73rd Golden Globes Predictions – CINEMA

This Sunday night, Ricky Gervais is back to host the 73rd Golden Globes award ceremony.

“The Globes” are one of my favourite awards ceremonies as it recognises the best that both TV and Cinema have produced over the past year.

Who will walk away with a Golden Globe statuette? Below are my predictions for all of the major film categories.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

MY WINNER: Spotlight 

This is one of the strongest categories of the night and hard to pick. All of the films nominated are solid contenders and deserve to win.

I think Spotlight will come out on top. There’s great performances from the all star ensemble cast – which includes the likes of Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, and Liev Schrieber. It’s already picked up 85 nominations at different awards ceremonies (3 golden globe nominations) and walked away with 56.

It’s a hard hitting old school investigative reporting film, while it handles the very serious subject manner quite sensitively.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
The Big Short
Joy
The Martian
Spy
Trainwreck 

MY WINNER: Joy

The fact that Spy is nominated in this category shows the lack of great comedies and musicals that were made in 2015. This is a 2 film race between The Martian and Joy.

The Martian was truly gripping but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association have previously showed their love for David O Russell and his usual suspects (Lawrence, Cooper and DeNiro) so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them walking away with another statuette.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Leonardo Di Caprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Will Smith, Concussion

MY WINNER:  Leonardo Di Caprio, The Revenant


Every actor in this category has put his heart and soul into their performances but it’s Leonardo Di Caprio that suffered the most. Filming conditions were treacherous, he had to deal with some very difficult scenes that are sometimes to gruesome to even watch, and he was able to convey so much emotion without even speaking a word. 

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

SARINA’S WINNER: Cate Blanchett, Carol


While all of Ireland would like Saoirse Ronan to walk away with the globe, and while she does give a career best performance – and has been recognised at many different awards ceremonies, I don’t think her performance is as strong as others’ in this category.

The standout is Cate Blanchett. Again she gives an effortless, sometimes heartbreaking and beautiful performance as Carol. The woman who falls in love with a younger woman and risks losing everything for choosing to follow her heart.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Steve Carell, The Big Short
Matt Damon, The Martian
Al Pacino, Danny Collins
Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

MY WINNER:  Matt Damon, The Martian


Matt Damon had the difficult role of trying to convey so many emotions and connect with the audience when for so long he had no-one to bounce off of. For much of the film it was just him on screen. I don’t know if another leading man could have carried this film and engaged with the audience the way he did. 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Melissa McCarthy, Spy
Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van
Lily Tomlin, Grandma

SARINA’S WINNER:  Lily Tomlin, Grandma


Everyone loves a comeback story, and while Tomlin has not really gone anywhere (she was recently seen in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, with Jane Fonda),  it’s been a while since we’ve seen her on the big screen in a really interesting role. Tomlin is charismatic, charming, funny and emotional in her role as the ballsy Grandma who has to raise enough money, in one day, to help her grand daughter pay for her abortion.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

MY WINNER: Sylvester Stallone, Creed

I have to admit that my choice here is based on my heart. My head tells me that Mark Rylance or Idris Elba will walk away with this – but my heart wants Sly to win it.

His performance as the people’s Champion, Rocky Balboa, will have you cheering, crying and laughing. Stallone has also recognised that this is no longer his story and takes a back seat and support Michael B Jordan to shine and carry on the Rocky/Creed legacy.

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture
Jane Fonda, Youth
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

MY WINNER:  Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina


This is another tough one to call but I am going with Alicia as I think she will be compensated with this award for having missed out on the Best Actress – drama award, where she gives a stunning performance in The Danish Girl.

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro G Inarritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Max Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian

SARINA’S WINNER:  Alejandro G Inarritu, The Revenant

This is probably one of the toughest to predict as all nominated could walk away with the Globe for different reasons.

I’m going to go with Alejandro G Inarritu – even though it wasn’t my favourite film of the year, it probably is one of the biggest cinematic challenges we’ve seen in a long time. This must have been a daunting project to take on but not only did he handle it well – he produced a film that has you marvelling at how this could have even been possible to make!

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Anomalisa
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

MY WINNER: Inside Out


There is no competition here. 2015 was the year of Inside Out. This film is Pixar at it’s best. Both kids and adults walked away emotional wrecks after watching this and as per usual the animation is top class!

 

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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