Motion Picture, DramaAnd I'm sick already. I have seen all the nominees (The Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The King's Speech, The Social Network). I would love to see The King's Speech win, but I'm thinking The Social Network might win since it's sooo Hollywood.
Motion Picture, Comedy/MusicalInteresting category. I guess they don't want to lump musicals in with dramas? I will choose the only movie nominated in this category that I have seen: The Kids Are All Right. Also nominated: Alice in Wonderland, Burlesque, Red, The Tourist.
Actor, Motion Picture DramaLove Colin Firth's performance in The King's Speech, but I think I'll go with James Franco in 127 Hours. I don't usually like him, but a movie that was strictly focused on him was not only interesting, but fascinating - even though I knew the true story and how it ends. Also nominated: Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network, Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine, Mark Wahlberg - The Fighter.
Actress, Motion Picture DramaNatalie Portman. Hands down. Never have I seen someone play crazy and dance beautifully at the same time. Also nominated: Halle Berry - Frankie and Alice, Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole, Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone, Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine.
Actor, Comedy/MusicalI haven't seen any of these performances (Johnny Depp - Alice in Wonderland, Johnny Depp - The Tourist, Paul Giamatti - Barney's Version, Jake Gyllenhaal - Love and Other Drugs, Kevin Spacey - Casino Jack), but when in doubt, go with Paul Giamatti. NOTE: It sure seems like the Globes wanted Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie to boost their star power.
Actress, Comedy/MusicalI'm going to go out on a limb and say Emma Stone in Easy A. I think Annette Bening and Julianne Moore (nominated for The Kids Are All Right) will get a little more love from awards shows that don't serve booze. Also nominated: Anne Hathaway - Love and Other Drugs, Angelina Jolie - The Tourist.
Supporting Actor, MovieI want to say Geoffrey Rush for The King's Speech, but might gut tells me not to bet against Christian Bale. He was crazy good in The Fighter. Plus, he could actually kill any of the competition. Or critics. Also nominated: Michael Douglas - Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, Andrew Garfield - The Social Network, Jeremy Renner - The Town.
Supporting Actress, MovieMelissa Leo is one of the most underrated actresses out there. I hope the bad hair and high-waisted pants she wore during The Fighter at the very least earn her a Golden Globe. Also nominated: Amy Adams - The Fighter, Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech, Mila Kunis - Black Swan, Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom.
Director, MovieChristopher Nolan totally bent my brain with Inception. The other directors are very good, but they did not make me feel like I was part of the movie the way Nolan did. I'd also like to thank him for not making that movie in 3D. Also nominated: Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan, David Fincher - The Social Network, Tom Hooper - The King's Speech, David O. Russell - The Fighter.
Animated Film, MovieI haven't seen any of these, but I will choose Toy Story 3 for sentimental reasons. Also nominated: Despicable Me, How To Train Your Dragon, The Illusionist, Tangled.
Television Series, DramaI would choose Boardwalk Empire, but those shots of Steve Buscemi naked knock that. I haven't seen last season's Dexter (I don't have Showtime, so I catch it on Netflix). I love The Walking Dead, but don't feel that the super short season was award worthy. So, I'll choose Mad Men - in particular, the episode called The Suitcase. Also nominated: The Good Wife.
Actor, TV DramaOnly one actor killed it last year: Bryan Cranston. Friends, if you're not watching Breaking Bad, you're missing out on some fine television. (PS - spring for the cable, ya cheapskate, because this is where the good TV is happening). Also nominated: Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire, Michael C. Hall - Dexter, Jon Hamm - Mad Men, Hugh Laurie - House.
Actress, TV DramaOf all the nominees, I only know of Elisabeth Moss's work. I choose her - especially the performance from the above-mentioned episode of Mad Men. Also nominated: Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife, Piper Perabo - Covert Affairs, Katey Sagal - Sons of Anarchy, Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer.
Television Series, Comedy/MusicalI so love 30 Rock and Glee, but I would love to see Modern Family get some love here. This show is sweet and funny. And I love this cast most (I still ♥ Tina Fey)! Also nominated: The Big Bang Theory, The Big C, Nurse Jackie.
Actor, TV Comedy/MusicalI know Steve Carell is probably the sentimental favorite (this is his last season on The Office), but I can't choose him. The show has lost a little bit of its shine. I quit watching Hung (show a mooker - male hooker - having sex with a pregnant lady more than once and we're done), so I can't root for Thomas Jane. I don't love Matthew Morrison on Glee. Never watched The Big Bang Theory. So that leaves me with Alec Baldwin. I'm OK with that. Plus, I loved his voice over work on Great Migrations.
Actress, TV Comedy/MusicalAnd here's where I shout, "IF YOU PEOPLE DON'T GIVE THIS TO TINA FEY, I MIGHT CRY!" The reality is I won't cry. I'll just finish off whatever's left in my wine glass. Also nominated: Toni Collette - United States of Tara, Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie, Laura Linney - The Big C, Lea Michele - Glee.
Mini-Series/Motion Picture Made For Television
I've seen just two of the nominees. I did love The Pacific (though not as much as Band of Brothers). But I choose Temple Grandin. Also nominated: Carlos, Pillars of The Earth, You Don't Know Jack.
Actor, Mini-Series/Motion Picture Made For TelevisionI am oh-so-happy to see Idris Elba nominated for Luther! I could not get enough of this series on BBC America! Plus, he's such eye candy. FOCUS. Yes, his performance was awesome! Also nominated: Ian McShane - Pillars of The Earth, Al Pacino - You Don't Know Jack, Dennis Quaid - The Special Relationship, Edgar Ramirez - Carlos.
Actress, Mini-Series/Motion Picture Made For TelevisionClaire Danes. She was so great in Temple Grandin. Also nominated: Hayley Atwell - Pillars of The Earth, Judi Dench - Return to Cranford, Romola Garai - Emma, Jennifer Love Hewitt - The Client List.
Actor, Series/Mini-Series/Motion Picture Made For TelevisionI adore Eric Stonestreet's Cam on Modern Family, but I can't say that I'd still be watching Hawaii Five-O if not for Scott Caan. So how about he gets the prize so I can feel good about this? Also nominate: Chris Colfer - Glee, Chris Noth - The Good Wife, David Strathairn - Temple Grandin.
Actress, Series/Mini-Series/Motion Picture Made For TelevisionMy naughty side wants Jane Lynch to win for Glee. My silly side wants Sofia Vergara to win for Modern Family. Or at least her boobs. They totally deserve their own category. Also nominated: Hope Davis - The Special Relationship, Kelly MacDonald - Boardwalk Empire, Julia Stiles - Dexter.
Those are my picks. I plan to live blog the awards show Sunday so I don't clog up anyone's Twitter/Facebook feed with my silly comments.