Award season in Hollywood is always a time of great buzz and anticipation, but none more so (it seems) then the upcoming, 2015 Golden Globe Awards and The Oscars.
There has been no doubting the kudos surrounding the Michael Keaton-spearheaded surreal drama Birdman. However, when next year’s ceremony kicks off at The Beverly Hilton on January 11 next year, the British Invasion will be on full display.
Creeping into the prestigious ‘Best Motion Picture’ category with a whooping four nominations including The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and Grand Budapest Hotel, the biggest and brightest stars of the UK are waiting in the wings (literally, next to Birdman) to prove their acting worth amongst this year’s best and boldest releases.
The full and final nominations for the Golden Globes are now in, and the categories are set to be hotly contested.
Here are my personal picks and predications for the night!
BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA:
Should win: The Imitation Game. It’s a story that should’ve been told long ago and now has been with a stylish production and a stellar cast lead by a formidable Benedict Cumberbatch. I was moved to tears. Twice.
Will win: Boyhood. This coming-of-age Americana drama has been a labor of love for 12 years by director Richard Linklater and his actors. It was a bold concept that (mostly) paid off and will impress American audiences.
BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY:
Should win: Birdman. Keaton is a revelation on screen. The plot is intriguing and original and the cast is just as eclectic. A real showstopper to close curtains on 2014.
Will win: Birdman. See above.
BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA:
Should win: Eddie Redmayne or Benedict Cumberbatch. Redmayne for inhabiting the intellect and physical demise of Stephen Hawking with such intense precision that Hawking himself thought it was him on screen. Or Cumberbatch, for his emotional kaleidoscope and the ticks that made Alan Turing unique and iconic.
Will win: Steve Carell. He is unrecognisable as the sleazy, scheming coach in Foxcatcher. The role shows for the first time just how good a serious actor the funny man can be. Could be a career changer for Carell. Gyllenhaal is also chilling as Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler and could easily fight it out with Carell for the award.
BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL:
Should win: Michael Keaton is at a career-best as the troubled and eccentric lead.
Will win: Michael Keaton.
BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA:
Should win: Rosamund Pike is breathtakingly good as anti-heroine Amy Dunne.
Will win: Hollywood veteran Julianne Moore puts in a solid, emotional performance as a doctor in the early stagings of dementia.
BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY:
Should win: Moore is full-on as a stubborn and fading Hollywood actress.
Will win: Moore. It will probably be her second Oscar nab for the night.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE:
Should win: J.K Simmons playing a bullish drum teacher.
Will win: Norton for his kooky Keaton offsider in Birdman.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE:
Should win: Arquette for playing her Boyhood mum on-and off for 12 years on screen.
Will win: Stone or Chastain. America love them. Probably Chastain.
Should win: Richard Linklater for his ballsy, bold move to shoot his coming-of-age drama Boyhood in real-time over a 12 year period.
Will win: Could well be Linklater, but Anderson is more likely for creating his eccentric, visually deliciously little world The Grand Budapest Hotel.
BEST SCREENPLAY, MOTION PICTURE:
Should win: Gillian Flynn for adapting her complex, juicy novel Gone Girl to the screen and managing to capture the gasp moments of the book so well.
Will win: The Birdman four for originality and creativity.
BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM:
Should win: Leviathan. It won at Venice so it should win here.
Will win: Leviathan.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
Should win: The Lego Movie. Hilarious, all-star romp crafted with meticulous love and care.
Will win: The Lego Movie or Big Hero 6 look favourable.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG, MOTION PICTURE:
Should win: It would be nice to see Sia get more recognition for her great songwriting.
Will win: Lorde is huge in the States. So is The Hunger Games.
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE, MOTION PICTURE:
Should win: Gone Girl is effectively eerie throughout. Edge-of-your-seat soundscape.
Will win: Birdman is an epic. So is the score.
BEST TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES:
Should win: Fargo. Sure it’s unoriginal, but the slow-burning plot and excellently subtle-yet-terrifying performances of Thornton and Freeman deserve a big nod.
Will win: True Detective. Harrelson and McConaughey. Nuff said.
BEST TV SERIES, DRAMA:
Should win: Game of Thrones. It remains a fan-favourite and is faithful to the much-loved books.
Will win: House of Cards for its all-American political thriller themes.
BEST TV SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL:
Should win: Orange Is the New Black. America’s bigger and better answer to Wentworth.
Will win: Orange Is the New Black.
BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA:
Should win: Spader. Just to hear the acceptance speech in that dark, velvety voice. Mmmmmmm….
Will win: Spacey for House of Cards.
BEST ACTOR, TV SERIES COMEDY:
Should win: Gervais (of course he won’t though). His sweet-natured, intellectually-challenged Derek is the nicest, warmest character Gervais has ever played. Warm and fuzzy AND funny.
Will win: Cheadle in House of Cards, or Macy for his long-standing role as the Shameless patriarch.
BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA:
Should win: Claire Danes is solid as under-pressure CIA agent Carrie, but Wright is ruthless in her political role.
Will win: Margulies or Wright. Politics strikes a chord.
BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, COMEDY:
Should win: Dunham. She’s grotesquely candid, full-frontal and honest. A real woman on the small screen.
Will win: Dunham.
BEST ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE:
Should win: Funny to see both Fargo and True Detective leads battling it out for the Golden Globe. Billy Bob Thornton, however, is a cut above the rest. A high-cut fringe and buck-teeth have never been more terrifying.
Will win: Thornton. Surely.
BEST ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE:
Should win: Tolman is such a natural and delightful presence on screen. I really hope she gets it..
Will win: … but she won’t. Lange looks more likely for her ongoing, multiple-character role in American Horror Story.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE:
Should win: Hanks, following in his famous father’s footsteps as a good natured cop.
Will win: Cumming is pretty hot right now.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE:
Should win: Bates for stepping back into Misery territory.
Will win: Aduba or Monaghan. Both shows are extremely popular in the US.