Golden Globes 2012 Predictions: Best Picture

‘The Artist’ and ‘The Descendants’ seem poised to take home top prizes, but MTV News has some different suggestions.
By Eric Ditzian
Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo in “The Artist”
Photo: Weinstein Company MTV News has already made its pick for the Best Movie of 2011. But “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” for some bizarre and troubling reason, didn’t make the cut for the folks in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, even though 10 films were nominated across two categories. Thus, tonight’s Golden Globes celebration will not bestow its ultimate prize upon David Fincher’s sizzling exploration of Swedish sex, psychology and sadism. But there remain many worthy contenders facing off on Globe night. Which films will triumph? Check out our picks and our unrealistic wishes below: Best Picture – Musical or Comedy
We remain baffled by the adulation for “Midnight in Paris,” a film whose fantastical exploration of Paris in the 1920s is more cliché-ridden than your average GOP primary stump speech. And how “My Week With Marilyn,” despite an admirably imitative performance from Michelle Williams, snuck into this category would be a question we’d ask if the extent of HFPA’s corruption weren’t a matter of public record. We’ve got no beef with the rest of the nominees, especially considering “50/50” and “Bridesmaids” both ended up on MTV’s year-end list. Alas, neither is likely to win. Who Will Win: For anyone who thought “The Hurt Locker” and its sub-$20 million box-office haul made for too populist an awards-season darling, meet “The Artist,” a silent, black-and-white film that has so far reeled in less than $8 million domestically. Who Should Win: Any human who tells you “Bridesmaids” wasn’t the funniest movie of 2011 is either a liar or dead inside. Or a producer of “The Artist.” Kristen Wiig drunkenly romping around an airplane? Maya Rudolph pooping in the street while clad in a wedding dress? Jon Hamm offering up the most lovably hateable douche bag in recent cinematic memory? That’s a whole lot of win. Too bad HFPA won’t agree. Best Picture – Drama
This category could turn any which way Sunday. A surging “Help” took home the most prizes at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on Thursday. Not that the CCMAs are a terribly good predictor of the Globes. What’s more, “The Help” is likely going to triumph in the acting categories rather than Best Picture. When George Clooney is in the mix, you can never count out one of his films, so “The Descendants” could pull off an eyebrow-raising win. The same can be said for legends like Martin Scorsese (“Hugo”) and Steven Spielberg (“War Horse”). Anything. Can. Happen. Who Will Win: People love Clooney. And movies about families dealing with grief. And Clooney. Why people don’t love Matt Damon and his similarly themed “We Bought a Zoo” as much remains a mystery. “Descendants” will take this one home. Who Should Win: Um, “Dragon Tattoo”? Or “Drive”? Right, those films didn’t get nominations. “Moneyball” is an exceedingly ordinary baseball movie, “War Horse” is just too silly at its core to take seriously (even though it did reduce us to tears before the credits rolled), and “Help,” as stellar as its individual performances were, just didn’t wow us as a whole. Scorsese’s “Hugo” is the last film remaining standing. We’re cool with that. Stick with MTV News all night for the 2012 Golden Globes winners, and don’t miss all the fashion from the Golden Globes red carpet! For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit

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