The Golden Globes are not simply about actors and actresses stellar performances. Writers, directors, and cinematographers are just a few of the people who create a fantastic film, but the entire team are honored when their work is recognized. Whether the subject matter is a grieving father, a precocious young boy, or time travel in Paris, the movies nominated for Golden Globes this year all have something to offer. Who will make the cut? Check out our predictions for The Golden Globes 2012 – Part 2:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
This is a tough one. While Hugo has been dazzling audiences over the holiday season, and War Horse has the Spielberg dynasty behind it, Moneyball, The Descendants, and The Help all have a vying chance. The Ides of March is looking like the underdog, overshadowed by its lead actors' pheneomenal performances in The Descendants and Drive. It's looking more and more likely the award will go to the most popular film, The Help. People of all ages were raving about the drama set in Civil Rights-era Mississippi, and at least one of its actresses is a lock for an Oscar nod. Read Buzzine's Top 5 Drama Movies 2011.
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Again, there is no clear-cut winner in this bunch. Bridesmaids had the broadest appeal, but The Artist is quickly picking up momentum. 50/50 and My Week with Marilyn were both good, solid films but haven’t wowed audiences as much as the others. Midnight in Paris was clever, creative, and a treat to watch. It all depends on whether or not the voters go for the hilarious blockbuster or the quirky indie. Read Buzzine's Reviews of The Artist and Midnight in Paris.
Best Animated Feature Film
Last year, no one questioned whether or not Pixar would bring home the gold. This year, despite box office success, Cars 2 was the lowest rated Pixar film to date. Arthur Christmas has the lyrical voice stylings of James McAvoy and is still going strong post-holiday season, but the three competitors have to be The Adventures of Tin-Tin, Puss in Boots, and Rango. Though all three have been hailed by critics, Rango is the likely pick. With a star-studded cast and Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson/lizard, the quirky, animated flick has all the elements kids love. More details in Buzzine's Interview with the cast of Rango.
Best Director – Motion Picture
If all these directors aren’t evenly matched in talent, they make up for it in popularity. Michel Hazanavicius has quickly gone up the ranks with the success of The Artist, while George Clooney is pure media darling. Woody Allen soared back to life with Midnight in Paris, and Martin Scorsese’s childlike wonder in Hugo has captivated the hearts and minds of all ages. The Descendants is hanging on, though, and with Alexander Payne’s award history, he can’t be counted out. Ultimately, I think the prize will go to Scorsese. Hugo’s imagination and heart are just what the Golden Globes are after. More details in Buzzine's Interview with the cast of Hugo.
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Comedic writers Jim Rash and Nat Faxon co-wrote The Descendants with Alexander Payne, and despite some stiff competition, they seem primed to win. Woody Allen could sneak in and steal the spotlight for his witty take on the Modernist movement. Stan Chervin, Steven Zaillian, and last year’s winner Aaron Sorkin are up there as well, but Moneyball has not had the pop culture push that Midnight in Paris and The Descendants have.
Read Buzzine's Review of Moneyball.
Tune in tomorrow to see Buzzine's predictions for the Television awards at the Golden Globes, and read Part 1 of our predictions here.