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posted Friday, January 13, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 02
Golden Globes kick off awards season this weekend
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Golden Globes kick off awards season this weekend

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

While the NFL playoffs are in full swing, the Hollywood equivalent - awards season - gets started Sunday night when the Golden Globes are handed out to high-salaried film and TV stars. The most important reason to watch this glammy ceremony telecast is for the rare opportunity to see a trio of the finest actresses on the planet sitting in the same banquet room: Jessica Lange, Meryl Streep, and Glenn Close. Known for its sometimes wacky choices, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) doesn't have the best track record for predicting Academy Award nominees or winners, but it is a good one. The self-appointed panel of critics enjoys schmoozing with the biggies, which explains Ryan Gosling's nod for the tepid Crazy, Stupid, Love (he's also nominated for the much better Ides of March). Still, we love a fun awards show, and the Golden Globes have time and time again delivered just that. Despite the never-goes-away Ricky Gervais hosting yet again, Sunday's night Globes fest (NBC, check local listings) should at least be entertaining.

Here's a look at some of the key categories, going into this weekend's telecast.

MOTION PICTURE
DRAMA

The HFPA allowed one alternate choice to sneak in, expanding the category to accommodate six nominees this year than the usual five (you're welcome, Mr. Spielberg). The race appears to be between The Help and The Descendants, two terrific films with strong ensemble casts, although Moneyball could score an upset. Other nominees are Hugo, The Ides of March, and War Horse.

MOTION PICTURE
COMEDY/MUSICAL

How I'd love to see Bridesmaids, 2011's runaway hit, topple a pair of heavily praised contenders, The Artist and Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. Expect either of the latter two to win, unless My Week With Marilyn surprises everyone. Also nominated is 50/50.

ACTRESS
DRAMA

A dream match-up pits Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) against Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs), but neither is the frontrunner. Viola Davis' work in The Help was extraordinary and she's the one to beat. Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin) are also in the running.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
MOTION PICTURE

Unlike the lead acting categories (which are split into drama and comedy/musical), the supporting film slots are combined. Octavia Spencer's very memorable work in The Help should be enough to slip by co-star Jessica Chastain, though I'm rooting for the outside chance of Shailene Woodley winning for her spoiled, pouty portrayal of an emotionally challenged teenager in The Descendants. The remaining nominees are Berenice Bejo in The Artist and Janet McTeer in Albert Nobbs.

ORIGINAL SONG
MOTION PICTURE

Even the most devoted Madonna fan would have to agree that her 'Masterpiece' from the forthcoming W.E. is second best to Mary J. Blige's moving 'The Living Proof' from The Help. But don't think for a minute Elton John didn't get enough votes for writing and recording (with Lady Gaga) the tune 'Hello Hello' from Gnomeo & Juliet. 'Lay Your Head Down' (Albert Nobbs) and 'The Keeper' (Machine Gun Preacher) by former Seattleite Chris Cornell landed on the shortlist as well.

TV SERIES
DRAMA

The absence of Breaking Bad is a shame, yet it opens the door wide for newcomer Homeland. Expect this pair of riveting dramas to duel each other at the Emmys. American Horror Story, Boardwalk Empire, Boss, and Game of Thrones complete the category.

ACTRESS
TV COMEDY/MUSICAL

I've finally succumbed to the realization that Zooey Deschanel is pretty damn funny on New Girl. The show is catered to her adorable, goofball image and she runs with it. She's the favorite to win this category, yet equally deserving is Laura Dern in Enlightened. Tina Fey (30 Rock), Laura Linney (The Big C), and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) are nominated, too.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
TV SERIES OR MOVIE

Jessica Lange (American Horror Story) should have a tentative speech ready come Sunday night, unless she's derailed by Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), though veteran stage and film actress Maggie Smith could defeat both for her solid work on Downtown Abbey. Kelly McDonald (Boardwalk Empire) and Evan Rachel Wood (Mildred Pierce) round out the list of five.

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