2015 Golden Globe Winners

The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler again, has finally announced the winners (Jan 12) with some hits and surprises, of course. So, the question is: Will the Golden Globes predict Oscars this year? The answer is another BIG QUESTION MARK. Perhaps, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood stormed the best picture and best director (with pre-notice, of course); but Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman also stormed the screenplay category. Well, there’s no big win though.

So here’s the list of the winners and my comment on it.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Just a great moment for Linklater gangs here. Boyhood is also my personal favorite in this category while I haven’t seen Selma and The Imitation Game, but if they ever appear in Oscars, they’ll all be serious contenders.

Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
St. Vincent

This is quite surprising ’cause we also got Birdman in this category (though I haven’t seen it), but Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has great opportunity here.

Best Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama

Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo – Selma

Jake Gyllenhaal will make a better winner in this, but judging from Redmayne’s into-character performance, his Hawking also deserves it. Gyllenhaal still gets the chance in Oscars I guess along with Keaton in pitch. This will be a great race!

Best Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama

Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

I don’t know whether Moore really nails it—haven’t watched the movie just yet. I’m sure she’s a talented, experienced actress; she even gets nominated for two movies; yet, this is not an absolute winning. I still expect Rosamund Pike wins in Oscars and I still get to see Witherspoon portraying writer Cheryl Strayed in Wild.

Best Actor In A Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy

Michael Keaton – Birdman
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes

Keaton is a serious contender in Oscar; that’s for sure!

Best Actress In A Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy

Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
Helen Mirren – The Hundred Foot Journey
Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis – Annie

I haven’t watched any films nominated above, so I’m not entitled to anything just yet. Yet, I’m expecting to see surprises from Emily Blunt.

Best Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture

J. K. Simmons – Whiplash
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

Supporting Actor is also a serious category this year. You don’t mess up with J.K. Simmons; that’s a lesson to learn. Yet, Ethan Hawke and Edward Norton might be the strongest contenders in Oscars, too. Ruffalo is good, but for me Foxcatcher is not a movie for him to win an acting award. Frankly saying.

Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Only one obvious choice for me, Arquette—12-year a mother with all aging and lonesome problem in Boyhood. The thing is, I haven’t watched other films in this category. However, I expect more of Emma Stone!

Best Director – Motion Picture

Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay – Selma
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman

Linklater’s 12-year a director might win this time, but Iñárritu is still a favorite, too. However, I see still no sign of Paul Thomas Anderson this year… so no double Andersons in pitch.

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Gone Girl
Antonio Sánchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

I personally love Zimmer in Interstellar and gets a little tired of Gone Girl‘s score. I grow fond of Alexandre Desplat lately, though I haven’t witnessed his work in The Imitation Game. However, Jóhann Jóhannsson is simply unthinkable.

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“Glory” (John Legend and Common) – Selma
“Big Eyes” (Lana Del Rey) – Big Eyes
“Mercy Is” (Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye) – Noah
“Opportunity” (Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck) – Annie
“Yellow Flicker Beat” (Lorde) – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

No Begin Again. I boycott this category. Lol.

Best Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls

HTTYD 2, The LEGO Movie and The Book of Life all have the same chance to lead, although The LEGO Movie is a real badass I support.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Armando Bo,
Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. – Birdman
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

Birdman nails it. I need to see this movie asap.

Best Foreign Language Film

Leviathan (Russia)
Force Majeure (Sweden)
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Israel)
Ida (Poland/Denmark)
Tangerines (Estonia)

I gotta watch all entries before I can predict what will be in Oscars.

That’s all. I only comment on movies ’cause I barely watch TV. Yet, I still got one comment for the TV categories: Congratulations, FARGO! Better luck next time, TRUE DETECTIVE.

Now, let’s hear what you think of the 72nd Golden Globe winners.


Author: Paskalis Damar AK

A Bali-based blogger. A cinema loner and self-claimed movie fan since 2013. Public Relation in non-cinematic world. bit.ly/1iSSB2Q

4 thoughts on “2015 Golden Globe Winners”

  1. My only real surprise here was How to Train Your Dragon and Leviathan winning over the more well rewarded films in the mix. I think we have our acting winners sewn up this year (Keaton/Moore/Arquette/Simmons) and it’ll stay that way right on through to Oscar.


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