Tomorrow night, the Hollywood Foreign Press will honor the year’s best in film and TV at the 70th Annual Golden Globes. To get you prepared for the upcoming ceremony, we’re posting our own predictions and proclamations, taking a look at who will win, who should win and who got snubbed.
Don’t forget to join us back here tomorrow night at 8 p.m. EST as we liveblog the show, keeping you informed of all the winners and commenting on all the broadcast’s highlights (of which, considering this year’s hosts are Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, there are sure to be many).
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Nominated: Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty
Who Will WIn: Lincoln
There’s been awards buzz surrounding Lincoln for far longer than it’s been out in theaters; as soon as word that Daniel Day-Lewis was cast in the Steven Spielberg project, it was pretty much a done deal. Day-Lewis and Spielberg are both awards show darlings, and when you throw in a few other themes that frequently get rewarded at shows like these (biopics, Civil War drama), it seems like Lincoln will be the one to beat.
Who Should Win: Life of Pi
Life of Pi deserves praise for its restraint as much as its visual opulence. Ang Lee has created a truly adult adventure, not because the material is salacious or violent, but because it deals with complex themes of spirituality and self-discovery in the guise of an accessible and engrossing fantasy. The film tells us there are no easy answers for Pi, or for anyone, but luckily the road to finding them can be spectacularly entertaining.—Dan Kaufman
Who Got Snubbed: Beasts of the Southern Wild
While the Oscars gave Beasts of the Southern Wild nominations in many major categories, the magical indie received no love from the Golden Globes. Benh Zeitlin created one of the most beautiful films of 2012, one with an emotional brilliance lacking in any of the Golden Globes’ drama nominees.—Ross Bonaime
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Nominated: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone), Helen Mirren (Hitchcock), Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea)
Who Will Win: Marion Cotillard
Actors and actresses frequently get rewarded for playing against type, and as Shannon M. Houston noted in our review of Rust and Bone, the movie features Cotillard as we’ve never seen her before: “Stéphanie is introduced as a bloodied club-goer, recently punched in the face during a brawl. She is dressed in all black and gets called a slut for the better part of her opening scene. Suffice it to say, this is not the vision of Cotillard to which viewers have grown accustomed.”
Who Should Win: Jessica Chastain
Chastain takes on the deceptively difficult job of being the focal point in a film with dozens of speaking roles, and a final act that barely includes her. As Maya, she is classic female-American spunk, undeterred by her gender, her job or the bureaucracy that put her there. Like many strong female characters, Maya can appeal to viewers of both genders. When she does blow her stack at a superior, or curses in front of the CIA director, it’s with a fire that feels both hearty and exhausted, Chastain playing her traditional Hollywood moments for all they’re worth.—Norm Schrager
Who Got Snubbed: Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
Acting performances featuring a character losing his mind—due to age, disease or other malady—are nearly always overrated; they’re much simpler than they appear. Riva’s beautiful and chilling portrayal of a woman slipping away into that dark night is definitely an exception. It’s elegantly understated and heartbreaking.—Michael Dunaway
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Nominated: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Richard Gere (Arbitrage), John Hawkes (The Sessions), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Denzel Washington (Flight)
Who Will Win: Daniel Day-Lewis
As soon as Daniel Day-Lewis stepped into the role of Lincoln, it seemed like the question wouldn’t be whether or not he’d rake in a bunch of awards, but rather whether or not his performance would live up to the hype and be deserving of the accolades. Thankfully, it does (see below).
Who Should Win: Daniel Day-Lewis
In the role of the 16th president, Daniel Day-Lewis delivers one of the best performances in a career already full of stellar turns. Given his devotion to the Method and his intense concentration as an artist, Day-Lewis could have easily created a tremendous caricature of Lincoln that would have worked quite well. Instead, he demonstrates masterful restraint, presenting a simple, subtle take on the former president, as if he had spent years shadowing Lincoln instead of years reading books about him. Day-Lewis’ Lincoln is sad, quiet, wise, hopeful and surprisingly witty.—David Roark
Who Got Snubbed: Jean-Louis Trintignant (Amour)
Possibly the best male performance of the year came from a man who first won the Best Actor award at Cannes 43 years ago, beating out Easy Rider‘s Peter Fonda. Trintignant actually starred in three Cannes films that year. His character in Amour isn’t always noble or even always sympathetic, but it’s a supremely human—and heartbreaking—performance.—Michael Dunaway