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No more Ricky Gervais! What will we do?
The snark that ticked off half of Hollywood will no longer be the Golden Globes emcee when the ceremony returns Sunday. Having Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host is a touch of genius. They both have ingratiating personas but biting wits; they skewer and then smile.
The ceremony airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on NBC, but here are some predictions of what you’ll see. Besides slightly buzzed stars, that is.
Best motion picture, drama
“Argo,” “Djanjo Unchained,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Zero Dark Thirty”
Since “Zero Dark Thirty” isn’t opening in little southeastern Connecticut till Friday, I can’t weigh in with my opinion of that film. But, based on reviews and word of mouth, it seems to have the best chance of winning — unless the voters decide to go old-school and choose “Lincoln” instead.
Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama
Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”
Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock”
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea”
USA! USA! USA! Chastain will take down all those foreigners and walk away with the award.
Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Richard Gere, “Arbitrage”
John Hawkes, “The Sessions”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
Denzel Washington, “Flight”
So begins Daniel Day-Lewis’ long march to Oscar glory. First, he’ll pick up a Golden Globe. It’s much deserved. His portrayal of Abe was masterful.
Best motion picture, comedy or musical
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
Two very different movies stand at the head of the pack: “Les Miz” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” “Les Miz,” though, will probably win, since it boasts a grandness and melodramatic sweep that “Silver Linings” simply doesn’t.
Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, comedy or musical
Emily Blunt, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Judi Dench, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Maggie Smith, “Quartet”
Meryl Streep, “Hope Springs”
Jennifer Lawrence was a huge surprise in “Silver Linings.” Playing an edgy, comically wound-up yet sympathetic figure, she more than held the screen against co-stars like Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper. Deserving of the Golden Globe.
Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical
Jack Black, “Bernie”
Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
Ewan McGregor, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Bill Murray, “Hyde Park on Hudson”
It had to be Hugh.
Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture
Amy Adams, “The Master”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
Nicole Kidman, “The Paperboy”
Anne Hathaway’s role was arguably the shortest of these performances, but there’s no denying the power of her singing of “I Dreamed a Dream.” Everyone weeped. EVERYONE.
Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture
Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Django Unchained”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”
Hoffman’s performance was the one thing about “The Master” that I actually liked. But I have a soft spot for Alan Arkin’s turn in “Argo,” and I think this could be the category where the Hollywood Foreign Press acknowleges that wonderful movie.
Best director, motion picture
Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”
Another category that comes down to “Zero Dark Thirty” versus “Lincoln.” I’m guessing Bigelow will wrest the trophy from Spielberg.