Golden Globe 2012 Results: "Moneyball" Went Home Empty-Handed, "A Separation" Won Best Foreign

Posted 12:59 PM January 16th, 2012 by Senh Duong

This is the first time I did predictions for the Golden Globes. Because I haven’t seen most of the films on this list, I ended up basing it on their Tomatometer, reviews, and box office. Now that the results for the 2012 Golden Globes have came out, let’s see how I did.

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Of the twelve movie categories that I cared about - I excluded the two music awards - I only corrently picked four winners. That's just 25%. I would have lost a lot of money in Vegas.

I started off well, correctly picking Christopher Plummer for Best Supporting Actor from “Beginners” and Michelle Williams for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical from “My Week with Marilyn.“ I was on a roll. Afterwards, I only got two right: "A Separation" for Best Foreign Film and Jean Dujardin for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical from “The Artist.”

I’m disappointed by my results. I’ll have to tinker with my methodology and do more research for the next one.

Overall, the show is definitely more engaging when you’re participating in it. Duh. Having said that, the show opened well with Ricky Gervais’s intro and kinda went downhill from there. He played it safe this time. He wasn’t overly critical of Hollywood and his humor was less biting. He was kinder to his peers. I wished there was more of him throughout the show, but like the previous show, he kinda disappeared as the show progressed.

One of the biggest surprises to me was that “Moneyball” went home empty-handed. I had thought it would win Best Drama, Best Actor and Best Screenplay, but the first two went to Brad Pitt’s buddy George Clooney for “The Descendants” and the last one went to Woody Allen for “Midnight in Paris.”

I didn’t think Meryl Streep had a chance with “Iron Lady” because it just wasn’t a good movie, and I thought the HFPA would rather award a good performance in a good film. I thought it would be an easy win for Tilda Swinton for “We Need To Talk About Kevin.” This was the biggest shocker to me, not sure what the HFPA was thinking here (no offense to Meryl Streep).

Another one was Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin” winning Best Animated Film. It has solid reviews and earned a lot of money overseas, but I thought “Rango,” which has better reviews and earned more at the box office domestically, would take it. I guess the HFPA has a short memory because “Rango” opened in early 2011. If “Rango” didn’t win, I was sure that “Puss in Boots” would be the next in line; and “Arthur Christmas,” the best-reviewed of the animated films, would come after that. I then reasoned that because it’s the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, they would rather pick a film with foreign origins, but members of the HFPA are just a bunch of media rejects from Southern California. They’re not even foreign. “Rango” will ge a chance at the Oscars.

I was glad that “A Separation” from Iran won Best Foreign Film. It’s well deserved. It’s the only film on the list with a perfect Tomatometer with over 60 reviews. That doesn’t happen often. The last time I remember something like this happening is Alexander Payne’s “Sideways” from 2004, and that went on to win a bunch of awards.

In the future, the Golden Globes should get rid of the Comedy and Musical category because, more and more, they’re just filled with films that could also belong in the Drama category. The winners also tend to be from films that aren’t considered pure comedies. This year, “The Artist” beat out “Bridesmaids” for Best Comedy or Musical. Michelle Williams beat out Kristen Wiig. What gives.

That’s it for this year. Until next time, here’s the list of nominated films and marked winners for the 2012 Golden Globes along with each film’s corresponding Tomatometer and box office (x = winner):

Best Motion Picture - Drama
x The Descendants (89%, $44M)
- The Help (76%, $170M)
- Hugo (94%, $52.6M)
- The Ides of March (85%, $41M)
- Moneyball (95%, $75.3M) ** my pick **
- War Horse (77%, $57M)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
- Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs (51%, n/a)
- Viola Davis – The Help (76%, $170M)
- Rooney Mara – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (86%, $77M)
x Meryl Streep – Iron Lady (55%, $0.5M)
-Tilda Swinton – We Need To Talk About Kevin (83%, $25K) ** my pick **

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
x George Clooney – The Descendants (89%, $44M)
- Leonardo DiCaprio – J. Edgar (42%, $37M)
- Michael Fassbender – Shame (79%, $2.4M)
- Ryan Gosling – The Ides Of March (85%, $41M)
- Brad Pitt – Moneyball (95%, $75.3M) ** my pick **

Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
- 50/50 (93%, $35M)
x The Artist (97%, $7.1M)
- Bridesmaids (90%, $169M) ** my pick **
- Midnight in Paris (93%, $56.4M)
- My Week with Marilyn (83%, $10.5M)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
- Jodie Foster – Carnage (68%, $0.5M)
- Charlize Theron – Young Adult (79%, $14.7M)
- Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids (90%, $169M)
x Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn (83%, $10.5M) ** my pick **
- Kate Winslet – Carnage (68%, $0.5M)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
x Jean Dujardin – The Artist (97%, $7.1M) ** my pick **
- Brendan Gleeson – The Guard (95%, $5.3M)
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt – 50/50 (93%, $35M)
- Ryan Gosling – Crazy, Stupid, Love. (78%, $84.3M)
- Owen Wilson – Midnight In Paris (93%, $56.4M)

Best Animated Feature Film
x The Adventures of Tintin (74%, $62M)
- Arthur Christmas (92%, $46.4M)
- Cars 2 (39%, $192M)
- Puss in Boots (83%, $147M)
- Rango (88%, $123M) ** my pick **

Best Foreign Language Film
- The Flowers of War (China) (33%, n/a)
- In The Land of Blood and Honey (United States) (52%, $91K)
- The Kid with a Bike (Belgium) (92%, n/a)
x A Separation (Iran) (100%, n/a) ** my pick **
- The Skin I live in (Spain) (79%, 3.1M)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
- Berenice Bejo – The Artist (97%, $7.1M)
- Jessica Chastain – The Help (76%, $170M)
- Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs (51%, n/a)
x Octavia Spencer – The Help (76%, $170M)
- Shailene Woodley – The Descendants (89%, $44M) ** my pick **

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
- Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn (83%, $10.5M)
- Albert Brooks – Drive (93%, 35M)
- Jonah Hill – Moneyball (95%, $75.3M)
- Viggo Mortensen – A Dangerous Method (76%, $2M)
x Christopher Plummer – Beginners (84%, $5.8M) ** my pick **

Best Director - Motion Picture
- Woody Allen – Midnight In Paris (93%, $56.4M)
- George Clooney – The Ides Of March (85%, $41M)
- Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist (97%, $7.1M) ** my pick **
- Alexander Payne – The Descendants (89%, $44M)
x Martin Scorsese – Hugo (94%, $52.6M)

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
- Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist (97%, $7.1M)
- Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne, Jim Rash - The Descendants (89%, $44M)
- George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon - The Ides Of March (85%, $41M)
x Woody Allen - Midnight In Paris (93%, $56.4M)
- Stan Chervin, Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian - Moneyball (95%, $75.3M) ** my pick **

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