Welcome to the official beginning of Movie Critical's 2015 awards coverage! January and February are the two most exciting months on the film calendar as the awards season is in full swing leading up to the grand finale that is the Academy Awards. As has been the case the last two years, Movie Critical will once again be heading to Hollywood for Oscars Week and will be keeping our readers informed as to the events taking place in the days leading up to the big night.
However, Hollywood's second biggest awards night, the Golden Globes is this Sunday January 11 2015. The night is somewhat a prelude to the Oscars with the same major categories and are often a good indication of the Academy Award winners. The difference between the two awards being that the Golden Globes are voted for by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Oscars being voted for by the member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Yet, the Golden Globes are a tad less formal than the Oscars. The fashion is still of the same elegant calibre, but the Globes are a sit down table affair with alcohol freely flowing and are tagged as Hollywood's biggest party of the year.
So what can we expect from the 2015 Golden Globes?
Well, the rain is currently falling in Los Angeles which is surprisingly not uncommon when it comes to awards week weather there. Rain in Los Angeles isn't an overly common occurrence, but it is almost becoming a tradition when it comes to the week of awards. The past two years we have been in Los Angeles for the Oscars it has rained during the week. The below photo was posted on the official Golden Globes instagram account of the red carpet area outside The Beverly Hilton earlier today.
Rain, hail or shine, the show will go on. As expected, there will be some exquisite fashion on the red carpet as well as the occasional fashion disaster that no doubt the world's media will pounce on. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the awards for the third year in a row and that promises a night a hilarity as they have delivered in the past.
Always a star-studded night, presenters on the night will include Robert Downey Jr., Salma Hayek, Kate Hudson, Kevin Hart, Kristen Wiig, Ricky Gervais, Lily Tomlin, Anna Faris, Adrien Brody, Gwyneth Paltrow, Owen Wison, Chris Pratt, Amy Adams, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum, Katherine Heigel, Jeremy Renner, Harrison Ford, Kate Beckinsale, Kerry Washington, Adam Levine, Dakota Johnson, Jamie Doran, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew McConaughey, Lupita N'yongo, Bill Hader, Jennifer Lopez, Seth Meyers, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Jane Fonda, Bryan Cranston, Vince Vaughn, Melissa McCarthy, Clive Owen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Watts, Jared Leto and more.
As for the actual awards, the following are the nominees of each film category and we have our predictions as to who will take out the awards on the big night.
Best Motion Picture, Drama
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Our pick- Boyhood
It's hard to see past Richard Linklater's twelve year masterpiece, Boyhood taking out the most sought after award on the night. An incredibly ambitious product which is moving in the most subtle of ways and an amazing piece of cinema. Linklater deserves to be rewarded for his triumph.
Runner up- The Theory of Everything
Best Motion Picture, Musical/Comedy
Into The Woods
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Our pick- Birdman
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman has all the elements it needs to take out this Golden Globe. With it's incredible screenplay, cinematography, direction and performances, it is exceptionally well made and is a favourite to win this category by many.
Runner up-The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Eddie Redmayne- The Theory of Everything
Steve Carell- Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch- The Imitation Game
David Oweloyo- Selma
Jake Gyllenhaal- Nightcrawler
Our pick- Eddie Redmayne- The Theory of Everything
Although The Theory of Everything has yet to arrive in Australian cinemas, first time nominee Eddie Redmayne is the frontrunner for Best Actor this year. His performance as Stephen Hawking has everyone talking and was said to bring a tear to the real Stephen Hawking's eye when he watched the film.
Runner up- Benedict Cumberbatch- The Imitation Game
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Michael Keaton- Birdman
Bill Murray- St. Vincent
Ralph Fiennes- The Grand Budapest Hotel
Christoph Waltz- Big Eyes
Joaquin Phoenix- Inherent Vice
Our pick- Michael Keaton- Birdman
Michael Keaton as Riggan Thomas in Birdman is not only the best performance of his career, but also the best performance in this category of the year. Keaton is just brilliant in the film and leaves one speechless.
Runner up- Ralph Fiennes- The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Julianne Moore- Still Alice
Rosamund Pike- Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon- Wild
Felicity Jones- The Theory of Everything
Jennifer Aniston- Cake
Our pick- Julianne Moore- Still Alice
This is Julianne Moore's 9th Golden Globe nomination (she won in 2013 for Best Actress in a Mini-Series of Motion Picture Made For Television for her portrayal as Sarah Palin in Game Change), and she is the frontrunner by a mile. Moore's performance as a woman in the early stages of Alzheimer's is heartbreaking and is said to have brought a greater awareness to the disease in society.
Runner up- Felicity Jones- The Theory of Everything
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Julianne Moore- Maps To The Stars
Amy Adams- Big Eyes
Emily Blunt- Into The Woods
Helen Mirren- The Hundred Foot Journey
Quvenzhane Wallis- Annie
Our pick- Julianne Moore- Maps To The Stars
Julianne Moore could well make it a double this year. Her performance of damaged child of Hollywood Havana Segrand won her Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival and although Maps To The Stars may not be to everyone's liking, her performance is universally admirable.
Runner up- Amy Adams- Big Eyes
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Ethan Hawke- Boyhood
Robert Duvall- The Judge
Edward Norton- Birdman
J. K. Simmons- Whiplash
Mark Ruffalo- Foxcatcher
Our pick- J.K. Simmons- Whiplash
J.K. Simmons was absolutely terrifying as hardcore music teacher, Fletcher in Whiplash and has every viewer shaking in their boots. It is a true talent to put so much terror into someone when they are not capable of violence as they are just a character on screen.
Runner up- Robert Duvall- The Judge
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Jessica Chastain- A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley- The Imitation Game
Patricia Arquette- Boyhood
Meryl Streep- Into The Woods
Emma Stone- Birdman
Our pick- Patricia Arquette- Boyhood
Patricia Arquette as Mason's mother, Olivia is twelve years worth of acting with a character that changes and develops just as her on screen son does. Audiences took to Olivia with open arms as she could be any mother trying to make her way in the world and provide for her children.
Runner up- Emma Stone- Birdman
Ava DuVernay- Selma
Wes Anderson- The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu- Birdman
David Fincher- Gone Girl
Richard Linklater- Boyhood
Our pick- Richard Linklater- Boyhood
We've said it before and we will say it again, how can you not reward someone for putting twelve years of your life into the direction of a film? Not only the fact that it was twelve years, but Richard Linklater has made a truly beautiful film about the most natural thing in the world, growing up.
Runner up- Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu- Birdman
Happy Golden Globes everyone!