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Golden Globe results: Surprises and Upsets everywhere as ‘The Martian’ and ‘The Revenant’ emerge victorious

Wow. Just…wow. As much as I try to prepare myself for the unexpected, last night’s 73rd Golden Globe Awards was still something else. My predictions, along with everyone else in the industry, were way off, as curveball after curveball came our way. It turned out to be a very good night for The Revenant, with The Martian also having a strong showing. As good as it was for those two, it was a poor night for both The Big Short and Spotlight, as shut outs were pitched. Hell, even Steve Jobs managed to come back from the dead and take home a pair of prizes. It was impossible to see all of this coming, though a few things were potential upsets heading into the night. Still…wow.
Where to start? Well, at the beginning, I guess. Nothing turned out as we expected it to, leading the night to be anything but routine. The Globes gave a big boost to Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s film The Revenant, as it led the way with three wins, emerging victorious in Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for Leonardo DiCaprio, and Best Director for Iñárritu himself. The Martian and Steve Jobs were the only other two movies to win multiple awards, as the former took Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) and Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) for Matt Damon, while the latter took Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Kate Winslet and Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin. Other big wins went to Brie Larson for Room with the Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) category, Jennifer Lawrence for Joy with the Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) category, and Sylvester Stallone for Creed in Best Supporting Actor. Most of those were surprises too, to one degree or another. We even got an upset in Best Original Song, as “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre won. The only non surprises, outside of DiCaprio and Larson, were Inside Out winning Best Animated Feature Film, Son of Saul winning Best Motion Picture (Foreign Language), and Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight taking Best Original Score.
Below you’ll see all of the aforementioned wins in the film categories (even though that really does cover it), along with the television categories, which was highlighted for me by Oscar Isaac winning an award for his performance in […]

Final Golden Globe predictions

A big day is coming, ladies and gentlemen. Yes, on Sunday night, we’ll have in some ways what amounts to a test run for Oscar in the Golden Globe Awards. Yes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (or HFPA for short) has basically no overlap, voter wise, with the Academy, but to some degree what happens at the Globes still affects what happens with Oscar. Mostly, it makes a difference in terms of potential winners, especially since voting by Academy members for nominations will be over before Sunday, but still…they’ll be watching. As such, it makes it all the more important to keep an eye on what happens here. In that regard, I’ve got one last set of predictions for the Golden Globes, in an effort to see what the members of the HFPA are going to do this weekend.
As far as I can tell, Spotlight is still in a position to do pretty well here, but the big change I’ve gone ahead to predict is both Mad Max: Fury Road becoming its main challenger in some categories, but also that The Big Short seems to have overtaken The Martian in some other categories. Those four, give or take Carol, are the main players for Sunday night, but surprises could very well be in store here. Globe voters are a peculiar bunch, and while you can sometimes guess what’s in store, oftentimes there’s at least one or two things you didn’t see coming. Potentially, we could see a huge split between the various players, only making things more confusing for pundits like myself. Regardless, it’s going to be an interesting ceremony to close out the weekend, that’s for sure. Sit tight until we see who wins, and check back on Monday for some analysis of what did go down…

Here now is my final set of Golden Globe predictions, in advance of Sunday’s awards ceremony:
Best Picture (Drama)
1. Spotlight
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
3. Carol
4. The Revenant
5. Room
Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)
1. The Big Short
2. The Martian
3. Trainwreck
4. Joy
5. Spy
Best Actor (Drama)
1. Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
2. Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
3. Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
4. Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl
5. Will Smith – Concussion
Best Actor (Comedy or Musical)
1. Steve Carell – The Big Short
2. Matt Damon – The Martian
3. Christian Bale – The Big Short
4. Mark Ruffalo – Infinitely Polar Bear
5. Al Pacino – Danny Collins
Best Actress (Drama)
1. Brie Larson – Room
2. […]

Nominations announced for the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards

Well now, another domino in the 2015 awards season has fallen. A few minutes ago, the Golden Globe nominations were announced, getting us closer to the end of the line in the race for Academy Award nominations. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (or HFPA) aren’t a guild, but they function as a notable juncture in the season. The Globes this year will be chiming in on a slate of contenders without many frontrunners, so they may very well have a chance to impact the choices of Oscar voters. It may not end up mattering much to members of the Academy, but the folks from the HFPA never cease to give it a shot. This time around though, they have a more respectable slate to present than usual, which is a real plus.
My immediate takeaway here is that the list of nominees is pretty solid, though with some pretty big snubs, not unlike the Screen Actors Guild nominations yesterday. In the two Best Picture categories, we saw Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Grandma, The Hateful Eight, and Steve Jobs miss out. Best Director is lacking Steven Spielberg or Quentin Tarantino, Johnny Depp wasn’t nominated for Black Mass in Best Actor (Drama), both Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo weren’t cited in Best Supporting Actor for Spotlight, and The Martian wasn’t mentioned in Best Screenplay, just to name a few. There were plenty of excellent citations as well, including Paul Dano for Love & Mercy and Sylvester Stallone for Creed in Best Supporting Actor, while many will rejoice at Mad Max: Fury Road getting not just a nod in Best Picture (Drama) but one for George Miller in Best Director as well. For those wondering how I did, in terms of predictions…if you include my alternate picks, I went 56 out of 70 (I didn’t do the TV side). Pretty solid numbers there, I must say.

Interestingly enough, Carol is what led the field on the film side, getting five nominations. Next in line was The Big Short, The Revenant, and Steve Jobs with four each, while The Danish Girl, The Hateful Eight, The Martian, Room, and Spotlight received three apiece. Mad Max: Fury Road received those two big citations, as did Joy, Spy, Trainwreck, Trumbo, and Youth (in terms of number, if not in how noteworthy the noms were), with Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Creed, and Grandma among the titles settling for a […]

Final Golden Globe predictions

Believe it or not folks, tomorrow the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will announce their nominees for the Golden Globe awards. Bright and early we’ll know what the HFPA feels about cinema in 2015, and perhaps even a bit about what the Oscar nominations could wind up looking like. As such, I’m putting out my final predictions, ones that I’ll have to stick with for the rest of the day, even if, knowing me, I’ll immediately want to switch them up. That’s the nature of the beast though, and I’ve long since accepted it. The Globes aren’t the biggest precursor in relation to the Academy Awards, of course, but they’re hardly the smallest either. Keeping that in mind, below you’ll see my best guess for the Golden Globes, which will no doubt have a surprise or two in store for us.
This time out, it’s do or die, prediction wise. There’s no more category confusion and the earlier precursors have clued us in to which films might be the most lovingly received all season long. Here with the Globes, what you want to look out for is how well Spotlight does, if The Martian has as good a showing, and if the late breaking contenders like The Hateful Eight, Joy, and The Revenant manage to get more than token bits of love (one other thing is to watch for if Mad Max: Fury Road is shut out or not). I suspect that the HFPA will spread the attention around, though one of those above titles will likely lead the field. Watch out for Brooklyn and Carol though, as they could be surprises tomorrow morning. Sit tight…
Here you go ladies and gentlemen, my final look at how the Golden Globe awards could shape up in under 24 hours:
Best Picture (Drama)
1. Spotlight
2. The Hateful Eight
3. Brooklyn
4. The Revenant
5. Carol
If there’s a sixth: Mad Max: Fury Road
If there’s a seventh: Room
Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)
1. The Martian
2. The Big Short
3. Joy
4. Trainwreck
5. Grandma
If there’s a sixth: Spy
If there’s a seventh: I’ll See You in My Dreams
Best Actor (Drama)
1. Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
2. Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
3. Johnny Depp – Black Mass
4. Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl
5. Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
If there’s a sixth: Will Smith – Concussion
If there’s a seventh: Jake Gyllenhaal – Southpaw
Best Actor (Comedy or Musical)
1. Matt Damon – The Martian
2. Steve Carell – The Big Short
3. Bill Hader – […]

A second crack at Golden Globe predictions

Here in the heart of the month of November, I think it’s high time to take my second crack at some Golden Globe predictions. As previously mentioned last month, I’ll be mixing these in with Oscar predictions somewhat consistently going forward, but early Globe picks are always really interesting to me, especially since sometimes you’re still guessing category placement (which is slowly being reported in the trades this week) and just what the tastes of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will look like at the current time. They’re almost impossible to accurately guess off the bat the first couple of times around, but that little factoid has yet to stop me from trying all the same. Here goes nothing once again!
What you’ll notice below this time around with the predictions is that we have some noticeable changes as well as some films/contenders that are settling in for a long awards run. Category swaps have come and affected Joy, Love & Mercy, and Trumbo, for example (not to mention confirmation of where The Martian is competing), but we still have the major players in Spotlight and such to look at. My hunch right now is that Spotlight is still able to do very well with the HFPA in advance of Oscar, with The Martian not far behind. This would set up the narrative that the two of those are going head to head for the big Academy Award statues. That can certainly change, especially if one of The Hateful Eight, Joy, or The Revenant really blows voters away, but there’s no reason not back that pair right now. As a bonus, I’m including a seventh potential slot in predictions for now, just to open the race up a bit. I may or may not keep it going forward (if so, it’ll likely only be as we get closer to nominations, not initially), but it’s there at the current moment, as you’ll see below…
Here you go ladies and gentlemen, my latest look at how the Golden Globe awards could shape up:
Best Picture (Drama)
1. Spotlight
2. The Revenant
3. Brooklyn
4. The Hateful Eight
5. Room
If there’s a sixth: The Danish Girl
If there’s a seventh: Bridge of Spies
Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)
1. The Martian
2. Joy
3. The Big Short
4. Trainwreck
5. Grandma
If there’s a sixth: Our Brand is Crisis
If there’s a seventh: Spy
Best Actor (Drama)
1. Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
2. Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
3. Eddie Redmayne – The […]

“Boyhood” emerges victorious at the Globes

Last night, perhaps the second biggest event of the awards season went down, as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association bestowed their Golden Globes on some lucky films and performances. The Globe Awards don’t have any true significance in terms of the Academy Awards (due in part to a completely different membership, save for one member), but they do work as a sort of test run for Oscar. As such, all eyes are on the choices that the HFPA made, and go figure…their film choices were far more unique than usual. While they mostly went for frontrunners, they did so by selecting small independent titles as opposed to the bigger movies they tend to favor.
The big news of course was Boyhood leading the way with three Globe wins, including the big one of Best Picture (Drama). Richard Linklater also took home Best Director, while Patricia Arquette was victorious in Best Supporting Actress. The film came up short in one expected category, as Ethan Hawke fell to J.K. Simmons (for Whiplash) in Best Supporting Actor, as well as in one hotly contested place…Best Screenplay. There they went Birdman, which also saw Michael Keaton take home Best Actor (Musical or Comedy), though that film was upset in Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) by Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. I doubt that means anything of note for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film, but perception obviously puts Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel in front, at least in terms of momentum.
Elsewhere, Best Actor in a Drama went to Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything, Best Actress in a Drama went to Julianne Moore for Still Alice, and Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy went to Amy Adams for Big Eyes, an upset that yours truly actually called. In slightly surprises, Best Animated Feature Film went to How to Train Your Dragon 2 over The Lego Movie, while Leviathan took home Best Foreign Language Film over Ida. Less surprisingly, the tune Glory from Selma was the winner in Best Original Song, along with The Theory of Everything taking home Best Original Score.
As you can see, it was mostly a night of going small, with the bigger budget contenders shut out. Nothing for Gone Girl. Nothing for Interstellar. Nothing for Into the Woods. The HFPA normally goes for big stars whenever possible, so their votes seemingly based this year on quality were a bit novel, […]

A second stab at Golden Globe predictions

I was originally planning on waiting to take another look at the Golden Globe awards and my predictions for that precursor until the summer was over, but with the festival announcements in full swing, it seems like a nice time to approach these again. Next week brings new Oscar predictions on my part (also informed by the New York and Toronto Film Festival announcements), so this is a good way to bide our time until then. There’s certainly a bit of a separation between the two, so it’s a far cry from the same sort of predictions, as you’ve probably already gathered by now. The Globes and the Oscars are very different animals, to say the least. You can argue about the actual impact that the former has on the latter, but at the very bare minimum, it influences perception, so it must be reckoned with to some degree.
Once again, the big difference you’ll see here between the Academy and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is that they sometimes tend to go for the bigger names or the bigger productions. As such, I’ve got Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and David Fincher’s Gone Girl ahead of Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher here, even though I won’t have the same sort of lineup when you see my Oscar predictions at the start of August (stay tuned for that, obviously). You also potentially lose certain indie players, as you’ll see evidenced by much smaller nomination totals (or even shutouts) for Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, just as one example, though others could be movies like J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year. On the flip side though, the inclusion of comedies and musicals allows longer shot work like John Carney’s Begin Again, Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys, Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods, and maybe even Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight or Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here to have a shot at not just contention for nods, but actual noms, as well as wins. Nominations that would have been wishful thinking with the Academy and AMPAS are very much in play with the categories that the HFPA deals in. That’s just the nature of the beast here folks.
Here now though, without any further delay on my part, are a brand spanking new set of Golden Globe predictions:
Best Picture (Drama)
1. Unbroken
2. Gone Girl
3. Foxcatcher
4. Interstellar
5. Rosewater
Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)
1. Inherent Vice
2. Into the Woods
3. Men, Women, & Children
4. Birdman […]

“12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” Win Golden Globe Awards

And the Golden Globe Awards winners are…
“12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” “Breaking Bad,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Behind the Candelabra” were the big winners at the Golden Globe Awards.
Best Motion Picture, Drama
WINNER: 12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
WINNER:Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Robert Redford, All Is Lost
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
WINNER: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day
Best Director – Motion Picture
WINNER: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle
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Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
WINNER: Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer, American Hustle

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
WINNER: American Hustle
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
WINNER: Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
WINNER: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her
Best Animated Feature Film
WINNER:Frozen
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER: The Great Beauty (Italy)
Blue Is the Warmest Color (France)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Past (Iran)
The Wind Rises (Japan)
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
WINNER:Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
WINNER: Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Steven Price, Gravity
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
WINNER: “Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
“Atlas,” The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
“Let It Go,” Frozen
“Please Mr. Kennedy,” Inside Llewyn Davis
“Sweeter Than Fiction,” One Chance
Best TV Series, Drama
WINNER: Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
WINNER: Robin Wright, House of Cards
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Best Actor in a TV series, Drama
WINNER: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist
Best TV Series, Comedy
WINNER: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Big Bang […]

Adele Will NOT Sing at Golden Globe Awards

Just so we’re all on the same page: Adele will perform “Skyfall” on the Academy Awards show on February 24th– only. She will simply appear, but not sing, on Sunday’s Golden Globes.
I told you last week that the mega-hit British singer had to choose, and that she wouldn’t sacrifice her Oscar slot for the wonky Golden Globes. The Globes are to the Oscars as the American Music Awards are to the Grammys.
Adele, a source close to her says, will arrive in Los Angeles today and remain here through the next six weeks until the Oscar show. Since Adele will be here though the Grammy Awards on February 10th, it’s likely she will show up there and maybe sing “Set Fire to the Rain” – for which she was nominated this year.
It’s unknown at this point if Adele–with her new baby in tow–will take time to explore writing or recording a new album. Her “21″ album remains a bestseller with over 10 million copies sold.
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Oscar Actors predictions: Daniel Day-Lewis or John Hawkes or Hugh Jackman or Joaquin Phoenix or Denzel Washington or ?

HollywoodNews.com: Oscar Predicitons, how I love thee yet how I hate thee. As I revealed the newest set of predictions this time around and took a look at the next five months, I haven’t dived into serious awards analysis in a while. A lot of the reason was I felt it was too early and we didn’t know enough. I had an epiphany recently however; we never know what the Oscars are thinking. Even after critics? awards drop, Golden Globes, SAG, Critics Choice Awards are televised; all mean nothing at the end of the day. Oscar will always do what she wants to do, even when everyone is telling her the obvious choices.
Granted, I am one of the few that thinks they can actually pick some great choices among their winners. I was and still am in the camp that Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist was the best film of last year. I couldn’t have chosen a better film. Does that mean everything that accompanied The Artist was the best? Absolutely not. What Oscar often lacks are edgy, loud, or mainstream choices. Could they have found room for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive or for its leading man Ryan Gosling? How about Steve McQueen’s Shame with the best leading male performance of the year, Michael Fassbender? Like I said, they’re not perfect. And here’s a look into the future…they never will be.
I am a firm believer that in ten, fifteen years time, we may have an Academy that embraces films like The Dark Knight or performances like Tang Wei in Lust, Caution. It’s not THAT time yet.
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