Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.
Awards season officially kicks off tonight with the Golden Globe Awards. In between all the boozing and award handouts, show hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are sure to amaze as always. You know how these gals get down and make us laugh throughout the extensive night with their hilarious jabs at the guests while sipping on some champagne. If you don’t watch the awards show for the actual awards, you watch it for them.
Can Boyhood solidify itself as the Oscar front-runner? Check out our film predictions below and let us know your picks for the top prizes.
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Will win: Boyhood
Could win: Selma, or The Imitation Game
Should win: Boyhood
This 12-year project is not the traditional Globes fare, but they won’t be able to deny Richard Linklater’s audacious endeavor that packs an emotional wallop like no other.
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Will win: Birdman
Could win: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Should win: Birdman
Although, it doesn’t make much sense for Birdman to be in this category since it’s neither a comedy or musical, it’s definitely the best film of the ones that are in the category. However, I would not be upset if the Globes went with a more appropriate film such as The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Best Director – Motion Picture
Will win: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Could win: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Should win: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
A guy who directed a film for over 12 years, not knowing how it would really all come together in the end (yet comes together in the end and moves along seamlessly)? Yeah, I don’t think you can beat Richard Linklater.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Will win: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Could win: Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Should win: David Oyelowo, Selma
This is probably the tightest race of the night, with feasibly anyone capable of taking home the gold. But Eddie Redmayne seems like the most likely to succeed.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Will win: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Could win: Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Should win: Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Julianne Moore will win for her performance as a woman with early on-set Alzheimer’s. She’s great in the film, and it’s just the kind of stuff that award voters eat up. If she doesn’t win, it will be a huge shocker.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Will win: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Could win: Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Should win: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Keaton (excuse the pun) soars as a washed-up actor in Birdman. Plus, the Globes (and others) love a good comeback, i.e. Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler or Eddie Murphy in Dream Girls.
Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Will win: Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Could win: Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Should win: Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Emily Blunt is a Globes favorite. She received her first two of five nominations eight years ago for The Devil Wears Prada and the TV film Gideon’s Daughter, the latter of which she won. Besides, the rest of women here don’t shine quite as bright and don’t stand a chance.
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Will win: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Could win: Edward Norton, Birdman
Should win: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Simmons is a lock and he deserves it. His sadistic terror of a music teacher will be remembered.
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Will win: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Could win: Emma Stone, Birdman
Should win: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Yes, Boyhood is about Mason, but Arquette anchors the film with her heart-rending performance as Mason’s mother. She’s already cleaned up awards so far. So she’s your best bet.
Best Animated Feature Film
Will win: The LEGO Movie
Could win: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Should win: The LEGO Movie
With no Pixar or foreign animation film here, this is definitely The LEGO Movie‘s to lose. There’s not a whole lot more to say than that.
Best Foreign Language Film
Will win: Ida
Could win: Leviathan
Should win: Ida
These are always a tough call, because sometimes it doesn’t seem like they pick the best quality film. They pick a different country each year kind of thing (well, that’s how the Academy does it). But if I had to pick one I would definitely go with Ida.
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Will win: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Could win: Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Should win: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
With original and adapted screenplays merged into one at the Globes, it makes it all the more tough of a race to predict. But I’d say Wes Anderson should pull off the win for his sharply written and paced The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
Will win: “Glory” by John Legend and Common, Selma
Could win: “Big Eyes” by Lana Del Rey, Big Eyes
Should win: “Glory” by John Legend and Common, Selma
While I was really hoping “Everything is Awesome” from The LEGO Movie was here, John Legend and Common’s Selma track “Glory” is a damn good tune.
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Will win: Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Could win: Antonio Sánchez, Birdman
Should win: Antonio Sánchez, Birdman
Antonio Sánchez was disqualified from the Oscar race for reasons that seem ridiculous. In a statement, Sánchez said “the disqualification seems to stem from the perception that my score was diluted by the incidental music on the film.” So it is my hope that the Globes give the Oscars the middle finger like they did when they gave Ben Affleck the Best Director award for Argo (while the Academy didn’t even nominate him).