2015 Golden Globe predictions

Golden Globes 2015 Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

Golden Globe prediction time people.

I’m not breaking down all the TV awards out of protest of Peter Dinklage not being nominated for his phenomenal work on “Game of Thrones: Season 4 (Blu-Ray+Digital Copy)” this past season and because clearly I’m not watching any of the shows that rack up awards. Yea for “The Flash” winning best new TV drama series from The People’s Choice Awards though!

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Boyhood - Ellar Coltrane as young and old Mason

Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

My choice: Very strong categories with 4 of the 5 obvious Oscar locks (sorry “Foxcatcher”), but this comes down to “Selma” and “Boyhood” and there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that “Boyhood (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)” gets upset here.
Expected Winner: Boyhood. Hard to knock the film that was literally 12 years in the making.

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Birdman - Michael Keaton shines

Birdman
Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Pride
St. Vincent

My choice: The first three could all also get some major love come Oscar time. Musical and Comedy is such an odd pairing and were “Birdman” not included in this category, “The Grand Budapest Hotel [Blu-ray]” would be my choice.
Expected Winner: Birdman, seems to be in this category to avoid forcing voters to outright choose between it and “Boyhood,” the two heavy Oscar favorites.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

My choice: Oyelowo is dynamic as Martin Luther King Jr. and doesn’t feel like he’s acting providing a greater insight into the civil rights leader’s life than anything we’ve seen before it.
Expected Winner: Oyelowo has emerged as a late-arrival with a ton of momentum, but Redmayne likely has too great a lead to be caught at this point.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

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Ray Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

My choice: Keaton
Expected Winner: Fiennes is terrific and deserves an Oscar nomination as well, but Keaton has been the overall Best Oscar favorite since “Birdman” debuted and he will fly to another victory here.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Still Alice - Julianne Moore

Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

My choice: Cate Blanchett all but swept all of her awards last year and I’d be shocked if Moore doesn’t do the same in 2015.
Expected Winner: Like Keaton, Moore has been the near unanimous choice of every critic group that’s watched her heartbreaking performance. This is the one absolute lock of all the categories.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

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Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie

My choice: Blunt. She was a treat as the baker’s wife.
Expected Winner: This is a lot more up for grabs. Adams just won last year for “American Hustle,” so I’m thinking Blunt takes it this year, but wouldn’t be shocked if Mirren wins her third Golden Globe (“Losing Chase and “The Queen”)

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Whiplash J.K. Simmons

Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

My choice: Duvall is really the only odd man out as the rest of the competition is tough. In a toss-up between Norton and Hawke, whose work in “Boyhood” is criminally unappreciated, I’m going with Norton.
Expected Winner: Simmons and Norton are the favorites and in this case, Keaton winning Best Actor and “Birdman’s” overall award dominance may cost Norton and give Simmons the win.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Boyhood - Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

My choice: Chastain was on fire in one of her best roles, but the film was a bit underwhelming narrowing the competition to Arquette and Streep. It’s all but a lock that Streep will be back up for nomination and after being nominated four times for the award, it’s about time Arquette gets the win.
Expected Winner: Arquette remains the sentimental favorite and I don’t see that changing here.

Best Director

Boyhood - main cast

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay, Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
My choice: Arguably the toughest to call. Each film landed on my Top 15 of 2014 list. You’ve gotta appreciate the commitment of Linklater to film a movie for 12 years, Gonzalez Inarritu makes “Birdman” feel like one never-ending glimpse behind the Broadway curtain while DuVernay makes history exciting and compelling. Combine that with Anderson and Fincher doing some of their career best and there is no loser here. While I’d love to see DuVernay get the win here, Linklater gets the nod.

Expected Winner: Linklater and Gonzalez Inarritu represent a continuation of last year’s “Gravity” vs. “12 Years a Slave” battle and this time Gonzalez Inarritu gets the win.

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

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Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr.Nicolás Giacobone and Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

My choice: I feel more people will appreciate “Budapest” down the road, but this award gives Moore and “The Imitation Game” a chance to get the award spotlight.
Expected Winner: Anderson is an award favorite and could grab this one.

Best Animated Feature Film

The Lego Movie

Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

My choice: Lego Movie, The (Blu-ray) was awesome and will win.
Expected Winner: Don’t let that chatter about “Boxtrolls” or “Book of Life” gaining momentum fool you, “Lego Movie” built this lead all the way back in February and won’t see it torn down.