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SCO's 2012 Golden Globes predictions

By Hannah Lynn, Online Managing Editor
January 14, 2012
It's awards season! We know it's right in the middle of finals, but who really cares about that? Everyone loves watching really rich people dress up in fancy clothing to receive golden statues, and this Sunday the shows kick off with the Golden Globes. For the movie lovers out there, we've come up with a list of predictions for who will win the night's biggest awards (but, of course, Ricky Gervais hosting for the third time is really all that matters).

Viola Davis gives an emotional performance as a motherly maid in "The Help." Courtesy of Touchstone Pictures
Viola Davis gives an emotional performance as a motherly maid in "The Help."
Best Actress (Drama)

Nominees:
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"

Prediction: From Streep's portrayal of Margaret Thatcher to Davis's performance as a Southern maid in the 1960s, each of the nominees had incredible performances. But Davis's heartwarming role as Aibileen stood out from the rest, as she helped bring change to the racially divided Mississippi and tears to the audience's eyes. The other nominees are undoubtedly strong, but Davis wins over all crowds in "The Help."

Although Gosling played his role well in "The Ides of March," we think his co-star Clooney will get the award for his performance in "The Descendants." Courtesy of Cross Creek Pictures
Although Gosling played his role well in "The Ides of March," we think his co-star Clooney will get the award for his performance in "The Descendants."
Best Actor (Drama)

Nominees:
George Clooney- "The Descendants"
Leonardo DiCaprio- "J.Edgar"
Michal Fassbender- "Shame"
Ryan Gosling- "The Ides of March"
Brad Pitt- "Moneyball"

Prediction: This is a tough one, especially since all except Fassbender have previously been nominated for, or have won, a Golden Globe. Gosling truly delivered as the na´ve campaign worker in "The Ides of March," which coincidentally also starred Clooney. Overall, though, Clooney shines in "The Descendants" as a grieving husband and clueless father. Already a two-time Golden Globe winner, Clooney is sure to take home a third this year.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt manages to make his terminal illness both touching and hilarious in "50/50". Courtesy of Summit Entertainment
Joseph Gordon-Levitt manages to make his terminal illness both touching and hilarious in "50/50".
Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)

Nominees:
"50/50"
"The Artist"
"Bridesmaids"
"Midnight in Paris"
"My Week with Marilyn"

Prediction: They've got a difficult decision on their hands with this one. We'd all love to see "Bridesmaids" take home the award, as it was the funniest movie of the year and Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy deserve many, many awards. That being said, I'm going to have to go with "50/50" because it managed to make a funny and touching comedy about the extremely somber issues of cancer and chemotherapy. Joseph Gordon-Levitt somehow managed to portray a sick, bald man, while also getting laughs.

"The Descendants" pulls through as a family "dramedy." Courtesy of Merie Wallace
"The Descendants" pulls through as a family "dramedy."
Best Picture (Drama)

Nominees:
"The Descendants"
"The Help"
"Hugo"
"The Ides of March"
"Moneyball"
"War Horse"

Prediction: While many of these movies target a specific audience, "The Descendants" appeals to all viewers and brings out some tears, some laughs and superb acting from everyone involved. The movie was a hit with a wide range of people, since most can relate to the issues it dealt with. George Clooney and Shailene Woodley's solid performances, combined with laugh-out-loud comedy, are sure to win "The Descendants" a Golden Globe. Plus, letting viewers look at beautiful Hawaiian scenery for two hours doesn't hurt.

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