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January 8, 2012 9:13 AM
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2012 Golden Globe Award Predictions

indieWIRE will provide regular updates of our predictions for the 69th Golden Globe Awards through mid-January, when the winners are announced.

Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist" led the nominations for the 69th Golden Globe Awards, which were announced in mid-December

The French homage to Hollywood's Silent Era took six nominations, including best picture (comedy or musical), best director, best screenplay and acting nods for Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo (both of whom are all but assured Oscar nominations at this point).

Other films that did quite well this morning included Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" and Tate Taylor's "The Help" (both of which had 5 nominations), and Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris," George Clooney's "The Ides of March" and Bennett Miller's "Moneyball" (all 4 nominations).

Check out our picks for who might win below.

The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
War Horse

The Artist
Midnight in Paris
My Week With Marilyn

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J.Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin

Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristin Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage

Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

"A Separation" (Iran)
The Flowers Of War" (China)
"The Kid With The Bike" (Belgium)
"In The Land Of Blood and Honey" (USA)
"The Skin I Live In" (Spain)

The Artist
The Descendants
The Ides of March
Midnight in Paris

Ludovic Bource - "The Artist"
Abel Korzeniowski - "W.E."
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"
Howard Shore - "Hugo"
John Williams - "War Horse"

The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss In Boots

"Hello Hello" - "Gnomeo & Juliet - Elton John
"Lay Your Head Down" - "Albert Nobbs" - Sinead O'Connor
"The Living Proof" - "The Help" - Mary J. Blige
"The Keeper" - "Machine Gun Preacher" - Gerard Butler
"Masterpiece" - "W.E." - Madonna


  • JSR | January 16, 2012 12:30 PMReply

    Told u all thums upp Meryl won.

  • Kelea | January 15, 2012 6:46 PMReply

    Watch Golden Globe Awards 2012 worldwide

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  • john | January 15, 2012 3:05 PMReply

    The iron lady is a disgrace, history rewritten, she's a total bitch in real

  • JSR | January 15, 2012 3:58 PM

    Meryl Streep is not a bitch she is the best actress in hollywood and never insult her anymore so shut up your mouth and get a life

  • JSR | January 15, 2012 1:05 PMReply

    Meryl Streep is the best actress she must win the golden globe her performance on ¨The Iron Lady¨ is just amazing. She is predicted to win this year and she won the golden globe on 2009 or 2010. (sorry i saw a comment that says that she havent wi since 1982) ist true i think she won it by ¨its complicated¨ or ¨julie and julia¨. Both great movies.

  • hhh | January 15, 2012 12:06 PMReply

    best picture(drama): The Descendants
    best picture(comedy): The Artist
    best director: the artist
    best actor(drama):George Clooney, The Descendants
    best actor(comedy):Jean Dujardin, The Artist
    best actress(drama): Viola Davis, The Help
    best actress(comedy):Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
    best supp actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
    best supp actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help
    foreign lang. film: A Separation
    screenplay: The Descendants
    animated film: Tin Tin
    music-the artist
    song- not a clue!

  • farzan | January 15, 2012 11:05 AMReply

    i think that sepration get the best foreign language movie award..
    few hours ago this movie got the critic's awards ...
    its a storng drama movie i believe if this movie took a part in best picture or other parts , certainly had something to say

  • MATT11 | January 14, 2012 12:36 AMReply

    Am i the only one thinks Charlize Theron gives the best and most impressive performance of the year? She deserves much more Williams, Streep or Davis. Young Adult is so underrated.

  • Nosh | January 13, 2012 12:24 PMReply

    When it comes to 'Best Actress: Drama,' Viola Davis is a far more safe-bet than Meryl Streep.

    Streep's tightly-stiched performance is getting critical acclaim, but sadly, the movie itself is crap. Davis's performance was heart-wrenching and real, and I think that is going to win the voters over.

    Sorry Meryl, but this just isn't your year.

  • Aubrey | January 15, 2012 3:34 PM

    This is the Hollywood Foreign Press, and they love Meryl.

  • hhh | January 15, 2012 12:08 PM

    poor meryl its never her year at least since 1982

  • mike to | January 11, 2012 10:32 AMReply

    if Jessica Lange doesnt win the award for best supporting actress in a TV drama, I WILL freak out! she was the real reason why I tuned in to watch American Horror Story every week! she was absolutly fantastic in that show!!! She deserves it for sure!

  • GOOB | January 11, 2012 7:24 AMReply

    I can't believe that they think In the Land of Blood and Honey will win foreign. No one even likes it, it's hardly a foreign movie, and it shouldn't even be nominated. This means more people will vote for that over A Separation and the others. Thats not right.

  • Ana | January 16, 2012 10:34 PM

    Are you Serb?

  • Sara | January 16, 2012 9:02 PM

    Did you even watch In the Land of Blood and Honey? It is in fact a foreign film, and you are absolutley insane to say no one likes it. watch the movie, do your research on how much the movie means to the Internatioanl community. It was an amazing movie that shouldve won the award for best foreign film!

  • A.SH | January 11, 2012 4:36 AMReply

    Did you ever watch "A Seperation"????!!!

  • nafas | January 16, 2012 7:09 PM

    Did u?

  • lucy | January 9, 2012 12:22 PMReply

    Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer , the skin I live in ,hugo and rango are the best choice .

  • joe | January 9, 2012 12:20 PMReply

    Michael Fassbender, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer , the skin I live in and rango are winner.

  • Dominique | January 8, 2012 9:59 PMReply

    these predictions suck.. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer has to WIN.. Mediocre predictions.

  • Boo | January 6, 2012 7:08 PMReply

    Seems pretty good, but why In The Land of Blood and Honey? That is the least likely by far. How come they think Brad Pitt will win this when they put him as 3rd most likely for the oscar?

  • Miley.H | January 3, 2012 7:19 AMReply

    In the land of blood and honey????????ohhhhhhhh god!
    Did you really watch this movie????IT'S CRAP!!
    I'm sure they have nominated this movie just because of Jolie.
    I hope "A Separation" win.this movie is brilliant.just watch it.

  • lily | January 16, 2012 9:06 PM

    I totally disagree. You have no idea what this movie means to the Bosnian Community. You cant say the movie is crap when all the things that were shown in the movie actually happened in the War in Bosnia. It was an excellent portrayl of the genocide that happened in Bosnia, an event in history that many people have overlooked and dont even know happened.

  • JH | December 27, 2011 8:41 PMReply

    My Opinion:
    Best Picture: Drama - Hugo
    Best Picture: Comedy - 50/50 (I have not seen "The Artist" yet)
    Best Director - Martin Scorcese (Hugo)
    Best Actor: Drama - Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
    Best Actress: Drama - Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
    Best Actor: Comedy or Musical - Joseph Gordon Levitt (50/50)
    Best Actress: Comedy or Musical - Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)
    Best Supporting Actor - Viggo Mortensen (A Dangerous Method)
    Best Supporting Actress - Octavia Spencer (The Help)
    Best Screenplay - The Ides Of March
    Best Original Score - Howard Shore (Hugo)
    Best Animated Feature Film - Rango (or The Adventures Of Tintin; both are great)
    Best Original Song - Masterpiece by Madonna (W.E.)

  • hhh | January 15, 2012 12:12 PM

    sorry but no way 50/50's gonna win against the Artist. would love for mara to win but sadly no it will go to Viola Davis,

  • JH | December 27, 2011 8:33 PMReply

    No nominations for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy or Warrior? That's just not right...

  • BOO | January 6, 2012 7:13 PM

    I completely doubt it. I'm not sure about the golden globes, but I think the oscars would definitely accept Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and I think the golden globes would too. I think it does meet the requirements. Also it won't lead anything next year either way because then it would have come out WAY too early in the year. It's not even getting that much oscar buzz. It has good reviews, but some movies do, but get no oscars anyway.

  • teller | January 2, 2012 10:47 PM

    they didn't meet the time period to be nominated. trust me next year they will lead the oscars and globes

  • JH | December 27, 2011 8:32 PMReply

    seriously... best actress goes to The Help? I think Dragon Tattoo deserves it...

  • BOO | January 6, 2012 7:13 PM

    Wrong comment sorry I can't delete it now. It belongs on the one above.

  • BOO | January 6, 2012 7:12 PM

    I completely doubt it. I'm not sure about the golden globes, but I think the oscars would definitely accept Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and I think the golden globes would too. I think it does meet the requirements. Also it won't lead anything next year either way because then it would have come out WAY too early in the year. It's not even getting that much oscar buzz. It has good reviews, but some movies do, but get no oscars anyway.

  • DMH | December 27, 2011 3:15 PMReply

    I don't get why The Ides of March is getting so much attention, I didn't think it was so great and neither was Ryan Gosling's performance in it. I'm very happy with all of the predicted wins, especially Viola Davis and Brad Pitt! Those amazing actors have been robbed of Oscars and they need to get them this year.

  • nm | December 17, 2011 5:20 AMReply

    Madonna's song Masterpiece is just absolutely brilliant & should definetly win the Golden Globe for best song. All the other songs nominated are just hideous.

  • dustcauldro16 | December 16, 2011 10:43 AMReply

    True as a huge POTTERHEAD am deeply hoping to see the last movie at least once in this list for the very last time. But as a movie fan, I think the Golden Globe got it at the very least 70% right on the spot. To my disappointment, Alan Rickman didn't made it to the Best Supporting Actor list... He was soooo friggin' awesome at the last movie they could change the title to "Severus Snape and the Battle at Hogwarts."... I could give you one scene, just one scene that i think should earn him a nomination at the very list. "Snape's and McGonagall's duel at the Great Hall." Heck that scene lasted a minute or less, but it's more intense than any of the scene from the movie. It's so friggin' awesome I can't stop crying...

  • Ann | December 16, 2011 2:16 AMReply

    What a surprise that Harry Potter is not mentioned once in this list. What a surprise that they nominated the usual actors again, that only drama movies and actors have a chance AGAIN.
    I cant take the Golden Globes serious anymore. They even nominated Miley Cryus once, so what should I think...

  • roopam | December 28, 2011 10:30 PM

    yeah you are absolutely true.You have said true that alan rickman must get nominated in best supporting actor category.

  • andrea | December 15, 2011 1:34 PMReply

    Michael Fassbender or Ryan Gosling should win for best actor, not only because they really stood out this year, but because I'm so tired of George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

  • JT | December 15, 2011 11:00 AMReply

    Can someone please explain Jonah Hill (whom I've loved in all his comedies) receiving a nomination over Nick Nolte from Warrior? Looking back at both movies, pretty much any decent actor could have managed Hill's part in Moneyball, but Nolte really lived his Warrior part and I could imagine no one else defining this character as well as he.

  • BOO | January 11, 2012 7:22 AM

    Maybe because people think that Nick Nolte plays the same character in every movie.

  • Liz | December 15, 2011 10:26 AMReply

    I hope Flowers of War wins best Foreign Film; i'm a bit tired of the Jolie love from the Golden Globes. Still laughable that they nominated The Tourist last year and this year they must include her again. I know they want ratings, but come on.

    It's a real shame that they didnt nominate Beginners; such a beautiful film! But at least Plummer got a nomination.

  • Sky | December 15, 2011 5:48 AMReply

    Johnny Depp!!

  • jingmei | December 15, 2011 2:22 AMReply

    The Tourist is not that bad as a matter of fact. Besides some crap nonsense comments based upon the last Golden Globes event, and an almost full list of the this year's cool films, basically this post talked nothing.

  • Lola | December 14, 2011 10:57 PMReply

    Being a big Ryan Gosling fan, I was happy to see you thought his acting abilities in "Drive", "Crazy, Stupid,Love" and "Ides of March" were GG worthy. He is such a finely tuned actor. I can't wait to see him in more films in 2012. I hope he wins a Globe award too. He's great in everything he's in.

  • Lily | December 14, 2011 8:51 PMReply

    Actually, should that read, always a bride never a BRIDESMAID??

  • Lily | December 14, 2011 8:21 PMReply

    With Harry Potter summarily dismissed as it has been this year, should anyone really care? I used to love award season and pretty much trusted the right people/movies to get nominated. Oh, what a lesson I learned this year. Alan Rickman... AWESOME. Alexandre Desplat - PHENOMINAL. Stuart Craig - BRILLIANT Poor Harry Potter, always a BRIDESMAID, never a bride...

  • R | December 14, 2011 8:04 PMReply

    W.E is much better than most of the films to be suggested winners here.
    People just cant handle the fact Madonna made a good film, and unfortunately she will be unfairly snubbed.

  • Matilda | December 12, 2011 5:16 PMReply


  • Andrea | December 12, 2011 2:26 PMReply

    Very great year of cinema this!!! My favourite films are The Artist, W.E., Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, The Skin I Live, Hugo, Albert Nobbs, The Iron Lady, Midnight In Paris, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Beginners, Drive, Shame, Carnage, Melancholia, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, My Week With Marylin. a fantastic 2011 of movies!!!!
    My specialist support goes to Andrea Riseborough with her wonderful portrait of Wallis Simpson in W.E., and in the same film (with too many critics prejudices) the fantastic score by Abel Korzeniowski, and the song "Masterpiece" a really pop masterpiece by Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry.

  • chstar13 | December 11, 2011 12:26 PMReply

    Ryan Gosling should most definitely win for Drive....he knocked it out of the park!!! One of the best movies I've seen in a while; it was beautifully directed and acted.

  • greek1981 | December 11, 2011 9:59 AMReply

    of course , once more not even 1 nomination for Harry Potter .
    You should be ashamed...
    People loved the last one , critics loved it , good perfomances , emotional scenes, complexed plot, fast pace (except perhaps the epilogue) and general it was a really GOOD movie.Thats enough for a few nominations

  • alley | December 10, 2011 4:39 PMReply

    Where is Harry Potter on your lists?? It was a fantastic film and easily the best score too. For you to snub it completely AZ not even in the running for one single nomination is crazy. I think you are severely under-estimating its chances here. I hope you are wrong on all counts!! Harry Potter was easily one of the best films of the year hands down.

  • Marc | December 13, 2011 11:52 AM

    Unfortunately, ALLEY, while the critics loved HP, and you, I and millions of people loved HP, many of the voters see it as "a HP movie" and will never take it as seriously as it should be.

  • Connor | December 10, 2011 1:49 PMReply

    Best Motion Picutre - Drama
    1. War Horse
    2. The Help
    3. Hugo
    4. Drive
    5. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Best Motion Picture - Comedy
    1. The Artist
    2. Midnight In Paris
    3. Bridesmaids
    4. The Muppets
    5. Crazy Stupid Love

    Best Actor - Drama
    1. George Clooney (The Descendants)
    2. Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
    3. Michael Fassbender (Shame)
    4. Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
    5. Ryan Gosling (Drive)

    Best Actress - Drama
    1. Viola Davis (The Help)
    2. Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
    3. Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)
    4. Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin)
    5. Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia)

    Best Actor - Comedy Or Musical
    1. Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
    2. Owen Wilson (Midnight In Paris)
    3. Ryan Gosling (Crazy Stupid Love)
    4. Joseph Gordan-Levitt (50/50)
    5. Brendan Gleeson (The Guard)

    Best Actress - Comedy Or Musical
    1. Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)
    2. Charlize Theron (Young Adult)
    3. Kristin Wig (Bridesmaids)
    4. Rachel McAdams (Midnight In Paris)
    5. Emma Stone (Crazy Stupid Love)

    Best Supporting Actor
    1. Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
    2. Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn)
    3. Albert Brooks (Drive)
    4. Kevin Spacey (Margin Call)
    5. Nick Nolte (Warrior)

    Best Supporting Actress
    1. Octavia Spencer (The Help)
    2. Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)
    3. Berenice Bejo (The Artist)
    4. Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
    5. Jessica Chastain (The Help)

    Best Director
    1. Steven Spielberg (War Horse)
    2. Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
    3. Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
    4. Woody Allen (Midnight In Paris)
    5. Terrence Malick (The Tree Of Life)

    Best Screenplay
    1. Woody Allen (Midnight In Paris)
    2. Aaron Sorkin & Steven Zaillian (Moneyball)
    3. Richard Curtis & Lee Hall (War Horse)
    4. Michel Hazanvicius (The Artist)
    5. Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumulo (Bridesmaids)

    Best Animated Feature
    1. Rango
    2. The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn
    3. Rio
    4. Cars 2
    5. Gnomeo & Juliet

    Best Foreign Language Film
    1. A Separation (Iran)
    2. Flowers Of War (China)
    3. The Skin I Live In (Spain)
    4. In Darkness (Poland)
    5. Pina (Germany)

    Best Original Score
    1. The Adventures Of Tintin
    2. The Artist
    3. War Horse
    4. Hugo
    5. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

  • comedy! | December 10, 2011 1:29 PMReply

    Derp, Beginners is likely being submitted as a Comedy/Musical, which would explain the inclusion in that section.

  • Miles Maker | December 10, 2011 11:54 AMReply

    Being that you've overlooked PARIAH in this conversation, I'll respectfully assume you haven't yet scene this amazing movie...

  • QU347 | December 10, 2011 11:47 AMReply

    Oscar white-out pt II

  • Peter Knegt | December 10, 2011 11:09 AMReply

    MY WEEK WITH MARILYN is being submitted as a musical or comedy, despite many people agreeing with you, Nicki.

  • Marc | December 13, 2011 11:58 AM

    "Why would they want it in musical/comedy?"

    Because it has a better shot at getting nominated in this category than as a "Drama" (this category is pretty strong this year). Haven't seen the movie yet, but from what I have heard and seen, it's far from a musical/comedy. Shame, because that most likely moves 50/50 (a movie I really enjoyed) out of nominations.

  • S | December 12, 2011 3:02 PM

    Why would they want it in musical/comedy?

  • Nicki | December 9, 2011 5:38 PMReply

    I don't think My Week With Marilyn is supposed to be a musical or comedy.

  • guest | December 7, 2011 3:38 PMReply

    1. The Tourist was far from a commercial disaster. It made near $300m box office.
    2. If Jolie gets nominated for "Blood and Honey" it will be because she deserved it. It premiered this week and the leaked reactions, despite an embargo still, have been outstanding.

  • Blake | December 6, 2011 11:06 PMReply

    Patton Oswalt as a possibility for Supporting Actor over former Oscar winners Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Irons for Margin Call? Are you guys nuts?

  • Melvin | December 6, 2011 2:49 PMReply

    Ryan Gosling shouldn't win an award for Best Actor for Drive.

  • Monica | December 4, 2011 9:35 PMReply

    Bridesmaids? nooooooooooo

  • David | December 4, 2011 9:32 PMReply

    It's Flowers of War and not War of Flowers.

  • Derp | December 4, 2011 8:43 PMReply

    Beginners was NOT a comedy. Did anybody at indieWIRE check their facts before making this list? Awful.

  • gerard kennelly | December 3, 2011 2:31 PMReply

    peter mullan deserves
    a best actor nomination
    for his work in Tyrannosaur

  • Billie Briggs | November 27, 2011 11:10 PMReply

    I just don't understand all the hoopla over The Descendants. I though it was irritating and blah especially Clooney who always plays Clooney.

  • Hughey | November 28, 2011 8:38 PM

    I know right. He isn't much of an actor

  • J Hughey | November 27, 2011 5:25 PMReply

    I still don't see how The Help is going to get any big Oscar nominations at the expense of excluding Hugo or Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. One of the only things The Help has going for it is the cast, especially Davis and Spencer. It has very little critic buzz, especially when overshadowed by movies like Hugo and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

    Hugo is being raved by the critics and audiences as being perhaps Scorsese's best picture of the last decade, beating out The Departed, Gangs of New York, and The Aviator, all of which were nominated for Best Picture and then some. It currently has a 97% on rottentomatoes with an average score of 8.4. That's not something you see every day, and I doubt it will be ignored by awards voters.

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a bit of a wildcard, but I still don't see it being knocked out of the big awards by The Help. It also has a high rating on rottentomatoes, and it's the kind of intelligent fare the voters like.

    Movies with average ratings of 75% rarely get nominated for big awards at the expense of higher rated fare, especially when there's a lot of critic buzz surrounding that fare. The Help just doesn't have enough steam to go that extra mile, whereas Hugo and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy have steam to spare.