A bunch of analysts who are artistes at praising crappy films have weighed in on this year’s Golden Globes nominations, and who they believe will win.  You can find them at this link.  

The “pundits” are Lane Brown (Vulture, New York Magazine), Erik Davis (Cinematical), Edward Douglas (ComingSoon.net), Scott Feinberg (AndTheWinnerIs), Marshall Fine (Star Magazine, Hollywood and Fine), Pete Hammond (Notes on a Season, The Envelope), Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly), Kevin Lewin (World Entertainment News Network), Guy Lodge (InContention), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Sam Rubin (KTLA), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere), Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today).

Here are some lowlights:

“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds” – Lodge
“Up in the Air” – Brown, Douglas, Feinberg, Fine, Karger, Lewin, Rubin, Stone
“Avatar” – Davis, Hammond, Musto, Travers, Wells, Wloszczyna

Okay… sure, Avatar is pretty looking, and it’s got some amazing technological power behind it, but best drama?!  Fo realz?  It’s not even best animated film of the year (because, come on, it’s mostly animated).  I haven’t seen Up in the Air yet, but I’m already rooting for it.  Then there’s that tiny part of me that would love to see Inglourious Basterds win.  Anything but Avatar, please.

Emily Blunt, “The Young Victoria”
Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side” – Douglas, Fine, Hammond, Lewin, Rubin, Travers, Wloszczyna
Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education” – Brown, Davis, Feinberg, Karger, Lodge, Musto, Stone, Wells
Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious”

Yep.  Highest-grossing actress of the year in a “heart-wrenching drama in which a sassy white woman adopts a poor black boy and helps make his dreams come true (and did we mention it’s based on a true story?!)” film of course means that something or someone is going to get a nomination.  Just ask Clint Eastwood.  He’s been doing this stuff for years.

“The Hangover” – Lewin, Wells
“It’s Complicated” – Fine, Hammond, Lodge, Rubin
“Julie & Julia” – Douglas, Musto, Wloszczyna
“Nine” – Brown, Davis, Feinberg, Stone
“(500) Days of Summer” – Karger, Travers

So, what I’m inferring here is that absolutely no one knows what film is going to win Best Comedy/Musical.  Gotcha.  My money is on (500) Days of Summer.  I’ve seen all but It’s Complicated, but I still feel like I can safely say that (500) Days is the best of the bunch.

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Nine” – Douglas, Feinberg, Karger, Lewin
Robert Downey Jr., “Sherlock Holmes” – Hammond, Musto, Rubin¸Travers, Wloszczyna
Michael Stuhlbarg, “A Serious Man” – Wells
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “(500) Days of Summer” – Fine
Matt Damon, “The Informant!” – Brown, Davis, Lodge, Stone

Sandra Bullock, “The Proposal”
Marion Cotillard, “Nine”
Meryl Streep, “It’s Complicated”
Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia” – Brown, Davis, Douglas, Feinberg, Fine, Hammond, Karger, Lewin, Lodge, Musto, Rubin, Stone, Travers, Wells, Wloszczyna
Julia Roberts, “Duplicity”

These two categories are particularly infuriating to me.  I love them, but Daniel Day-Lewis and Meryl Streep DO NOT have to be nominated for awards just because they’re Daniel Day-Lewis and Meryl Streep, and they certainly don’t have to win.  In fact, I don’t think either deserves to win for these performances.  DDL was charismatic and more than competent in Nine, but not award-worthy.  Streep did little more than an impersonation of Julia Child in Julie and Julia.  It would’ve been terrific on “Saturday Night Live,” but does it deserve an award?  No way.

“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”
“The Princess and the Frog”
“Up” – Brown, Davis¸ Douglas, Feinberg, Fine, Hammond, Karger, Lewin, Lodge, Musto, Rubin, Stone, Travers, Wells, Wloszczyna

Pixar puts out wonderful films, of course, and any other year Up would be the clear winner.  But this was a particularly strong year for animation, and I found Up to be one of the weaker films that Pixar has recently put out.  There’s also the little fact that Fantastic Mr. Fox was one of the best films of the year.  I’d even maybe go so far as to say that Coraline is more deserving than Up.  But, as opposed to Avatar‘s “Best Drama” nomination, this doesn’t tick me off that much.  Like I said, it was a great year for animated films, and Up is definitely a good film.  It’s just not the best.

Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker” – Brown, Lodge, Stone, Travers, Wells, Wloszczyna
James Cameron, “Avatar” – Douglas, Feinberg, Hammond, Karger, Lewin, Musto, Rubin
Clint Eastwood, “Invictus” 
Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air” – Fine
Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds” – Davis

I suppose that if Avatar deserves any awards, it’d be Best Director.  I don’t like the man much, but there’s no doubt that James Cameron put years of time a good amount of effort and brain-power and whatnot into that film, and it is an achievement in terms of technology and appearance, and all those SFX things I don’t understand.  That’s a part of what makes a good director, I think.  Sure, it’s not the biggest part, but I’m not going to projectile vomit or anything if Cameron nabs the award.  That said, I would be so excited if Kathryn Bigelow won this (and even more excited if she won the Oscar – she’d be the first woman to do so, and one of the few to even be nominated).  So I’d say this race is interesting.  Then you consider the fact that Cameron and Bigelow were once married, and this race turns into a veritable soap opera.

The TV noms are less exciting/infuriating, but I will say that I was surprised at the number of “pundits” who were predicting that Glee will win Best Comedy/Musical Series, and that Lea Michele will win Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Series.  I won’t complain, but it seems a bit premature.  Plus, Lea winning means no hilarious Tina Fey acceptance speech.  So if she does win, she better bring it with her acceptance speech.  I’m expecting her to perform a song from Spring Awakening or something if she plans on topping Goddess of Comedy, Tina Fey.