The 72nd Golden Globes

It’s awards season again, and while I take some level of interest in all the different academies and guilds, there are a few main ones I give some consideration to and use for prediction practice. The Golden Globes, this year being presented on January 11th, is one such awards ceremony.

The Golden Globes awards evening precedes the Oscars by a few weeks, however yet again they have elevated some films and stars to nominee status that a lot of other awarding bodies seem to have overlooked, but more interestingly this year it’s the omissions that are a little more unexpected.

Does this signal that the Hollywood foreign press association are more astute in their deliberations? Sadly I expect that’s unlikely. Most years they are called out on lauding films and actors that simply look wonderful on a guestlist. This years list of nominees may be evidence of a somewhat conscious effort to buck that derision-inciting trend.

I’ve seen very few of these so far… but that’s soon to change! Here are my general notes and predictions so far.

Best film, drama

Boyhood – General feeling seems to be that this is the frontrunner here, most likely the winner.


The Imitation Game – people do love Benedict Cumberbatch.

Selma – Has been having problems in awards and guilds due to lack of screeners available, not sure what the situation is now, but I reckon despite usually being the kind of film to put money on winning, they’re looking surprisingly unlikely.

The Theory of Everything – This would be my 2nd pick, I saw it recently and it’s got all the right elements for a good chance at a win.

Best film, comedy or musical

Birdman – predicted winner, there’s good sentiment towards Keaton, his promotional tour went down very well.

The Grand Budapest Hotel – This has got to be second choice I think.

Into the Woods – The only musical here, but I think the competition is too strong.


St. Vincent – Really looking foraward to seeing this soon, the trailer looked good.

Best actress, comedy or musical

Amy Adams – Big Eyes

Emily Blunt – Into the Woods – Possibly has it, she’s very well liked.

Helen Mirren – The Hundred-Foot Journey

Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars  – A bit of a surprise nominee I felt.

Quvenzhané Wallis – Annie – Unlikely.

Best supporting actor

Robert Duvall – The Judge – Another nice unexpected inclusion.

Ethan Hawke – Boyhood

Edward Norton – Birdman

Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

JK Simmons – Whiplash – Almost certainly the winner, especially as he’s not a frequent nominee in this category would be lovely to see him win.

Best score – lots of big names of frequent nominees here

Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game

Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything

Trent Reznor – Gone Girl

Antonio Sanchez – Birdman – I had a feeling this score was quite distinctive, at least that’s the sense I got from what I’ve heard in clips and such.

Hans Zimmer – Interstellar – Typically great score but not up to the same impact level as Inception.

Best song

Big Eyes – Big Eyes (Lana Del Ray)

Glory – Selma (John Legend, Common)

Mercy Is – Noah (Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye)

Opportunity – Annie

Yellow Flicker Beat – Hunger Games, Mockingjay Pt 1 (Lorde) – I like this one personally, it grew on me and is very atmospheric.

Best director

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ava Duvernay – Selma

David Fincher – Gone Girl

Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman – This looks so impressive and the whole one-shot style may win it for him.

Richard Linklater – Boyhood – I think the magnitude of what he has done here means he probably should win!

Best actor, drama

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher – An amazing transformation, but I’ve not seen it yet so I can’t really say for sure.

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game – They do love Benedict… He could surprise with a win but I doubt it.

Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler

David Oyelowo – Selma – Such an impressive historical figure to play, especially right now with Martin Luther King day in the U.S.

Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything – His performance is amazing, a British and disabled famous figure, it’s a likely winner.

Best supporting actress

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood – seems to be appearing on many nominee lists.

Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year

Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

Emma Stone – Birdman – I’m hearing good things about her performance and she’s been well-loved since ‘The Help’ a few years ago.

Meryl Streep – Into the Woods – It’s Meryl… So there’s always a chance!

Best actress, drama

Jennifer Aniston, Cake – Interesting to see her nominated in one of the big awards, not likely though.

Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything – I thought she was excellent, though the film could have given her even more, but likely a good chance.

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl – Fascinating character (I’m currently reading the book) but I have no idea how well she comes across in the film.

Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best actor, comedy or musical

Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel – Apparently he’s surprisingly good in a comedic role, don’t rule him out.

Michael Keaton – Birdman – Practically a role made for him, lots of buzz, may translate to a win.

Bill Murray – St. Vincent

Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice

Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes

Best animation

Big Hero 6 – I’m hearing amazing things about this, the trailers have been great, so a close 2nd choice.

The Book of Life

The Boxtrolls – I like the studios style of work, but it’s not universally loved, very unlikely win.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 – I’m looking forward to seeing this one soon.

The LEGO Movie – Would absolutely be my choice, it’s been around a while though, so if it wins it’s testament to just how memorable and genius it really is!

Best screenplay

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl – As it was adapted by the author I think there’s a good chance here, but originality may have the upper hand over this.

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo – Birdman – A very slick screenplay I think, may win.

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

Best foreign language film

Force Majeure

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Ida – Very distinctive style of 4:3 and monochrome, may have a chance.

Leviathan – This is the one I’ve heard most critics praising, so this would be a likely winner.



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