And the winner is . . .

2011-01-14 11:01

January’s about getting back into the swing of things, but in the land of movies it’s about getting a really great dress, sashaying down the red carpet and making acceptance speeches.

That’s right, it’s awards season, which kicks off – as usual – with The Golden Globes.

The Globes take place today in Los Angeles and arrive here at 3am tomorrow.

Predicting the winners is almost impossible, especially as many of the films are still to land on our shores.

However, I’m holding thumbs for the gals from The Kids Are Alright – Annette Bening and Julianne Moore – both of whom have been nominated.

My money’s on Bening though and I hope the film wins the best motion picture – comedy or musical award.

As for Johnny Depp’s double nomination for Alice in Wonderland and The Tourist, if he wins it’ll be for the Mad Hatter which was more of a challenge than Frank the confused teacher.

The drama category winners are harder to call, but I reckon it’ll be a toss up between Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network and Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine.

The latter promises to be the kind of introspective film judges love to give awards to.

The women’s category includes Oscar favourites Halle Berry and Nicole Kidman but my bet’s on Natalie Portman for the critically acclaimed The Black Swan.

Christopher Nolan continues to prove that it’s possible to be both a crowd-and a critic-pleaser with nominations for his latest mind-bender, Inception.

He’s probably a favourite for both the best motion picture – drama award as well as the best director nod.

But with Darren Aronofsky and David Fincher also after the best director nod for The Black Swan and The Social Network respectively, it’s a tough one to call.

Jeremy Renner who was overlooked by the Globes last year for his Oscar-nominated performance in The Hurt Locker gets a best supporting nomination for his part in The Town, but with Geoffrey Rush, Christian Bale and Michael Douglas in his weight class he’ll be lucky to pull off a win.

The supporting women’s category includes three Oscar veterans – Helena Bonham Carter, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo.

The most surprising inclusion is Mila Kunis whose previous roles in The Book of Eli and Forgetting Sarah Marshall have been forgettable at best.

The one category that’s chock-full of worthy winners is the best animated film category.

There are five films, including Toy Story 3 and Despicable Me, which is my choice for top spot.

» Tune into MM1 at 3am for the live broadcast of The Golden Globes.

The Academy Award nominations will be announced on January 25 

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