74th Golden Globes

We are now minutes away before the 74th Annual Golden Globes. So, to kill some time, I thought I’d give my last-minute thoughts and predictions before the show. And away we go!

Best Motion Picture – Drama
best-motion-picture-dramaI absolutely loved two of these films, liked another one, and was indifferent to the other two.
Lion and Moonlight were both beautiful films that made me feel a lot of emotions.
Manchester by the Sea was also one of these films, but its lack of a proper ending left me feeling empty.
Hacksaw Ridge was a good film, but amidst the sea of war movies, it’s just another fish.
Hell or High Water was plain and simply meh; neither the story nor the characters were remotely compelling for me. Add that with the actors’ incoherently mumbling, and I have no idea why this is even nominated.
What I want to win: Lion OR Moonlight
What will win: Moonlight OR Manchester by the Sea
WINNER: Moonlight

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
20th Century Women has not yet had a release where I live, so I cannot say anything about it.
Deadpool is absolutely hilarious, and the fact that it’s nominated for this AND for Best Actor is even more hilarious.
I love everything with Meryl Streep in it, and Florence Foster Jenkins is no exception. This was such a heartwarming, funny, and yet tragic true story.
I have many things I would like to say about La La Land, but I do not have the time to say them. I will just say that it is a dull beggar-man dressed in tawdry clothes.
Out of all the comedies that came out this year, I don’t understand how Sing Street is considered one of the top 5 by the HFPA. I’d consider it better than La La Land, but still not remotely the best.
What I want to win: Deadpool OR Florence Foster Jenkins
What will win: La La Land
WINNER: La La Land

Best Motion Picture – Animated
Given that’s a foreign film, I cannot find My Life as a Zucchini anywhere, so again, I cannot say anything about this.
As for the other four films, I loved all of them and would be happy if any of them won, but….
What I want to win: Moana
What will win: Moana OR Zootopia
WINNER: Zootopia

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
I have not yet been able to see Neruda or The Salesman.
Elle was bizarre but it was good.
Divines is a beautiful story, but a bit hard to watch at times.
And I don’t even know what was going on with Toni Erdmann. While I was able to watch the latter two in one sitting, it honestly took me about two weeks to get through Toni Erdmann. I thought I was going to like it, but then it spiraled out of control ending in a woman in a bathrobe chasing her father down the street. Oh, and he’s wearing a giant hair suit….
What I want to win: Divines
What will win: I haven’t even the slightest idea. The Salesman, probably?

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Casey Affleck was good in Manchester by the Sea, but his character had very minimal development.
Loving was a disappointment for me, and that can largely be credited to Joel Edgerton’s very tedious performance. He just stared blankly at things and mumbled for two hours.
Hacksaw Ridge is probably my favourite performance of Andrew Garfield’s. He’s really growing as an actor, but I wouldn’t consider this to be a top 5 performance.
Now, Viggo Mortensen and Denzel Washington’s performances in Captain Fantastic and Fences, respectively, are where it’s at. Both actors gave stellar performances and were the driving forces of their films.
Who I want to win: Denzel Washington for Fences OR Viggo Mortenson for Captain Fantastic
Who will win: Denzel Washington for Fences OR Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea
WINNER: Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
I don’t even want to talk about this category. Barring Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool, this is easily the most infuriating set of nominees this year.
The Lobster was the worst hunk of garbage I think I’ve ever seen. The concept was engaging and the cast was stellar, but the execution of the film was terrible. And I hardly consider it a comedy.
Ryan Gosling is proving more and more to be as obnoxious as he his handsome. His performance in La La Land was nothing even remotely noteworthy and he cannot carry a tune to save his life.
I will cut some slack for Hugh Grant, because you will always be out-shined when you share the screen with Meryl Streep. Nevertheless, I didn’t find him particularly memorable in Florence Foster Jenkins.
And then there’s Jonah Hill from Moneyball The Wolf of Wall Street War Dogs being Jonah Hill. This movie was boring, even with my husband Miles Teller at the helm.
Ryan Reynolds is the only nominee in this category who deserves to win.
Who I want to win: Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool
Who will win: Ryan “Yawnfest” Gosling for La La Land
WINNER: Ryan Gosling for La La Land

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
The female actor categories are always the ones I’m most eager for, because quite frankly, female actors are always more interesting to watch.
All of these women nominated were excellent in their roles, but the one who stands out the most for me is Jessica Chastain in Miss Sloane. And it is a travesty that she’s been getting overlooked for almost every other award this year.
Ruth Negga is the only thing that saved Loving from certain doom.
Amy Adams and Natalie Portman are great in their respective roles in Arrival and Jackie.
And Isabelle Huppert is very good in Elle, but I would swap her out for Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train.
Who I want to win: Jessica Chastain for Miss Sloane
Who will win: Natalie Portman for Jackie
WINNER: Isabelle Huppert for Elle

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
I’m starting to run out of time here, so from here on out I’m just going to list the nominees and put who I want to win and who I think will win.
1. Annette Bening in 20th Century Women
2. Lily Collins in Rules Don’t Apply 
3. Hailee Steinfeld in The Edge of Seventeen
4. Emma Stone in La La Land
5. Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins
Who I want to win: Meryl Streep
Who will win: It’ll be between Bening, Streep, and Stone
WINNER: Emma Stone for La La Land

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
1. Mahershala Ali for Moonlight
2. Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Water
3. Simon Helberg for Florence Foster Jenkins
4. Dev Patel for Lion (even though he should be in the leading actor category)
5. Aaron Taylor-Johnson for Nocturnal Animals
Who I want to win: Dev Patel
Who will win: Mahershala Ali
WINNER: Aaron Taylor-Johnson for Nocturnal Animals

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
1. Viola Davis for Fences
2. Naomie Harris for Moonlight
3. Nicole Kidman for Lion
4. Octavia Spencer for Hidden Figures
5. Michelle Williams for Manchester by the Sea
Who I want to win: Viola Davis for Fences
Who will win: Viola Davis for Fences
WINNER: Viola Davis for Fences

Best Director – Motion Picture
1. Damien Chazelle for La La Land
2. Tom Ford for Nocturnal Animals
3. Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge
4. Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
5. Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea
Who I want to win: Barry Jenkins
Who will win: Damien Chazelle OR Kenneth Lonergan
WINNER: Damien Chazelle for La La Land

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
What I want to win: Moonlight OR Nocturnal Animals
What will win: Manchester by the Sea OR Moonlight
WINNER: La La Land

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
1. Gold – Danger Mouse, Stephen Gaghan, Daniel Pemberton, and Iggy Pop for the song “Gold”
2. La La Land – Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul for the song “City of Stars”
3. Moana – Lin-Manuel Miranda for the song “How Far I’ll Go”
4. Sing – Ryan Tedder, Stevie Wonder, and Francis Farewell Starlite for the song “Faith”
5. Trolls – Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, and Shellback for the song “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
What I want to win: “How Far I’ll Go”
What will win: “City of Stars” (even though it’s easily the weakest song in the film)
WINNER: “City of Stars”

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
1. Arrival – Jóhann Jóhannsson
2. Hidden Figures – Hans Zimmer, Pharell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch
3. La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
4. Lion – Dustin O’Halloran, Volker Bertelmann
5. Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
What I want to win: Moonlight
What will win: La La Land
WINNER: La La Land