Julia
  • Nine

Prediction:  Let’s imagine that the GG gives their awards to the best of the category.  In that case, (500) Days of Summer would win this hands down.  But that’s not the way the Golden Globes work.  I expect Nine, the only musical of the category, which happens to boast an insanely big cast, to win this award.

Best Lead Actor – Drama

  • Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
  • George Clooney (Up in the Air)
  • Colin Firth (A Single Man)
  • Morgan Freeman (Invictus)
  • Tobey Maguire (Brothers)

Prediction:  The GG gave Up in the Air the most nominations, so there’s no lack of love for this light, but intelligent dramedy.  I expect the extremely charismatic and likable George Clooney to walk away with this award.

Best Lead Actress – Drama

  • Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria)
  • Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
  • Helen Mirren (The Last Station)
  • Carey Mulligan (An Education)
  • Gabourey Sidibe (Precious)

Prediction:  I want to say that the glamorous Golden Globes are going to give Sandra Bullock this award to coincide with her very successful year, but I believe that the HFPA are going to give Carey Mulligan this honor for her excellent performance in An Education.

Best Lead Actor – Musical or Comedy

  • 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)

Prediction:  This isn’t as an impressive group than the Drama category.  Nonetheless, expect Daniel Day-Lewis to walk away with this award just because he’s the man.

Best Lead Actress – Musical or Comedy

  • Sandra Bullock (The Proposal)
  • Marion Cotillard (Nine)
  • Julia Roberts (Duplicity)
  • Meryl Streep (It’s Complicated)
  • Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)

Prediction:  Can I just say that Meryl Streep is going to win?  If I had to choose, I’d say she wins for Julie & Julia.

Best Supporting Actor

  • Matt Damon (Invictus)
  • Woody Harrelson (The Messenger)
  • Christopher Plummer (The Last Station)
  • Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones)
  • Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)

Prediction:  Here’s a very competitive group of supporting actors.  Christoph Waltz should dance away with this award for his unbelievable performance in Inglourious Basterds.

Best Supporting Actress

  • Penelope Cruz (Nine)
  • Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air)
  • Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air)
  • Mo’Nique (Precious)
  • Julianne Moore (A Single  Man)

Prediction:  Mo’Nique should and will win.

Best Director

  • Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
  • James Cameron (Avatar)
  • Clint Eastwood (Invictus)
  • Jason Reitman (Up in the Air)
  • Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)

Prediction:  Again, I believe that James Cameron‘s Avatar is simply too big and successful for the Golden Globes to ignore.  He’ll win this award, but when it’s time for the Oscars, this is going to be a different story.

Best Screenplay

  • District 9
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • It’s Complicated
  • Up in the Air

Prediction:  This is a toss-up between Up in the Air and Inglourious Basterds.  They both need to win this to build momentum towards The Academy Awards.  I have a feeling that Inglourious Basterds will win this award… I’m just not exactly sure why.

Best Animated Film

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • Coraline
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Up

Prediction:  There’s no doubt that Up has made its impact on the awards season.  But I have a very strange feeling that the Golden Globes will shake the race up slightly by giving the Best Animated Film award to Fantastic Mr. Fox.

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