My 72nd Golden Globe Awards Winners Predictions – FILM

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On the evening of January 11, 2015 (morning of January 12, 2015 Philippine time), the Golden Globes will return for its 72nd annual edition. I myself find the awards race for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s trophy more exhilarating than the Academy Awards for a number of reasons.

With these in mind, I always try to predict the results of the show. I have divided my predictions into two entries with a separate one for television. I also give explanations for my predictions in the footnotes below.

Without any further ado, here are my predictions:

Legend: Nominees in bold indicate who I think WILL win while underlined nominees indicate who I think SHOULD win.

(Formatting for the nominees is taken from the Wikipedia article)

Best Motion Picture
Drama Musical or Comedy
    • Boyhood
    • Foxcatcher
    • The Imitation Game‍1
    • Selma
    • The Theory of Everything


  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Into the Woods
  • Pride
  • St. Vincent
Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama
Actor Actress
  • Steve Carell – Foxcatcher as John Eleuthère du Pont
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game as Alan Turing
  • Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler as Louis “Lou” Bloom
  • David Oyelowo – Selma as Martin Luther King, Jr.2
  • Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything as Stephen Hawking
  • Jennifer Aniston – Cake as Claire Simmons
  • Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything as Jane Hawking
  • Julianne Moore – Still Alice as Dr. Alice Howland
  • Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl as Amy Elliott-Dunne3
  • Reese Witherspoon – Wild as Cheryl Strayed
Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Actor Actress
  • Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel as Monsieur Gustave H.
  • Michael Keaton – Birdman as Riggan Thomson4
  • Bill Murray – St. Vincent as Vincent MacKenna
  • Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice as Larry “Doc” Sportello
  • Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes as Walter Keane
  • Amy Adams – Big Eyes as Margaret Keane5 
  • Emily Blunt – Into the Woods as The Baker’s Wife
  • Helen Mirren – The Hundred-Foot Journey as Madame Mallory
  • Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars as Havana Segrand
  • Quvenzhané Wallis – Annie as Annie Bennett
Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama, Musical or Comedy
Supporting Actor Supporting Actress
  • Robert Duvall – The Judge as Judge Joseph Palmer
  • Ethan Hawke – Boyhood as Mason Evans, Sr.
  • Edward Norton – Birdman as Mike Shiner
  • Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher as Dave Schultz
  • J. K. Simmons – Whiplash as Terence Fletcher6
  • Patricia Arquette – Boyhood as Olivia Evans7
  • Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year as Anna Morales
  • Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game as Joan Clarke
  • Emma Stone – Birdman as Sam Thomson
  • Meryl Streep – Into the Woods as The Witch
Best Director Best Screenplay
  • Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ava DuVernay – Selma
  • David Fincher – Gone Girl8
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman
  • Richard Linklater – Boyhood
  • Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Armando Bo,
    Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. – Birdman
  • Richard Linklater – Boyhood
  • Graham Moore – The Imitation Game
Best Original Score Best Original Song
  • Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Gone Girl10
  • Antonio Sánchez – Birdman
  • Hans Zimmer – Interstellar
  • “Big Eyes” (Lana Del Rey) – Big Eyes
  • “Glory” (John Legend and Common) – Selma11
  • “Mercy Is” (Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye) – Noah
  • “Opportunity” (Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck) – Annie
  • “Yellow Flicker Beat” (Lorde) – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Best Animated Feature Film Best Foreign Language Film
  • Big Hero 6
  • The Book of Life
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • The Lego Movie11
  • Force Majeure (Sweden)
  • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Israel)
  • Ida (Poland/Denmark)
  • Leviathan (Russia)
  • Tangerines (Estonia)

1. When the 2014 Awards Season first started, The Imitation Game was one of my picks for bridesmaid film. So imagine my shock at the recent momentum it’s been having with acclaim after acclaim. Combine that with Harvey Weinstein’s powers of lobbying and we have a serious contender. Boyhood might upset.

2. While all the nominees definitely deserve a slot, Carell was the most standout performance for me. I’m going to use BAFTA logic on this one and say David will win for Selma.

3. Despite what you may think about Gone Girl itself, one can’t deny that Pike’s performance was practically asking for that trophy.

4. I’m torn between Michael Keaton and Ralph Fiennes. Such hall of fame performances from them both. Still, Keaton edged out Fiennes for me by a small margin. I’d be happy too if Fiennes upsets him

5. I’d say it’s a toss up between Adams and Moore.

6. I always hate the Best Supporting Actor for Film category. It’s the one where I want a tie. They always get such damn good nominees. For this batch, Duvall is the weakest link with a solid BUT not stellar performance.

7. As much as I’d like to see Chastain or Stone win, I’m cool with Arquette for that mid-life crisis breakdown scene alone.

8. I love both Fincher and Inarritu. They both share that “Martin Scorsese finally won an Oscar for the Departed” appeal with voters so they’re likely to lean towards them. I say Fincher edges out his Mexican counterpart a little but it’s a coin toss really.

9. It’s a coin-toss really but Birdman seems to have the most polished (not necessarily flawless) script among the five.

10. Zimmer could upset or even Sanchez by association to Birdman’s likelier wins in other categories

11.  HFPA voters may be younger and more in touch with the times than AMPAS voters but I still say they’re going to ignore a Gen-Z pop “enigma” like Miss O’Connor. I say Glory wins because U2 won for a song just cause it was about Mandela.

12. I’m fine with any of the five nominees winning. I say it’s in the bag for Lego but Boxtrolls might pull off an upset since voters love more “artsy” studios like Laika

Kim Antonio

Passionate geek. Sometimes referred to as All-Moderator or Galactus. Has the latter's appetite too.

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