USER POLL: You Predict the 2010 Golden Globe Award Winners!

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Photo: Hollywood Foreign Press Association

It’s that time of year and it’s about time we begin focusing on the first major awards show of 2010 as the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be held this coming Sunday, January 17 and once again I will be here live-blogging the festivities and updating the winners as they are announced, but before all that happens we have some predicting to do.

Along with my predictions and a very brief commentary below I have added a poll for all 14 film categories. I will be leaving the polling open until the end of the day Friday (midnight PST) and will post the results on the site on Saturday morning followed by live-blogging of the 2010 Golden Globes starting sometime around 4:30 PST on Sunday. This is the first year since I can remember that the Globes will be live on both coasts so stay tuned to this spot for all of your up-to-date Golden Globe coverage.

For now, make your predictions for the 2010 Golden Globe Awards!

BEST ACTOR (DRAMA)

MY PICK: George Clooney, Up in the Air

I wanted to put Jeff Bridges down, but the Hollywood Foreign Press panders so hard to the Hollywood elite I can’t help but feel Clooney’s name is the one that’s going to be called. Of course, I think the award should go to Firth hands down, but I don’t get a vote.

BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA)

MY PICK: Carey Mulligan, An Education

My guess is Mulligan still has enough juice to pull this off, but I wouldn’t at all be surprised to hear Sidibe or even Bullock’s names called.

BEST ACTOR (COMEDY/MUSICAL)

MY PICK: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 500 Days of Summer

This seems like a risky pick, but looking over the list of nominees it seems like the only logical one. Sure, Damon could take it and I am sure there is a faction out there rooting for a Stuhlbarg upset, but I’m going with JGL.

BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY/MUSICAL)

MY PICK: Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia

Did you see Sandra Bullock’s cute little comment on what she’s going to do once Meryl takes this one home? Watch it here.

SUPPORTING ACTOR

MY PICK: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Waltz appears to be working with the same mojo Heath Ledger had in the Supporting Actor category last year and I don’t see any of the other nominees in this category challenging him.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

MY PICK: Mo’Nique, Precious

Mo’Nique seems to have had this category locked up since last January. Now that is quite a run.

DIRECTOR

MY PICK: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

Bigelow’s domination of the precursor awards handed out by the critical elite over the past month has been impressive and other than the nagging feeling Tarantino could take this one home, I’m going with Bigelow for now.

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

MY PICK: The White Ribbon

The White Ribbon seems like the safe and logical choice. Many people like it and it seems it’s been seen by more people. Personally A Prophet (my my review.

ORIGINAL SCORE

MY PICK: Karen O. and Carter Burwell, Where The Wild Things Are

I wasn’t a fan of any of last year’s scores so this was a toss-up for me with the Wild Things score coming out on top.

ORIGINAL SONG

MY PICK: “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart

I chose “The Weary Kind” primarily because without the songs in Crazy Heart and Bridges’s performance this film would have felt like the cliched story it is. The song-writing is superb and it deserves the recognition I expect it will get.

SCREENPLAY

MY PICK: Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

My pick is for Tarantino’s Basterds, but my confidence in that pick is lacking. Should Mark Boal or Jason Reitman hear their names called on Sunday it wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

ANIMATED FILM

Photo: Focus Features / Fox Searchlight / Columbia Pictures / Walt Disney Pictures / Pixar

MY PICK: Up

I wanted to put Fantastic Mr. Fox and if it ends up winning I will be so very happy I got this one wrong. Not because I don’t like Up, I do, but just because Fox is a better film.

BEST PICTURE (COMEDY/MUSICAL)

Photo: The Weinstein Co. / Universal / Columbia Pictures / Warner Bros. / Fox Searchlight

MY PICK: 500 Days of Summer

I think this one is between 500 Days of Summer and The Hangover. I guess it just depends on the HFPA’s sense of humor.

BEST PICTURE (DRAMA)

Photo: 20th Century Fox / Summit Entertainment / The Weinstein Co. / Paramount Pictures / Lionsgate

MY PICK: The Hurt Locker

Just like Bigelow’s domination from a director standpoint, the film itself has enjoyed quite a run leading up to the big shows and I can’t deny it now even if it seems it will be in a hard fought battle with Avatar and Up in the Air for the Oscar. That said, there isn’t a single film out of these five that would necessarily surprise me if they won on Sunday. Some obviously have the perceived advantage, but all five have been appreciated throughout the award season.

See you back here on Sunday for the Golden Globes!