Golden Globes: In Which a Big Hollywood Writer Champions George Clooney - Twice!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Award show season is here, and it’s the time when I get all excited and giddy for the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the Academy Awards.

The 69th Annual Golden Globes starts at 8 p.m. EST tonight and will be hosted again by British comedian Ricky Gervais. I can’t wait to see who he offends this time.

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Let’s take a look at who’s nominated this year for Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globes. Favorites of the HFPA this year are "The Artist" and George Clooney. I’ve gone through the nominations and picked who I would like to see win and who will most likely win.

FILM


Best Motion Picture – Drama


The Descendants
The Help
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
War Horse

"The Help" was one of the most incredibly moving films of the year and featured a stellar, talented cast. It was also one of the best book adaptations I have ever seen. But I think the HFPA is in favor of Clooney this year. My Pick: The Help Who Will Win: The Descendants

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

50/50
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn

I really did enjoy all of these films. But if I had to pick the BEST one, there is no comparison. My Pick: The Artist Who Will Win: The Artist

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama


George Clooney, The Descendants
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar

Clooney had his fair share of ups and downs and played a character who he’s never played before: someone who’s been cheated on. My Pick: George Clooney Who Will Win: George Clooney

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama


Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

It’s so hard to pick between Davis and Mara. Davis is an all-star who does deserve the recognition, but Mara had the wow factor in "Dragon Tattoo." My Pick: Split vote between Viola Davis and Rooney Mara Who Will Win: Viola Davis

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


Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

JGL produced the BEST performance of his career and I loved him in "50/50," but French actor Jean Dujardin won at Cannes and won me over in "The Artist." My Pick: Jean Dujardin Who Will Win: Jean Dujardin

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


Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage

Although I loved Williams’ performance in "Marilyn," I’m not sure why the film fits in the Comedy or Musical category, as it is a vulnerable portrait of Monroe’s life at the height of her career. Wiig proved herself as an actress in "Bridesmaids," and it was one of my favorite films of the year. My Pick: Kristen Wiig Who Will Win: Michelle Williams

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


Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method

Someone needs to win for "Drive," and Brooks played one mean, nasty villain. But the HFPA will probably give it to Plummer because he’s been around for, well, a while. My Pick: Albert Brooks Who Will Win: Christopher Plummer

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


Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help

Tough. So many great performances in the supporting category this past year. I’m split between all of them really. "The Artist" could potentially do a Golden Globes sweep, and the Globe may go to talented newcomer Berenice Bejo. However, I remember being super taken with Spencer’s performance as Minnie in "The Help." My Pick: Octavia Spencer Who Will Win: Octavia Spencer

Best Director


Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

"The Ides of March" was beautifully shot, and the way it was shot made the film all the more suspenseful. I was impressed with Clooney, but Hazanavicius also created a timeless masterpiece by shooting in B&W with some amazing camera work. My Pick: George Clooney Who Will Win: Michel Hazanavicius

Best Screenplay


Midnight in Paris
The Ides of March
The Artist
The Descendants
Moneyball

My Pick: The Descendants Who Will Win: The Descendants

Best Animated Feature Film


The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

My Pick: The Adventures of Tintin Who Will Win: The Adventures of TinTin

Best Foreign Language Film


Flowers of War
In the Land of Blood and Honey
The Kid With a Bike
A Separation
The Skin I Live In

My Pick: In the Land of Blood and Honey Who Will Win: In the Land of Blood and Honey

Best Original Score – Motion Picture


W.E.
The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
War Horse
Hugo

My Pick: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Who Will Win: The Artist

Best Original Song – Motion Picture


Gnomeo & Juliet: Hello Hello
Machine Gun Preacher: The Keeper
W.E.: Masterpiece
Albert Nobbs : Lay Your Head Down
The Help: The Living Proof

My Pick: The Help Who Will Win: The Help

TV


Best TV Drama


American Horror Story
Boardwalk Empire
Boss
Game of Thrones
Homeland


I was obsessed with "American Horror Story" this season. Ryan Murphy successfully molded drama and horror into a weekly show. My Pick: American Horror Story What Will Win: Boardwalk Empire

Best TV Comedy or Musical


Enlightened
Episodes
Glee
Modern Family
New Girl


I only like "New Girl," "Glee" hasn’t been hot for a while, and I continue to hear great things about "Modern Family" so ... My Pick: Modern Family What Will Win: Modern Family

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture


Cinema Verite
Downton Abbey
The Hour
Mildred Pierce
Too Big to Fail


My Pick: Mildred Pierce What Will Win: Downtown Abbey

Best Actor in a TV Drama


Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias
Kelsey Grammer, Boss

My Pick: Steve Buscemi Who Will Win: Steve Buscemi

Best Actor in a TV Musical or Comedy


Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
David Duchovny, Californication
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

My Pick: Alec Baldwin Who Will Win: Alec Baldwin

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie


Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Idris Elba, Luther
William Hurt, Too Big to Fail
Bill Nighy, Page Eight
Dominic West, The Hour

My Pick: Hugh Bonneville Who Will Win: Hugh Bonneville

Best Supporting Actor in TV Series, Miniseries, or Made-for-TV Movie


Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

My Pick: Paul Giamatti Who Will Win: Eric Stonestreet

Best Actress in a TV Drama


Claire Danes, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness


My Pick: Claire Danes Who Will Win: Claire Danes

Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy


Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

My Pick: Zooey Deschanel Who Will Win: Laura Dern

Best Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie


Romola Garai, The Hour
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

My Pick: Kate Winslet Who Will Win: Kate Winslet

Best Supporting Actress in TV Series, Miniseries, or Made-for-TV Movie

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce

My Pick: Jessica Lange Who Will Win: Jessica Lange

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