Go­ing for gold

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All the stars will come out to­mor­row morn­ing, Aus­tralian time, for the 69th an­nual Golden Globe Awards in Los An­ge­les. With no Aus­tralians land­ing film nom­i­na­tions this year – and Guy Pearce our sole rep in the TV ranks – the big­gest point of in­ter­est for big- screen buffs will be the emer­gence of a clear front- run­ner for the cov­eted best pic­ture Os­car. If the ac­claimed French silent film The Artist wins the Golden Globe for best com­edy or mu­si­cal, it will be sure to burst to the top of Academy Awards cal­cu­la­tions. Eguide film critic Leigh Paatsch casts his ex­pert eye over the im­pres­sive field ahead of the big event, which will again be hosted by caus­tic Brit wit Ricky Ger­vais.

BEST MO­TION PIC­TURE,

DRAMA The Descen­dants The Help Hugo The Ides Of March Money­ball War Horse

AND THE WIN­NER IS:

The Descen­dants. A pow­er­house emo­tional drama with just the right touches of humour to lighten the load, plus a su­perb per­for­mance by Ge­orge Clooney, means The

Descen­dants ticks all the right boxes for Globes suc­cess. Some may ar­gue

Hugo is the bet­ter film, but fam­ily fare rarely goes well at the big awards shows.

BEST MO­TION PIC­TURE,

COM­EDY OR MU­SI­CAL 50/ 50 The Artist Brides­maids Mid­night In Paris My Week With Mar­i­lyn

AND THE WIN­NER IS: The Artist. You may not know much about this un­usual pro­duc­tion, but come its Aus­tralian re­lease next month ev­ery­one will be buzzing about the French black- and- white silent film set in Hol­ly­wood’s early days. Tak­ing into ac­count the for­eign back­grounds of vot­ers, The Artist is a shoo- in. Sure to be­come a clear favourite for the best pic­ture Os­car.

BEST DI­REC­TOR,

MO­TION PIC­TURE Woody Allen, Mid­night In Paris Ge­orge Clooney, The Ides Of March Michel Hazanavi­cius, The Artist Alexan­der Payne, The Descen­dants Martin Scors­ese, Hugo

AND THE WIN­NER IS: Michel

Hazanavi­cius. Not of­ten the win­ner

of this cat­e­gory comes from the com­edy/ mu­si­cal ranks. How­ever,

The Artist , which French film­maker Hazanavi­cius also wrote, is one of those films that breaks all prece­dents. A much- de­served award for a creative spirit.

BEST AC­TOR IN A MO­TION

PIC­TURE, DRAMA Ge­orge Clooney, The Descen­dants Leonardo Dicaprio, J. Edgar Michael Fass­ben­der, Shame Ryan Gosling, The Ides Of March Brad Pitt, Money­ball

AND THE WIN­NER IS:

Ge­orge Clooney. A sub­tle, yet ir­re­sistible ef­fort as an alien­ated land baron in The Descen­dants should seal the deal for the pro­lific Clooney. Talk of Brad Pitt caus­ing an up­set is just that – Pitt hasn’t won a Globe since Twelve Mon­keys in 1996. The dark horse in the field is Brit Michael Fass­ben­der.

BEST AC­TRESS IN A MO­TION

PIC­TURE, DRAMA 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

AND THE WIN­NER IS: Meryl Streep. As we know, there are actresses and then there is La Streep. A one- wo­man award- win­ning ma­chine across her en­tire ca­reer, Meryl is ev­ery­one’s tip to win for her fault­less chan­nelling of former Bri­tish PM Mar­garet Thatcher. But don’t give her the stat­uette just yet. A groundswell was build­ing last week for Vi­ola Davis ( The Help ).

BEST AC­TOR IN A MO­TION

PIC­TURE, COM­EDY Jean Du­jardin, The Artist Brendan Gleeson, The Guard Joseph Gor­don- Levitt, 50/ 50 Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love Owen Wilson, Mid­night In Paris

AND THE WIN­NER IS: Jean Du­jardin. The love in the room con­tin­ues for

The Artist. A former TV sit­com su­per­star in his na­tive France, Du­jardin

is per­fectly cast as fad­ing silent movie star Ge­orge Valentin. Du­jardin is the hottest fave hav­ing al­ready won the pres­ti­gious best ac­tor gong at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val last May.

BEST AC­TRESS IN A MO­TION

PIC­TURE, COM­EDY Jodie Foster, Car­nage Char­l­ize Theron, Young Adult Kris­ten Wiig, Brides­maids Michelle Wil­liams, My Week With

Mar­i­lyn

Kate Winslet, Car­nage

AND THE WIN­NER IS: Michelle

Wil­liams. This should be a case of third time lucky at the Globes for re­cent reg­u­lar nom­i­nee Wil­liams. Her pitch­per­fect por­trayal of le­gendary screen siren Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe has been hailed by US crit­ics as so much more than a mere im­per­son­ation of an icon.

BEST SUP­PORT­ING AC­TOR

IN A MO­TION PIC­TURE

Ken­neth Branagh, My Week With

Mar­i­lyn Al­bert Brooks, Drive Jonah Hill, Money­ball Viggo Mortensen, A Dan­ger­ous Method Christo­pher Plum­mer, Be­gin­ners

AND THE WIN­NER IS:

Christo­pher Plum­mer. Hol­ly­wood award nights love noth­ing bet­ter than hon­our­ing a vet­eran trouper for ser­vices ren­dered. That should be enough to send the muchad­mired Plum­mer well clear of the pack. BEST SUP­PORT­ING AC­TRESS IN A MO­TION PIC­TURE

Berenice Bejo,

The Artist

Jes­sica Chas­tain,

The Help

Janet Mcteer, Al­bert

Nobbs

Oc­tavia Spencer,

The Help

Shai­lene Wood­ley,

The Descen­dants

AND THE WIN­NER IS: Oc­tavia

Spencer. Though hailed by many as one of the dis­cov­er­ies of 2011, 39- year- old Spencer has been work­ing steadily in Hol­ly­wood for 15 years. Her break­through per­for­mance as the tough, no- non­sense maid Minny Jack­son in

The Help dom­i­nated each of her scenes.

BEST AN­I­MATED

FEA­TURE FILM The Ad­ven­tures Of Tintin Arthur Christ­mas Cars 2 Puss In Boots Rango

AND THE WIN­NER IS: Rango. A de­served vic­tory for a stylish, so­phis­ti­cated and, above all else, fun car­toon take on the Western genre.

OTHER CAT­E­GORIES

WORTH WATCH­ING Best TV Se­ries Drama: Home­land Best TV Se­ries Com­edy Or Mu­si­cal:

Modern Fam­ily

Best Ac­tor in a TV Drama Se­ries:

Steve Buscemi ( Board­walk Em­pire )

Best Ac­tress in a TV Drama Se­ries:

Claire Danes ( Home­land) Best Ac­tor in a TV Com­edy or Mu­si­cal Se­ries: Matt Le­blanc ( Episodes ) Best Ac­tress in a TV Com­edy or Mu­si­cal Se­ries: Zooey Deschanel

( The New Girl) The Golden Globe Awards will be broad­cast live on Fox8 ( Aus­tar) to­mor­row. Red car­pet cov­er­age starts at 11am, fol­lowed by the cer­e­mony at noon. Fox8 will re­peat the broad­cast at 7.35pm to­mor­row.

CON­TENDERS: ( Clock­wise from op­po­site page) Ge­orge Clooney in The Descen­dants; Ge­orge Valentin and Berenice Bejo in The Artist; Vi­ola Davis and Oc­tavia Spencer in

The Help; Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady; Michelle Wil­liams in My Week With Mar­i­lyn; a scene from Rango; Michel Hazanavi­cius, writer- di­rec­tor of The Artist.

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