And The Golden Globe Goes To…

Tonight is the 77th annual Golden Globes, it will be hosted by the all time legend himself, Ricky Gervais, this will be his fifth time hosting the globes. We had a phenomenal year of film, in this blog I will give you my predictions and some thought on what entertained us throughout the past year in cinema. For years the Globes were viewed as secondary to the Oscars but in more recent years, the Globes have become an event that is attended by all the A-listers in Hollywood and is a far more fun and loose adaptation than what the Oscars gives us.

The Globes also splits up categories, instead of Best Picture we get Best Picture in Comedy and Drama. So, let’s start there:

The nominees for Best Motion Picture – Drama:
– 1917
– The Irishman
– The Joker
– Marriage Story
– The Two Popes
And the winner is : The Irishman. This film had everything a cinema lover would fall for. Phenomenal directing by Martin Scorsese, he reunited with Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci. Al Pacino portrayed Jimmy Hoffa as well, the cast was rounded out with Anna Paquin, Ray Romano and Harvey Keitel, just to name a few. I loved this movie, the writing and story telling was marvelous. We were waiting for decades to get this movie and Scorsese did not disappoint. It was released for limited release in theaters, I saw it in the theatre and I am so happy I did. It was a cinematic experience that I have rarely felt. It was then released on Thanksgiving Eve and i do believe because of the length of the film, Netflix is the best place to watch it.

Best Motion Picture – Comedy
– Dolemite Is My Name
– JoJo Rabbit
– Knives Out
– Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
– Rocketman
And the winner is: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Tarantino did it again. It is his most tamed movie of his career, it is held up by the phenomenal cinematography, the dialogue and then the final 45 minutes which is some of the most intense film making that I have ever seen. Dicaprio, Pitt, Robbie, Pacino – fascinating. Brad Pitt is so good in this movie, he steals the show. I think this film has a chance to really make big time noise at the award show. The critics went insane for this movie, they loved it, fans were a bit upset with the slow pace and lack of excitement that usually surrounds a Tarantino picture. I for one, absolutely loved it, my wife on the other hand, hated it, she fell asleep in the movie theatre so I doubt this would be her pick. It is Tarantino’s love song to Hollywood and I think he will be rewarded for it.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
– Marriage Story
– The Two Popes
– Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
– Parasite
– The Irishman
And the winner is: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Tarantino is the greatest film writer of his generation. He does it again in this film, the dialogue is incredible, the story telling moves slow but when it gets to the finish line you are left stunned, in a good way. He deserved more award wins in his younger days but now that he is older and more accepted by the Hollywood voters, he is going to get rewarded more frequently, he gets the Best Screenplay award here.

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
– Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
– Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
– Al Pacino – The Irishman
– Joe Pesci – The Irishman
– Brad Pitt – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
And the winner is: Joe Pesci, The Irishman. This was the toughest category for me. This is a complete toss up between Pitt, Pacino and Pesci. I thought Hanks and Hopkins were both very good in their performances as well. This is a category that whoever wins, completely deserves it. Hanks is also receiving the Cecille B. Demille lifetime achievement award tonight. To touch on what Pesci did is pretty remarkable. He was semi-retired from acting and he was dragged out of retirement by Scorsese and DeNiro to play Russell Buffalino in this motion picture. He was reserved, quiet, different than his mob movie roles that have made him famous. This film displayed his range, how underrated of an actor he actually is, he gets rewarded tonight.

Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
– Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
– Annette Bening, The Report
– Laura Dern, Marriage Story
– Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
– Margot Robbie, Bombshell
And the winner is: Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers. Lopez plays an exotic dancer who helps her co-workers steal money from their wealthy clients. The Golden Globes always likes to surprise us by giving awards to fan favorites. They gave Sly Stallone the Globe for Creed a few years back and I think they do the same for Lopez tonight. She does an awesome job in this movie, she gives a phenomenal acting performance and it is a change of pace from what she is known for.

Best Actor In A Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
– Daniel Craig, Knives Out
– Roman Griffin Davis, JoJo Rabbit
– Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
– Taron Egerton, Rocketman
– Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name
And the winner is: Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name. The comedic genius delivers again in this movie based on a true story. Eddie Murphy is having a resurgence and this kicks it off. He has sequels to Beverly Hills Cop and Coming To America on the horizon. He has discussed a potential return to standup following him hosting SNL. I suggest anyone who likes Murphy or quirky stories to go check this film out on Netflix, well worth it.

Best Actress In A Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
– Ana De Armas, Knives Out
– Awkwafina, The Farewell
– Cate Blanchett, Where’d You Go Bernadette
– Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart
– Emma Thompson, Late Night
And the winner is: Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart. This young actress gives a phenomenal performance in this smart, funny and thought provoking film.

Best Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama
– Christian Bale, Ford V. Ferrari
– Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
– Adam Driver, Marriage Story
– Joaquin Phoenix, The Joker
– Johnathan Pryce, The Two Popes
And the winner is: Joaquin Phoenix, The Joker. First off, Adam Driver was incredible in Marriage Story. I loved him in that film and he should be nominated for an Oscar for that role. Unfortunately for him, Joaquin Phoenix gives one of the greatest performances I have ever seen in my life. Is it Heath Ledger’s Joker? No, but that doesn’t mean it is worse, it means it is completely different. Without Phoenix The Joker is no where near as good of a movie as it turned out to be.

Best Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama
– Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
– Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
– Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
– Charlize Theron, Bombshell
– Renee Zellweger, Judy
And the winner is: Renee Zellweger, Judy. Zellweger portrays Judy Garland in this film. She gives an emotional performance based around Garland’s time in England at the end of her career. Oscar worthy.

Best Director – Motion Picture
– Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
– Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
– Sam Mendes, 1917
– Todd Phillips, The Joker
– Bonj Joon Ho, The Parasite
And the winner is: Martin Scorsese, The Irishman. I was torn here, Mendes does an incredible job in 1917. Tarantino as we mentioned is stellar. Scorsese in the latter stages of his career, navigates CGI, de-aging techniques in the most realistic and flawless way ever seen on screen. He makes the lengthy story so captivating that he will edge out these other phenomenal filmmakers and bring home the globe.

This is going to be a phenomenal award show, we get football and then we lead right into this show. Going to be a great day to sit on your ass, eat and soak it all in.

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