Reviewing the 75th Golden Globes Awards

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Two award winners, delivering award-winning dialogue in an award-winning film.

Well, that didn’t go so well (for me).

And, if you ask me, it didn’t go that well in any case. But how not-well I’ll explain by degrees…

(My predictions in full here.)

Best Picture – Drama: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

I predicted: The Shape of Water

To be fair, Three Billboards was my runner-up, And I admitted my own potential bias (I think it’s good film, but I’m not an unequivocal fan), so I don’t feel like I was horribly off-base. But until fairly late in the game it looked like it could’ve gone either way.

Best Picture – Musical/Comedy: Lady Bird

I predicted: Lady Bird

Not surprised at all. I know Get Out was and is a contender, but just going off the reviews, this seemed to be much more their speed. I’d personally have been a little happier if they’d gone with I, Tonya, but that’s neither here nor there.

Best Director: Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water

I predicted: Guillermo Del Toro

I actually forgot I went with him. I jokingly took him in a coin toss over Christopher Nolan. Which is pretty much the case with my own awards at the moment – they both deserve to win. Really glad about this, though, and so happy for him. Hopefully this is not the last win for him.

Best Actor – Drama: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

I predicted: Gary Oldman

This probably sets the stage for him to win SAG, BAFTA, and the Oscar. Which…that’s fine. Chalamet seemed like a long shot just because of his youth. Not that this is sewn up or anything, but I can see the narrative forming.

Best Actress – Drama: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

I predicted: Frances McDormand

Maybe my predictions weren’t totally scotched after all. Huh.

Anyway, as with Oldman, this puts her in a good position to pretty much win everything else this season. Which, although I’m not as big on the performance as some are, I can work with. She’s awesome and the performance is strong. (Jessica Chastain winning would’ve been great, though.)

Best Actor – Musical/Comedy: James Franco, The Disaster Artist

I predicted: James Franco

Tommy Wiseau, Golden Globe winner. Probably soon to be Tommy Wiseau, Oscar nominee.

What more is there to say beyond that?

Best Actress – Musical/Comedy: Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

I predicted: Saoirse Ronan

Pity about Margot Robbie (who’d have been my vote), but I can’t complain about Ronan. I wonder how much of a run for her money she’ll give McDormand.

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

I predicted: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Again, they went with my alternate. And I figured it’d be close. The fact that they loved Three Billboards and gave Florida Project just the one nod might’ve been a tip-off. This is still very much a two-horse race, but Rockwell has the edge (and if his film keeps winning big, he’ll maintain it).

Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I, Tonya

I predicted: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Again, my alternate won; again, this is still a very tight race. Ironic that Metcalf lost while Ronan and the film won – and more ironic, perhaps, that I would’ve given Metcalf the award while giving the Globes to Robbie and her film, but I just found Metcalf’s performance a bit more nuanced and affecting; Janney is good, but the character is just a bit static in her chain-smoking meanness.

Best Screenplay: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

I predicted: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

It just felt like the kind of script that was going to win (and it just might win the Oscar). Whatever issues I personally have with it, it’s a hard piece of screenwriting to ignore, and they didn’t.

Best Original Score: The Shape of Water

I predicted: Dunkirk

I don’t mind at all, since I loved Shape, but I am slightly bummed Dunkirk went home empty-handed. We’ll see how much further it goes, but Desplat might be in a position to win his second Oscar.

Best Original Song: “This is Me”, The Greatest Showman

I predicted: “Remember Me”, Coco

Anytime the world wants to stop kissing Pasek & Paul’s ass is fine with me.

I did say “This is Me” could be a rogue winner. But man…how do you go with that over “Remember Me”? It boggles the mind.

Best Foreign Film: In the Fade

I predicted: The Square

Probably the single biggest upset of the night. I really figured it wasn’t happening because of the weak reception it got (66% on Rotten Tomatoes). But whatever. I doubt the Oscars will go for it. (Who knows, though. It’s not like there’s a real front-runner in this category.)

Best Animated Film: Coco

I predicted: Coco

I mean, really.

I still say that Best Song loss is inexplicable.

So let’s tally up and see how I did on my predictions.

Of 14 categories, I predicted 8 exactly, which is 57%. Not too great.

But of the six categories I missed, three of them went to my alternate choice. Counting each of those for half-credit, I got 9½ right, which raises my score to 68%. (Well, 67.8%) Still not great, but less terrible.

Really, Foreign Film is the only one I really didn’t see coming, but that category is so unpredictable that it really doesn’t matter.

Enough about me; what all can we take away from these awards?

  • Three Billboards and Lady Bird are now your Oscar front-runners, with The Shape of Water right behind them. We’ll see what the BAFTAs say on Tuesday and the Academy two weeks after that, but I doubt that’s going to change greatly, unless Greta Gerwig gets snubbed in Best Director (which, admittedly, could happen).
  • The Post went 0 for 6. Not a great start for a film that also missed SAG and the WGA. Aside from the NBR wins, it really hasn’t done that well, and I have to wonder how much its luck will change.
  • Dunkirk went 0 for 3, but that’s less surprising. I figured it wasn’t the kind of film they’d really go for.
  • Get Out lost both of its nods, but as with Dunkirk. I wouldn’t be too worried. Worry if the BAFTAs don’t nominate it for anything.
  • Animated Film is all about Coco.
  • Foreign Film is wide fucking open.
  • Supporting Actor and Actress are both two-horse races.
  • This is, overall, still a very open year. Which is fine by me.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lauren McDonnell says:

    I throughly enjoyed your prediction and review blog Jamie! Did you have a chance to watch any of the show? I’m curious as to what you thought about Seth Meyers’ performance.

    Can’t wait to read your other predictions and reviews this awards season! 🙂

    1. mountanto says:

      Thank you, Lauren!

      I was able to watch Oprah’s speech on YouTube, but I never did get around to watching any of Meyers’ material. It’ll interesting if and when I do, as I’m not that familiar with his work or persona and so I have no real idea why to expect.

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