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Hollywood Foreign Press Association, 2013 Golden Globes Announcement

With the Oscar nominations and Critics Choice Awards announced on Thursday, it was up to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) earlier this evening to try to get in one final round of awards before the two-week wait until the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the even longer wait until Oscar night. Normally, I don’t take the Golden Globes very seriously, mainly because they’re a very different group from either the critics or the people in the industry honoring their own. These are foreign entertainment journalists working in Los Angeles and let’s just say that they’ve earned a rep for being easy to buy.The most important thing to remember is that the HFPA has separate categories for Drama and Comedy/Musical, which makes it far more difficult when honing down the acting categories to possible winners at the Oscars. It also doesn’t help that only 15 of the 30 actors nominated in the various acting categories at the Golden Globes have also received Oscar nominations, since there are ten less slots.

In the past, the HFPA has gone with movies as their Best Picture that don’t necessarily end up winning Oscars in that category. You’d have to go all the way back to 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire to find a year when the Golden Globes’ pick in the drama category and Oscar’s Best Picture were one and the same. Before that? The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King five years earlier. In fact, some might even consider winning a Golden Globe in the Best Picture category to be bad luck or some kind of jinx in terms of an Oscar win going by their track record. Okay, maybe I’m going a bit far there since last year’s Oscar Best Picture winner wasThe Artist, which won the Golden Globe in the Comedy/Musical category, the only movie since 2002’sChicago to take home that pair.

_Argo_afleckSo where does that leave last night’s Drama winner Argo (Warner Bros.), which won the Critics Choice award a few nights earlier? It was going up against four other films in the Drama category that received Oscar nominations with only two of them that had corresponding directing nominations. This win came after the big surprise of the night as Ben Affleck won Best Director for the movie, his second win of the week and second since being snubbed for an Oscar nomination in the directing category. Argo really didn’t feel like a “Golden Globe”-type movie, but clearly audiences have taken to the movie and that’s also true with the journalists of the Hollywood Foreign Press. Or maybe they just had easier access to Affleck during the nomination process? Who knows, but having Affleck win two precursors and potentially winning the DGA as well leaves us with an Oscar category in which the director who wins on Oscar night may be doing so without any previous win. Except maybe the DGA. We have to keep in mind that it’s been a long time since a movie won Best Picture at the Oscars without having its director at least nominated.

Going by the last few years, Argo‘s win at the Golden Globes may pretty much end its awards run as now we get to the industry guilds and the Academy itself who rarely go with the same selection. What’s really going to be telling is the next few awards, starting with the Producers Guild’s award on January 26, the SAG Ensemble on January 27 and the DGA shortly after. One of those three groups could also pick Argo… or something else entirely. Basically, there are too many good movies in the running this year, so we shouldn’t be too surprised if we start seeing more support for some of the other movies in the running.

There were only two movies in the Comedy/Musical category that received Best Picture nominations, David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and the musical Les Misérables. These two were considered the strongest contenders to win the category depending on which way the HFPA members went with, neither having a corresponding directing nomination to give us a hint. When it comes down to it, the HFPA love their musicals–one of the reasons why they have this category–so it seemed that Les Misérables would be an easy choice for them.

What’s interesting is that all three of the movies mentioned above are up for the SAG Ensemble award along with Spielberg’s Lincoln (DreamWorks), another potential frontrunner, and whichever one wins that night may make it far more obvious which way the Academy may go when selecting their best picture.

As far as the acting categories, Jennifer Lawrence won in the Comedy/Musical category for Silver Linings Playbook, which kept her away from her strongest competition in the Oscar actress category, Jessica Chastain, who in turn won in the Drama category for Zero Dark Thirty. Like Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway winning in their respective categories, Lawrence and Chastain were the least surprising wins of the Golden Globes, although it now makes it a full-on heads up horse race for which one will win on Oscar night. At least Hugh Jackman had some competition worth considering in the Musical/Comedy category with all the recent support for Bradley Cooper in Russell’s comedy, but Jackman’s win further proved the HFPA’s love for musicals as Les Misérables won a few moments later.

Incidentally, this is the first time since 2005 that the Critics Choice and Golden Globes for Supporting Actor went to two different performances despite being one of the most consistent categories over the years. In 2005, the Critics Choice went to Paul Giamatti for Cinderella Man. He went on to receive the Screen Actors Guild’s honor in the category, while the Golden Globe went to George Clooney for Syriana for which he won the Oscar. In 2006, Eddie Murphy won all three precursors, but then lost the Oscar to Alan Arkin. Philip Seymour Hoffman winning over the critics and German actor winning the Golden Globe (from a group including many foreigners) opens things up for the Screen Actors Guild to go elsewhere since Waltz wasn’t nominated by them and that could determine who wins on Oscar night, which could very well be a third actor altogether. Either way, it’s great to have a category where there may be some surprises.

As far as the screenplay category, it’s not one I’d normally take seriously when it comes to the Golden Globes, but they followed the very different Broadcast Film Critics Association by giving the award to Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained two days earlier, so we have to start taking it seriously. Most people assumed that Mark Boal’s screenplay for Zero Dark Thirty had this in the bag on Oscar night, but there’s a chance the controversy the movie has stirred up–not to mention Mark Boal’s recent Oscar win… over Tarantino, in fact–could shift the advantage to Tarantino to win his first Oscar since Pulp Fiction.

Lastly, Animated Feature went to Disney•Pixar’s Brave as opposed to Disney’s own Wreck-It Ralph, which won the Critics Choice award, and the fact there isn’t one movie even those two groups agreed upon means that the Oscar is still anyone’s game.

Things may be a bit slow in terms of Oscar updates over the next few weeks though I do have a couple of ideas I’ll try to share while everyone else is at Sundance.

–source: edward douglas for comingsoon.net



Could it be that the Golden Globes actually have better taste than the Oscars? After all, Globe voters this year found room for critically lauded performances by Marion Cotillard (“Rust and Bone”), Rachel Weisz (“The Deep Blue Sea”), John Hawkes (“The Sessions”) and Richard Gere (“Arbitrage”) that the Academy voters overlooked. And the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the group that picks the Globes) had the sense to nominate Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”) and credit the Globes’ unique practice of expanding the field by breaking out a separate Comedy/Musical category, as well as the idiosyncratic makeup of the HFPA (a small group of about 100 entertainment journalists, contrasted with the Academy’s 6,000 or so movie-industry professionals).

The result, however, is a slate that — this year, at least — matches up only roughly with the Oscar nominees list, making the predictive value of the Globes more dubious than usual. And vice versa; you can’t predict the Globes by guessing how the Academy would vote.

Still, judging by what the HFPA voters like — movies and performers with international appeal, classical Hollywood filmmaking, and familiar faces who’ll brighten their televised cocktail party — it’s not hard to guess which stars and movies will win when the trophies are handed out on Jan. 13. Here’s a cheat sheet for your home ballot.

“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

In the night’s most important race (since it’s the most predictive of Oscar’s Best Picture category), where the Academy gave us a wide-open race among nine worthy contenders, the HFPA gives us essentially a two-horse competition between “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty”; the rest will be also-rans. “Lincoln” has the edge as a piece of classical filmmaking from Hollywood’s biggest brand-name director, but “Zero Dark Thirty” seems to have most of the awards momentum this season and is likely to squeak past.

Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
Marion Cotillard (“Rust and Bone”)
Helen Mirren (“Hitchcock”)
Naomi Watts (“The Impossible”)
Rachel Weisz (“The Deep Blue Sea”)

Just because I praised the Globe voters above for recognizing several of these performances that Academy members passed over doesn’t mean I don’t think that in the end, the HFPA will still go for Chastain, the hot rising star of the past couple years. For the rest, it’s just an honor to be nominated, though out of all of these, Cotillard or Watts could manage an upset for playing women in umimaginably extreme circumstances.


Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”)
Richard Gere (“Arbitrage”)
John Hawkes (“The Sessions”)
Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master”)
Denzel Washington (“Flight”)

As with the actresses, Gere and Hawkes should be grateful just to have been invited. As much I’d love to see Phoenix win just to here what kind of gonzo acceptance speech the awards-averse actor would give, and tho i love more him more as Daniel Plainview but this race belongs to Day-Lewis, surely. Enough said.


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
“Les Miserables”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
“Silver Linings Playbook”

“Marigold” and “Yemen” are the kind of multinational comedies with older-audience appeal that hit the HFPA’s demographic sweet spot, and “Playbook” has buzz, but the smash “Les Mis” will take the category. Russel Crowe has a band, he’s the vocalist. Hugh Jackman i once saw him sang with Richard Marx. Anne Hathaway, oh boy, she’s not that bad at singing.

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”)

Enough with Meryl Streep. I love Jen but Katniss Everdeen (who happens to be the only person in this category who also got an Oscar nod) is going to hit the bullseye on this target.

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’s great that the HFPA are recognizing the Oscar-snubbed performances of Black, McGregor and Murray, but the race is between Cooper and Jackman. Cooper’s terrific in “Playbook,” but i will go with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth on this one Jackman’s titanic Jean Valjean in “Les Miz” is going to carry this one.

“Hotel Transylvania”
“Rise of the Guardians”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

It’s either “Frankenweenie” or “Brave”. Sorry Burton, but when it comes to Pixar i have to be brave on choosing “Brave”.

“A Royal Affair”
“The Intouchables”
“Rust and Bone”

I am wondering why HFPA snubbed Emmanuelle Riva. She’s my fave on Best Actress category on Oscar next February. Maybe “Amour” was categorized in Foreign Languange Film. I don’t know. But “Amour” it is. In the name of love.


Amy Adams (“The Master”)
Sally Field (“Lincoln”)
Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”)
Helen Hunt (“The Sessions”)
Nicole Kidman (“The Paperboy”)

You were good Mrs. Lincoln but no offense this prize belongs to the heart-rending Hathaway of “Les Mis.” She deserves it more.

Alan Arkin (“Argo”)
Leonardo DiCaprio (“Django Unchained”)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master”)
Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln”)
Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”)

This may be the toughest Globe race to call. DiCaprio? Hmm.. Not now amigo.  Waltz? You’re not Hans Landa this time. Arkin? Nope. It’s two horse race between Hoffman and Jones. Hoffman’s best role was at “Capote”. So i’ll go with Tommy Lee Jones though i hate the wig.

Ben Affleck (“Argo”)
Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”)
Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained”)

It’s really between Spielberg and Bigelow. It’s political thingy. “Lincoln” is not my fave Spielberg’s  movie. “Schindler’s List” or “Saving Private Ryan” attracted me more. But who has bigger role in America history? Abe or Osama? Yes i’ll go with Spielberg.

Mark Boal (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
Tony Kushner (“Lincoln”)
David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained”)
Chris Terrio (“Argo”)

Again, it’s a battle between “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Lincoln.” Again i’ll go with Kusner’s “Lincoln”

Mychael Danna (“Life of Pi”)
Alexandre Desplat (“Argo”)
Dario Marianelli (“Anna Karenina”)
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil (“Cloud Atlas”)
John Williams (“Lincoln”)

I’m a fan of Alexandre Desplat. But it’s not his year. It’s either John Williams or Mychael Danna. His scoring is my lullaby. Me easily get carried away. Eversince “The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus”, you have my vote Mr. Danna!

“For You” from “Act of Valor” (Monty Powell, Keith Urban)
“Not Running Anymore” from “Stand Up Guys” (Jon Bon Jovi)
“Safe & Sound” from “The Hunger Games” (Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett)
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall” (Adele, Paul Epworth)
“Suddenly” from “Les Miserables” (Claude-Michel Schonberg, Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer)

In celebrating 50 years the James Bond franchise, well it’s not James Bond’s best song. Garbage and Carly Simon still top on my list. But  Adele still probably gets it, so “Skyfall” it is.

Well after all. It’s just a prediction. I may be wrong. But at least more than 30% of my predictions are gonna get along with HFPA. So place your bet before it’s too late.

— image from screencrush.com some words taken from moviefone.com


About the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:
Founded in the 1940′s during World War II, the HFPA was originally comprised of a handful of LA based overseas journalists who sought to bridge the international community with Hollywood, and to provide distraction from the hardships of war through film. Sixty-eight years later, members of the HFPA represent 55 countries with a combined readership of 250 million in some of the world’s most respected publications. Each year, the organization holds the third most watched awards show on television, the Golden Globe® Awards, which have enabled the organization to donate more than $12 million to entertainment related charities and scholarship programs. For more information, please visit http://www.goldenglobes.org, and follow us on Twitter (@goldenglobes) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/goldenglobes) for exclusive celebrity videos and up to the minute Golden Globes news!
The final results are known only by the accounting firm and are kept secret until the announcement at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony.

–image from kiss925.com words from goldenglobes.org



The Golden Globe Award is an accolade bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. The annual formal ceremony and dinner at which the awards are presented is a major part of the film industry’s awards season, which culminates each year with the Academy Awards.[1]

NBC originally had exclusive broadcast rights to the ceremonies, but on January 11, HFPA President Jorge Camara announced there would be no restrictions placed on media outlets covering the January 13 press conference, announcing the winners at 6:00pm PST.[10]As a result, E!CNN, the TV Guide Network and KNBC-TV, the network’s Los Angeles owned-and-operated affiliate, aired the 31-minute event, emanating from the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel live, leaving NBC to fill the hour from 9:00–10:00pm ET with announcements, made after-the-fact by Access Hollywood hosts Billy Bush and Nancy O’Dell.[11] The remaining hours of programming, set aside for the ceremonies by the network, were filled with a special two-hour edition of Dateline, hosted by Matt Lauer, that included film clips, interviews with some of the nominees and commentary from comedienne Kathy Griffin and the panelists from Football Night in America.


— image taken from hollywood.com words from wikipedia.org

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