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The Return of the Golden Globes

The Return of the Golden Globes

In an effort to feel caught up (and to fill this blog with new content), I figured I’d often some better-late-than-never pre-Golden Globes commentary. I’ll admit I’m pretty giddy about watching them tonight, especially after last year’s horrible strike-related Mary Hart-announces-the-winners fiasco. The Globes, somewhat meaningless in terms of the Oscar nods (even if ballots do go out a day after the winners, I doubt it will be of much influence), are still usually a lot of fun, and tonight offers so much potential: Rumor Willis getting a second chance to parade around as Miss Golden Globe, presenters like Sacha Baron Cohen (as Bruno? Me hopes.), Amy Poehler and Ricky Gervais, potential speeches from the likes of Penelope Cruz, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep, Mickey Rourke, Tina Fey and Jon Hamm, and whatever happens when Heath Ledger wins.

As for who I think might win, the fact that Shah Rukh Khan is presenting best drama picture (allegedly, at least), is kinda suggestive of a Slumdog sweep. But maybe not. Past winners like Atonement and Babel (over No Country and The Departed) suggest the HFPA like their drama winners a bit more sweeping, and maybe that means The Curious Case of Benjamin Button will take its first and last (I hope!) big win of the season. Other categories-to-watch include best comedy actress (Sally Hawkins vs. Meryl Streep!), best drama actress (Meryl Streep vs. Kate Winslet vs. possibly already winner Anne Hathaway) and best drama actor (Sean Penn vs. Mickey Rourke!).

Here’s my predictions, for what they’re worth. I’ll put them to the test tonight during my annual (except last year, of course), put-a-loonie-in-a-cup-and-let’s-drunkenly-shout out-our-predictions-as-they-happen-contest, and they are obviously subject to change based on my level of intoxication (“Fuck it, The Reeeeeeeeader!”)

Best Drama: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Comedy: Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Drama Actress:Kate Winslet
Best Drama Actor:Mickey Rourke
Best Comedy Actress:Sally Hawkins
Best Comedy Actor:Dustin Hoffman
Best Supporting Actress:Penelope Cruz
Best Supporting Actor:Heath Ledger
Best Director:David Fincher
Best Screenplay:Slumdog Millionaire
Best Animated Film:WALL-E
Best Foreign Film:Gomorrah
Best Score:Slumdog Millionaire
Best Song:“The Wrestler”

Best Drama: Mad Men
Best Comedy: 30 Rock
Best TV Movie/Miniseries: John Adams
Best Drama Actress:Anna Paquin
Best Drama Actor:Gabriel Byrne
Best Comedy Actress:Tina Fey
Best Comedy Actor:Alec Baldwin
Best Movie/Mini Actress: Judi Dench
Best Movie/Mini Actor:Paul Giamatti
Best Supporting Actress:Laura Dern
Best Supporting Actor:Neil Patrick Harris

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