Countdown to the Golden Globe Awards

With the Golden Globes only a few days away, there remain a lot of unanswered questions.  Consider this your quick primer for the things you need to know to win the office poll or impress your friends with hollywood tidbits.

#1) Who is nominated this year?

A complete list of nominees can be found on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's website - Golden Globe Nominations

A few key nominations that you should know:

Best Motion Picture - Drama; Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The King's Speech, The Social Network
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
    • Halle Berry - Frankie and Alice
    • Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole
    • Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone
    • Natalie Portman - Black Swan
    • Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
    • Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
    • Colin Firth - The King's Speech
    • James Franco - 127 Hours
    • Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine
    • Mark Wahlberg - The Fighter
Best Motion Picutre - Comedy/Musical; Alice in Wonderland, Burlesque, The Kids Are All Right, Red, The Tourist
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
    • Annette Bening - The Kids are All Right
    • Anne Hathaway - Love and Other Drugs
    • Angelina Jolie - The Tourist
    • Julianne Moore - The Kids are All Right
    • Emma Stone - Easy A
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
    • Johnny Depp - Alice in Wonderland
    • Johnny Depp - The Tourist
    • Paul Giamatti - Barney's Version
    • Jake Gyllenhaal - Love and Other Drugs
    • Kevin Spacey - Casino Jack
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
    • Amy Adams - The Fighter
    • Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech
    • Mila Kunis - Black Swan
    • Melissa Leo - The Fighter
    • Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
    • Christian Bale - The Fighter
    • Michael Douglas - Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
    • Andrew Garfield - The Social Network
    • Jeremy Renner - The Town
    • Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech
  • Best Director - Motion Picture
    • Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan
    • David Fincher - The Social Network
    • Tom Hooper - The King's Speech
    • Christopher Nolan - Inception
    • David O. Russell - The Fighter
While there are many more categories (including TV noms), all of which are important, we're going to focus on the main 9 above. 

#2) Who will win?
In a year full of big-budget movies and quiet, quirky dramas and with such a weird, split-voting situation within the supporting categories (not to mention the complete absence of Meryl), it's anybody's guess who will take home the coveted award from the HFPA.

TAO Predictions Color Guide:
To Win
Could Win / Dark Horse

The Women in the Drama category are all extremely strong contenders and really deserving of the recognition - this one is going to be tough.

The Supporting Actor in a Comedy/Drama category is almost too comical to even bother predicting so I'm leaving that one blank.  

A few FACTS that you should know for Sunday night:
  • The Cecile B. DeMille Award is being given to Robert De Niro who has been nominated for 8 Golden Globes and won 1 for Raging Bull in 1981.
  • Miss Golden Globe 2010 is Gia Mantegna who is a 20 year old actress and the daughter of Joe Mantegna who played Joey Zasa in The Godfather: Part III
  • Calvin Klein will air its first-ever fashion commercial on Sunday during the Golden Globes on NBC

#3) The Fashion
As this is really the kick-off to award season, expect the Golden Globes to set the tone for the rest of the year.  We're expecting to see (the oft popular) beading and shoulder-revealing dresses for the ladies.  Be on the look-out for jewel tones and monochromatic neutrals.  For the gents, expect the standard sophisticated looks we've seen in the past with a bit more of a fitted, designer edge this year.

The Hollywood Reporter has a great article about "The Psychology of the Dress" - check it out here.

#4) Last, but not least...The Talent
This year THR had some great roundtable events with the men and women of the 2010 award season.  Here's a great glimpse of into some conversations with today's strongest talent:

Check back next week to see how The Aesthetic Omnivore did in predicting the winners!  Be sure to tune in to the Golden Globes - Sunday on NBC.

Enjoy the show!

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