Monday, January 12, 2009

Golden Globe Award results and Oscar predictions...

And the winners are...

Last night we enjoyed a little Golden Globes soiree at our friend's house and had a good time critiquing the fashion choices on the red carpet before the ceremony and commenting on the award winners as they were announced.
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards
Us Brits had a great night at the Awards with double wins for Kate Winslet, Director Danny Boyle for 'Slumdog Millionaire' (which pretty much swept the board of the Awards), Tom Wilkinson for HBO mini-series John Adams and Sally Hawkins for the comedy, Happy-Go-Lucky.
The Golden Globe Awards 2009
The full rundown of the 66th Annual Golden Globe Award Winners were:

Best Motion Picture - Drama: Slumdog Millionaire 
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)
Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Vicky Cristina Barcelona 
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Colin Farrrell (In Bruges)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Kate Winslet (The Reader) 
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
Best Director - Motion Picture: Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Original Song - Motion Picture: "The Wrestler" (The Wrestler - Bruce Springsteen)
Best Animated Feature Film: Wall-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir (Israel)
Best TV Series - Musical or Comedy: 30 Rock
Best Performance by an Actress in a TV series - Musical or Comedy: Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Best Performance by an Actor in a TV series - Musical or Comedy: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Best Mini-series or Motion Picture made for TV - Musical or Comedy: John Adams
Best Actress in a TV series - Mini-series or Motion Picture made for TV: Laura Linney (John Adams)
Best Actor in a TV series - Mini-series or Motion Picture made for TV: Paul Giamatti (John Adams)
Best Supporting Actress in a TV series - Mini-series or Motion Picture made for TV: Laura Dern (Recount)
Best Supporting Actor in a TV series - Mini-series or Motion Picture made for TV: Tom Wilkinson (John Adams)
Cecil B. DeMille Award: Steven Spielberg

The Golden Globes always seems a bit like a dress rehearsal for the Oscars, which are next up, with nominations for the 81st Academy Awards announced on 22nd January, a month before the ceremony on the 22 February 2009.  
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in X-Men Origins
Aside from being an exciting year for film in 2008, the Oscars will also have the hottie from down under Hugh Jackman aka Wolverine, presenting the Awards Ceremony this year.

Jason in Hollywood's Oscar predictions for the 81st Academy Awards are (not necessarily who I think will win, but who I think should):

BEST PICTUR
Frost Nixon movie poster
Frost/NixonI just adored this Ron Howard adaptation of the award-winning play.  The acting was electric and I was engrossed throughout the entire movie.

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
MILK Sean Penn film poster
Sean Penn for MILK (just totally convincing as a gay man and positive role model. He thoroughly deserves the Oscar.  Frank Langella as Presdent Nixon and Michael Sheen as David Frost were also equally charismatic and believable in the amazing Frost/Nixon)

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight movie
Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight (it would be a crime if he didn't, as he stole the show as The Joker)
The Joker costume from The Dark Knight movie

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE 
Changeling movie poster
Angelina Jolie for Changeling (who delivers a brilliantly understated performance as a mother whose child is abducted in 1920's L.A., although I think that Meryl Streep may actually win for Doubt)
Costumes from the Changeling movie

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE 
DOUBT movie poster
Amy Adams in Doubt (she's just 'enchanting' in whatever she does).

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Wall-E movie poster
Wall-E (Disney Pixar does it again with this thoughtful and funny vision of the future)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Duchess movie poster
The Duchess (I'm not one to usually like period dramas, but I loved this scandalous tale of the Duchess of Devonshire and even found myself respecting Keira Knightley much more.  Of course in addition to the wonderful performances, the costumes and locations were impeccable)
Costumes from the movie The Duchess on display at ArcLight Hollywood

BEST MAKE-UP
Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight billboard on Santa Monica Blvd
The Dark Knight for The Joker make-up (how utterly freaky does Heath Ledger look?  It's so good, because it's so simple, yet utterly believable.  I'm still disturbed by him in that nurses outfit and wig) 

BEST DIRECTOR 
Costumes and props from the movie MILK on display at ArcLight Hollywood
Gus Van Sant for MILK (for recreating a realistic depiction of San Francisco the seventies, interspersing real life footage into the picture and not overly sensationlising gay life during those times, but providing a thoughtful and loving vision of a man that changed the course of history. Plus in the advent of Proposition 8, reminding us that we have the same battles for equality to fight in this day and age) 

So there you have my predictions, or maybe rather my desired winners. Why not have your say and vote in the latest poll and let me know which film you think will win Best Picture at the Oscars.

Best be off, as I'm sure more Hollywood glamour awaits me today...

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