Win or Lose: My Picks for the 2013 Golden Globes

It’s that time again to watch a bunch of gold statues get handing out to some very talented people. Nope. Wait. That’s the Academy Awards. This is the Golden Globes where it’s kinda weird, a little drunk and the predictability reigns. I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring on what I think the movie winners will be. Not a lot of surprises when it comes to who was nominated. I’d say there were more shocks in the recent Academy Award nominations.  Well, the fun this is, right or wrong, who cares? It’s fun to play and guess who will walk home with the yellow sphere.

Best Motion Picture – Drama


  • Argo  (WINNER)
  • Django Unchained 
  • Life of Pi 
  • Lincoln – I’m guess Lincoln will be the bigger winner this year. The voters at these award shows love historical dramas, they love Steven Spielberg and they love an American focus. Guess which of these three are covered with Lincoln…
  • Zero Dark Thirty 


Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy


  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 
  • Les Misérables (WINNER)
  • Moonrise Kingdom 
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Silver Linings Playbook  – this will be the other big winner. It’s got a bigger chance at the Golden Globes because they separate the drama from the comedy/musicals unlike the Oscars. Though, to be fair, this one had funny moments but it was far from a comedy. 


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama


  • Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln – Pretty much anytime this guy works, he gets nominated. He’s known to win too. Playing an American icon and doing it amazingly usually helps. Too bad as the rest of the actors in this category also did amazing this year.
  • Richard Gere for Arbitrage 
  • John Hawkes for The Sessions 
  • Joaquin Phoenix for The Master 
  • Denzel Washington for Flight 


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama


  • Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty – this is a cheat for me. I haven’t actually seen the other nominated movies and the actresses’ performances but I’m still going with this one. Chastain was pretty great.
  • Marion Cotillard for Rust and Bone
  • Helen Mirren for Hitchcock 
  • Naomi Watts for The Impossible
  • Rachel Weisz for The Deep Blue Sea 


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy


  • Jack Black for Bernie 
  • Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook – this one is a little harder. Bill Murray is a favourite but his movie didn’t perform well (and yes, that usually matters with the voters) so Bradley it is.
  • Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables (WINNER)
  • Ewan McGregor for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 
  • Bill Murray for Hyde Park on Hudson


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy


  • Emily Blunt for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 
  • Judi Dench for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 
  • Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook – this one is a little easier to choose. The others did a great job but Jennifer’s performance I found to be a bit more complex than the others. 
  • Maggie Smith for Quartet 
  • Meryl Streep for Hope Springs 


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture


  • Alan Arkin for Argo 
  • Leonardo DiCaprio for Django Unchained
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master 
  • Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln – I really struggled with this one too. I LOVED Christoph Waltz in Django and DiCaprio was pretty great too. But looking at the buzz around this movie and the stand out performance of Tommy Lee, I have to vote for him. 
  • Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained (WINNER)


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture


  • Amy Adams for The Master 
  • Sally Field for Lincoln 
  • Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables – this is my one “what the hell” choice. I haven’t even seen this movie but everyone loves her, it’s a musical, the director is British and they probably feel like they have to give this one something. I would have liked to have seen Sally Field take it but I doubt it’ll happen. 
  • Helen Hunt for The Sessions
  • Nicole Kidman for The Paperboy


Best Director – Motion Picture


  • Ben Affleck for Argo – this is my “screw you” to the Academy Awards. I really was disappointed they overlooked Affleck in the “Best Director” category so I hope there’s a little justice in that he wins here. Against this group, he’s got the odds stacked against him but who doesn’t love an underdog story?
  • Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty 
  • Ang Lee for Life of Pi 
  • Steven Spielberg for Lincoln
  • Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained 


Best Screenplay – Motion Picture


  • Argo : Chris Terrio
  • Django Unchained : Quentin Tarantino – the man does words really well. Enough said. 
  • Lincoln : Tony Kushner
  • Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell
  • Zero Dark Thirty : Mark Boal


Best Animated Film


  • Brave (WINNER)
  • Frankenweenie 
  • Hotel Transylvania 
  • Rise of the Guardians 
  • Wreck-It Ralph – though I liked Frankenweenie, I felt this one had bigger heart and was far more dynamic. A vote for the bad guy. 

So, how did I do? What are your picks? I guess we get to find out tonight. Bottom line though, this is a list of some pretty good movies. It always makes it easier when they’re grouped together.

Update (January 14/2012): Seven for eleven. Not terrible. And, I’m pretty happy Ben Affleck got the award for Best Director.

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