And so rolls around the Awards season, where the prized statues are awarded to those who are deemed best in their field over the last twelve months. Mostly. Call for Marisa Tomei on line one, please. Marisa Tomei. The Golden Globes has always been seen as the precursor of the Oscars, in the obvious sense of course, but also that which helps dictate who or what may win both nominations and awards come Oscars time. And so, with the HFPA’s (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) awards ceremony kicking off tonight (some time around 2am for those of you who are night-owls) here’s Pop Culture Monster’s predictions on who’ll win in the major film awards, we won’t bore you with all of them.
Best Screenplay will more than likely go to the insipid, drawn-out, ultimately Hollywood-ending The Social Network purely because Aaron Sorkin can write dialogue really well (despite it being deeply inaccurate dialogue). A surprise could come in the form of Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko for their wonderfully comic The Kids Are All Right.
Best Animated Feature is a complete shoe-in for Toy Story 3. Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (otherwise known as The-Most-Pointlessly-Over-Long-Name-For-An-Award Award) is really between two people, Amy Adams for The Fighter and Helena Bonham Carter for her role in The King’s Speech. I’m going to go with Carter on this one. Mila Kunis could be a dark horse for her role in Black Swan, but it’s unlikely. But then so is getting hit by a bus, and Mean Girls proved that happens all too often.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture or Less-Pointlessly-Over-Long-But-Ultimately-Still-Pointlessly-Over-Long-Name-For-An-Award Award is going to be sitting in the hands of Christian Bale, for his role in The Fighter, by tonight. Fact. Well, maybe. IDK. Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy is definitely going to Annette Bening, because she absolutely deserves it beyond shadow of a doubt for her sheer brilliance both in life and in The Kids Are All Right.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy is a tough one to choose. Johnny Depp is nominated twice in this category, one for Alice in Wonderland and the other for The Tourist. If The Tourist is a Comedy or Musical I will eat my own foot. In fact, it is so blatantly miscategorised that the only thing that’s comedic is the fact that the HFP have deemed it Musical or Comedy. Anyway, Paul Giammati will probably pick up the award for his role in Barney’s Version with Jake Gyllenhaal in Love & Other Drugs as the dark horse.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy goes to The Kids Are All Right. If you don’t believe me read the synopsis. You try tell me that isn’t awards gold! Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama has to go to Natalie Portman for her role in Black Swan. She’s absolute sheer perfection. Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama will be a well-deserved and long-overdue win for Colin Firth for The King’s Speech.
Best Director – Motion Picture is one of the most hotly contended award this year. Pop Culture Monster would like to see Christopher Nolan or Darren Aronofsky win for their films Inception and Black Swan. Despite our views on the film, we also reckon that Fincher could clinch it for The Social Network. I mean James Cameron won for Avatar last year and look how predictable that film was. However, if there is one deserved winner, it’s Aronofsky for Black Swan. It’s a triumph, and the HFP might look at his back catalogue and that will tip it in his favour.
And the biggie: Best Motion Picture – Drama. Now, firstly it will probably go to The Social Network. The dark horses in this race are Black Swan and The King’s Speech. Secondly, the reason it will probably go to The Social Network is that it makes the HFP look hip. They’re down with the kids. They’re the cool older brother rather than the creepy old uncle at the party that you only invite because you feel obliged. There. I said it.
The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin
Best Animated Feature
Toy Story 3
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Christian Bale – The Fighter
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy
Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy
Paul Giammati – Barney’s Version
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
The Kids Are All Right
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
Best Director – Motion Picture
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Social Network