Friday, December 11, 2015

Golden Globes 2016 Nominations


Awards season is about to be in full swing at the start of next year, when we look back at the previous year and some people in various groups decide what were the best things about last year. Sometimes I don't agree with them but other times I'm pleased with their choices.

The Golden Globes are fun to watch because they combine television and movies, two of my favorite forms of entertainment. Last year, thanks to the globes, I found out about great shows like The Affair and increased my chances of guessing the Oscars right. I haven't seen all the shows and movies yet, because who has the time?, but I would like to look at the nominees and make predictions from what I have seen and a few lucky guesses. 

The Best Motion Picture Drama Category is stacked with five good films. My favorite would be Mad Max: Fury Road, hands down. I want this movie to win as many awards as it can. It is one of my favorite movies ever. The only other movie I've seen in this category is Spotlight, which was also riveting, shocking, well-acted and directed. The film has generated some momentum and may take it home. The Revenant is the film I'm most excited to see, the second movie to feature Tom Hardy, though he gets no love for his performance in Legend. Inarritu returns after dominating last year with Birdman, and I wouldn't mind a repeat. Both Carol and Room look powerful, and there will certainly be some heavy competition for the Best Actress award between them.

The Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical also has some good movies and also some surprises. Spy won't win much but the nomination makes me want to catch it now. Trainwreck was decent but the end seemed a bit contrived. The Martian was certainly an enjoyable film and exciting too, but I wouldn't consider it award winning caliber. Joy and The Big Short are the two contenders for this awards. Joy is Jennifer Lawrence's powerful project with David O. Russell at the helm again. It looks amazing and can't wait to see it over the holidays. The Big Short boasts a stellar cast including Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrell, and Brad Pitt. It looks funny and from what I've read, it delivers a powerful message on the financial crisis. I'll go with Joy but reserve total judgement until I've got both films. 

The Best Director Motion Picture Category looks like a fight between Alejandro Inarritu and George Miller but I think Mad Max takes the gold because the movie is just so breathtaking. 

Best Actor Drama has some heavy hitters like Bryan Cranston's Trumbo the brilliant, prolific writer who fought communist hatred in Hollywood, Michael Fassbender's Steve Jobs who changed the world we live in, Will Smith's Dr. Bennet Omalu who investigates traumatic brain injury in football players, Eddie Redmayne's Lili Elbe the first ever transgender man who became a woman, and Leonardo Dicaprio's Hugh Glass who survived the harrowing journey through harsh wilderness. I'll guess Dicaprio takes the gold but I haven't seen Smith or Redmayne so there could be surprises. 

Best Actress Drama, I mentioned this award earlier. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara both got nominated for Carol and their powerful love story, still got to see it. Brie Larson is my pick for Room, the story of a kidnap victim and her son. Saoirse Ronan was great but I doubt she would take it. Alicia Vikander gave two great performances and could very well surprise. 

Best Actor and Actress Comedy always have a few oddballs, like Al Pacino for Danny Collins, but I see Jennifer Lawrence powerful business woman in Joy and perhaps one of The Big Short guys, either Chritsian Bale or Steve Carell, taking home the gold. Matt Damon could be a possible surprise and maybe Amy Schumer or Maggie Smith. 

Best Supporting Actor should go to Idris Elba for his role in Beasts of No Nation. Best Supporting Actress could be Alicia Vikander for just having a great year but I would also like to see Jennifer Jason Leigh's outlaw in the Hateful Eight take home gold.

The Hateful Eight should also take home screenplay but Spotlight's momentum will be tough to put off if it continues to grow. 

Television is a whole different ballgame. I think Game of Thrones should win drama but I've heard good things about Mr. Robot and Narcos was a show that hasn't got enough attention. Transparent may take comedy again unless Orange is the New Black has something to say about it, though this wasn't the women prison comedy's best outing. Jon Hamm and Aziz Ansari should take Best Drama and Comedy actor respectively. Either Viola Davis or Taraji P. Henson might win the Best Drama Actress and Julia Louis-Dreyfus could take another gold for comedy. I'd like to see Fargo win limited series as well. 

We will find how wrong I was and who the winners are on January 10, 2016!

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