Wednesday, January 7, 2009

They're Not Just Good, They're Golden

As promised on last night's humdinger of a Pop Culture America on blogtalkradio.com (thank you blogtalk), here are the Golden Globes predictions. Watch the big awards show on the 11th at 8PM Eastern and play along the John and Dave way!

Movies first. The nominees are:


Best Picture - Drama

'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'

'Frost/Nixon'

'The Reader'

'Revolutionary Road'

'Slumdog Millionaire'

Davey selected The Curious Case of Benjamin Button even though both of us were on the fence about the movie itself. I, on the other hand, picked Slumdog Millionaire, a film I am unapologetically in the tank for.

Best Director

Danny Boyle
'Slumdog Millionaire'

Stephen Daldry
'The Reader'

David Fincher
'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'

Ron Howard
'Frost/Nixon'

Sam Mendes
'Revolutionary Road'

I chose the Slumdog director Danny Boyle while Davey went with David Fincher of Button fame.

Best Actor - Drama

Leonardo DiCaprio
'Revolutionary Road'

Frank Langella
'Frost/Nixon'

Sean Penn
'Milk'

Brad Pitt
'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'

Mickey Rourke
'The Wrestler'

Both Davey and I chose the comeback kid, Mickey Rourke. Check back at this site for a review of The Wrestler, coming soon.

Best Actress - Drama

Anne Hathaway
'Rachel Getting Married'

Angelina Jolie
'The Changeling'

Meryl Streep
'Doubt'

Kristin Scott Thomas
'I've Loved You So Long'

Kate Winslet
'Revolutionary Road'

Again we are in accord. Davey and I both believe the statuette will go to Anne Hathaway for her remarkable performance in Rachel Getting Married.

Best Picture - Musical/Comedy

'Burn After Reading'

'Happy Go Lucky'

'In Bruges'

'Mamma Mia'

'Vicky Cristina Barcelona'

Dave showed his Woody Allen sycophancy by choosing Vicky Cristina Barcelona while I went with the big (female) crowdpleaser Mamma Mia!

Best Actor - Musical/Comedy

Javier Bardem
'Vicky Cristina Barcelona'

Colin Farrell
'In Bruges'

James Franco
'Pineapple Express'

Brendan Gleeson
'In Bruges'

Dustin Hoffman
'Last Chance Harvey'

I chose an excellent performance from a mediocre movie, James Franco's stoner in Pineapple Express. Dave decided to predict that last year's Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor, Javier Bardem would emerge victorious.

Best Actress - Musical/Comedy

Rebecca Hall
'Vicky Cristina Barcelona'

Sally Hawkins
'Happy Go Lucky'

Frances McDormand
'Burn After Reading'

Meryl Streep
'Mamma Mia'

Emma Thompson
'Last Chance Harvey'

This time, it's Dave choosing the crowdpleaser, the oft-honored Meryl Streep who was, admittedly, the only reason to watch (or listen to) Mamma Mia! I, however, believe that indie "it" girl Sally Hawkins will take the prize for Happy-Go-Lucky (another film that will be reviewed here in the not too distant future).

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Cruise
'Tropic Thunder'

Robert Downey Jr.
'Tropic Thunder'

Ralph Fiennes
'The Duchess'

Philip Seymour Hoffman
'Doubt'

Heath Ledger
'The Dark Knight'

Dave and I both believe Heath Ledger will be honored posthumously for The Dark Knight.

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams
'Doubt'

Penelope Cruz
'Vicky Cristina Barcelona'

Viola Davis
'Doubt'

Marisa Tomei
'The Wrestler'

Kate Winslet
'The Reader'

This time, I'm the one on the Woody Allen bandwagon as I pick Penelope Cruz from Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Dave goes instead for Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler where, contrary to some early reports, she does not play the title character.

Best Animated Feature Film

'Bolt'

'Kung Fu Panda'

'Wall-E'

We both pick Wall-E. Duh.

Now over to the television side of the ledger (sorry Heath). The nominees are:


Best Television Drama

'Dexter'

'House'

'In Treatment'

'Mad Men'

'True Blood'

Dave represents for last year's winner "Mad Men." I go all "Dexter." Both of us scratch our heads over the inclusion of "True Blood."

Best Actor - Television Drama

Gabriel Byrne
'In Treatment'

Michael C. Hall
'Dexter'

Jon Hamm
'Mad Men'

Hugh Laurie
'House'

Jonathan Rhys Meyers
'The Tudors'

I take Jon Hamm (and his delicious John Ham). Dave thinks it will be Hugh Laurie.

Best Actress - Television Drama

Sally Field
'Brothers & Sisters'

Mariska Hargitay
'Law and Order: Special Victims Unit'

January Jones
'Mad Men'

Anna Paquin
'True Blood'

Kyra Sedgwick
'The Closer'

I make a blatant play for January Jones of "Mad Men." Dave gets a little "Closer" to Kyra Sedgwick.

Best Television Musical/Comedy

'30 Rock'

'Californication'

'Entourage'

'The Office'

'Weeds'

Dave likes "The Office" -- and by "likes" I mean that he never watches it. I also like "The Office" but go for two-time Emmy winner "30 Rock" instead. I watch both shows.

Best Actor - Television Musical/Comedy

Alec Baldwin
'30 Rock'

Steve Carell
'The Office'

Kevin Connolly
'Entourage'

David Duchovny
'Californication'

Tony Shalhoub
'Monk'

Dave chooses Steve Carrell. I pick Alec Baldwin.

Best Actress - Television Musical/Comedy

Christina Applegate
'Samantha Who?'

America Ferrera
'Ugly Betty'

Tina Fey
'30 Rock'

Debra Messing
'The Starter Wife'

Mary Louise Parker
'Weeds'

Davey's winner here is Mary Louise Parker of "Weeds." I opt for Christina Applegate and her amnesiac "Samantha Who?"

Best Supporting Actor - Television

Neil Patrick Harris
'How I Met Your Mother'

Denis Leary
'Recount'

Jeremy Piven
'Entourage'

Blair Underwood
'In Treatment'

Tom Wilkinson
'John Adams'

Dave makes a case for Blair Underwood from "In Treatment." I think Tom Wilkinson will walk away with the prize. But I hold out some hope that Neil Patrick Harris -- Dr. Horrible himself -- might beat the odds and win because he has been so consistently hilarious, not only in "How I Met Your Mother," but in everything he's done this year, from crappy movies to online fun to this Saturday's "SNL" (I hope).

Best Supporting Actress - Television

Eileen Atkins
'Cranford'

Laura Dern
'Recount'

Melissa George
'In Treatment'

Rachel Griffiths
'Brothers & Sisters'

Dianne Wiest
'In Treatment'

I'm choosing another supporting performance from a TV movie -- in this case, Laura Dern's appropriately maniacal take on former Florida Secretary of State Katharine Harris. Davey goes the "In Treatment" route again, selecting Dianne Wiest.

And there you have it. In black and white (pixels). Feel free to hold us accountable for these looney picks on the very next Pop Culture America. And remember, whichever one of us wins, the other has to bow down before him and proclaim his supremacy for all to hear. Hope Davey has a sturdy set of kneepads.

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