“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” It’s award season, so what better way to commence than with the party the Hollywood Foreign Press calls “The Golden Globes.”
The Hollywood Foreign Press voters are unpredictable, so predicting the Golden Globes can be a bit tricky. In order to take on this task, I meticulously studied Golden Globe trends from the past years to form coherent predictions for this year.
It took longer than expected to predict the categories, but here they are. Check out my Golden Globe film predictions below.
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
Predicted Winner: Spotlight
Possible Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Cate Blanchett (“Carol”)
Brie Larson (“Room”)
Rooney Mara (“Carol”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”)
Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”)
Predicted Winner: Brie Larson
Possible Winner: Rooney Mara
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”)
Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”)
Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”)
Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”)
Will Smith (“Concussion”)
Predicted Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio
Possible Winner: Eddie Redmayne
BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
“The Big Short”
Predicted Winner: The Martian
Possible Winner: The Big Short
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Spy”)
Amy Schumer (“Trainwreck”)
Maggie Smith (“The Lady in the Van”)
Lily Tomlin (“Grandma”)
Predicted Winner: Jennifer Lawrence
Possible Winner: Amy Schumer
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Christian Bale (“The Big Short”)
Steve Carell (“The Big Short”)
Matt Damon (“The Martian”)
Al Pacino (“Danny Collins”)
Mark Ruffalo (“Infinitely Polar Bear”)
Predicted Winner: Matt Damon
Possible Winner: Christian Bale
BEST MOTION PICTURE – ANIMATED
“The Good Dinosaur”
“The Peanuts Movie”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
Predicted Winner: Inside Out
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE
Jane Fonda (“Youth”)
Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”)
Helen Mirren (“Trumbo”)
Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”)
Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs”)
Predicted Winner: Jennifer Jason Leigh
Possible Winner: Kate Winslet
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE
Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy”)
Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation”)
Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”)
Michael Shannon (“99 Homes”)
Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”)
Predicted Winner: Sylvester Stallone
Possible Winner: Michael Shannon
BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Todd Haynes (“Carol”)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“The Revenant”)
Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”)
George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”)
Ridley Scott (“The Martian”)
Predicted Winner: Alejandro G. Iñarritu
Possible Winner: George Miller
BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Emma Donoghue (“Room”)
Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer (“Spotlight”)
Charles Randolph, Adam McKay (“The Big Short”)
Aaron Sorkin (“Steve Jobs”)
Quentin Tarantino (“The Hateful Eight”)
Predicted Winner: Quentin Tarantino
Possible Winner: Aaron Sorkin
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Carter Burwell (“Carol”)
Alexandre Desplat (“The Danish Girl”)
Ennio Morricone (“The Hateful Eight”)
Daniel Pemberton (“Steve Jobs”)
Ryuichi Sakamoto Alva Noto (“The Revenant”)
Predicted Winner: Ennio Morricone
BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
“Love Me Like You Do” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
“One Kind of Love” from “Love & Mercy”
“See You Again” from “Furious 7”
“Simple Song No. 3” from “Youth”
“Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre”
Predicted Winner: See You Again
Possible Winner: Writing’s on the Wall
2015 was an interesting year for cinema–who knew Mad Max: Fury Road would be that awesome?
This past year’s films smashed records at the box office thanks to standout films such as: Furious 7, Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Despite the influx of capital produced this year, when accessing each of the films that came out in 2015, one can note that the films and performances were middling in comparison to the years in the past…remember the films of 2013?
Don’t get me wrong, 2015 had many great films. I can just recall better years.
Of the films that did stick with me, I decided to rank my top films, performances and ensembles of 2015.
Top 10 Films
- The Hateful Eight
- Straight Outta Compton
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
- Steve Jobs
- Jurassic World
- The Big Short
Honorable Mentions: Cinderella, Inside Out, The Revenant, Room, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, The Martian
Top 10 Performances
- Leonardo DiCaprio-The Revenant
- Jacob Tremblay-Room
- Michael Fassbender-Steve Jobs
- Benecio Del Toro-Sicario
- Jennifer Jason Leigh- The Hateful Eight
- Eddie Redmayne- The Danish Girl
- Mark Ruffalo-Spotlight
- Brie Larson-Room
- Michael B. Jordan-Creed
- Jessica Chastain-Crimson Peak
Honorable Mentions (Alphabetical order): Oshea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight), Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2), Rooney Mara (Carol), Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), Sylvester Stallone (Creed), Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)
Top Ensemble Cast
- The Hateful Eight
- The Big Short
- Straight Outta Compton
- Steve Jobs
Dear Quentin Tarantino,
Thank you in advance for this fulfilling Christmas present.
Last month, I posted an article discussing the films I am most excited about for the remainder of 2015. Sadly, I forgot one important film, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.
If you don’t know already, Quentin Tarantino is my favorite filmmaker, and one of the greatest of our time. Therefore, this upcoming flick is a pretty big deal, especially since we haven’t seen a new Tarantino creation since Django Unchained, which released in 2012.
The Hateful Eight will mark the eighth film Tarantino has written and directed (counting both Kill Bill films as one).
If you are familiar with Tarantino’s work, you should already know what to expect from The Hateful Eight—violence and Samuel L. Jackson.
Jackson, along with Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bechir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern all make up the “Hateful Eight,” who are a few unacquainted malicious westerners living a few years after the Civil War. Get the full synopsis here.
The Hateful Eight cast at a live script reading back in April 2014
For my film nerds, the Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterd, and Django Unchained cinematographer, Robert Richardson, will join Tarantino once again, but this time he is shooting on 70mm film with Ultra Panavision 70. And if you are not a film nerd, just know that this is epic news.
The Hateful Eight almost did not happen due to a script leak back in 2014; however, thankfully, Tarantino just decided to revamp the script and change the ending.
I feel terrible for not including this film in my initial article. I guess that was just a sign that The Hateful Eight needed its own post.
Unfortunately, there is no official trailer out yet; however, there is a vague teaser trailer. Here it is:
I am so excited for this film. I get so emotional just thinking about it. I am sure that this film will score Tarantino a few more Oscar nominations and Richardson a cinematography nomination.
The Hateful Eight is another film releasing on Christmas Day.
This summer, I am taking a film class, and of course, the class involves me spending much of my break viewing classical Hollywood films. So far, we have analyze quite a few good films, but one in particular stood out to me more than the others—Vertigo.
Vertigo is Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 film based off of the French novel D’entre les Morts.
In 2012, Vertigo beat out the universally acclaimed Citizen Kane and topped Sight and Sound’s ’50 Greatest Films of All Time’ list. Sometimes some of these Hollywood classics can be a tad overrated; however, this film blew me away. So much so that I am still thinking about it weeks after viewing it for class.
Because I want you all to watch it, I don’t want to give away any important details. What I will tell you is that Vertigo is a twisted tale of a detective, John “Scottie” Ferguson, who was retired after a freak accident that killed one of his colleagues, which ultimately triggered his acrophobia and vertigo. Scottie is hired by one of his college classmates to follow his wife, Madeleine, because he feels that something odd is going on with her.
I know that it doesn’t sound that juicy from my brief synopsis, but I am trying to refrain from spoiling the story for you. Just check out the trailer right here:
Vertigo is the first film in my new article series, which will highlight one film recommendation each month. If you don’t do anything for the month of August, just make sure you check out Vertigo—if you haven’t already.
You will thank me.
Until my next post, toodles.