i-D’s top ten predictions for the golden globes

Jake Gyllenhaal’s topknot, Lana’s Big Eyes and a nice lady in a kaftan could all be going home with a gong.

by Colin Crummy
09 January 2015, 4:55pm

1. Julianne Moore should be a shoo in
The Golden Globes divvy up their best actress and actor gongs within two sub sections: drama and comedy/musical. Julianne Moore is up for best actress in both, first as a university professor with early onset Alzheimer's disease in Still Alice; secondly, as a monstrously self serving Hollywood A lister gone to seed in Map to the Stars. Both performances tower above all others in their respective categories. While she's horridly funny in Map to the Stars it's the horrible predicament so acutely observed in Still Alice that should see her deservedly on the winner's podium come Sunday. The only danger: Jennifer Aniston out of rom com mode in Cake. It worked for Matthew McConaghney.

2. Jake Gyllenhaal is the night's dark horse
While the best actress category seems like a foregone conclusion, the best actor field is wide open with nominations for Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and David Oyelowo (Selma). The surprise? Jake Gyllenhaal for his turn as a psychotic video news producer in Nightcrawler, a dark media satire that's gained traction the longer it has been out. Gyllenhaal is a kind of an awards season dream; handsome, hard working and into his craft. It's just Prince of Persia hasn't exactly been award season fodder. He's an outside shot but this may be his opportunity to make us forget all that. Sadly, there's no award for best hair otherwise he would have bagged that with his topknot action.

3. Boyhood should come of age
Of the big films, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman leads with seven Golden Globe nominations. Richard Linklater's 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood is next with five nods including Best Director and Best Film. Boyhood's luck could have been jeopardised by its early release in summer 2014 but it's the kind of film that's hard to forget. It feels unique and experimental and authentic. It's also proved itself a hit with audiences. Recent wins at San Francisco and LA film critics' awards bode well.

4. Please, please, please give Patricia Arquette a gong for her final scene in Boyhood
Director Richard Linklater said that the second-to-last scene in Boyhood, when Mason leaves for college, was the toughest to write. It's the film's emotional keynote thanks to great scripting and a walloping performance from Patricia Arquette. She plays Mason's mother, who like the audience, has watched him grow up over the 12 documented years. She knew this day was coming, she says in tears, as did we. She just hadn't figured on him being so fucking happy about going. But that's it, people leave, life moves on, films have to end. Cue uncontrollable sobbing from all of us. With luck, Arquette's tears will be winner's ones on the night.

5. Quirky and off key? You've come to the right awards ceremony, Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson has never quite been embraced by the Oscars; his work too idiosyncratic and odd for the more conservative of Hollywood's boxtickers. The Golden Globes prides itself on making quirkier, surprise choices, often leaving off a big name completely and putting an offbeat indie into contention. Anderson is no small time player but The Grand Budapest Hotel fits the GGs to a tee: it's still very much his signature style but it's definitely the most palatable to his less loyal supporters than say The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. He's up for Best director, screenplay and - the one he's most likely to bag - best film comedy or musical.

6. Speaking of plucky underdogs… here's the British one
Lots of British interest throughout the Globes but don't be too surprised if Pride, the real life tale of gay activists teaming up with Welsh miners in 1980s Thatcherite Britain, makes itself heard on the night. It's up against The Grand Budapest Hotel in Best comedy or musical.

7. Lana Del Ray / Lorde face off
Best song in film looks like a straight race between Lana's Big Eyes for the Tim Burton biopic of the same name and Lorde's Yellow Flicker Beat for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

8. Transparent should get its transformative moment
An Amazon original production and a critical hit, ten part transgender comedy Transparent has yet to reach a wider audience. But that could change if the Globes see fit to reward this emotionally rich tale of a LA based, retired university professor's journey from Mort to Maura. The really smart thing about Transparent is how Maura's grown up kids are too embroiled in their own absurd mini dramas to really give a fig about his life changing event. Transparent has a best TV show and a best actor nod for Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Maura (fka Mort) like a dream. She's got a lovely line in kaftans too.

9. The Best TV Show award goes to television that looks like film
The best television drama category is a right old bore off this year (Downton Abbey is inexplicably nominated again). All the real action takes place in the long winded 'Best mini series or motion picture made for television' where it should be a straight fight between Fargo and True Detective. How anyone will be able to resist that now iconic six-minute tracking shot shoot out in TD?

10 Tina Fey and Amy Poehler bow out on a high
Best friends and comedy powerhouses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler finish off three years of hosting the Golden Globes this year with another eight minutes of YouTube gold. Their opening routines of GG past were razor sharp trailers for the comedy these gals excel at: they give the A List the kid glove treatment but still manage to deliver some home truths about the celebrity circuit.


Text Colin Crummy

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