Best Motion Picture — Drama
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
Deserves to Win: A muscular, morally complex procedural, Zero Dark Thirty is by far the standout amongst this batch of nominated films and a movie that will resonate for years to come.
Will Win: The torture debate that has engulfed ZD30 (not to mention the fact that it won’t open in wide release until two days before the Globes telecast) will likely scare the controversy-adverse HFPA off Kathryn Bigelow’s movie and towards Ben Affleck’s Argo, a less politicized political thriller that was a big hit at the box office. Argo’s international scope will likely just put it ahead of its most serious challenger, Steven Spielberg’s slice of American history, Lincoln.