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{random film-ness} Golden Globes Drama Watch List

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The Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 13th. Take a look at the nominees and then get in the mood by watching recent winners!

This year, Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty are up for the Best Motion Picture – Drama award. Before you fill out your Golden Globes pool ballot, check out these recent winners for context.

2012: The Descendants

The Descendants was a well-written and fantastically acted drama about a man whose world falls apart…and how his family helps him put it back together. As a bonus,  you get gorgeous AND authentic Hawaiian scenery. Directed by Alexander Payne (Sideways), adapted from Kaul Hart Hemmings’s book by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash. Starring George Clooney and Shailene Woodley. Watch it now on Amazon Instant ($12.99 to buy)

2011: The Social Network

The Social Network was also a screenwriter’s dream of a film, filled with snappy dialogue and tons of dramatic tension, despite the fact that the plot was based on the not-so-charismatic-in-real-life Mark Zuckerberg and his legal troubles. Directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo), adapted from Ben Merzrich’s book by Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, Moneyball), starring Jesse Eisenberg. Watch it now on Amazon Instant ($7.99 to buy).

2010: Avatar

But back in 2010, the Globes chose blockbuster spectacle and technical achievement over screenwriting with Avatar‘s win (it beat out Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds, Up in the Air, and Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire). The 3-D wonder  was written and directed by James Cameron (Titanic, The Terminator) and starred Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver. See it now on Amazon Instant ($10.99 to buy).

My two cents: Based on how the Golden Globes have been crowning writerly choices the past two years, my bet is on Zero Dark Thirty. I haven’t seen the film yet, but there’s a lot of buzz about the long, shadowy and filled-with-CIA-access path writer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) and director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) took to craft the story.

Who gets your Golden Globes vote for best drama?

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Sarah Magill

Sarah Magill has a full-time movie habit made possible by a day-time greeting card writing gig. She blogs at Gimme Some Film and is learning to write scripts and direct. She tries to balance her screen obsession with trail running, jazz singing, book clubbing, and hanging out with The Best Golden Retriever Ever, Copa.

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  1. Still need to see Django & Zero Dark Thirty, but of the other three, I’d vote for Lincoln by a large margin.

    • Seeing Django ASAP, still need to see Argo. Of the other three it’s Zero Dark Thirty by a wiiiiiiide margin. Writing about it soon. It’s amazing.