The European Film Awards were held in Berlin at the start of December. They signified the start of award season, so here we go again…
The Golden Globe nominations surprised me, where were The Tree of Life, Melancholia and Drive? Three of my favourite films of 2011 were completely snubbed. OK, Albert Brooks got a nod for Drive, but the Dublin Film Critics Circle gave the film its three top awards – Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor – what stopped the Golden Globes from giving Nicolas Winding-Refn some love?
Anyway, I have gone through the nominations list, and chosen my winners. I always make the mistake of believing the films I love will win, maybe because I love them. Here are my predictions, and the films I would love to win. Sometimes the two categories cross, sometimes they don’t… Oh, and I have left out the Best Original Song category, because I have no idea about any of the songs.
Best Motion Picture, Drama
The Ides of March
This is a tough category to call, I would love to see Hugo win, and it just might, seeing as it is a love letter to cinema, but I think The Help is a strong contender and might just snatch the prize.
Win: The Help
Winner: The Descendants. I am happy about the win, although I did not see it coming…
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn
There is no competition for me in this category. The Artist is my clear winner. That said, Bridesmaids was loved when it was released, and Midnight in Paris is lovely… No, The Artist will win. It has to.
Love: The Artist
Winner: The Artist. I was so happy I threw my laptop across the room and started jumping up and down. Oops. Well deserved win though.
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Michel Hazanavicius. End of.
Although with Woody Allen, George Clooney and Martin Scorsese in the category, Hazanavicius has strong competition.
Love: Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Win: Martin Scorsese – Hugo
Winner: Martin Scorsese – Hugo. I am not surprised at all, I never really saw Hazanavicus beating off such stiff competition to win. I am happy for Hugo though.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Strong performances all around this year, although there are two films in this category I haven’t seen… Hmm.
Love: Tilda Swinton – her performance is outstanding.
Win: Meryl Streep – it’s a political drama after all.
Winner: Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady. Tilda was robbed.
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
There is a clear winner for me in this category; Michael Fassbender for Shame. He is absolutely outstanding in the film and truly is a rising star. Honestly, I am not sure that the other nominees can come close to him.
Love: Michael Fassbender
Win: George Clooney
Winner: George Clooney. Loved him taking the mick out of Fassbender. Hilarious
Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical or Comedy
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris
My heart is torn on this one. I absolutely adore Jean Dujardin’s performance in The Artist, but The Guard would be nothing without Brendan Gleeson.
Love: Jean Dujardin
Win: Brendan Gleeson
Winner: Jean Dujardin. My face hurt from smiling by the end of his speech. He was adorable.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical or Comedy
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage
I almost feel I should not get a vote in this category. I have only seen Bridesmaids and I didn’t love it, but I have heard good things about My Week With Marilyn, so I am going to throw my weight behind Michelle Williams.
Win: Michelle Williams
Winner: Michelle Williams. And winner of best speech of the night in my opinion. She was lovely.
Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Again, my heart is torn. Drat!
Love: Albert Brooks
Win: Viggo Mortensen
Winner: Christopher Plummer. In all my raving about A Dangerous Method, I completely forgot how wonderful Plummer is in Beginners. Well deserved and another great speech.
Best Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
I bet by now you can guess the way my Love vote is going to go, so let’s not hold back…
Love: Bérénice Bejo
Win: Octavia Spencer
Winner: Octavia Spencer. She looked great in lilac and was a deserving winner. That doesn’t mean I am not just a little bit gutted for Béjo though.
Best Foreign Film
The Flowers of War
In The Land of Blood and Honey
The Kid with a Bike
The Skin I Live In
Well the Dardenne’s won at the European Film Awards, but The Kid with a Bike didn’t really excite me. Almodovar did though…
Love: The Skin I Live In
Win: The Kid with a Bike
Winner: A Separation. And another lovely speech.
Best Animated Feature
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Puss in Boots
Tintin is animated? Well, yeah I suppose it is. Stupid Mo Cap. Hate it.
Love: Puss in Boots
Win: Cars 2
Winner: The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Not surprised, but still miffed that it is considered animation… Moving on…
Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
The Ides of March, George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
Moneyball, Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin
I love that The Artist is nominated in this category. It’s a silent film! Brilliant! Although Sorkin is a great writer and Midnight in Paris is wonderful…
Love: The Artist
Winner: Midnight in Paris. A win I am happy with. Although The Artist… Blah blah blah, you get it by now.
Best Original Score
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
Well The Artist won at the European Film Awards, and it is a shame that Melancholia is not nominated as the score for that film is great. Anyway…
Love: The Artist
Win: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Winner: The Artist, Ludovic Bource. Thrilled for him. His comment about how if he had to write a song there and then, it would be a tap dance numer? Gorgeous. I met him in Berlin, you know. He’s lovely.
We shall find out on January 15th whether my head or my heart will win in 2012. We shall also see if the Golden Globes will get back on track as an Oscar predictor and how many people Ricky Gervais can insult in a few hours. Who’s staying up all night with me?
So in the end, my head won over my heart, interesting. I always get these predictions wrong because I follow my heart, it turns out that when I take emotion out of it, I am a pretty good barometer – for films I have seen at least, there were some that completely threw me. It was a mixed bag of an awards show, but The Artist was the big winner on the night, which meant I could go to bed happy.
Until next year, Hollywood Foreign Press Association…