My Predictions for the Golden Globe Awards in Motion Pictures for 2012

On Sunday, January 13, 2013, the Hollywood Foreign Press will announce their winners for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.  Golden Globe opening

Here are my predictions in order of probability:


Best Picture, Drama Predicted Winner:

  • Argo – This true-life take on an incredible tale of courage and perseverance seems to have the most positive buzz amongst the press though snubbed in the Best Director category with the Oscars.

Best Picture, Drama Possible Upsets:

  • Lincoln – This epic tale has also a very strong chance to take the top prize and made a strong showing with the Academy Award nominations.
  • Zero Dark Thirty – The intense thriller also based on a true tale has a chance, but may be a little too dark for voters with the Hollywood Foreign Press.Argo-INTL-MAIN-QUAD-1

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy Predicted Winner:

  • Silver Linings Playbook – Has a lot of great buzz as a smart, well-crafted romantic comedy with strong performances.

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy Possible Upset:

  • Les Misérables  – Though receiving mixed reviews, this epic musical has the grandeur and force that could result in enough votes from the Hollywood Foreign Press to take the top prize.

 Best Director Predicted Winner:

  •  Ben Affleck for Argo – Affleck has gained great respect as a director and has the star power to take the top prize.

Best Director Possible Upsets:

  • Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty – Bigelow also has garnered great respect as director and has a lot of positive buzz with the press. She could also take home the award.Lincoln-Movie-Poster-600x450
  • Steven Spielberg for Lincoln – The veteran filmmaker is one of the most successful and accomplished directors of all-time and has the name clout to resonate with voters.

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Best Actor, Drama Possible Upset:

  • Joaquin Phoenix for The Master – Phoenix is also a previous Golden Globe nominee and winner. His performance has also generated lots of critical acclaim though he has a much-publicized aversion to awards.

Best Actress, Drama Predicted Winner:

  • Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty – Chastain is one of the most watched female rising stars in Hollywood and has garnered much praise for her accomplished performance in zero-dark-thirty1this film.

Best Actress, Drama Possible Upset:

  • Naomi Watts for The Impossible – Watts has built a solid amount of support and respect as an actress, in particular for this critically acclaimed performance. She also has the star power that voters like.

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy Predicted Winner:

  • Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables – Jackman is a very charismatic presence in Hollywood and has generated a lot of positive buzz about his dynamic performance that shows off his skills as an actor and singer.

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy Possible Upset:Life-Of-Pi

  • Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook – The race for this award is very close and Cooper also has a strong chance to take the prize. Like Jackman, Cooper also has a strong charismatic presence in Hollywood and has received much praise for his performance.

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy Predicted Winner:

  • Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook – Like Chastain, Lawrence is a huge rising star in Hollywood and has generated lots of positive buzz for her performance. She is definitely the “It” girl in Hollywood.

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy Possible Upset:

  • Judi Dench for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – This well-respected film veteran made a huge impact his year, not only for this film, but also for her acclaimed performance in Skyfall. She also has ten previous Golden Globe nominations and has won twice.

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  • Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master – Seymour Hoffman is not only well-liked but a much acclaimed character actor in Hollywood. His performance in this film has lots of buzz behind it.

Best Supporting Actor Possible Upset:

  • Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln – The race for this award is also very close, as Lee Jones is also very well liked and respected as an actor. His performance also has generated a lot of acclaim.

Best Supporting Actress Predicted Winner:

  • Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables – Hathaway has generated the most positive buzz for her acclaimed performance where she shows off her talents as an actress and singer. She is i4OqHxAfCrXkalso very well liked and has received acclaim for another high profile film this year: The Dark Knight Rises.

Best Supporting Actress Possible Upset:

  • Sally Field for Lincoln – Field has also received a lot of positive attention for her performance and is very well liked and respected in Hollywood. She has a total of eleven Golden Globe nominations with two wins. The press also likes a film comeback story.

Best Screenplay Predicted Winner:

  • Tony Kushner for Lincoln – This category is a little bit tougher to predict. Kushner has the most positive press for his screenplay in this category. He is also a highly respected writer in film, television and theatre.

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  • Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained – This is really anybody’s race but I would have to go with Tarantino here, as he has the name recognition factor and has garnered much praise for this film.

Best Foreign Language Film Predicted Winner:

  • Amour – This film is almost a sure bet in this category. Out of all the foreign language films this year, this one has generated the most acclaim and positive press.

 Best Foreign Language Film Possible Upset:

  • Intouchables – Though snubbed by the Oscars, this film has also generated strong positive buzz and critical acclaim.

Best Animated Feature Film Predicted Winner:

  • Frankenweenie – Out of those nominated in this category, this animated film has generated the most positive acclaim and is directed by Tim Burton, who is a previous Golden Globe 6dc95c2bd1dad8f097a056d90cd6b0ebnominee. Also, the Hollywood Foreign Press snubbed ParaNorman, which should have received a nomination in this category.

 Best Animated Feature Film Possible Upset:

  • Wreck-It Ralph – This film also has a lot of positive press and was a big draw at the box office this past year. Personally, I would like to see Brave take this award, as this was my favorite animated film of the year.

Best Original Song Predicted Winner:

  • “Skyfall” from Skyfall: Adele, Paul Epworth – This was a huge film this year and the song was one of the many highlights. It is also written and sung by Adele, who is extremely popular.

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Best Original Score Predicted Winner:

  • John Williams for Lincoln – The score from this movie is one of its highlights and John Williams is a prolific and well-renowned film composer.

Best Original Score Possible Upset:

Critics’ Choice Awards for 2012

On Thursday, January 10, 2013, the Broadcast Film Critics Association handed out their annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.Argo

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Academy Award Nominations for 2012

Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their Oscar Award nominations. The awards will be handed out on Sunday, February 24, 2013.amour_2_movie_poster

Surprise omissions include:

  • Best Picture: Moonrise Kingdom
  • Best Director: Ben Affleck, Argo; Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Best Actor: John Hawkes, The Sessions
  • Best Actress: Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone; Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
  • Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, Skyfall
  • Best Supporting Actress: Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy; Judi Dench, Skyfall 
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Best Original Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master; Rian Johnson, Looper
  • Best Animated Feature: Rise of the Guardians
  • Best Foreign Language Film: The Intouchables
  • Best Documentary Feature: This is Not a Film; The Imposter
  • Best Original Song:  Learn Me Right, Brave; From Here to the Moon and Back, Joyful Noise

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BAFTA Award Nominations for 2012

Today, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced their award nominations for 2012.Argo

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Directors Guild Award Nominations for 2012

Today the Directors Guild announced their nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for 2012.Les-Miserables-2012-Movie-Poster

The Nominees are:

Ben Affleck for Argo

Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty

Tom Hooper for Les Misérables

Ang Lee for Life of Pi

Steven Spielberg for Lincoln

A reminder that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards this Thursday, January 10, 2013.

Check out my predictions:

Terry Gale’s 2013 Oscar Nomination Predictions

Best Reviewed Movies of 2012

According to Rotten Tomatoes, here are the top 100 best critic reviewed movies of 2012: this_is_not_a_film_poster1

1. This Is Not a Film (2012)
2. How to Survive a Plague (2012)
3. The Invisible War (2012)
4. Planet of Snail (2012)
5. The Waiting Room (2012)
6. Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012)
7. Wild Bill (2012)
8. Finding Nemo 3D (2012)
9. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)
10. Oslo, August 31st (2012)
11. Brooklyn Castle (2012)
12 The Island President (2012)
13. Monsieur Lazhar (2012)
14. Chasing Ice (2012)
15. The Loved Ones (2012)
16 Paul Williams Still Alive (2012)
17. Argo (2012)
18. Monsters, Inc. 3D (2012)
19 The Imposter (2012)
20. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)
21. Sister (2012)
22. West of Memphis (2012)
23 Yellow Submarine (2012)
24. Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012)
25. Sleepless Night (2012)
26. Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)
27. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
28. The Queen of Versailles (2012)
29. Marley (2012)
30. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012)
31. The Central Park Five (2012)
32. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)
33. The Angels’ Share (2012)
34. Bonsái (2012)
35. Looper (2012)
36. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
37. The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)
38. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
39. The House I Live In (2012)
40. Side by Side (2012)
41. 5 Broken Cameras (2012)
42. The Sessions (2012)
43. Farewell, My Queen (2012)
44. The Sapphires (2012)
45. Elena (2012)
46. Barbara (2012)
47. Turn Me On, Dammit! (2012)
48. Shadow Dancer (2012)
49. Last Ride (2012)
50. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
51. Skyfall (2012)
52. Bernie (2012)
53. Amour (2012)
54. Headhunters (2012)
55. I Wish (2012)
56. The Fairy (2012)
57. Starlet (2012)
58. Girl Model (2012)
59. Indie Game: The Movie (2012)
60. Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)
61. Crossfire Hurricane (2012)
62. A Simple Life (2012)
63. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
64. Lincoln (2012)
65. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
66. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
67. Holy Motors (2012)
68. In Darkness (2012)
69. The Well Digger’s Daughter (2012)
70. The Hunt (Jagten) (2012)
71. The Green Wave (2012)
72. Gayby (2012)
73. Somewhere Between (2012)
74. Life of Pi (2012)
75. Frankenweenie (2012)
76. Compliance (2012)
77. A Royal Affair (2012)
78. Neil Young Journeys (2012)
79. Django Unchained (2012)
80. Wreck-it Ralph (2012)
81. Robot & Frank (2012)
82. The Big Picture (2012)
83. Sightseers (2012)
84. Head Games (2012)
85. Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2012)
86. Tabu (2012)
87. The Other Dream Team (2012)
88. Portrait of Wally (2012)
89. Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2012)
90. Ballplayer: Pelotero (2012)
91. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
92. Boy (2012)
93. The Turin Horse (2012)
94. Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)
95. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
96. Chronicle (2012)
97. ParaNorman (2012)
98. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
99. Bully (2012)
100. Sleepwalk With Me (2012)

Writers Guild Award Nominations for 2012

The Writers Guild announced their annual award nominations on Friday, January 4. There were very few surprises.flight-movie-poster1

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Top Grossing Specialty Films of 2012

According to Indiewire, here are the top grossing “Specialty films” of 2012. Only films both released in initially limited screen counts (under 1,000 screens) and by specialty distributors were included.

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The Best Exotic Margiold Hotel Fox Searchlight $46,385,112


Moonrise Kingdom Focus Features $45,512,466


2016 Obama’s America Rocky Mountain $33,449,086


Silver Linings Playbook Weinstein Company $28,682,072


The Perks of Being a Wallflower Summit $17,311,829


To Rome With Love Sony Classics $16,685,867


The Master Weinstein Company $15,956,662


Beasts of the Southern Wild Fox Searchlight $11,249,128


Anna Karenina Focus Features $10,705,866


The Intouchables Weinstein Company $10,140,608


Bernie Millennium $9,206,470


Salmon Fishing In The Yemen CBS Films $9,047,981


Arbitrage Roadside $7,902,573


Friends With Kids Roadside $7,251,073


Casa De Mi Padre Lionsgate $5,909,482


For Greater Glory Arc Entertainment $5,672,846


The Sessions Fox Searchlight $5,514,701


October Baby Samuel Goldwyn $5,157,886


Hitchcock Fox Searchlight $4,985,679


Jeff, Who Lives at Home Paramount Vantage $4,269,426