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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