As you probably know, the Golden Globes were last night. While many of the categories went the way that they'd been expected to, there were a few surprises. Although a Golden Globe win doesn't always directly translate into an Oscar, there are a few things we can take from the show last night that will help with handicapping the Oscar race.
- As a result of her 2 Golden Globe wins last night, Kate Winslet's chances just got that much stronger. She'd already cemented herself in the Supporting race, but now I think her chances in the Best Actress race are a lot better now. She's still going to have to go through Sally Hawkins and Meryl Streep, but it is possible.
- The stigma against deceased actors winning Oscars got a little smaller with Heath Ledger's win at the Globes last night.
- In case you hadn't already realized it, Slumdog Millionaire is now the heavy favorite in the Best Picture and Best Director races. There's still a ton of time between now and the Oscar telecast on February 22, but all the momentum is its corner. Consider this: Slumdog Millionaire won 4 Golden Globes last night. Frost/Nixon: 0. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: 0. Doubt: 0. Those are some heavy duty competitors, and Slumdog held every last one of 'em off.
We'll see . . .