It’s been a great holiday season so far and a solid year in film. The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards will recognize cinematic achievements on Sunday, January 11, live on NBC at 8 p.m. EST. Here are my winning picks in most of the film categories.
• The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
• The Reader
• Revolutionary Road
• Slumdog Millionaire
Millionaire is a huge underdog. Look for Button to take the prize here.
MUSICAL OR COMEDY
• Burn After Reading
• In Bruges
• Mamma Mia!
• Vicky Cristina Barcelona
A tough call. In Bruges does not belong in this category, but had to be recognized somewhere, Mamma Mia! is the fan favorite with Happy-Go-Lucky possibly stealing, but Woody Allen's Barcelona will take it.
• Danny Boyle-Slumdog Millionaire
• Stephen Daldry-The Reader
• David Fincher-The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
• Ron Howard-Frost/Nixon
• Sam Mendes-Revolutionary Road
Boyle and Fincher are very close here, but Boyle's win is the best chance for a Millionaire award.
• Leonardo DiCaprio- Revolutionary Road
• Frank Langella-Frost/Nixon
• Sean Penn-Milk
• Brad Pitt-The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
• Mickey Rourke-The Wrestler
So many deserving actors with full careers, so no chance of a newcomer stealing here. Pitt's amazing performance and the film's robust running time helps, so look from him in a slim win.
• Anne Hathaway-Rachel Getting Married
• Angelina Jolie-Changeling
• Meryl Streep-Doubt
• Kristin Scott Thomas-I've Loved You So Long
• Kate Winslet-Revolutionary Road
I do have some hesitation picking Streep here, but her status as a double nominee boosts her chances. Great to see Thomas back in the U.S. public's eye again. Hathaway's chances are hurt by Rachel's relatively low audience turnout.
ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
• Javier Bardem-Vicky Cristina Barcelona
• Colin Farrell-In Bruges
• James Franco-Pineapple Express
• Brendan Gleeson-In Bruges
• Dustin Hoffman-Last Chance Harvey
Gleeson had such a memorable performance. Farrell and Hoffman come in a close second as Bardem won last year. A more prominent nomination for first timer Franco who could have easily made it in the supporting actor category for Milk.
ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
• Rebecca Hall-Vicky Cristina Barcelona
• Sally Hawkins-Happy-Go-Lucky
• Frances McDormand-Burn After Reading
• Meryl Streep-Mamma Mia!
• Emma Thompson-Last Chance Harvey
So much experience here, but a newcomer usually makes headlines, so this year it's Hawkins' star-making role.
• Tom Cruise-Tropic Thunder
• Robert Downey Jr.- Tropic Thunder
• Ralph Fiennes-The Duchess
• Philip Seymour Hoffman-Doubt
• Heath Ledger-The Dark Knight
The only real lock, Ledger will clean up this holiday season taking the win from Hoffman. Thunder was a weak overall movie with big performances. Fiennes gets well-deserved recognition, which also could have swayed to his In Bruges performance.
• Amy Adams-Doubt
• Penelope Cruz-Vicky Cristina Barcelona
• Viola Davis-Doubt
• Marisa Tomei-The Wrestler
• Kate Winslet-The Reader
Look for double-nominee Winslet to take this award with Davis and Tomei coming very close.
Be sure to watch Sunday. Steven Spielberg will receive this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award and presenters include Shah Rukh Khan, Johnny Depp, Sandra Bullock, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cameron Diaz, Laurence Fishburne, Megan Fox, Ricky Gervais, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Lopez, Seth Rogen, and Martin Scorsese.