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    Golden Globes Movie Predictions: And the Winners Are Gonna Be...!

    The Descendants,The Artist, My Week With Marilyn, Fox Searchlight; The Weinstein Company
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    The challenge: Predict the film winners of Sunday's Golden Globes.

    The solution: Fire up the Edith Piaf on Pandora, and start thinking like the Hollywood Foreign Press!

    OK, bon amis, here we go:

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    Best Motion Picture, Drama 

    The Descendants
    The Help
    Hugo
    The Ides of March
    Moneyball
    War Horse

    The winner: Hugo. For one, it's the real deal. For another thing, it's about the French guy (yay!) who, like, invented movies and stuff. And lastly, it pushes a cause that's near and dear to Martin Scorsese and the Hollywood Foreign Press: film preservation!  

    Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

    50/50
    The Artist
    Bridesmaids
    Midnight in Paris
    My Week With Marilyn

    The winner: The Artist. Even in a silent film, you can still hear zee French accents (yay!).

    Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

    George Clooney, The Descendants
    Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
    Michael Fassbender, Shame
    Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
    Brad Pitt, Moneyball

    The winner: Clooney. No, he's not French (or German-Irish like Fassbender), but he's the Oscar front-runner, and that'll work. Credibility's important to the Hollywood Foreign Press, too. 

    Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

    Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
    Viola Davis, The Help
    Rooney Mara, The Girl
    Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
    Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

    The winner: Streep. She wins Globes, she (mostly) loses Oscars, which could mean she's right on track to get beat by Davis at the Kodak next month.

    Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

    Jean DuJardin, The Artist
    Brendon Gleeson, The Guard
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
    Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love
    Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

    The winner: DuJardin. Yes, he's French, but he's also the only name here you'll see at the Oscars (unless Gosling manages a nod—for The Ides of March).

    Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

    Jodie Foster, Carnage
    Charlize Theron, Young Adult
    Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
    Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
    Kate Winslet, Carnage

    The winner: Williams. Like her Comedy Actor counterpart, she's the only nominee in her category who'll probably figure into the Academy Awards race (although, yes, Theron and, to a lesser degree, Wiig, have shots). All that said, would it surprise if Winslet took the Globe? It would not.

    Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

    Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
    Albert Brooks, Drive
    Jonah Hill, Moneyball
    Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
    Christopher Plummer, Beginners

    The winner: Plummer. The Globes, like the Oscars, is not going to blow its big chance to honor Capt. Von Trapp.

    Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

    Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
    Jessica Chastain, The Help
    Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
    Octavia Spencer, The Help
    Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

    The winner: Bejo, and not because she's French, which she's not (she's Argentinian—also, yay!), but because the guess here is The Artist played better to the Hollywood Foreign Press than The Help, which could well send Spencer to the podium at the Academy Awards.

    Best Director

    Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
    George Clooney, The Ides of March
    Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist
    Alexander Payne, The Descendants
    Martin Scorsese, Hugo

    The winner: Allen. C'mon, guys, he's got Paris right there in the title! No-brainer!

    Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

    Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
    George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, The Ides of March
    Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist
    Alexander Payne, Nat Faxwon and Jim Rash, The Descendants
    Steve Derian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball

    The winner: Hazanavicius. If only to demonstrate that silent movies do, too, have scripts.

    Best Foreign Language Film

    The Flowers of War, China
    In the Land of Blood and Honey,
    USA
    The Kid With the Bike
    , Belgium
    A Separation, Iran
    The Skin I Live In, Spain

    The winner: The Skin I Live In. Or A Separation. But, to avoid cries of Pia Zadora, however unfair, not Angelina Jolie's credible In the Land of Blood and Honey.

    Best Animated Feature Film

    The Adventures of Tintin
    Arthur Christmas
    Cars 2
    Puss in Boots
    Rango

    The winner: Tintin. The Hollywood Foreign Press is the Steven Spielberg film's kinda audience: people who may actually have grown up on (or heard of) the Belgian comic.

    Best Original Song, Motion Picture

    "Hello, Hello," Elton John and Bernie Taupin; Gnomeo & Juliet
    "The Keeper," Chris Cornell; Machine Gun Preacher
    "Lay Your Head Down," Brian Byrne and Glenn Close; Albert Nobbs
    "The Living Proof," Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason Jr. and Damon Thomas, The Help
    "Masterpiece," Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry; W.E.

    The winner: If you had a dollar for every time Close has knocked heads with the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, you'd be flat broke, but here's a bet this race is between Blige's "The Living Proof" and Close's quite-touching "Lay Your Head Down"—and that "The Living Proof" will come out ahead in the end.

    Best Original Score, Motion Picture

    The Artist, Ludovic Bource
    W.E., Abel Korzeniowski
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
    Hugo, Howard Shore
    War Horse, John Williams 

    The winner: The Artist. Whimsical, sentimental—and, zay what?!—not as French as Hugo! Bource's music gets the edge because of that nonsense awards-season reason: its accompanying movie will have the edge at the Oscars.  

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