2011 Golden Globe Nominations and Predictions

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm

With awards season right around the corner, it’s time for our 2011 Golden Globe nominations and predictions. We’ll be looking at all the performers and works being recognized for cinematic excellence, and I’ll even throw in my predictions at no extra charge. The Golden Globes also honor achievements on the small screen, but you’ll need to look elsewhere for that information; this is, after all, Only Good Movies.

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The 68th Golden Globe Awards will air live on Sunday, January 16th, 2011 on NBC. Held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, you can see it from 8 to 11pm EST, 5 to 8pm PST, and 7 to 10pm CST.

Among the highlights of the evening will be the presentation of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures to Robert DeNiro. After he receives the award, it will promptly be taken away due to his recent appearance in Little Fockers. Sorry, Bobby D.

The King’s Speech led all nominees in the movie categories with seven chances to win, while The Social Network and The Fighter were both tied with six nominations. Strangely, The Tourist received three nominations, despite being a critical and box-office disappointment. And despite being billed as the thriller–which it is–the film was placed in the “Musical or Comedy” category.

Now here are the 2011 Golden Globe nominations and predictions. The latter are in bold print, and feel free to show off your own skills at prognostication in our comments section. But before you start making your predictions, keep in mind that the Golden Globes tend to be less high-minded than the Oscars. After all, Avatar was the Best Drama winner last year, while The Hangover took home the gold for Best Musical or Comedy.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

The King’s Speech should win this one, but I’m betting that The Social Network will come out on top. The trippy Black Swan doesn’t have a chance in hell, while Inception might be a dark horse due to its commercial success and the presence of Leonardo DiCaprio.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

I’m still not sure why The Tourist is even in this category, but it doesn’t really matter. Alice in Wonderland was a monster at the box-office, and it’ll easily walk away with the win. While I didn’t dislike Red, couldn’t they come up with a better option?

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Colin Firth lost out last year in this category, and he’ll do the same this year (despite the fact that he’s an Oscar lock in my mind). Give the win to Jesse Eisenberg, playing the little jackass who gave us Facebook. James Franco might have an outside chance, as well, as the same people who gave Robert Downey Jr. the win last year for Sherlock Holmes may honor him for Pineapple Express. While he picked up a win last year in the “Musical or Comedy“ category, I’m still surprised that Jeff Bridges wasn’t at least nominated for his part in True Grit.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Everyone seems to like Natalie Portman, so she’ll win. I know that sounds overly simplistic, but Sandra Bullock’s win for The Blind Side just proves that it’s as much about popularity as anything else.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

I like Johnny Depp, but did he really need two nominations in this category? I might normally think that his two appearances would split his votes, but a weak field of competition should still allow him to pick up the trophy for Alice in Wonderland.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

She’ll get passed over at the Oscars, but I’m guessing that Emma Stone’s universally-lauded performance in Easy A will earn her the win. Angelina Jolie’s nomination is just damned ridiculous. She’s a fine actress, but not necessarily in this film.

Best Supporting Actor

While Michael Douglas might get the sympathy vote, I expect Christian Bale to get the nod thanks to his odd ability to lose and gain weight for his roles. I wonder if he’ll ever play someone who’s morbidly obese?

Best Supporting Actress

Give this one to Helena Bonham Carter. While it’s nice to see her in something that doesn’t include Danny Elfman music, half the votes she gets will probably come due to her association with Alice in Wonderland and that goofball Tim Burton.

Best Director

James Cameron got it last year, so give me Christopher Nolan in 2011, since his film includes more explosion and CGI effects than the competition.

Best Screenplay

The Social Network was able to take a fairly complex subject and make it digestible for the masses. It wins for that very reason, thus allowing The King’s Speech to once again get the shaft.

Best Original Score

I’m not even going to try and pretend that I have any idea about this one. It’s guessing time, folks.

Best Original Song

Most people had no idea that Gwyneth Paltrow could sing, but she received a standing ovation following her performance at the CMA Awards. I expect her momentum to continue, eventually culminating in a concept album titled What’s in the Box?.

Best Animated Feature Film

It was the swan song for Buzz and Woody, so expect them to be honored for their contributions to the industry.

Best Foreign Language Film

Sean Penn called Javier Bardem’s performance in Biutiful the best since Brando showed his ass (and more) in Last Tango in Paris. I don’t Penn to punch me in the face, so let’s go with the entry from Mexico.

That wraps up our 2011 Golden Globe nominations and predictions. Be sure to share your own picks in our comments section, then tune in on January 16th to see how you did.

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