When it comes to the Best Screenplay award for the Golden Globes, things run a bit differently. You'll notice that the Oscar's have two screenplay categories - one for original and one for adapted screenplay. However, the Globes focus mainly on original screenplays because, well, that's what they do. So here are my somewhat ridiculous predictions for the Best Screenplay award at this year's Golden Globes...

The Nominees:

  1. Match Point - Woody Allen's film opened up with an amazing line that I cannot, for the life of me, get off my mind: "The man who said I'd rather be lucky than good saw deeply into life." If you haven't seen the film, then this line really makes no sense whatsoever. But afterwards, it leaves you thinking a million different thoughts, all of which leave you remembering the film over and over again. Although it's a great script, it drags at times and may be a bit too "conversational" to win the Globe.
  2. Good Night, and Good Luck - George Clooney's second directorial effort may in fact be his best, as Good Night, and Good Luck is nominated for everything this year. Story follows Edward R. Murrow and producer Fred Friendly's quest to expose one of the more controversial senators in American history, Joseph McCarthy. While the film is great, if Clooney and company are to win anything, it will be one of the bigger awards.
  3. Crash - I think I loved Magnolia even more the second time around when they re-cast it and changed the title to Crash. How about you? Paul Haggis wrote and directed this film that follows a non-linear structure, while circling a bunch of characters connected through racial issues. Oh yeah, this one certainly does preach. However, it's somewhat compelling to watch the drama unfold. Okay, it's creative. Note I said creative, not different.
  4. Munich - Tony Kushner and Eric Roth wrote the script for Steven Spielberg's latest, the story of a group of assassins sent to knock off those believed to be invovled in the 1972 massacre of Israeli athletes at the Olympics. When I see Spielberg's name on a list of nominees, I somewhat feel he was thrown a bone this year. I don't think Munich will win a damn thing. What about you?
  5. Brokeback Mountain - Ah, the gay cowboy flick everyone keeps talking about. Brokeback Mountain is one of the more controversial films to appear at awards time in recent years. This one will have a ton of support coming from a variety of areas, but I'm not sure anyone has enough balls (excuse the pun) to actually give this one the gold. If it wins, it's going to win big. I'm talking Best Director and Best Picture big. It needs to win to make a statement. Best Screenplay doesn't make a statement. In fact, everyone will forget who won in this category immediately after a winner is chosen.

My Prediction to win:

  • Crash - Look, the Golden Globes love to favor the creatively inventive films. While the others in this category are nominated in bigger, more important areas, Crash is hanging on to Best Screenplay like a teenage boy with his first porno mag. No brainer here - Crash to win.