Let's be real, compared to the Oscars and Emmys, the Globes are basically the "Attack of the Clones" of the three – crappy dialogue and all. But ultimately, I'm a festive guy. so in the spirit of awards season, here are my predictions for winners on the film half of the 2016 Golden Globes. There's really no clear cut frontrunners, which will make for an entertaining ceremony.
BEST MOTION PICTURE (Drama): "Spotlight" – To me, "Spotlight" appeals on two levels: as a journalism guy and as a fan of movies. Well acted, well written, and it provides a great argument for why we need journalism in a world full of lies.
BEST MOTION PICTURE (Musical or Comedy): "The Martian" – I haven't gotten a chance to see it yet, but if all the hype behind it is real, snagging the Globe should be a lot easier than creating water and food on Mars.
BEST ACTOR (Drama): Leonardo DiCaprio for "The Revenant" – From what I hear that dude went through to film this, he should have it in the bag. Like, having to go out in public with that beard and haircut? I couldn't do it.
BEST ACTRESS (Drama): Cate Blanchett for "Carol" – Because Cate Blanchett.
BEST ACTOR (Comedy): Matt Damon for "The Martian" – This man willingly went to Mars, and stayed there for months with no nourishment or other humans, all for our entertainment. He deserves to be recognized for that dedication.
BEST ACTRESS (Comedy): Amy Schumer for "Trainwreck" – This is a long shot, but I wouldn't be surprised if she won based on her current popularity (i.e. Jennifer Lawrence). It would do a lot for the HFPA publicity wise, and Amy will probably act a fool during her speech, which is all good for ratings. That's not to say that she wouldn't deserve the win. "Trainwreck" was hilarious, and she was great in it. I'm just thinking politically.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Michael Shannon for "99 Homes" – Personally, I think that he should have won for this, but this nod is a good way to make up for the HFPA's past mistake.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Alicia Vikander for "Ex Machina" – Again, another long shot. "Ex Machina" is a fantastic movie, and one of my favorites of the year. Her performance was so chilling and convincing, she very well may be a robot.
BEST DIRECTOR: Tom McCarthy for "Spotlight" – This is a safe choice, since "Spotlight" is going probably going to be the main frontrunner for the Oscars this year, but there's really no sure guess on how this one will go. "Mad Max" is an impressive feat of filmmaking, and so is "Revenant." "Martian" is a welcome, and long-needed return to form for Ridley Scott, and I don't know much about "Carol," but they say it's really good. We'll have to see where it goes.
BEST SCREENPLAY: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer for "Spotlight" – Normally, I always bet my chips on Tarantino whenever he's nominated, but "Hateful Eight" isn't his best work. It's good, but not "Django" or "Inglourious Basterds" quality writing. "Spotlight" did a stellar job in retelling this very real, very emotional story without making complete heroes out of the main characters. They may have done a great public service, but they weren't perfect. It's a step above the standard Oscar-bait biopic.
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Alexandre Desplat for "The Danish Girl" – These are all really good scores, but you can never really go wrong with Desplat, mainly because he typically invokes all of the emotions and senses in his work. The snippets I heard from "The Revenant" were amazingly atmospheric, and it would be sweet to see Ennio Morricone win for "The Hateful Eight," mainly since it's the first movie he's worked on in years, but Desplat just feels like the right choice.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG: "See You Again" from "Furious 7" – Can you imagine saying the phrase "Wiz Khalifa has a Golden Globe"? I can, and I can't, but ultimately, I think he's got this one wrapped up.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: "Inside Out" – THERE IS NO OTHER OPTION.
BEST FOREIGN FILM: "The Brand New Testament" from Belgium, France, and Luxembourg – I don't know what this is, but my usual criteria for choosing foreign film is picking the one with the coolest name. This has yet to work out.