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Golden Globes Are Out: So Who Is In and Who Gets Snubbed?

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By Chris Kavan - 12/15/11 at 04:26 PM CT

While the Golden Globes and Oscars don't always go hand-in-hand, the Globes are usually a fairly accurate predictor for the latter awards. If that is the case this year expect good news for The Artist, The Descendents and The Help.

While The Artist may have led with six nominations, both The Help and The Descendents followed close behind with five nominations each. The Artist is up for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius, Best Actor for Jean Dujardin, Best Supporting Actress for Berenice Bejo, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score.

George Clooney also must be a pretty happy camper as two of his films earned a slew of nominations: The Descendants and Ides of March. Clooney himself can potentially win three awards all on his own: Director and Screenplay for Ides of March and Best Actor (Drama) for The Descendants. He'll have to go head-to-head with Alexander Payne, who is also up for best director for The Descendants. Both pictures are also up for Best Picture (Drama) as well. It's good news as Ides of March was left out of the SAG nominations.

It was also a good day for ensemble comedies. Besides The Help, Bridesmaids and Midnight in Paris also scored some big nominations. All three are up for Best Picture (The Help for Drama, Midnight and Bridesmaids in Comedy). Woody Allen scored a Director and Screenplay nomination while Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer (The Help), Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) all scored Actor or Supporting Actor noms.

Some notable inclusions and omissions: Michael Fassbinder was also left out of the SAG awards, but his performance in Shame is up for a Golden Globe. Ryan Gosling scored a nomination, but is was not for Drive (which scored only one nom for Albert Brooks) but for Crazy, Stupid, Love. Rooney Mara was a welcome (for me) but surprise choice for Best Actress (Drama) for the upcoming The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. While is has been getting buzz, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close didn't score any nominations either. Likewise, Melissa McCarthy, who is perhaps the most talked-about actress from Bridesmaids, was also left out of the nominations. Another surprise nomination came in the form of Angelina Jolie - not for acting, but her In the Land of Blood and Honey is up for Best Foreign Film.

My picks: Best Picture Drama will go to The Descendants

Best Picture Musical or Comedy will go to The Artist (setting up what should be an Oscar showdown).

Best Director: Have to root for the home-town favorite Alexander Payne for The Descendants.

Best Actor, Drama: While I think George Clooney will win for The Descendants, I'm secretly hoping Michael Fassbinder sneaks in for letting it all hang out in Shame.

Best Actress, Drama: Probably the toughest to call; You have Glenn Close and Meryl Streep as the two long-time favorites. Streep always seems to have the advantage, though I wouldn't mind at all if Rooney Mara could pull off the upset.

Best Actor, Comedy: Jean Dujardin - The Artist - the movie with the biggest buzz will win.

Best Actress, Comedy: This one is wide open for me, as I don't know enough about Carnage or My Weekend with Marilyn to know if they are tracking better than Bridesmaids. I'll go with Michelle Williams for taking on the job of portraying a Hollywood icon.

Best Supporting Actor - Because it's the only award it managed to snag, I'm going with Albert Brooks for Drive.

Best Supporting Actress - Probably Berenice Bejo for The Artist, but I think it should go to one of the actresses from The Help - but I can't decide between Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer. Here, let me get a coin... Heads, Chastain, Tails Spencer aaaaaaand Spencer it is.

Best Screenplay - It's The Artist vs The Descendants, and I'll still throw my vote towards The Descendants.

Best Animated Feature - Kind of a lame duck year if you ask me. Adventures of TinTin, I guess.

I will reserve any judgement on Foreign Language, Score and Song because I honestly don't have enough information to make a call on way or another.

Now that awards season is heating up - we should have a good picture how the Academy Awards are going to go in the next few weeks. Keep your eyes towards the blog and forum in the coming weeks for updates.


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Wrote on 12/16/11 at 01:07 PM CT

It's Spielberg, of course it will get nominated! Even though I haven't seen it, I'll take your word on Drive - I was expecting Gosling to truly get a nomination if nothing else.

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Wrote on 12/15/11 at 05:24 PM CT

I think Drive got snubbed the most out of any of these. Best movie of 2011 by far that I have seen. I also can't believe War Horse (aka a worse version of Secretariat) was even nominated.

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