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A first stab at Golden Globe predictions

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We’re still a week and change away from a new set of Oscar predictions, so I figured today I’d mix it up and give you all my first set of Golden Globe predictions. One of the most noteworthy (if not the most important) precursors in terms of testing out winners, the Globes are the second biggest show out there, so you have to take note of them. As such, they get this early treatment in a way that not ever other precursor does.

The big difference you’ll see here between the Academy and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is that they sometimes go for the bigger names or the bigger production. As such, I’ve moved Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken ahead of Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher here, even though I have the opposite for Oscar. You also lose certain indies, as you’ll see by smaller nomination totals for Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, for example. On the flip side though, the inclusion of comedies and musicals allows work like John Carney’s Begin Again, Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys, and Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods to have a shot at not just nominations, but wins.

Here now though, without further delay, are my initial Golden Globe predictions:

Best Picture (Drama)

1. Unbroken
2. Foxcatcher
3. Big Eyes
4. Rosewater
5. Interstellar

Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)

1. Inherent Vice
2. Into the Woods
3. Men, Women, & Children
4. Begin Again
5. Jersey Boys

Best Actor (Drama)

1. Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
2. Timothy Spall – Mr. Turner
3. Gael Garcia Bernal – Rosewater
4. Ben Affleck – Gone Girl
5. Oscar Isaac – A Most Violent Year

Best Actor (Comedy or Musical)

1. Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
2. Adam Sandler – Men, Women, & Children
3. Mark Ruffalo – Begin Again
4. Seth Rogen – Neighbors
5. John Lloyd Young – Jersey Boys

Best Actress (Drama)

1. Amy Adams – Big Eyes
2. Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
3. Michelle Williams – Suite française
4. Reese Witherspoon – Wild
5. Shailene Woodley – The Fault in Our Stars

Best Actress (Comedy or Musical)

1. Keira Knightley – Begin Again
2. Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
3. Rosemarie DeWitt – Men, Women, & Children
4. Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
5. Rose Byrne – Neighbors

Best Supporting Actor

1. Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
2. Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes
3. Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher
4. J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
5. Takamasa Ishihara – Unbroken

Best Supporting Actress

1. Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
2. Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
3. Jennifer Garner – Men, Women, & Children
4. Laura Dern – The Fault in Our Stars
5. Jena Malone – Inherent Vice

Best Director

1. Angelina Jolie – Unbroken
2. Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
3. Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice
4. Jon Stewart – Rosewater
5. David Fincher – Gone Girl

Best Screenplay

1. Unbroken
2. Foxcatcher
3. Gone Girl
4. Rosewater
5. The Fault in Our Stars

Best Animated Feature

1. The Lego Movie
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2
3. Big Hero 6
4. The Boxtrolls
5. Rio 2

Best Original Score

1. Unbroken
2. Interstellar
3. Big Eyes
4. Noah
5. Foxcatcher

Best Original Song

1. Muppets Most Wanted
2. The Lego Movie
3. Begin Again
4. Joe
5. Rio 2

Best Foreign Film

1. Winter Sleep
2. The Assassin
3. Leviathan
4. Borgman
5. The Raid 2

Stay tuned for more Oscar predictions next month and a Golden Globe predictions update at the end of the summer or so!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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