Can anyone beat George Clooney and Meryl Streep at this year's Golden Globes? Will this be the year that "30 Rock" falls to "Glee," and Michael C. Hall's "Dexter" finally nabs a Globe? Takeaway television contributor, Delaina Dixon and film contributor Rafer Guzman make their predictions.
Takeaway Television contributor, Delaina Dixon's predictions:
Best TV Series, Drama: "Mad Men." The Globes just cant get enough of this serialized drama that takes them back to the decadence of a decade past.
Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical: "Glee." Yes, "30 Rock" has dominated this category with irreverent humor, but this soapy drama offers pretty teens who sing and dance, and the Foreign Press will harmonize them all the way to the podium.
Best Actress, TV Drama: Glenn Close for "Damages." Looking a little like her Cruella De Vil character in "101 Dalmatians," Close plays evil so expertly, it's hard to resist her ruthlessness.
Best Actor, TV Drama: "House's" Hugh Laurie may finally be handing over his crown to "Dexter's" Michael C. Hall. This serial killer has been slaying it without detection for the past three seasons, and its time he finally gets caught with an award.
Best Actress, Comedy or Musical: "30 Rock's" Tina Fey. This is where "30 Rock" will get its accolades, with its creator, writer and star earning her third statue.
Best Actor, Comedy or Musical: "Hung's" Thomas Jane. This may be the big upset of the night, with Jane getting recognized for the naughty concept of the everyday guy who moonlights as a gigalo.
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV: HBO's "Grey Gardens." As the Beales ladies who holed themselves up in their dilapidated mansion, Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange's eerie performances will not be ignored.
Takeaway movie contributor, Rafer Guzman's predictions:
The two movies that dominate the Globes this year are "Up in the Air," with six nominations, and "Nine," with five. But that doesn't mean either one of them will necessarily dominate the awards. In fact, I think the Globes will spread the love around this year, and I predict "Nine" in particular will go home a little disappointed. Then again, I failed to predict the housing bubble, so you can take my Globe picks with a grain of salt. Here they are:
The two big categories are best dramatic motion picture (nobody cares that much about the best comedy category) and best director, and I think voters will split this one down the middle: "Up in the Air" for best picture, but Kathryn Bigelow for best director for "The Hurt Locker." I think that'll happen at the Oscars, too. If so, Bigelow will be the first woman ever to win that award.
Now that I've dissed the best comedy/musical category, heres my prediction: "Julie & Julia." Granted, "Nine" is one of the most-nominated movies this year, but it's been widely panned (the reviews weren't just bad, they were abysmally abysmal) and it performed poorly at the box-office. (As a side note, Daniel Day-Lewis will probably win best actor in a musical/comedy for "Nine." I'd rather see Matt Damon get this one for "The Informant!" But he's a long shot.)
Speaking of "Julie & Julia," Meryl Streep's terrific performance there will earn her best actress in a musical/comedy. She seems guaranteed to win this award one way or another: Her biggest challenger is herself, in "It's Complicated."
As for best actor in a dramatic film: Colin Firth deserves it for "A Single Man," which, in my opinion was also the year's best film, period. But I think "George Clooney" has this award in the bag for "Up in the Air."
People don't often care as much about the supporting actor awards, but these categories are interesting this year. MoNique, who was astonishing in "Precious," will probably earn supporting actress, despite being accused of ungraciously refusing to campaign for the movie (she's been softening her remarks lately). But she's also up against Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick, both for "Up in the Air," and neither of them can be discounted.
Supporting actor seems guaranteed to go to Christoph Waltz, the Austrian unknown who is now quite well known for his turn as the worlds happiest Nazi in "Inglourious Basterds."
Lastly, the best animated feature categoryis worth paying attention to. At first "Up" seemed to be the favorite -- and Pixar has won this award every year since its introduction at the 2007 ceremony. But then came Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox," which wowed critics and nabbed various industry awards here and there. I predict Anderson will break Pixar's winning streak.
Overall, my predictions show both "Up in the Air" and "Nine" with only a few awards apiece, and other movies getting their fair share.
I'll be back Monday morning to second-guess myself.