The Golden Globe Awards are on tonight and it appears two leading films are poised to take home the biggest prizes this year – “Lincoln” and ” Les Miserables.” Unlike at The Academy Awards where there is only one best picture that wins, at The Globes “Lincoln” will take home the award for drama while “Les Miserables” should take home the golden prize for musical or comedy.
Odds are “Lincoln” should sweep the category at The Oscars. This is my prediction, at least. According to Reuters, “Argo” is running a close second in the best picture drama category. “Hollywood's biggest stars turn out on Sunday for the 70th Golden Globe Awards, with "Lincoln" and Iran hostage thriller "Argo" in a close race for the top honor,” adds Reuters.
Golden Globe nominees Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Steven Spielberg, Bradley Cooper, Richard Gere, Denzel Washington and singer Adele will be A-list presenters, along with George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Julia Roberts and "Twilight" movie star Robert Pattinson, adds the news syndicate.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, two A-List stars, are jointly hosting the event for the first time and who have promised "the sloppiest, best-ever" Golden Globes ceremony, adds Reuters.
“‘Lincoln,’ Spielberg's account of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's battle to end slavery, heads into the evening with a leading seven nominations. But it faces strong competition from "Argo," and Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti Western-style slavery drama, "Django Unchained," which have five apiece from Globe organizer, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA),” adds Reuters.
“With the Osama bin Laden movie "Zero Dark Thirty" and visually arresting shipwreck tale "Life of Pi" rounding out the best dramatic film contest, pundits say it's hard to predict which film will come out on top,” adds Reuters. However my bet for best drama at The Golden Globes is on “Lincoln.” The Steven Spielberg film has all the elements that Hollywood loves: great acting, costumes, set, plot, drama, and yes a patriotic story that is all-encompassing, as well as sweeping and epic. “Lincoln” will come home on top at The Globes and The Oscars, I predict. Personally, I enjoyed every frame of “Les Miserables,” but the Academy of Motion Pictures & Sciences will make constant comparisons to the original Broadway musical, and may feel that the film falls short.
Lincoln is this year’s “Gone with the Wind”
"But I am guessing it will come down to “Argo' versus 'Lincoln.' They like them both enormously at the HFPA, so I think it's a battle to the finish for those two," Hammond told Reuters. However I feel “Lincoln” is the stronger of the two films. “Argo” is more comedic and probably less factual than “Lincoln.” “Lincoln” is a film that makes the history books interesting and has grandeur that exceeds any other film in the best drama category this year at The Golden Globes.
A close race for “Les Miserables and “Silver Linings Playbook”
“This year the lavish screen version of hit stage musical "Les Miserables" is meeting strong competition from comedy "Silver Linings Playbook" about a man with bipolar disorder (Cooper) and a young widow (Jennifer Lawrence),” adds Reuters. Both actors are also in the running for a Golden Globe trophy for their performances, along with "Les Miserables" stars Jackman and Hathaway.
Television shows competing for best drama on Sunday include Emmy-winning terrorism thriller "Homeland," and its stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis," along with cooks and countesses drama "Downton Abbey," "Boardwalk Empire," "Breaking Bad," and newcomer "The Newsroom," adds Reuters. The best comedy/musical series race features "Modern Family," "Girls," "Episodes," "The Big Bang Theory," and "Smash,” adds Reuters.
The best comedy/musical series race features "Modern Family," "Girls," "Episodes," "The Big Bang Theory," and "Smash."
Staten Island arts fans I can say confidently that I feel the hit movie treatment of “Les Miserables” will take home the top prize in best picture in a musical or comedy and “Lincoln” should win big as best movie drama. However odds are stacked in Spielberg’s favor for The Oscars this year. “Lincoln” should win for best picture at this year’s 2013 Academy Awards. Why? It is a strong anti-slavery message and offers a fresh take for a biopic. The screenplay is original and well thought out, the acting is superb. Even if Sally Field is too old for the part of Mrs. Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis is a gentle giant and ably steps into Lincoln’s shoes. For a foreigner he plays an American ably and with the much-needed eloquence that succeeds without being schmaltzy. I believe “Lincoln” is this year’s Gone with the Wind. It is too powerful and sweeping for The Foreign Press or The Academy of Arts of Sciences to ignore.