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
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Burlesque
The Kids Are All Right
Red
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
Inception

Best Animated Feature Film

Despicable Me
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3
Tangled

Best Foreign Language Film

Biutiful
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
Dexter
The Good Wife
The Walking Dead

Best Televison Series, Comedy or Musical

30 Rock
The Big C
Glee
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
Carlos
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
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The King’s Speech: a stammering success

Public speaking: it’s something we’re all forced to do at some point in our lives, whether it be in a business pitch, in front of a classroom or a large assembly hall. Personally it’s not my favourite activity, and I remember a time where I used to get so nervous I thought my presentations were unintelligible garbage. With time and practice I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve grown to be a lot more comfortable with it.

Imagine now, if you’re public figure who doesn’t mind being in front of large crowds, but no matter what you do, you’re unable to get what’s on the sheet in front of you out of your mouth properly, because you have a speech impediment. That’s something King George VI had to deal with all his life.

In The King’s Speech, Colin Firth plays King George VI and it tells the story of his stammer as he was put at the head of the United Kingdom. Desperate to find an answer to their problems, his wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) finds an unorthodox speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). The King and Logue were of different personalities and had many issues, but eventually the two became partners in working around the issue.

The next time you’re in a presentation and you’re feeling nerves, just be grateful that you can actually speak, because you could be saddled with a much more debilitating issue like King George VI was.

The King’s Speech was an award winning movie in my books, and both Rush and Firth are deserving of accolades as well. I give the 5/5, but I was tempted to take off a half-point simply for the miscasting of Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill. I couldn’t help but seeing him as his character Peter Pettigrew from the Harry Potter movies.

Here’s the actual King’s Speech from George VI himself, for your listening pleasure. It’s amazing how Firth nailed it:

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