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Final Golden Globe Awards Predictions: Lots of ‘Likes’ for ‘The Social Network’

January 14th, 2011 by Gregory Ellwood HitFix.com

Yes, it’s that time of year again. A time in Hollywood where the worlds of movies and television become one, thanks to the incredible magic of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Whether the HFPA’s 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards are really a bellwether for the more prestigious Academy Awards honestly depends on the year. This season? Not so much, but it’s an excellent opportunity for stars from the big, small, and even smaller screens to celebrate each other’s work, drink, and be merry.

(Well, at least until a little over two weeks from now when they do it all over again at the SAG Awards.)

As in past years, the battle for best picture has come down to the power and influence of two men: uber producer Scott Rudin and longtime awards maestro Harvey Weinstein. With True Grit bizarrely left in the cold having received zero nominations, Rudin is pushing his critics’ wonder The Social Network. On the other side of the battlefield, Weinstein is firmly behind this year’s audience favorite, The King’s Speech. Occasional collaborators (“never say never” with these two), but usual competitors, the New York-based movie men are two of the fiercest awards season campaigners around. And when there are only 80 or so voters for the Globes to influence as opposed to approximately 6,000 for the Oscars? Well, we’d suggest getting out of the way of their crosshairs.

The TV categories are always incredibly difficult for even the most seasoned television experts to pick. That’s mostly because a majority of the HFPA voters cover the movies and not TV, but since they can all vote for the winners, it leads to some interesting and sometimes perplexing picks. In theory, acclaimed shows such as Modern Family and Mad Men should dominate the winner’s circle. This Sunday evening, however, that might not be the case.

With that in mind, check out this pundit’s predictions for the 68th Annual Golden Globes.

Best Picture – Drama

Black Swan
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

Winner: The Social Network
Upset Contenders: The King’s Speech
Lowdown: If you speak to some HFPA watchers they will tell you that Network is going to win. If you speak to other HFPA watchers they will tell you that Speech will win because Harvey Weinstein knows how to schmooze them better than anyone else in town. It’s close for sure, but when it comes down to it, more than anything, the HFPA do not like to be embarrassed. And considering almost all the other critic’s groups in the country have picked Network for best picture, they should do the same.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Alice in Wonderland
The Kids are All Right
The Tourist

Winner: The Kids Are All Right
Upset Contenders: Alice in Wonderland
Lowdown: A pretty dreadful list of contenders with Kids being the only worthy awards picture in the bunch. However, word is the HFPA love Alice in Wonderland, and there is a very slim chance they go with Disney’s $1 billion hit.

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

Winner: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Upset Contenders: Jesse Eisenberg, Social Network; James Franco, 127 Hours
Lowdown: If you’re an HFPA member and voting Network for picture, you have to make sure to reward King’s Speech and this is where the organization tries to make everyone happy. The very deserving Firth is pretty much a lock here, but if the Network love is legit, Eisenberg could sneak in — or their longtime admiration for Franco could find him an unexpected winner, as well.

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

Winner: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Upset Contenders: None
Lowdown: This is pretty much set in stone. The HFPA adore Kidman, but did not like Rabbit Hole. That pretty much seals the deal for Portman.

Best Actor – Musical or 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

Winner: Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Upset Contenders: Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version; Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack
Lowdown: Another miserable category this year, but it does allow the HFPA to reward Johnny Depp one more time (he’s got nine nominations and only one win so far). If for some reason Depp doesn’t win, it will be because there was more support for Giamatti or Spacey than expected. Like, a lot more.

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
Emma Stone, Easy A
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right

Winner: Annette Bening, The Kids Are Alright
Upset Contenders: Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right; Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
Lowdown: Pretty much Bening’s to lose. Anne Hathaway is the biggest competition, but the members were not big fans of Love and Other Drugs (as evidenced by the dramedy not making the Best Picture – Musical or Comedy category).

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

Winner: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Upset Contenders: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
Lowdown: Awarding the Globe to Leo allows the HFPA to reward The Fighter, which they are big fans of. Weaver would be the only nominee who could really surprise here.

Best Supporting Actor
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

Winner: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Upset Contenders: Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
Lowdown: As much as they’d like to sympathetically bring cancer survivor Douglas to the stage (which would make for great TV, by the way), it’s going to be hard for them to ignore Bale. Again, they don’t like to be embarrassed. Eighty people can form one pretty insecure group.

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

Winner: David Fincher, The Social Network
Upset Contenders: Christopher Nolan, Inception
Lowdown: Fincher will win, but if there is a prevailing feeling monster hit Inception needs more recognition, Nolan could sneak in.

Best Screenplay
Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids are All Right
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David Sieber, The King’s Speech
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Winner: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Upset Contenders: Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours
Lowdown: Pretty much a slam-dunk for the former West Wing creator, but the HFPA also loved 127 Hours and Boyle in particular. This may be the only category where they can recognize the picture.

Best Animated Feature
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

Winner: Toy Story 3
Upset Contenders: Um, no.
Lowdown: Just book it. Although we wouldn’t want to be anywhere near the Disney/Pixar table if DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon wins instead.

Best Foreign Language Film
The Concert
The Edge
I Am Love
In a Better World

Winner: I Am Love
Upset Contenders: The Concert
Lowdown: Tougher call than in previous years, but critical acclaim and Tilda Swinton’s amazing performance should bring I Am Love the statue. However, the Weinstein’s The Concert could be a possible upset player here too.

Best Original Song
“Bound to You,” Burlesque
“Coming Home,” Country Song
“I See the Light,” Tangled
“There’s a Place For Us,” Dawn Treader
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” Burlesque

Winner: “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” Burlesque
Upset Contenders: I See the Light, Tangled
Lowdown: “You Haven’t” songwriter Diane Warren was repped by longtime publicist Ronni Chasen, who was murdered last month in an attack that left most of Hollywood in severe shock. Add in the Cher factor, and only “I See the Light” could upset the Burlesque ballad.

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, The King’s Speech
Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland
AR Rahman, 127 Hours
Hans Zimmer, Inception
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network

Winner: Hans Zimmer, Inception
Upset Contenders: Alexandre Desplat, The King’s Speech
Lowdown: One of the few places they can reward Inception. It’s also quite deserving and Zimmer was also a client of Chasen’s (it sounds callous, but sometimes it’s just how these things work out).

Best TV Series – Drama

Boardwalk Empire
The Good Wife
Mad Men
The Walking Dead

Winner: Boardwalk Empire
Upset Contenders: Mad Men
Lowdown: The HFPA love Martin Scorsese. The HFPA love HBO. As good as Mad Men was last season, the new kid on the Boardwalk should take home the gold Sunday night.

Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House

Winner: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Upset Contenders: Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Lowdown: Rule #1 when predicting HFPA TV voting: If there’s a movie star in the field it’s a good bet they’re gonna win. Why? Well, most of the membership don’t cover television, but just film. So, when they get a chance to vote for all the categories they tend to go with what they know. That usually leads to some classy, if not surprising picks. In this case, Buscemi over previous winners Jon Hamm and Michael C. Hall.

Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Winner: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Upset Contenders: Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Lowdown: In an even less competitive category than last year, Margulies wins again.

Best TV Series – Comedy
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie

Winner: Glee
Upset Contenders: Modern Family, 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory
Lowdown: It’s close between Glee and Modern Family, but we just think the HFPA can’t get enough of those singing and dancing teenagers.

Best Actress in a TV Series – Comedy
Toni Collette, The United States of Tara
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Lea Michele, Glee

Winner: Laura Linney, The Big C
Upset Contenders: Toni Collette, The United States of Tara or Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Lowdown: If you follow the HFPA’s unspoken movie star rule then Linney or Collette should win. We think being the new kid on the Showtime block gives Linney the edge.

Best Actor in a TV Series – Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Winner: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Upset Contenders: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Lowdown: Are the HFPA really going to honor Baldwin for this role for the fourth time in five years? It makes more sense that Parsons breaks through and duplicates his Emmy win.

Best Supporting Actor – Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-0
Chris Colfer, Glee
Chris Noth, The Good Wife
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
David Strathairn, Temple Grandin

Winner: Chris Colfer, Glee
Upset Contenders: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family; David Strathairn, Temple Grandin
Lowdown: Here’s the thing, somebody’s got to be the first group to recognize Colfer. We say the HFPA are that group. Just a hunch.

Best Supporting Actress – Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire
Julia Stiles, Dexter
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Winner: Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire
Upset Contenders: Sofia Vergara, Modern Family; Jane Lynch, Glee
Lowdown: We’re taking the Boardwalk train and going with Kelly MacDonald. It’s a hunch, but we’d also not be surprised if Lynch repeated her Emmy win here.

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The Pacific
Pillars of the Earth
Temple Grandin
You Don’t Know Jack

Winner: The Pacific
Upset Contenders: Carlos; You Don’t Know Jack
Lowdown: Let’s be clear, the HFPA may love Carlos and it’s a credit to the organization’s overall taste that it made the cut, but they do not want to embarrass Pacific producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. It’s that simple.

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for TV
Hayley Atwell, Pillars of the Earth
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
Judi Dench, Return to Cranford
Romola Garai, Emma
Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Client List

Winner: Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
Upset Contenders: Um, no.
Lowdown: Just book it (and she’s winning the SAG Award for this one too).

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for TV
Idris Elba, Luther
Ian McShane, Pillars of the Earth
Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack
Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship
Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

Winner: Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack
Upset Contenders: Edgar Ramirez, Carlos
Lowdown: Former Cecil B. DeMille and 14-time nominee and two-time winner Pacino should repeat his Emmy Award win here. However, there is a slight chance Ramirez upsets so the HFPA can claim they were one of the few orgs to actually recognize Carlos in some way.

Gregory Ellwood is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of HitFix.com. After almost a decade or working for Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox, he left the dark side to become a journalist. In the years since, he got sucked into the Oscar beat and has written for MSN, The Los Angeles Times and Variety. Follow Ellwood’s Awards Campaign blog here on HitFix.

Celebrity Picks: Charlotte Gainsbourg

April 15th, 2010 by Rebecca Harper Editor

With 40 film appearances and three albums under her belt, you’d think the daughter of Serge Gainsbourg would be comfortable performing in front of a crowd. But, Charlotte Gainsbourg says, it took work — and few pointers from “Loser” singer-songwriter Beck. Thanks to his guidance, she’s currently touring the states to produce her latest album, IRM, which was produced by none other than Beck himself. To mark the addition of a selection of music videos and rehearsals from her album on Hulu today, we spoke to Charlotte about the collaboration with Beck and her tour, and even asked her to highlight a few of her picks from the world of online video. — Rebecca Harper (), Editor

Hulu: Before you share your picks, can you tell us a little bit about your new album? What was it like working with Beck?
It was quite intimidating at first. I think I was a little shy, but he made everything so that I would be comfortable. We recorded a lot of things in his house. It was very warm and so the whole process was quite amazing for me. To come back and forth, to go back to Paris and think about it, come back, being a different person … so the whole thing was quite incredible for me. And just to watch him invent the songs, to decide on a beat and gradually build it up and think of every instrument … I mean, he was just wonderful to watch. That was part of the pleasure for me, to learn something from him.

Do you have a favorite track from the album, if you could even pick just one?
I have two that are very different — I’ve got “Trick Pony,” which means a lot because my son plays the drums on that song. And I love the fact that it was upbeat and all that, and it came at the last minute. The other one is completely the opposite. It’s called “La Collectionneuse.” It’s sort of a very dark song, which was the state I thought I was in at one point; just about connecting your memories and being overwhelmed by them.

And you’re on tour right now, aren’t you?
Yes, I’ve just started. It’s my first time for me, because on the last album I did, I didn’t feel I had the courage to do it. It’d been 20 years since I’d done anything music-wise, so I wasn’t prepared at all. And also, Air had recorded that album with me. Because they went on their own tour — they’d just released their own album — I felt I needed them to be with me if I was going to perform live. This time, it was a bit different because Beck helped me to find a band and he helped me put all this together. Also, we talked about live shows while we were recording the album, so I sort of got used to the idea that it was something that I would like to do. We had the time to rehearse quite a lot with the crew. Yeah, we started in Vancouver [on Saturday]. [Monday] was Victoria and [Wednesday], Seattle.

And you’ll be at Coachella this weekend.
I’ve never been, so I’m a little nervous of the crowd. Also the people performing are so incredible. It is a little intimidating, but I really want to perform there and also just to listen to Thom Yorke and the Gorillaz and the people that are going to be there.

I always remember the heat.
[Laughs] Yeah, that’s what they said. Unfortunately, I go on at 5:30, which I imagine is going to be boiling hot.

And will Beck be there?
I know he’s coming, yeah. I asked him to come on stage, but I’m not sure he will.

How long will you be touring?
We’re just touring North America first, so the west coast until Coachella and then the East Coast until the 25th of April. Then we take a break in May and start again in Europe June and July.

So it’s going to be a busy summer.
Yeah, yeah, it’s exciting. My children [who are 7 and 12] are going to be able to come with me since it will be the summer, so it all makes it quite incredible to look forward to.

Do you have any acting projects lined up for the future?
I hope I’ll be able to do it, but I should be able to do another film with Lars von Trier next summer, just after the tour in Europe. Then do a film with Yvan Attal, my boyfriend/husband/partner. It will be our third film together with him as a director. It’s a beautiful script. I’m still crossing my fingers because you never know, with financing and all that, if it will really go through. It’s been a long time since we wanted to do this, so I really hope we’ll be able to do it in September.

So what does a beloved actress and musician watch when she’s online? Below, Gainsbourg shares her picks — all found using Hulu’s search tool.

Some Like It Hot
You have a clip where Jack Lemmon is engaged. I love this film. It’s a film that I discovered when I was quite small, quite young. My father used to love this film, and so we watched it together. I can still watch it — I think I must have seen it more than a hundred times, so I know
everything, every bit of dialogue, everything.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
I remember seeing that film and then knowing that Michel Gondry was going to call me because he wanted me to shoot in his next film [La science des rêves]. And I was really excited because I just adored this film. I thought it was the most original piece I had seen in a long, long time.

City of God
Then there’s City of God [link goes offsite], just because it’s a very, very strong film. I saw it not a very long time ago, I just discovered it. It’s just one of those very, very powerful films.

Annie Hall
I’m a huge fan of Woody Allen, and of course especially Annie Hall. [Link goes offsite.] It’s just one of the classics that you can watch again and again and again.

Fish Tank
Then there’s a film that came out quite recently called Fish Tank. It’s difficult, when you love a film, to know what to say about it. You thought that the performances were incredible, the way the filming was incredible. Everything was quite amazing. I think it was when I was in Cannes, I think they got an award. It was very well-deserved.

Neil Young
Then I went to music. There’s a live video of Neil Young playing “Heart of Gold.” [Link goes offsite.] It’s a wonderful clip. It’s Brian LeBarton who’s playing the keyboards in [my] band. Before we started rehearsing live, he said go and have a look at Neil Young singing. He showed me different pieces, but this one was so… He’s such an incredible artist. Just to watch how he can be charming and so easy. And to think of yourself performing, it’s a little overwhelming because you think you’ll never be able to be as obviously brilliant, of course.

I found Beck [on IFC’s] From The Basement. [Link goes offsite.] I think Radiohead did [this show], too. There’s both Beck and Nigel Godrich, who’s the producer I worked with on the album I did with Air — I just love his work. This concept of a TV show that has no [audience]; it’s just done in a basement … it’s just beautifully done. If we could do more recordings like that, it would be wonderful. And then you’ve got Beck and everything I admire about him. His way of performing, again it’s like Neil Young. It’s seems so easy and so natural. There’s something also about his voice. I just remember that when we recorded together, he used to sing the lyrics that he wrote to see if they worked. Just listening to him, I admire his way of singing very, very much. I thought it was a pity not to have him more on the album. I’m happy that we did this duo together, but he has a very, very special way of performing.

Next, Radiohead and the song “2+2=5“. [Link goes offsite.] It’s just an album that I loved, and it’s a song I love. It’s a band that I love seeing live the most, really. It’s the always so intense. Thom Yorke has a way of getting into the songs. His intensity is quite incredible to watch. He’s performing in Coachella with Nigel Godrich; I’m looking forward to that.

Elvis Presley
The last one would be anything to do with Elvis, because I’m a big fan. I can’t say a song in particular. There’s a recording that I have, I’m not sure it was filmed, when he cracks up laughing. Anyway, I’m not sure it was filmed, but the recording was so incredible. What can I say? I’ve been listening to him since I was a child. It’s like Some Like It Hot, it’s one of those things that accompany you all through life. It’s always reassuring to go back, to listen to him. No one really comes to his level. It’s sentimental.