Golden Globes 2012 Predictions: Best Actor

Brad Pitt and ‘The Artist’ star Jean Dujardin are our picks for Drama and Comedy prizes.
By Kara Warner
Brad Pitt in “Moneyball”
Photo: Columbia TriStar We only have a couple of days until the madness of Sunday’s Golden Globes is upon us and we (hopefully) get unpredictable acceptance speeches, winners and wardrobe choices. Until that big day, we can only make predictions as to who will take home the coveted trophies. Here are our thoughts on the categories of Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. Best Actor – Drama
This category pits a pair of attractive, buzz-worthy superstars-in-the-making against three classically handsome and universally beloved leading men. Because these awards are handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press, which is a small group of seasoned international journalists, they tend to award old favorites versus new blood. Who Will Win: Brad Pitt for “Moneyball,” not only because he is a critical and collective favorite, but because he hasn’t attended the show or been nominated since 2009 for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Who Should Win: Pitt or George Clooney for “The Descendants.” Ryan Gosling (“The Ides of March”) and Michael Fassbender (“Shame”) definitely deserve to win at some point, and they will — just not this year. Leonardo DiCaprio is also in the mix for “J. Edgar.” Best Actor – Comedy or Musical
One thing we appreciate most about the Globes is the recognition of films in the Comedy or Musical genre; too often these types of films get overlooked by other awards shows when they deserve as much attention as the dramatic pieces. And while the nominated performances in the category this year cannot be categorized as full-on comedies or musicals, they are decidedly lighter films, with dramatic elements woven in. An eclectic bunch, to say the least. Who Will Win: Jean Dujardin for “The Artist.” Remember this is the Hollywood Foreign Press we’re talking about, and “The Artist” is a wonderfully well-received foreign film. In black-and-white. With no dialogue. It is artsy cinematic goodness, the HFPA’s favorite. Dujardin is a slam-dunk. Who Should Win: Dujardin, followed very, very closely by Joseph Gordon-Levitt for his wonderful warm and moving portrayal of a young cancer survivor in “50/50.” Similar to what was mentioned about Gosling and Fassbender in the Drama categories, Gordon-Levitt definitely has a Globe win in his future. For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit

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