Early 2010 Golden Globe Predictions: Best Actor - Drama Nominations
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Leo Tolstoy's secretary and follower tries to reconcile reality with his idol's radical ideology.
Viggo Mortensen, The Road
A man and his son struggle to survive in a cold, brutal post-apocalyptic world.
Brad Pitt in Inglourious Basterds
A ruthless Jewish-American guerrilla leader wants to kill as many Nazi officers as possible.
Stars are what matter. For every Golden Globe-nominated Djimon Hounsou there are – quite literally – eight Johnny Depps and George Clooneys (the latter in various capacities); for every David Straithairn there are seven Leonardo DiCaprios and four Brad Pitts; for every Richard Farnsworth (2 nods) there are 3 1/2 Tom Cruises (7 nods) and 2 1/2 Russell Crowes (5 nods).
Stars are what matter – even if they aren't exactly as bright as supernovas. Colin Firth, for instance, may lack the superstar status of a Leonardo DiCaprio or a Johnny Depp, but he's hardly an unknown, and the same goes for James McAvoy.
Other Golden Globe possibilities are Robert De Niro's widower in Everybody's Fine; Hal Holbrook's farmer in That Evening Sun (I'd say that Holbrook has a better chance at the Oscars than at the Golden Globes); Mark Wahlberg's bereaved father in The Lovely Bones; and Ben Whishaw's doomed poet in Bright Star.
Ah, and Johnny Depp in Public Enemies.