If you're like me, you love the Golden Globes because they're the most fun of all the award shows, with the most star-packed guest list of any event all year. I will never forget the moment I found myself sandwiched between Elton John and Billy Bob Thornton in the men's room line during a commercial break one year.
This year's ceremony is just days away--be sure to tune in to NBC on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 8p.m. ET/5p.m. PT for all the action. I will be offering my winner predictions on LXTV's live Golden Globe red carpet show, which will air on select NBC stations at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. Then I will be inside the Beverly Hilton ballroom tweeting all the behind-the-scenes action, so follow me on Twitter @davekarger for my updates.
In the meantime, here are the five categories to watch out for during the awards.
BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
With the most Globe nominations of any film this year, Lincoln is certainly the movie to beat here. But Argo and Zero Dark Thirty are threats to upset it, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association also has a thing for Django Unchained. A victory for the Tarantino film is possible, and would be the shock of the night.
BEST MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY/MUSICAL
This is clearly a competition between two very different films: the intimate character piece Silver Linings Playbook and the sprawling musical Les Misérables. It feels crazy even to compare them. But in a tight race, the Globes favor the grand, so the edge goes to Les Miz.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Of all the film races, this is the one that seems the most foregone. Will Les Miz costar Anne Hathaway begin her podium domination like Octavia Spencer did last year? Or will an upset victory by someone like Lincoln's Sally Field slow her momentum?
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin, Tommy Lee Jones, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, or Philip Seymour Hoffman? Your guess is as good as mine. No one is out in front in this category so literally any one of these five guys could win. Right now I'd say it's DiCaprio. But I still can't believe Robert De Niro didn't make the cut.
I love that fact that Ben Affleck is up against the four powerhouses of Bigelow, Tarantino, Spielberg and Lee. Wouldn't it be crazy if he pulled out the win? Considering the way the HFPA likes to spread the wealth, it could happen.
For more info about the contenders at this year's Golden Globes, check out my Fandango original series The Frontrunners, which features interviews with nominees including Hugh Jackman, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Richard Gere, and John Hawkes.