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Best Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook
Deserves to Win: Arguably Wes Anderson’s finest live action film to date, Moonrise Kingdom is both wryly funny and sweetly moving. It’s got a great soundtrack, too.
Will Win: While one should never count out Harvey Weinstein — who is buddy-buddy with the HFPA — Hugh Jackman and the rest of Les Misérables' singing cast seems likely to drown out the dancing fools at the center of the Weinstein-backed Silver Linings Playbook.
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.
For his third time in the director’s chair, Ben Affleck was finally matched up with the right script and delivered a crackerjack political thriller that hearkens back to the genre’s ’70s heyday. The climactic escape sequence at the Iranian airport is arguably 2012’s most tense and satisfying set-piece.
Read more: Year in Review 2012: Our Favorite Movies