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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Short recap of the Golden Globes

While Dexter will have to settle with being my top TV show for 2009, it’s much deserving star Michael C. Hall won his first Golden Globe last night, along with John Lithgow who snagged his 2nd. Following the twitter stream last night, it looked as though many didn’t know why Hall was sporting his cap last night. For those not in the loop, he’s in remission from battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I’d only found out about it earlier in the afternoon and while sad, it’s great to see he’s recovering. Hall and Lithgow gave tremendous performances this past season on Dexter, vaulting it way past the mess that was season four (sorry Jimmy Smits). Hopefully this marks the beginning of further recognition for the show, which failed to win the award for Best TV Drama (went to MadMen, my 2nd favourite show of the year, for the 3rd year in a row). I can’t wait to see Trinity return for a second season. It’s just too bad that’s so many months away…

Other notable congrats go out to:

The Hangover – Best Comedy/Musical (My #1 movie of 2009)

UP – Best Animated Film (My #2 movie of 2009)

Glee – Best TV Comedy/Musical

Jason Reitman – Best Screenplay for Up in the Air

Dexter vs. Doakes

One of the best parts about the early seasons of Dexter was his combative relationship with Sergeant Doakes, who always suspected Dexter of something, but could never put his finger on it. Yes my girlfriend and I are  still watching my Dexter DVDs. We’re half way done season two! Then I can go through withdrawals again because I haven’t gotten around to buying season three.

My top 5 TV shows of 2009

This is the first of my “Top 5” posts for the end of the year. Of course this one is about my top 5 TV shows. Let me know what you think! Tell me what shows should’ve been on the list, or how much you completely agree with me.. that’s always permitted.

NUMBER FIVE

WEEDS

Coming into this season (its 5th) I wasn’t expecting much out of Weeds. I felt the show had been sliding downhill after season two and it wasn’t coming back anytime soon. While the storyline is still outlandish and can only seem to blow up from here on out, the writing was the show’s saving grace. Season three and four had been a bit of a chore, but this season I couldn’t stop laughing again. It seems as if they gave Justin Kirk, who plays Andy Botwin, more air time and that was a great move. Without Andy the show wouldn’t exist. His character is basically carrying it, so I’d like to see how they move forward next season.

NUMBER FOUR

TRUE BLOOD

Coming into its sophomore season True Blood had a lot to live up to. It had quickly developed a cult following (as do most things Vamp, no?) and nothing short of brilliance would do. This season wasn’t any better than the first, and that’s not an insult. Too often shows try to one-up the last season and it catches up in the end when they can’t keep up with their own imaginations. I haven’t read the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris that spawned the series, but I’ve heard/read the show has decided to veer away from some plotlines, *cough* Lafayette *cough*, which is great; some characters should not die. That being said I hope Tara goes soon. Her storyline is plain tired and the show would be so much better off without her.

NUMBER THREE

LOST

It seems like AGES ago that LOST was on TV and I’m sure if it had just ended I would be a little more torn about putting it in the three spot. This season (its 5th) we got a lot of questions answered and they’re setting the show up nicely for its final hoorah. The second half of the season seemed to be a little eventful than the first. Although I know they were just establishing why the characters were where(/when) they were, so the audience wouldn’t get even more confused. The best part about this show is the writing. It is so captivating and I know I’m being suckered into something, but I can’t stop myself from going back. I look forward to the final season. It’s a great time to end the show; they can answer questions how they want; and we can see the characters finally move on with their lives. Now that I’m thinking about it again, I can’t wait for it to start up in the new year!

NUMBER TWO

MADMEN

MadMen is one of the best shows on television and it shows no signs of slowing down. It’s cast is astounding, its writing is astounding, it’s sets and wardrobes are astounding. I was tempted to give it the number one spot because it’s become somewhat of a culture changer. The style of dress is cool again, for men and women; people are MadMen’ing their avatars on Twitter; and it’s so interesting to look at a time before everyone, not just Americans, grew up. After the early 60s there was a definite political change in the air, and this past season it really began to emerge. I’m looking forward to what they bring next season, as there is a bit of a rebirth happening, professionally, and great upheavals in a few characters personal lives as well.

NUMBER ONE

DEXTER

Ah yes Dexter is my most favourite show for 2009. This season (its 4th) was one of redemption, because like Weeds, the writing for the show had been sliding, almost to the point where I didn’t think it could come back and be great again. Now that I think of it, redemption is the wrong word. This season of Dexter surpassed all my expectations and should put Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow into serious contention for Golden Globes and Emmys. With the conclusion to this season, the writers took a definite risk doing what they did. That being said, there are some great parallels happening and to be honest, what was done, needed to be done, so this season was as good as any.

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