The Golden Globes ceremony is celebrated for its informal, bacchanal qualities — and derided for its small, less-than-Oscar-like voting body. But when the ceremony kicks off on NBC Sunday night, it will offer some meaty awards story lines, both for the Globes themselves and the season that continues after the show ends. Herewith, a handful to watch.
Picture perfect. Often it’s best drama that grabs all the attention at the Globes, since that solidifies a front-runner for the Oscars. But “Lincoln,” which is a favorite to win best drama at the Globes, is already an Oscar front-runner. The juice comes with comedy/musical, where “Silver Linings Playbook,” an Oscar challenger to “Lincoln,” is nominated at the Globes. If the David O. Russell dramedy can pull off the win tonight, it will establish itself as a solid alternative to the Spielberg history piece. If “Silver Linings” can’t upset “Les Miserables,” the favorite in their Globes category, “Lincoln” will even further widen its Oscar lead.
Actress action. Jessica Chastain is a favorite at both the Globes and the Oscars for her turn as a headstrong CIA agent in terrorist manhunt pic “Zero Dark Thirty.” But to win the Globe for best drama actress she’ll have to vanquish four actresses of the type Globes voters love: non-Americans with deep resumes (non-Americans have won as often as Americans in this Globes category over the last six years). Marion Cotillard, Helen Mirren, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz are Chastain’s competition, and any of them, except maybe Weisz, has a reasonable shot of taking the prize. That would be a blow to Chastain's Oscar chances, though she'll remain the front-runner.