Predicting the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes are a go -- sort of -- this Sunday and you know we had to pick one of our astute, intelligent and savvy writers to represent Film.com by predicting the winners for your office pool. Unfortunately, they were busy and that's where your Uncle Dre had to step in.

Let's give it a shot:

Best Picture - Drama

American Gangster

Atonement

Eastern Promises

The Great Debaters

No Country For Old Men

There Will Be Blood

No Country for Old Men

Who will win? It's an odd year to predict because there's so much variety. Atonement looked so strong early on but it seems to have faded. That makes it easy to stick with No Country for Old Men, the year's best reviewed film.

Who should win? I still haven't gotten around to Paul Thomas Anderson's latest work, but as it stands, No Country for Old Men.

Best Picture - Musical or Comedy

Across the Universe

Charlie Wilson's War

Hairspray

Juno

Sweeney Todd

Juno

Who will win? If this was the Academy, I'd say Juno, easy. It's this year's Little Miss Sunshine, right? But Little Miss Sunshine didn't win at last year's Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press sometimes tries to get high and mighty and that would make way for a Charlie Wilson's War victory.

Who should win? Juno, the source of one of the best screenplays of the year. Haters, be damned.

Best Actor - Drama

George Clooney, Michael Clayton

Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood

Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises

James McAvoy, Atonement

Denzel Washington, American Gangster

There Will Be Blood

Who will win? Daniel Day-Lewis. His only competition is Clooney.

Who should win? Daniel Day-Lewis, because of what my main man Brad had to show me and because he was robbed when he played Bill the Butcher.



Best Actor - Comedy or Musical

Tom Hanks, Charlie Wilson's War

Ryan Gosling, Lars and the Real Girl

Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd

Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Savages

John C. Reilly, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Charlie Wilson's War

Who will win? This is a bit of a toughie. No one is really standing out. I thought early on this was going to be Depp's year but that movie has been a little disappointing at the box office and for some reason now, I'm not feeling it as much. I'm going to bank on the HFPA sucking up to Tom Hanks.

Who should win? John C. Reilly because he is one of the funniest people on the face of the earth and it would be great to see him shock everybody.

Best Actress - Drama

Keira Knightley, Atonement

Julie Christie, Away From Her

Jodie Foster, The Brave One

Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Angelina Jolie, A Mighty Heart

Away From Her

Who will win? Julie Christie. Yawn.

Who should win? I don't have a problem with Christie winning, but I'm rooting for Jolie and her hella strong performance. Laugh if you must, but it was Streep-worthy.



Best Actress - Musical or Comedy

Amy Adams, Enchanted

Nikki Blonsky, Hairspray

Ellen Page, Juno

Marion Cotillard, La Vie En Rose

Helena Bonham Carter, Sweeney Todd

Juno

Who will win? This is actually a stronger and much less predictable group than the Actress - Drama category. Cotillard, Adams and Page have the edge and I'll guesstimate Page ends up with it.

Who should win? I'm torn between Cotillard and Page but in the end I have to go with my heart. Page.



No Country for Old Men

Best Supporting Actor

Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men

John Travolta, Hairspray

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson's War

Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton

Who will win? Bardem

Who should win? Loved Affleck and Hoffman, but Bardem really gave us something different.

Juno

Best Supporting Actress

Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There

Julia Roberts, Charlie Wilson's War

Saoirse Ronan, Atonement

Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone

Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton

Who will win? Forget Roberts. As my Uncle Carlos told me on the phone yesterday, "Her nomination is reason enough for the Globes to be canceled. They nominated her so she'd show up." It's basically a two-woman race between Blanchett and Ryan. Because it's the Globes and Ryan is small potatoes in their world, I'll bet on Blanchett.

Who should win? Amy Ryan.

No Country for Old Men

Best Director

Ridley Scott, American Gangster

Joe Wright, Atonement

Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country For Old Men

Julian Schnabel, Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Tim Burton, Sweeney Todd

Who will win? Joel and Ethan Coen

Who should win? Joel and Ethan Coen. Finally.

Juno

Best Screenplay

Christopher Hampton, Atonement

Aaron Sorkin, Charlie Wilson's War

Diablo Cody, Juno

Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country For Old Men

Ronald Harwood, Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Who will win? Wowsers, this is a good group. Hampton did a superb job with his adaptation. Sorkin's screenplay is smart and funny, even if it was neutered in the end. But I'm going to guess Diablo Cody beats out the stiff competition.

Who should win? Juno's gal.

Love in the Time of Cholera

Best Original Song

"That's How I Know You," Enchanted

"Guaranteed," Into the Wild

"Walk Hard," Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

"Grace is Gone," Grace is Gone

"Despedida," Love in the Time of Cholera

Who will win? Shakira baby! Her rendition of "Despedida" should get it done.

Who should win? "Guaranteed" is probably the third best song on Into the Wild's soundtrack and I'd still pick it to win.

Atonement

Best Original Score

Dario Marianelli, Atonement

Michael Brook, Kaki King, Eddie Vedder, Into the Wild

Howard Shore, Eastern Promises
Clint Eastwood,

Grace is Gone

Alberto Iglesias, The Kite Runner

Who will win? Nothing here is really standing out to me. If I had to guess (and I do), Dario Marianelli's innovative Atonement score.

Who should win? Marianelli just barely over Shore.


The Kite Runner

Best Foreign Language Film

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

The Kite Runner

Persepolis

Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Lust/Caution

Who will win? Diving Bell is the only movie of the group that scored a Best Director and a Screenplay nomination. Which naturally makes me think The Kite Runner wins.

Who should win? Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Ratatouille

Best Animated Feature

Bee Movie

Ratatouille

The Simpsons Movie

Who will win? Ratatouille

Who should win? Ratatouille. It isn't even close.

Word of warning: I'm usually much better at predicting the Academy Awards outcomes because the Globes just confuse the hell out of me. But no excuses. I'm going into Sunday night wanting to take this mother down. Come on, Matt Lauer, gimme some mojo!

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Dre writes three times a week for Film.com. Email him!


VMAs 2017