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2011 Golden Globes predictions: Who will win?

Joel D. Amos is a Los Angeles-based writer, and the Senior Entertainment Editor here at SheKnows. He has interviewed numerous celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Katherine Heigl, Rachel McAdams, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaw...

Who should win vs who will win!

The 2011 Golden Globe Awards will be handed out January 16 with host Ricky Gervais holding fort at the Beverly Hilton.

The Social Network

As SheKnows has done for four years straight with phenomenal success, if we say so ourselves, we make our predictions for the Golden Globes broken down into two parts: Who will win and who should win!

BEST PICTURE, DRAMA

Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The King's Speech
The Social Network

Who will win: The Social Network
Who should win: The Social Network

The Social Network has been cleaning up on the critic's awards throughout awards season and The Golden Globes should be no different.

BEST PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Alice in Wonderland
Burlesque
The Kids Are All Right
Red
The Tourist

Who will win: The Kids Are All Right
Who should win: The Kids Are All Right

The Kids Are All Right is one of the best movies of the year, whether it's a drama, musical or comedy! Plus, given the competition, this category is a sure thing.

BEST DIRECTOR

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David O. Russell, The Fighter

Who will win: David Fincher, The Social Network
Who should win: David Fincher, The Social Network

Since The Social Network is going to win the top prize, look for its acclaimed director to finally get his golden trophy.

Colin FirthBEST ACTOR, DRAMA

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Who will win: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Who should win: Colin Firth, The King's Speech

Colin Firth, like The Social Network, has been sweeping the awards circuit, so look for the British actor's luck to continue. Interesting fact is last year, the fight was between Jeff Bridges and Colin Firth for Best Actor. Looks like Firth has got this one in the bag!

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA

Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Who will win: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Who should win: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Natalie Portman turned in the most powerful performance of the year, perhaps by either an actress or an actor.

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

Who will win: Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version
Who should win: Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version

This is a strange category in terms of who's nominated. Johnny Depp is nominated twice in movies that were not well received by the critics who essentially cast the votes. Jake Gyllenhaal was also widely panned in Love and Other Drugs. So, that leaves the race between Kevin Spacey and Paul Giamatti. Given the Golden Globes affinity for Giamatti, score this one for him.

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Annette Bening

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone, Easy A

Who will win: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Who should win: Emma Stone, Easy A

Although Annette Bening will take the prize, Emma Stone should receive this one because of her "announcement" as a Hollywood player with her incredible turn in Easy A. But, we love Bening and think awarding her a Golden Globe for her stellar performance in The Kids Are All Right is totally deserved.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Christian Bale, The Fighter
Michael Douglas, Wall Street 2
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

Who will win: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Who should win: Christian Bale, The Fighter

The Fighter is an ensemble piece, yet of all the fine performances in the flick, none can touch the harrowing turn by Christian Bale. Although, Geoffrey Rush comes in a close second.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Who will win: Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Who should win: Amy Adams, The Fighter

Amy Adams broke stereotype with her role in The Fighter as the girlfriend of Mark Wahlberg's boxer. She went toe-to-toe with the best in Christian Bale in turning in a powerful performance in an equally powerful film. But, when it comes to winning a Golden Globe, look for Mila Kunis to score her first for making Natalie Portman a little nuts in Black Swan.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Despicable Me
How To Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Tangled
Toy Story 3

How to Train Your DragonWho will win: Toy Story 3
Who should win: Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 is considered one of the year's most well-reviewed films. There is no reason it shouldn't sweep this category all season.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Biutiful
The Concert
The Edge
I Am Love
In A Better World

Who will win: Biutiful
Who should win: Biutiful

Based solely on the astounding work Javier Bardem did in Biutiful look for the Spanish film to take the prize.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Alexandre Desplat, The King's Speech
Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland
A.R. Rahman, 127 Hours
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
Hans Zimmer, Inception

Who will win: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
Who should win: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network

Trent Reznor's first foray into scoring for film should result in not only a Golden Globe, but also an Oscar. Mark my words!

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Bound to You, Burlesque
Coming Home, Country Strong
I See the Light, Tangled
There's A Place For Us, Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
You Haven't Seen the Last of Me, Burlesque

Who will win: I See the Light, Tangled
Who should win: Coming Home, Country Strong

Given that this is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association voting on these awards, look for them to turn against the stellar Country Strong song in favor of the more traditional Disney song from Tangled.

Up next...our predictions for the Golden Globe TV awards!

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