Golden Globes

The Race for the Gold: Movie Awards Season

 

Happy New Year! Let’s hope for a better year for movies in theaters this year… box office receipts for 2014 were down from the year before.

 

So… the Golden Globe Awards are handed out next Sunday, January 11at 8pm on NBC. It’s a great warm up to the Oscars, but is not always an accurate predictor.

 

The Globes are handed out by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  They tend to honor more “celebrities” and projects that did well not only in the US, but overseas as well. Nominations are split into comedy and drama categories. All major stars that can go to the event, do, because it’s an amazing networking event, held in more of a party atmosphere.

 

I noticed a few unusual omissions this year to what would normally be slam-dunks in the nomination department. No nominations for Clint Eastwood or “American Sniper” and no nominations for Angelina Joile or “Unbroken”. Review the nominations here: http://www.goldenglobes.com/2015_72nd_Golden_Globes_Nominees

Who will win? The split of comedy and drama will help give a number of deserving actors their due.  Eddie Redmayne should win for drama in “The Theory of Everything”, and Michael Keaton should win for comedy in “Birdman”. Yes, I know “Birdman” isn’t really a comedy, but categorizing movies and performances is up to each voting body.  Best Actress drama should go to Julianne Moore for “Still Alice”, although Reese Witherspoon or Jennifer Aniston could be surprise upsets.  Best Actress comedy should go to Amy Adams for “Big Eyes”… because I doubt they will vote a double for Julianne Moore in “Maps to the Stars”.

 

Best film drama will probably go to “Boyhood”, while the best film comedy vote will go to “Birdman”.

 

Check in next Monday for a recap! And remember, many of the nominated films are available through amazon.com.

 

Because she is a working entertainment industry union member who votes for movies and performances during awards season, our columnist will be known here as Mrs. Norman Maine. She has made films and taught film classes in higher education settings.