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Golden Globe post nomination predictions for December

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As we move from Phase One to Phase Two of the awards season, things begin to take a new turn. Now, it’s not only predicting who and what is going to be nominated, but also now a focus on potential winners comes into play. In a few categories, the winner has more or less been clear as day, but in the majority of them it’s an open race still. As such, I’m going to take a shot today at attempting to predict the Golden Globe awards. The members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made their nomination picks recently, so now I get to sort through them and try to figure out how the Globes will turn out…

Before I show you the predictions, I’ll quickly give you my train of thought. Essentially, I tried to split things between Birdman and Boyhood, since I’m not sure how the voters are going to deal with The Imitation Game, Into the Woods, and The Theory of Everything. I don’t think all three will get shut out of wins, but at least one likely will. There are a few safe bets here, with the Globes likely to cite Patricia Arquette in Best Supporting Actress for one of Boyhood’s wins, Julianne Moore in Best Actress (Drama) for Still Alice, and J.K. Simmons in Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash. Those are close to locks. The other categories, give or take Best Animated Feature for The Lego Movie, are certainly up for grabs. As such, for now I’m looking to Birdman to do very well in the Comedy/Musical fields while Boyhood leads the charge in Drama. A lot remains to be seen though, so sit tight. The race is far from over at this still early juncture. Technically it’s not even Phase Two yet! We have a long way to go.

Alright, enough talk. Time for the good stuff, right? Here now is how I currently see the Golden Globe awards going down:

Best Picture (Drama)

1. Boyhood
2. The Theory of Everything
3. The Imitation Game
4. Selma
5. Foxcatcher

Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)

1. Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
3. Into the Woods
4. St. Vincent
5. Pride

Best Actor (Drama)

1. Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
2. Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
3. David Oyelowo – Selma
4. Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
5. Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler

Best Actor (Comedy or Musical)

1. Michael Keaton – Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
2. Bill Murray – St. Vincent
3. Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
5. Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes

Best Actress (Drama)

1. Julianne Moore – Still Alice
2. Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
3. Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
4. Jennifer Aniston – Cake
5. Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Best Actress (Comedy or Musical)

1. Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
2. Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
3. Amy Adams – Big Eyes
4. Helen Mirren – The Hundred Foot Journey
5. Quvenzhané Wallis – Annie

Best Supporting Actor

1. J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
2. Edward Norton – Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
3. Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
4. Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
5. Robert Duvall – The Judge

Best Supporting Actress

1. Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
2. Emma Stone – Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
2. Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
4. Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
5. Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year

Best Director

1. Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
2. Richard Linklater – Boyhood
3. Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. David Fincher – Gone Girl
5. Ava DuVernay – Selma

Best Screenplay

1. Boyhood
2. The Imitation Game
3. Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
5. Gone Girl

Best Animated Feature

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

Best Original Score

1. Interstellar
2. Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
3. The Theory of Everything
4. The Imitation Game
5. Gone Girl

Best Original Song

1. “Mercy Is” – Noah
2. “Big Eyes” – Big Eyes
3. “Glory” – Selma
4. “Yellow Flicker Beat” – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
5. “Opportunity” – Annie

Best Foreign Film

1. Ida
2. Force Majeure
3. Leviathan
4. Tangerines
5. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Stay tuned as usual for another brand new set of Oscar predictions very soon (possibly even before the year ends next week) as well as another look at my Golden Globe predictions early on in 2015!

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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