The last of my picks and predictions for the films that will be recognized at The Golden Globes.
I have to note- there’s an excessive love for Birdman on this list, which I absolutely think it deserves…BUT- Whiplash was shamefully snubbed and isn’t a contender in a few categories where I think it could have won. Stupid Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
I’ll be relentlessly live tweeting during the ceremony on Sunday.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Should Win: Boyhood
Could Win: ……………
I really can’t see anything other than Boyhood winning. The Theory of Everything is a solid film with great performances, Selma is a beautifully photographed and well acted movie, Foxcatcher has gotten questionable reviews; and while I really liked The Imitation Game the ambition of the project doesn’t match the risk that was taken making Boyhood.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Should Win: Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
The Theory of Everything is often summarized as ‘Stephen Hawkings’ Biopic’, but by the time I left the theater I felt that the movie was more about his wife, played by Felicty Jones, than Stephen. She brought this sort of calming determination to Jane Hawking without portraying her as a saint or a martyr. Very impressive. (Bonus points: check out Felicity Jones in Like Crazy. It’s a gem of a film that came out a few years ago. Absolutely beautiful).
Could Win: Reese Witherspoon, Wild
The buzz surrounding this performance certainly has Reese Witherspoon pegged as the likely winner. When Reese Witherspoon is good, she is good. If she can pull off something to same quality as she did in Walk the Line, I’m in.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Should Win: Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
He was heartbreaking playing Alan Turing. I really, really liked The Imitation Game and I don’t think I would have liked it nearly as much if someone else had been playing that part.
Could Win: Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler OR Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Based on my own viewings I think this award should be a toss up between Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see Jake Gyllenhaal win for Nightcrawler. I love the politics of this category, it’s so competitive. It will get even narrower when the Oscars combine the Drama and Comedy/Musical categories and pare the nominees down even further.
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Should Win: Birdman
Oh MAN Birdman was great. This was such an ambitious film- set aside the beautiful theatrical, almost choreographed cinematography and you’ve still got this brilliant blend of witty storytelling, unbelievable performances, and skillful filmmaking.
Could Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel
People who love Wes Anderson LOVE Wes Anderson. Truthfully, I really can’t see this award NOT going to Birdman.
Sidebar- not sure where Whiplash should have fallen on this list (under comedy or drama?) but it is SUCH a crime that it’s not nominated.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhane Wallis, Annie
Should Win: …………….
I can’t believe I’m saying this but I actually haven’t seen any of these performances yet.
Could Win: Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Amy Adams is immensely talented and brilliant in just about every role I’ve ever seen her in. Buzz around her performance in Big Eyes could certainly earn her an award in this category for the Golden Globes but it will be a completely different story for the Oscar nominations.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes
Should Win: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Michael Keaton was great in Birdman. He wasn’t my favorite performance of the year, but what a versatile actor and what a risky career move to make! It totally paid off.
Could Win: …………
No, it will definitely be Michael Keaton.
Best Animated Feature Film
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The LEGO Movie
Should Win: The LEGO Movie
EVERYTHING IS AWESOME! It takes a lot to get me to see a kids movie, but this is an entertaining story for kids with a great undercurrent about the dangers of a totalitarian society…plus a pretty great poke at Batman. Come one, come all – The LEGO Movie has no age limits.
Could Win: Big Hero 6
This was rated very highly when it was released a few months ago. Because The LEGO Movie came out so early in 2014 I could see voters forgetting voting relevance over quality.
Best Foreign Language Film
Force Majeure Turist
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett
I have not yet had the opportunity to catch up with any of these films, but I will absolutely be doing my research once the Best Foreign Language Film nominees for the Oscars are announced.
Could Win: Ida
I’ve heard nothing but praise for this movie about a young nun in 1960’s Poland. It’s apparently beautiful and is a tightly told story with less than a 90 minute running time. Ida is actually streaming on Netflix now, so if you want to check it out, now is the time!
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightly, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Should Win: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
As one reviewer said ‘Partricia Arquette is the heart of Boyhood‘ and I couldn’t agree more. Her transformation over 12 years as the troubled but caring and devoted mother is so real.
Could Win: ……………
It would be a seriously disappointing moment to see someone other than Patricia Arquette win this award. Keira Knightly was very good in The Imitation Game, Jessica Chastain is always brilliant, Emma Stone was great and has far more talent than she’s been given credit for, and Meryl Streep is always top notch. But come on. Patricia Arquette is the no brainer.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Should Win: Edward Norton, Birdman
This is a bit of a tough category this year but Edward Norton was perfect in Birdman. He plays a painfully pretentious and obnoxious actor that is this perfect mix of nauseating and hilarious.
Could Win: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
I have to say, I enjoyed J.K. Simmons more in Whiplash than I did Edward Norton in Birdman, but I think J.K. Simmons’ role may have been the easier performance of the two. He’s comically cruel as this character while also revealing a touch of wisdom and tenderness. He’s fantastic, but like I said- I think it may have been the easier part.
Best Director – Motion Picture
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava Duvernay, Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Should Win: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
I am endlessly impressed by Birdman because I was completely baffled by how this film could be any good before I saw it. Inarritu has put together something completely new and original, which is something a lot of films, even great ones, cannot accomplish.
Could Win: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
I can’t commit to anything for more than 6 months, so the fact that Linklater was committed to this film for 12 years is worth recognition in and of itself. On top of that, Boyhood was tender and sweet without being sickeningly saccharine. Linklater has absolutely earned his place on this list.
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Should Win: Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Birdman
Who on earth has seen a screenplay like this in the last 5 years? It’s brilliant and fresh and funny and tragic and absolutely ridiculous.
Could Win: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
I actually really enjoyed the way that The Imitation Game crossed over between different stages of Alan Turing’s life, I thought it was very clever and well executed, but based on the love there has been for The Grand Budapest Hotel I would guess that Wes Anderson’s screenplay is the likely alternative to Birdman.
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
Should Win: Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Because the Academy has such ridiculous rules about a score being eligible for the category, Antonio Sanchez’s insane drum score for Birdman won’t be nominated for an Oscar. I expected this score to be distracting, but it worked. The way it wove in and out of the diegesis was brilliant.
Could Win: Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
People had very divisive opinions about the score. I really enjoyed it because it was jarring and sounded nothing like what Hans Zimmer typically does.
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Big Eyes”, Lana Del Ray (Big Eyes)
“Glory”, John Legend, Common (Selma)
“Mercy Is”, Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye (Noah)
“Opportunity”, Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck (Annie)
“Yellow Flicker Beat”, Lorde (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1)
Should Win: “Glory”, John Legend, Common (Selma)
I’m totally digging this song right now. It’s gorgeous and I swear John Legend has never sounded better.
Could Win: “Yellow Flicker Beat”, Lorde (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1)
This was a solid song, especially for The Hunger Games, it fits right in with the flavor of the film, but “Glory” is far more impressive.