Saturday, January 9, 2016

Jenn and Chelsea Predict the Golden Globes [Contributor: Chelsea Eichholz]


It's finally awards season once more, which means more live-tweeting, more angry GIFs than you can count, and more snubs and celebration as the best in acting, directing, and writing are awarded with statues. Chelsea came to visit Orlando and while we spent a lot of time exploring the city and sipping butterbeers at Hogwarts, we chose to spend the final few hours of her visit camped out at my dining room table, making our predictions for the Golden Globes.

Chelsea is far more experienced at film nominees (I relied a lot on her insight while picking nominees since I haven't seen most of these films), while I prefer television, so this really worked out well for us. We have only chosen, below, the nominees that we predict to win awards. They may not be the nominees we actually want to win, but hopefully we'll walk away from the ceremony with at least a few surprises! (My predictions, for the record, are more based in how well I think I can read the voters, not necessarily on merit.)

Check out our thoughts on the nominees and potential winners, and be sure to join us tonight on our Twitter page where we will be live-tweeting the red carpet and the ceremony! And let us know in the comments below who YOU think will take home statues.

MOVIES



Best Picture, Drama
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight


Jenn:
I would love to say Room because of the fact that it was one of the best movies I saw in 2015 (I actually saw an award-nominated thing, you guys), but the fact of the matter is that awards shows love Cate Blanchett and Carol has been getting more buzz than most everything else on here. So I'm going with that.

Chelsea:
I'm torn between Spotlight and Mad Max, even though I wish Room would take it. I'm going to bet on Mad Max because it's a fun, weird film and the HFPA might love being different from everybody else.

Best Picture, Comedy or Musical
The Big Short
Joy
The Martian
Spy
Trainwreck


Jenn:
The Big Short has far too many famous faces in it for it to be turned down at an awards show. And while Spy and Trainwreck are fan-beloved, I feel like they're still a bit too "out there" for the voters.

Chelsea:
Even though The Martian isn't a comedy, I'll go with it because it was a great film and has a lot of famous people. Its only real competition is The Big Short. In a perfect world, Trainwreck or Spy would be running away with this award though.

Best Director
Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro Innaritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian

Jenn:
The Martian is probably going to take this one. I'm torn between either that or The Revenant, but I think The Marian has the better shot at getting acclaim in this category from the voters.

Chelsea:
I feel like Mad Max has to win something, and it was the most inventive film of all these nominees, and it could not have been made without George Miller.

Best Actor, Drama
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Will Smith, Concussion

Jenn:
Michael Fassbender is probably the best pick for me in this category. While DiCaprio has been getting a LOT of buzz for The Revenant, I'm not sure that it's picked up enough steam to make him a viable winner.

Chelsea:
Leonardo DiCaprio I guess since people love him and and it's getting to the tipping point of him needing to win. I do hope Fassbender takes it since he was my favorite male performance nominated at this awards show. It's been a weak year for male roles.

Best Actress, Drama
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Jenn:
Brie Larson was absolutely astounding in Room. And she's been getting a lot of love from critics and viewers for her performance in this film. These awards are tailor-made for performances like Larson's. I only wish Jacob Tremblay was nominated for Room too.

Chelsea:
I'm going to secret this into the world that Brie Larson will win because she deserves all the awards. I love all the other ladies in this fiercely competitive category but this award is Brie's.

Best Actor, Comedy
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Steve Carell, The Big Short
Matt Damon, The Martian
Al Pacino, Danny Collins
Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

Jenn:
I don't know who should win this, honestly. Is The Martian even a comedy? Why is it thrown into the comedy category? I had to ask Chelsea for help with this category because it literally seemed like the thinnest and weakest one. I don't know who will win, but maybe Matt Damon or Christian Bale.

Chelsea:
This category is pretty terrible. I guess Matt Damon unless HFPA really decides they like The Big Short. Pass.


Best Actress, Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Melissa McCarthy, Spy
Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van
Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Jenn:
Amy Schumer is a shoe-in for this, since 2015 was basically the Year of Schumer. I really hope that she gets honored in this category, because she's worked hard for her success and critics and fans alike seem to have flocked toward her this year.

Chelsea:
This feels like the place to honor Trainwreck and Amy Schumer has had an amazing year. I do love seeing Lily Tomlin make this list since Grandma was one of my top films of 2015.

Best Supporting Actor
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Jenn:
I... don't know these people and none of these names and roles sound remotely familiar. (Except for Stallone, of course. I don't ACTUALLY live under a rock.)

But I'll go with Mark Rylance, under Chelsea's advice.

Chelsea:
I left the theater thinking Mark Rylance would win an Oscar, and here we are. Stallone had that Rocky legacy to boost him, but I do think Rylance has the edge based on nominations from other awards groups.



Best Supporting Actress
Jane Fonda, Youth
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Jenn:
I feel like the Globes will love Steve Jobs for some reason, and so my pick for this category is Kate Winslet, also because she's KATE WINSLET.

Chelsea:
I'll go with Alicia Vikander even though I left Steve Jobs thinking Winslet would win. The voters liked her enough to nominate her twice, after all, so why not?

Best Screenplay
Emma Donoghue, Room
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight
Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short
Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Jenn:
I want Room to win all the things, especially because the author was so intimately involved with the making of the film. But I don't think it's going to win this category, so we'll go with Spotlight.

Chelsea:
I'll go with Spotlight as well because this feels like the perfect place to honor it. Room was my favorite film of the year, but I don't think it has a chance of winning. I will, however, be keeping an eye on The Big Short because that has come out of nowhere this year and caught a lot of attention.

Best Original Score
Carter Burwell, Carol
Alexandre Desplat, The Danish Girl
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs
Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto, The Revenant

Jenn:
I don't know when it comes to this category, honestly. But I'll go with The Revenant. Everything is random!

Chelsea:
This category is pretty pointless since it hardly ever matches the Oscars and The Force Awakens wasn't eligible for the Globes. I'll go with The Hateful Eight because he's a legend. I would like to see Carol get some love here though. And honestly, the score for The Danish Girl was one of my least favorite things about the film.

Best Original Song
“Love Me Like You Do,” Fifty Shades of Grey
“One Kind of Love,” Love & Mercy
“See You Again,” Furious 7
“Simple Song #3,” Youth
“Writing's On the Wall,” Spectre

Jenn:
If Fifty Shades of Grey wins an award, I will eject myself from the planet. ... And I hate that I actually like that song.

"See You Again" will win not only because of the song but also to honor Paul Walker.

Chelsea:
I agree. It was a great song and as a person who shamelessly loves that franchise, it would be a great way to honor Paul Walker. And that Spectre song was AWFUL.


Best Animated Feature Film
Anomalisa
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie


Jenn:
Inside Out. There really is no competition.

Chelsea
Inside Out. Duh.

Best Foreign Language Film
The Brand New Testament
The Club
The Fencer
Mustang
Son of Saul


Jenn:
I'm going to let you choose this one, Chelsea!

Chelsea:
Son of Saul seems like a lock here though I could see Mustang snagging it.

TELEVISION

Best TV Series, Drama
Empire
Game of Thrones
Mr. Robot
Narcos
Outlander


Jenn:
I'm actually going with Mr. Robot because the critics have been absolutely loving it. While Game of Thrones could possibly win, it doesn't seem like this is their year.

Chelsea:
I'm going with Mr. Robot as well. Game of Thrones had a weak season and Outlander seems too niche even for the Globes.

Best TV Series, Comedy/Musical
Casual
Mozart in the Jungle
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Transparent
Veep


Jenn:
This is a hard one. I feel like it's between Veep and Orange is the New Black. I might give the edge to Orange is the New Black, however, because Veep usually gets more Emmys love than anything else. And everything else is too niche for this audience (unless there is an upset and it'll end up being Mozart in the Jungle, which could happen).

Chelsea:
I would really like to see OITNB or Veep win, but I won't count out Transparent taking this for the second year in a row. I'll go with Veep because it had such a good year.

Best TV Miniseries or Movie

American Crime
American Horror Story: Hotel
Fargo
Flesh and Bone
Wolf Hall


Jenn:
American Crime has been getting a lot of love this season, which is weird to me since the show itself hasn't been heavily promoted until now.

I think it'll end up going to Fargo though.

Chelsea:
Fargo just seems like the only logical choice to win here.


Best Actor, Drama
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Wagner Moura, Narcos
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schrieber, Ray Donovan

Jenn:
This might actually be one that's really close to call at the moment. I think it's between Jon Hamm and Rami Malek but I don't know. Hamm has an edge because it's his final year (though, honestly, when has that stopped voters from snubbing people before?), but Malek has received nothing but positive acclaim. It all comes down to who the voters cared about more this year.

Chelsea:
I actually don't know either. I feel like Jon Hamm has the edge because he's a cool guy and it's the last time the awards can honor him for this role. It'll feel like a full circle moment since he won for Mad Men's first season. I won't count out Rami Malek though either.

Best Actress, Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Eva Green, Penny Dreadful
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Jenn:
If it comes down between Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis, I'd go with Viola. I think she could easily take this category. But this is one that's loaded with possible winners. Caitriona Balfe would be an upset, and I know Outlander fans would be thrilled if she won.

Chelsea:
I'm gonna go with Taraji P. Hanson for Empire. The show was a huge hit, and she is the one person everyone loves from it. She's really had an awesome year.

Best Actor, Comedy
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
Rob Lowe, The Grinder
Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Jenn:
This is an interesting category. Though everyone loves Lowe, Stewart, and Tambor, I don't think they'll win. I actually would love to see Aziz win something, so I'm going with him. It would be an unexpected win like Gina Rodriguez's last year, and I feel like unexpected winners are more common in comedy categories than they are drama.

Chelsea:
I think Aziz would be a wonderful person to honor. He had a great run on Parks and Recreation and is now really breaking out and finally has the chance to present himself as a lead. I won't count out Gael Garcia Bernal, however, because he is a delight and I've heard nothing but great things about Mozart in the Jungle. ... Or we could all be wrong and Transparent sweeps.


Best Actress, Comedy
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Jenn:
This category is SO hard. I could see them giving this to anybody in this list, to be honest, especially given how much awards shows love Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

I really really REALLY want Rachel Bloom to win because Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is one of the best new shows of 2015, but I would also like Gina Rodriguez to make this year two for the Globes. In the end, though, I think Bloom should take it.

Chelsea:
This category is way too difficult. I want Gina Rodriguez to make me cry again this year with an acceptance speech, but Lily Tomlin is just so good in Grace and Frankie (and Grandma), and JLD is my spirit animal.

Actually, I don't even care who wins because this category is the best of the whole show.

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall
Tobias Menzies, Outlander
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

Jenn:
Ugh, this category is weird because the Globes is kind of the worst. Tobias Menzies or Alan Cumming are probably the best bets for winners in this category.

Chelsea:
I have no nominees to speak about, but just want to say that Supporting TV categories are why the Globes get flack from TV lovers. They give more respect than the SAG Awards... but just barely.

Best Supporting Actress
Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Regina King, American Crime
Judith Light, Transparent
Maura Tierney, The Affair

Jenn:
I think it's Uzo Aduba's to lose, honestly.

Chelsea:
This is a pretty good category even though you have all the crazy different categories meshed.

This really could go to any of them but I would love for Uzo Aduba to take this. She is consistently the best part of her show. And never forget the Time-Hump Chronicles.

Best Actor, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Idris Elba, Luther
Oscar Isaac, Show Me A Hero
David Oyelowo, Nightingale
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
Patrick Wilson, Fargo

Jenn:
Idris Elba has received a lot of love this season for Luther, which is why I think he could easily take the Globe.

Chelsea:
Oscar Isaac is having a great year with The Force Awakens being one of the biggest films of all-time and Show Me A Hero is a wonderful miniseries. I'll go with him because he is such a delight and I just want to secret him to success.


Best Actress, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel
Sarah Hay, Flesh and Bone
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Queen Latifah, Bessie

Jenn:

I can't decide if the Globes would give something to Lady Gaga, honestly, but if they did this would be it. I'm torn between either her or Kirsten Dunst.

Chelsea:
Lady Gaga or Kirsten Dunst would be perfect people to win this. Lady Gaga would be the fun choice but Kirsten Dunst would be the more pragmatic choice to win this. I would be happy either way.

Check out the Golden Globes when they air tonight! And check back here to see how right (or wrong) we were!

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