My choices for the Golden Globes

Award season is back, as the Golden Globe Awards are airing this Sunday, so of course that means everyone will be making their predictions about who will win, and I’m no different. I just want to say that I haven’t seen all of these movies, and some choices will have to be lucky guesses. Let me know what you think of my choices, and perhaps list your own favourites?

Best Motion Picture, Drama

The Fighter
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

The Kids Are All Right
The Tourist

Best Director – Motion Picture

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy

Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy

Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone, Easy A
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Christian Bale, The Fighter
Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

127 Hours
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech

Best Animated Feature Film

Despicable Me
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

Best Foreign Language Film

The Concert
I Am Love
In a Better World

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

Bound to You, Burlesque
Coming Home, Country Strong
I See the Light, Tangled
There’s a Place for Us, Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me, Burlesque

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplot, The King’s Speech
Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland
A.R. Rahmin, 127 Hours
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, The Social Network
Hans Zimmer, Inception

Best Television Series, Drama

Boardwalk Empire
The Good Wife
The Walking Dead

Best Televison Series, Comedy or Musical

30 Rock
The Big C
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie

Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House

Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Best Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Hope Davis, Special Relationship
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kelly McDonald, Boardwalk Empire
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-0
Chris Noth, The Good Wife
David Straithairn, Temple Grandin
Chris Colfer, Glee

Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Lea Michelle, Glee

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

The Pacific
Temple Grandin
You Don’t Know Jack

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship
Ian McShane, The Pillars of the Earth
Édgar Ramírez, Carlos
Idris Elba, Luther

Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Hayley Atwell, The Pillars of the Earth
Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Client List
Judi Dench, Return to Cranford
Romola Gara, Emma

The Fighter packs a definite punch

Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams

Yes the title is a bit of a cliche, but it works; I mean come on, it’s a boxing movie.

The Fighter tells the story of boxers Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his half-brother Dicky Ecklund (Christian Bale). I’m not usually a fan of boxing movies, so I wasn’t expecting much coming into this one; however,  after leaving I wish I’d watched it a few weeks earlier so I could have put it on my Top 5 Movies of 2010 list.

What I liked most about The Fighter:

  1. The Cast: I was going to focus on Christian Bale’s amazing transformation into Dicky Ecklund, or Melissa Leo, the guys’ mother who was so very annoying at times, but I’ll chalk that up to good acting. Picking favourites wouldn’t do the cast justice, because they all put in great performances.
  2. Boston: I’m a firm believer that films based in Boston generally get critical acclaim and rightly so; most of them are awesome (The Town, The Departed, etc.).
  3. Montages: It wouldn’t be a boxing movie without a great montage or two, and this one definitely had that, including one to the Red Hot Chili Peppers (win).
  4. Cinematography: The camera work was great, specifically during the fight scenes when it had that early 90s television feel over the boxing broadcasts – seems like a little thing, but it made a difference to me.
  5. Story: I’ll give Marky Mark full credit for backing this film because the way the story of the two brothers was told was done in a way that didn’t come across as biographical, as many do. It was a tense, funny, sad film and it flowed perfectly.

I rate The Fighter a 5/5. Have you seen it yet? What are your thoughts?

Hey Jon Hamm, can you play Batman?

For a while now my nephew and I have agreed that Jon Hamm, of Mad Men fame, should be Batman. The conversation recently started up again after watching the trailer for his newest movie, The Town (trailer). I thought we were pretty original, but a simple Google search shows that isn’t really the case (bonus means I don’t have to edit a photo (thanks for posting it on, MovieTheaterLad!)

I was not happy with the way Christian Bale plays The Dark Knight. His growling was the biggest annoyance in the movie and if I recall, caused me to give it only 4.5 stars out of 5.

Even Kevin Smith agrees, though he takes it a little far saying he should also play Superman, which is dumb.

Last year, in a video interview with Splash Page, an MTV blog, Smith said, “He’s always brooding on that show. He comes off like Bruce Wayne. That voice of his—the Don Draper voice—that’s f—ing Batman!”

Perfectly describes my reaction.

While we’re still on the Batman topic, what about Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell, Mad Men) as Robin? I say IT’S PERFECT!

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