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Monday, January 17, 2011
Golden Globes Predictions - The Results
Never let it be said Andrew Williams backs down from his performances – good or bad. With the usual caveats that picking Awards are always a crapshoot, here be the review of my effort for the Golden Globes – television. I’m awarding 2 points for a Will Win pick and 1 point for a Should Win pick.
BEST DRAMA SERIES
WINNER: BOARDWALK EMPIRE
WILL WIN: MAD MEN
SHOULD WIN: THE GOOD WIFE
Well, I said it was between Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire and in the end the filmic big names of Boardwalk won out over the far superior show in Mad Men. Not that I’m bitter or anything. Boardwalk Empire took far too long to get going in my view and never really managed to say what it wanted to say – but maybe it looked good enough to dazzle the eyes of the HFPA. For overall show consistency though, I’d look to Mad Men or The Good Wife for your viewing pleasure.
The Williams Scoreboard: 0/3
BEST COMEDY SERIES
WILL WIN: MODERN FAMILY
SHOULD WIN: MODERN FAMILY
The main mistake I made throughout my predictions both film and television related was an old one – I wasn’t cynicalenough. Glee, last year’s winner, has had a horrible second season and is able to reach spectacular highs and terrifying lows – often within the same episode. I guess the highs outweighed the lows in this case.
The Williams Scoreboard: 0/3
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION SERIES – ACTOR – DRAMA
STEVE BUSCEMI AS NUCKY THOMPSON IN BOARDWALK EMPIRE
WILL WIN – HUGH LAURIE
SHOULD WIN: JON HAMM
In case you’re wondering why you’re even reading this, I would point you over to my film picks for a far better track record. Onwards to the Oscars! Look, I understand why Steve Buscemi won this award, he’s a beloved Hollywood film actor making the transition to TV, and his was a subtle and great performance. But I don’t think his was nearly the achievement that Hamm or Laurie achieved this season. Laurie especially seems like he is never going to win another award for playing House. Someone find him a killer movie role, please.
The Williams Scoreboard of Sadness: 0/9
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION SERIES- ACTRESS – DRAMA
KATEY SEGAL AS GEMMA TELLER MORROW IN SONS OF ANARCHY
WILL AND SHOULD WIN – ELISABETH MOSS
My only complaint about this award is one I made in the preview and that is that Sagal had a much, much better season in Season 2. Although I thought Moss deserves the award for the suitcase, I still can’t complain too much about this one.
The Williams Abacus of Atrocity: 0/12
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION SERIES – ACTOR – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
JIM PARSONS AS SHELDON COOPER IN THE BIG BANG THEORY
WILL AND SHOULD WIN: JIM PARSONS
Thank God for Jim Parsons. The breakout star of a hit show and one with impeccable comic timing, there is no possible way anyone else could have possibly won this award. Mainly because if they had I may have given up – everything.
The Williams Scoreboard of Self-Respect: 3/15
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION SERIES – ACTRESS - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
LAURA LINNEY AS CATHY JAMISON IN THE BIG C
WILL AND SHOULD WIN: LAURA LINNEY
Hey, it’s the comeback kid! Take that, Toni Collette? I am in no way a hypocrite for being pleased that Laura Linney won because she’s a film actress doing TV when I complained about the exact same thing when it came to Steve Buscemi. Lies.
The Williams Scoreboard: 6/18
BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE IN ANYTHING THAT WAS ON TELEVISION AT ANY POINT BY AN ACTOR
CHRIS COLFER AS KURT HUMMEL IN GLEE
WILL WIN – ERIC STONESTREET SHOULD WIN: CHRIS COLFER
A rare case of my cynicism costing me points, Colfer fully deserved this and gave a great speech as well.
The Williams Scoreboard: 7/21
BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE IN ANYTHING THAT WAS ON TELEVISION AT ANY POINT BY AN ACTRESS
JANE LYNCH AS SUE SYLVESTER IN GLEE
WILL WIN: KELLY MACDONALD SHOULD WIN: SOFIA VERGARA
I think Jane Lynch is funny, but her cartoonish villain-but-not-really-unless-we-need-her-to-be-for-plot-purposes in no way compares to the performance of MacDonald, or the real character created by Vergara. This category is ridiculous.
The Williams Exhibition of Ineptitude Scoreboard: 7/24
That’s less than a third correct, for those of you that are counting.
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
WILL WIN: THE KING’S SPEECH SHOULD WIN: THE SOCIAL NETWORK
This was an awesome result for The Social Network as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association agrees with me … and apart from that, it really was an awesome result. The best film of the year takes out Best Drama and deservingly so.
The Williams Scoreboard: 1/3
BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
WILL AND SHOULD WIN: THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
I would like to take credit for picking this one, but one glance at the rest of the nominees reveal that, apart from ‘Red’ getting absolutely robbed, this was never going to lose.
The Williams Scoreboard of Predictability: 4/6
BEST ACTOR – MOTION PICTURE DRAMA
COLIN FIRTH AS KING GEORGE VI IN THE KING’S SPEECH
WILL AND SHOULD WIN – COLIN FIRTH
Colin Firth would have to rank as the biggest lock in the most competitive category I’ve seen in quite some time. I can’t see him losing at any stage and he should go on to continuously take out this award – and who could begrudge him?
The Williams Counter of Confidence: 7/9
BEST ACTRESS – MOTION PICTURE DRAMA
NATALIE PORTMAN AS NINA SAYERS IN BLACK SWAN
WILL WIN – NATALIE PORTMAN SHOULD WIN: ABSTAIN
Unlike Firth, I’m not sure this means Portman will win at the Oscars, where she’s much more likely to be overcome by Kidman or Bening.
The Williams Abacus of Arrogance: 9/11
BEST ACTOR – MOTION PICTURE COMEDY OR MUSICAL
PAUL GIAMATTI AS BARNEY PADOFSKY IN BARNEY’S VERSION
WILL WIN: KEVIN SPACEY
SHOULD WIN: KEVIN SPACEY
It was a toss-up between Spacey and Giamatti, and Giamatti won. I’m just incredibly glad it wasn’t Johnny bloody Depp.
The Williams Scoreboard of Sinking Feelings: 9/14
BEST ACTRESS – MOTION PICTURE COMEDY OR MUSICAL
ANNETTE BENING AS NIC IN THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
WILL WIN: EMMA STONE SHOULD WIN: EMMA STONE
I will simply refer you to this quote from my preview.
“This is the one I am almost certain I’m going to get wrong, but I’m going to hold out hope. The cynic in me, however, says up against established stars Bening and Moore as well as slightly-more-advanced-in-her career Hathaway, Stone is an extremely slim chance of winning.”
Yeah. Listen to your own advice, you doofus.
The Williams Diagram of Doofusery: 9/17
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
CHRISTIAN BALE AS DICKIE EKLUND IN THE FIGHTER
WILL AND SHOULD WIN: CHRISTIAN BALE
Isn’t it nice to hear Christian Bale speak in his own accent – quietly?
The Williams Wheel of Whimsy: 12/20
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
MELISSA LEO AS ALICE EKLUND IN THE FIGHTER
WILL WIN: AMY ADAMS
SHOULD WIN: JACKI WEAVER
My one true love Amy Adams narrowly missed out, but I think is still a big chance for the Oscar. Jacki Weaver might have to live with a nomination, I’m afraid.
The Williams Scoreboard: 12/23
WILL WIN: TOM HOOPER SHOULD WIN: CHRISTOPHER NOLAN
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
WILL AND SHOULD WIN: TOY STORY 3
WILL AND SHOULD WIN: AARON SORKIN – THE SOCIAL NETWORK
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
WILL WIN: YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE LAST OF ME – BURLESQUE
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
WILL WIN: BIUTIFUL
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
WILL WIN: TRENT REZNOR, ATTICUS ROSS – THE SOCIAL NETWORK
The Final Williams Meter of Mediocrity: 22/38
Adding TV (7/24)
Total Golden Globes Pick ‘Em Score: 29/62.
Two marks short of a pass mark. You’re not perfect either.