It’s award season time again. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the best in film (or so they said) of 2011 and now it’s time to do it with the films and television of 2012. While we will be recording the results live and updating them (the winners will be in bold so you know who won, parts of this will be written prior to that. The parts where we list who we wanted to win or who we felt should have won were written beforehand.
Preshow thoughts: I have never been as giddy about award show hosts as I was when I found out that the amazing Amy Poehler and Tina Fey would be hosting. I have a feeling this is going to be an amazing show, if only because they will be running it. Poehler plays one of my favorite characters on television with ease. Lesley Knope is ridiculously unique and Parks and Rec is one of the consistently funny television shows on television each week. It looks like it might be a good show.
*Awards listed are in the order they appeared on the Golden Globes website.
LIFE OF PI
ZERO DARK THIRTY
Who we want to win: Wow. This is a rough one. I’m hoping that Zero Dark Thirty is the sore one out, but each time I vote against someone it seems like they win. For that reason, I feel like I should avoid talking bad about this film. I am sure it is an amazing film, but I would much rather see Argo or Django Unchained win.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jessica Chastain – ZERO DARK THIRTY
Marion Cotillard – RUST AND BONE
Helen Mirren – HITCHCOCK
Naomi Watts – THE IMPOSSIBLE
Rachel Weisz – THE DEEP BLUE SEA
Who we want to win: Marion Cotillard – It seems rare that a foreign film is celebrated in our culture and when it is there tends to be a good reason. I don’t know if she will win or not, but Cotillard’s films are typically beautiful and her performances worth watching.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis – LINCOLN
Richard Gere – ARBITRAGE
John Hawkes – THE SESSIONS
Joaquin Phoenix – THE MASTER
Denzel Washington – FLIGHT
Who we want to win: Daniel Day-Lewis. Honestly, it’s hard to imagine anyone winning against the breathtakingly talented Day-Lewis. If anyone could pull of the iconic role of Lincoln, it was him. Of course, those same words have been said about similar roles throughout his career. All of the other actors are amazing, but when Daniel Day-Lewis is in the category the stakes become so high it’s hard to see anyone else winning.
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Who we want to win: Silver Linings Playbook – We are big fans of David O. Russell so it’s almost natural that we’re going to go with Silver Linings Playbook. This was a great, unlikely film that is honest, raw, and completely lovable in every way. I hope it wins. A natural second choice (or rather 1.5 choice) would be Les Miserables
if either of those win we will be more than happy.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Emily Blunt – SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN
Judi Dench – THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
Jennifer Lawrence – SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Maggie Smith – QUARTET
Meryl Streep – HOPE SPRINGS
Who we want to win: Jennifer Lawrence – Anyone could win and they all deserve to win, but I’m thinking this is the year of Lawrence and Silver Linings Playbook. It was such a real and fun film. I really do wish it all the best.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Jack Black – BERNIE
Bradley Cooper – SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Hugh Jackman – LES MISERABLES
Ewan McGregor – SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN
Bill Murray – HYDE PARK ON HUDSON
Who we want to win: Hugh Jackman went through such a transformation for his role, it would be hard for me to pick anyone else for this win. If it can’t be him I’d like to see Ewan McGregor. I’m guessing that Cooper will be taking the win though.
Best Animated Feature Film
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
Who we want to win: Wreck-It Ralph has my vote. Not having seen all of these I will say I’m hoping Brave doesn’t win, but I felt the selfish girl depiction of supposed mother/daughter bonding was not as on par as most Pixar films have been in the past. So, based on my own enjoyment level, I hope that Ralph or Frankenweenie take the prize.
Best Foreign Language Film
A ROYAL AFFAIR (Denmark)
THE INTOUCHABLES (France)
RUST AND BONE (France)
Who we want to win: Rust and Bone – Admittedly, I have not seen all of these films yet, but Rust and Bone is well worthy of the nomination and the win. It truly was amazing.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams – THE MASTER
Sally Field – LINCOLN
Anne Hathaway – LES MISERABLES
Helen Hunt – THE SESSIONS
Nicole Kidman – THE PAPERBOY
Who we want to win: I am rooting for Sally Field or Anne Hathaway. While I like Helen Hunt, she’s the only one I’m hoping doesn’t win. This has nothing to do with her performance, but everything to do with the fact that the easiest way to get an award in Hollywood is to play in a film about disability even if no one in the film is actually disabled.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Alan Arkin – ARGO
Leonardo DiCaprio – DJANGO UNCHAINED
Philip Seymour Hoffman – THE MASTER
Tommy Lee Jones – LINCOLN
Christoph Waltz – DJANGO UNCHAINED
Who we want to win: Leonardo DiCaprio – I’m partial to either of Tarantino’s actors, but I have loved DiCaprio since his days on Growing Pains. I am anxiously awaiting him in the upcoming The Great Gatsby, but until then I hope he wins the award this evening.
Best Director – Motion Picture
Ben Affleck – ARGO
Kathryn Bigelow – ZERO DARK THIRTY
Ang Lee – LIFE OF PI
Steven Spielberg – LINCOLN
Quentin Tarantino – DJANGO UNCHAINED
Who we want to win: Ben Affleck – We won’t get into the fact that the Oscars robbed him (even though they did). If anyone should win this award it’s Affleck. Until now, he has been the most underrated director that has amazing talent. Normally, it’s hard for me to pick anyone else when Tarantino is up for an award, but Affleck deserves this one. I hope he wins.
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Mark Boal – ZERO DARK THIRTY
Tony Kushner – LINCOLN
David O. Russell – SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Quentin Tarantino – DJANGO UNCHAINED
Chris Terrio – ARGO
Who we want to win: Django Unchained – When I think of Tarantino, I think of movies just like this. Sometimes you see a movie and you don’t know how a director ends up being attached to the project. There is no question that Tarantino wrote this. It has him written all over it. Of course, a second favorite would be David O Russell for the win and it’s highly possible that he will take this one.
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Mychael Danna – LIFE OF PI
Alexandre Desplat – ARGO
Dario Marianelli – ANNA KARENINA
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil – CLOUD ATLAS
John Williams – LINCOLN
Who we want to win: It’s hard to go against John Williams, but if he doesn’t win we’re rooting for Alexandre Desplat for Argo.
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“For You” – ACT OF VALOR (Music/Lyrics – Monty Powell & Keith Urban)
“Not Running Anymore” – STAND UP GUYS (Music/Lyrics – Jon Bon Jovi)
“Safe & Sound” – THE HUNGER GAMES (Music/Lyrics – Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett)
“Skyfall” – SKYFALL (Music/Lyrics – Adele, Paul Epworth)
“Suddenly” – LES MISERABLES (Music – Claude-Michel Schonberg Lyrics – Herbert Kretzmer, Alain Boublil)
Who we want to win: “Skyfall” – I could list a myriad of points as to why this should win, but I will leave it to the facts that this is Adele we’re talking about. Her voice is absolutely beautiful. While I used to think Madonna had one of the catchiest, most memorable Bond songs, I think Adele is going to replace her in that category.
Best Television Series – Drama
DOWNTON ABBEY: SEASON 2
Who we want to win: The Newsroom – The fact that the nominations for The Newsroom are as light as they are makes me sad. I’d be thrilled to see it win this category though. In a perfect would, we’d actually have raw news like you see on the show. It’s magnificent, even though it doesn’t have a chance in hell of winning.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Connie Britton – NASHVILLE
Glenn Close – DAMAGES
Claire Danes – HOMELAND
Michelle Dockery – DOWNTON ABBEY: SEASON 2
Julianna Margulies – THE GOOD WIFE
Who we want to win: Claire Danes as her slightly off the rocker agent in Homeland is amazing. She’s always been highly talented, so her move back to television was one of pure happiness for us. While I am guessing that Downton Abbey: Season 2 will take the acting awards I am still rooting for Danes in this one.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Steve Buscemi – BOARDWALK EMPIRE
Bryan Cranston – BREAKING BAD
Jeff Daniels – THE NEWSROOM
Jon Hamm – MAD MEN
Damian Lewis – HOMELAND
Who we want to win: Steve Buscemi – His role as the gangster on the hit Boardwalk Empire is just one of the many varied reasons that I love him. While any of these men could logically win and do so rightfully and without an objection from us, Buscemi’s performance was nothing short of electric and deserves to be celebrated.
Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical
THE BIG BANG THEORY
Who we want to win: The Big Bang Theory – I don’t feel like I need to list a reason here. If you’ve seen the show, you know why. If you haven’t seen it, just go and watch it.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Zooey Deshanel – NEW GIRL
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – VEEP
Lena Dunham – GIRLS
Tina Fey – 30 ROCK
Amy Poehler – PARKS AND RECREATION
Who we want to win: I want Amy Poehler to win. More than anyone I want a win for Knope. Of course, I would be happy with anyone in this category as long as Lena Dunham doesn’t win. Words cannot describe my loathing for Dunham and her mediocre show, Girls.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin – 30 ROCK
Don Cheadle – HOUSE OF LIES
Louis C.K. – LOUIE
Matt LeBlanc – EPISODES
Jim Parsons – THE BIG BANG THEORY
Who we want to win: Don Cheadle – In all honesty I am not sure of his chances being that he’s nominated against Jim Parsons (who is fantastic in his own right). I’m not really rooting for LeBlanc and C.K., but between the other three I really think it could go either way.
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
HATFIELDS & MCCOYS
Who we want to win: As a big Hitchcock fan, I’m leaning toward The Girl for this one, but I have to say that I have never seen them so I don’t want to throw my opinion in one direction or the other, too far.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nicole Kidman – HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN
Jessica Lange – AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM
Sienna Miller – THE GIRL
Julianne Moore – GAME CHANGE
Sigourney Weaver – POLITICAL ANIMALS
Who we want to win: If Jessica Lange doesn’t win I swear I am going to cry. Her performance this season from the fallen from grace nun to THE NAME GAME performance has been nothing short of award-worthy. Lange shows that age has nothing to do with acting ability. I was sad to see that Lange’s co-star Lily Rabe was not nominated. If anyone, she was definitely robbed. Her work this season as a possessed, otherwise innocent nun was breathtaking until the final moments. Normally, I would say any of these women could or should win, but this time I’m being purely selfish and going for the amazing Lange.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kevin Costner – HATFIELDS & MCCOYS
Benedict Cumberbatch – SHERLOCK (MASTERPIECE)
Woody Harrelson – GAME CHANGE
Toby Jones – THE GIRL
Clive Owen – HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN
Who we want to win: I am going to go out on a limb and give this one to Benedict Cumberbatch. Maybe it’s my love of British shows and acting talent, but I have heard that Sherlock is a phenomenal show. These were all good performances though, so it could go any way. I’m secretly rooting for Harrelson (purely for selfish fan-girl reasons) or Clive Owen (didn’t I mention that British thing already?), but I’d be happy to see any of these guys take the win.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hayden Panettiere – NASHVILLE
Archie Panjabi – THE GOOD WIFE
Sarah Paulson – GAME CHANGE
Maggie Smith – DOWNTON ABBEY: SEASON 2
Sofia Vergara – MODERN FAMILY
Who we want to win: I have a feeling that Maggie Smith is going to take this one home. It’s hard to imagine anyone else being able to beat her. In all honesty, I have no real opinion here. All of these performances were solid and I could see any of them winning. I wish them all the best and think that other than being up against Maggie Smith, each one has a pretty good chance of taking this home.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Max Greenfield – NEW GIRL
Ed Harris – GAME CHANGE
Danny Huston – MAGIC CITY
Mandy Patinkin – HOMELAND
Eric Stonestreet – MODERN FAMILY
Who we want to win: Mandy Patinkin – Perhaps it’s pure favoritism, but we’ve loved Patinkin since his days in The Princess Bride. While the size of his part has varied from episode to episode, I have no doubt that Homeland would be a much weaker show without his presence. I would love to see him take home the award.