2013 Golden Globes Predictions

Ah! The 70th Annual Golden Globes are tonight! It’s time to make my predictions!

Here are some quick links to all of the Golden Globe nominated films I’ve seen with their reviews, in case you need to catch up on some of these films before the Globes:

So for each category below, I will highlight two in the nominee list: orange will be my first guess, and green will be my second guess.

Please note: I will only be discussing the films portion of the Golden Globe nominations in my predictions, as I don’t keep up with all of the nominated television shows. I will write a follow-up post after the Globes to discuss whether or not I was right about my predictions and comment on the overall show. Here we go!

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Zero Dark Thirty

WHY: Although I would be happy to see any of these films win this category, I definitely think Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln are the top contenders. Zero Dark Thirty did extremely well at other smaller awards ceremonies leading up to the big ones, so I’m placing that as my first. And I’m placing Lincoln as my second because it received a shit ton of nominations.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Marion CotillardRust and Bone
  • Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
  • Naomi Watts, The Impossible
  • Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

WHY: Much like with the Best Picture above, I’m placing my bets on Zero Dark Thirty with Jessica Chastain. And hearing how shocked people were with Marion Cotillard not receiving an Oscar nomination for her performance in Rust and Bone, I’m placing her as my second.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Richard Gere, Arbitage
  • John Hawkes, The Sessions
  • Joaquin PhoenixThe Master
  • Denzel Washington, Flight

WHY: Marking anyone for my second guess in this category felt silly because I highly doubt anyone will overshadow Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln.

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Les Misérables
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Salmon Fishing in Yemen
  • Silver Linings Playbook

WHY: This was a tough one for me, but I think I’ve pegged it right. You see, I thought Silver Linings Playbook was awesome, and I may even go as far to say that it’s better than Les Misérables as a whole, but for some reason, I feel like Les Misérables is going to swoop up a lot of awards this year.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

  • Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in Yemen
  • Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Jennifer LawrenceSilver Linings Playbook
  • Maggie SmithQuartet
  • Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

WHY: Jennifer Lawrence practically took everything at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday, and she’s considered the frontrunner for the Best Actress in all of the other awards ceremonies. Not to mention, her performance in Silver Linings Playbook was fantastic. But if anyone is going to beat her in this one, it’s going to a Brit with experience. So I say Maggie Smith as my second.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

  • Jack Black, Bernie
  • Bradley CooperSilver Linings Playbook
  • Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
  • Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in Yemen
  • Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

WHY: Hugh Jackman singing = win. I only throw up Bradley Cooper because his performance was pretty outstanding, though I doubt it’s outstanding enough to beat Jackman.

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Wreck-It Ralph

WHY: Brave was beautiful, and it was Pixar’s first animated film driven by a female character; therefore, it was born to win. Plus, if Pixar is in the mix, you really can’t beat it (with the exception of Rango and Happy Feet). If I had to place my wages on any other, it would be Wreck-It Ralph, what with its unique combination of multiple video game settings. Most adults, including the stuffy press association, can’t overlook how impressive that film’s homage to video games was.

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Amour (Austria)
  • A Royal Affair (Denmark)
  • The Intouchables (France)
  • Kon-Tiki (Norway/UK/Denmark)
  • Rust and Bone (France)

I’m not touching this one because I haven’t seen ANY of these films.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

  • Amy Adams, The Master
  • Sally FieldLincoln
  • Anne HathawayLes Misérables
  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions
  • Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

WHY: Anne Hathaway, my first choice, has been campaigning HARD for this nomination and win. She’s talked to practically every news outlet and magazine available about her weight loss and cutting her hair, as well as her recent wedding to husband Adam Shulman. She’s made sure to distance herself from her competitors both in performance and in awards campaign so that she is all we think about. Basically, this bitch knows how to play the Hollywood game. And while I think Anne’s got this one in the bag, I’m throwing Sally Field in as my second choice because her performance as Mary Todd Lincoln was strong. Plus, it just seems fun to rival the two actresses in this category (one of whom is a veteran, the other whom is slowly becoming a veteran) who both have that “You like me? You really like me!” vibe when it comes to winning things.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

  • Alan Arkin, Argo
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
  • Philip Seymour HoffmanThe Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
  • Christoph WaltzDjango Unchained

WHY: This is really tough. I wanted to put my talent-crush Christoph Waltz down first for his performance in Django Unchained (and I still secretly hope he gets it), but I have a feeling Philip Seymour Hoffman could take this one for his performance in The Master.

Best Director – Motion Picture

  • Ben AffleckArgo
  • Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  • Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
  • Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

WHY: This one is also tough. You see, both Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow got majorly screwed in the Oscar nominations, and prior to that, they were considered to be the top two in this category. So in good fashion, I’m sticking with that prior judgment. Kathryn Bigelow is a game-changer, so she’s my first guess. And Ben Affleck wants it bad, so I’m putting him as my second guess.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

  • Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Tony Kushner, Lincoln
  • David O. RussellSilver Linings Playbook
  • Quentin TarantinoDjango Unchained
  • Chris Terrio, Argo

WHY: It’s hard to beat Quentin Tarantino in the screenplay game. The man has such panache with writing original screenplays. I think he’ll be miles ahead of everyone else. But if I had to pick a close one, it’d be David O. Russell with the adapted screenplay for Silver Linings Playbook.

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

  • Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
  • Alexandre Desplat, Argo
  • Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
  • Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, and Reinhold Heil, Cloud Atlas
  • John WilliamsLincoln

WHY: It’s John F***ing Williams with Spielberg’s Lincoln. I don’t think you can beat that.

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

  • “For You” – Act of Valor, Monty Powell and Keith Urban
  • “Not Running Anymore” – Stand Up Guys, Jon Bon Jovi
  • “Safe & Sound” – The Hunger Games, Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, and T Bone Burnett
  • “Skyfall” – Skyfall, Adele and Paul Epworth
  • “Suddenly” – Les Misérables, Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer, and Alain Boubil

WHY: Best Original Song can sometimes throw me off—like when Melissa Etheridge beat out all of the nominated songs from Dreamgirls with “I Need to Wake Up” for An Inconvenient Truth at the Academy Awards in 2006. If there’s an underdog song from a lesser-known movie or documentary in this category, all bets are off. And let me tell you, “Not Running Anymore” is making me a little nervous on that end. However, I’m sticking with my choices here. I’m saying “Suddenly” as my first choice and “Skyfall” as my second. I feel like Les Misérables came to play with music this year. But if anyone is going to beat them, it’s going to be Adele’s Shirley Bassey-remiscient “Skyfall.”


The 70th Annual Golden Globes will be live tonight, Sunday, Jan. 13 on NBC at 8pm E/7pm C.

If you have any predictions about the nominated films, actors, actresses, directors, songs, etc., please discuss them in the comments below! I’d love to hear what you think!

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