Golden Globes 2013 predictions
The Golden Globes 2013 nominations will be announced early Thursday morning. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has often been accused of catering to the stars, i.e., the Golden Globe nominees are those who would look best in a tuxedo or an evening gown, and who would lure the most television viewers. That accusation is both fair and unfair. (Image: Anthony Hopkins Hitchcock.)
True, for the Golden Globe voters, it's all about the party. But really, are the SAG Awards, the Oscars, and most of the North American critics' groups all that different? After all, critics' associations may not always throw parties, but they do want to be noticed during awards – read: Oscar – season. That's a key reason why Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain will be mentioned infinitely more often than, say, Middle of Nowhere's Emayatzy Corinealdi or In Another Country's Isabelle Huppert. In fact, Corinealdi and Huppert will be lucky if they get mentioned at all, it seems.
Foreign-language films, starless small movies have little chance
Anyhow, below are my Golden Globes 2013 predictions in most Film categories. Now, bear in mind that a) non-English-language films are only rarely nominated in "regular" categories b) performers in little-seen movies almost invariably go nomination-less (and there go the chances of, say, Emayatzy Corinealdi and Smashed's Mary Elizabeth Winstead, while the chances for Quvenzhané Wallis and the star-less Beasts of the Southern Wild are a bit iffy).
2013 Golden Globes Predictions
Best Picture - Drama
Argo; The Hunger Games; Life of Pi; Lincoln; Zero Dark Thirty.
Possibilities: The Dark Knight Rises; Flight; Amour; Django Unchained; Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Best Actor - Drama
Matt Damon, Promised Land; Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln; Richard Gere, Arbitrage; Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained; Denzel Washington, Flight.
Possibilities: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master; Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour; Ben Affleck, Argo; Tom Hanks, Cloud Atlas; Garrett Hedlund, On the Road; Jake Gyllenhaal, End of Watch; Robert Pattinson, Cosmopolis.
Best Actress - Drama
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty; Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone; Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises; Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games; Naomi Watts, The Impossible.
Possibilities: Emmanuelle Riva, Amour; Keira Knightley, Anna Karenina; Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea; Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Best Picture - Comedy or Musical
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; Les Misérables; Moonrise Kingdom; Silver Linings Playbook; Ted.
Possibilities: Hyde Park on the Hudson; The Sessions; Skyfall.
Best Actor - Comedy or Musical
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook; Anthony Hopkins, Hitchcock; Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables; Bill Murray, Hyde Park on the Hudson; Mark Wahlberg, Ted.
Possibilities: John Hawkes, The Sessions; Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly; Johnny Depp, Dark Shadows.
Best Actress - Comedy or Musical
Best Supporting Actor
Javier Bardem, Skyfall; Tom Cruise, Rock of Ages; Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained; Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln; Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike.
Possibilities: Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook; Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Moonrise Kingdom; Alan Arkin, Argo; Michael Fassbender, Prometheus; Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master; Tom Hiddleston, Robert Downey Jr, The Avengers; Eddie Redmayne, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen, Les Misérables; Jude Law, Anna Karenina.
Best Supporting Actress
Sally Field, Lincoln; Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables; Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy; Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; Kristen Stewart, On the Road.
Possibilities: Helen Hunt, The Sessions; Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises; Scarlett Johansson, Hitchcock; Amy Adams, The Master; Judi Dench, Skyfall; Penélope Cruz, To Rome with Love; Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook; Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, Les Misérables; Susan Sarandon, Arbitrage; Melissa Leo, Flight.
Ben Affleck, Argo; Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty; Tom Hooper, Les Misérables; Ang Lee, Life of Pi; Steven Spielberg, Lincoln.
Possibilities: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained; Robert Zemeckis, Flight; David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook; Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom; Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild; John Madden, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; Michael Haneke, Amour; Gary Ross, The Hunger Games; Dustin Hoffman, Quartet; Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises.
Chris Terrio, Argo; David Magee, Life of Pi; Tony Kushner, Lincoln; David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook; Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty.
Possibilities: Rian Johnson, Looper; Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained; Michael Haneke, Amour.
Best Animated Feature
Brave, Frankenweenie, Hotel Transylvania, ParaNorman, Wreck-It Ralph.
Anthony Hopkins Hitchcock photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures.