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Off the top of my head, I can't tell you which film won big at last year's Golden Globes. What I do remember quite vividly, however, is host Ricky Gervais drinking beer, promoting his DVDs, and taking pot shots at Mel Gibson seconds before the fallen star walked on stage. I loved every minute of it. The British actor/comedian is always unpredictable, and will nine times out of ten nail a joke even if the joke misses. His sarcastic wit and delivery felt at home last year on the always unpredictable Globes -- the self-professed "party of the year" -- and will again I'm sure when he comes back for seconds this Sunday for the 68th Annual Golden Globes.

Gervais will only be part of the fun. For decades, the Globes has been the best telecast of any award show. While the winners are always a bit offbeat (um, remember the year Scent of a Woman won Best Picture?), the show itself always flows nicely, and with the booze flowing nicely at each table, you're always guaranteed a hilarious, touching, or awkward moment will happen... just ask Ving Rhames or Christine Lahti. In any event, this year's Globe should be fun. Here are my prediction for the night's winners -- expect some surprises.

Best Motion Picture -- Drama
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The King's Speech
The Social Network

Will Win: The Social Network
Could Upset: The Fighter

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

Will Win: Natalie Portman
Could Upset: Doubtful, but Kidman or Lawrence

Best 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

Will Win: Colin Firth
Could Upset: James Franco

Best Motion Picture - Comedy
Alice in Wonderland
Burlesque
The Kids Are All Right
Red
The Tourist

Will Win: The Kids Are All Right
Could Upset: This is the most embarrassing category - hands down Kids wins

Best Actress - Comedy
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

Will Win: Annette Bening
Could Upset: Julianne Moore

Best Actor - Comedy
Johnny Depp - Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp - The Tourist
Paul Giamatti - Barney's Version
Jake Gyllenhaal - Love And Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey - Casino Jack

Will Win: Johnny Depp - Alice in Wonderland
Could Upset: Again, a weak category but Paul Giamatti has the best shot

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

Will Win: Helena Bonham Carter to honor her career
Could Upset: Melissa Leo

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale - The Fighter
Michael Douglas - Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Andrew Garfield - The Social Network
Jeremy Renner - The Town
Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech

Will Win: Christian Bale
Could Upset: Geoffrey Rush

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

Will Win: Toy Story 3
Could Upset: Despicable Me, but don't count on it. TS3 is a sure bet.

Best Foreign Language Film
Biutiful (Mexico, Spain)
The Concert (France)
The Edge (Russia)
I Am Love (Italy)
In A Better World (Denmark)

Will Win: Biutiful
Could Upset: I Am Love

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

Will Win: David Fincher
Could Upset: Christopher Nolan

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Simon Beaufoy, Danny Boyle - 127 Hours
Christopher Nolan - Inception
Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko - The Kids Are All Right
David Seidler - The King's Speech
Aaron Sorkin - The Social Network

Will Win: The Social Network
Could Upset: Inception, but doubtful

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

Will Win: The Social Network
Could Upset: Inception

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
"Bound To You" - Burlesque
"Coming Home" - Country Strong
"I See The Light" - Tangled
"There's A Place For Us" - Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader
"You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me" - Burlesque

Will Win: Tangled
Could Upset: Um, one of the schticky Burlesque numbers?

Best Television Series - Drama
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Dexter (SHOWTIME)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Mad Men (AMC)
The Walking Dead (AMC)

Will Win: Boardwalk Empire if only because GG got there first
Could Upset: Not so much an upset, but Mad Men could take this again

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife (CBS)
Elisabeth Moss - Mad Men (AMC)
Piper Perabo - Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal - Sons Of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer (TNT)

Will Win: Kyra Sedgwick
Could Upset: Julianna Margulies

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Drama

Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall - Dexter (SHOWTIME)
Jon Hamm - Mad Men (AMC)
Hugh Laurie - House (FOX)

Will Win: Bryan Cranston
Could Upset: Steve Buscemi

Best Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
30 Rock (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
The Big C (Showtime)
Glee (FOX)
Modern Family (ABC)
Nurse Jackie (SHOWTIME)

Will Win: Modern Family
Could Upset: Glee

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
Toni Collette - United States Of Tara (SHOWTIME)
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie (SHOWTIME)
Tina Fey - 30 Rock (NBC)
Laura Linney - The Big C (Showtime)
Lea Michele - Glee (FOX)

Will Win: Laura Linney
Could Upset: Lea Michele

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock (NBC)
Steve Carell - The Office (NBC)
Thomas Jane - Hung (HBO)
Matthew Morrison - Glee (FOX)
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Will Win: Steve Carell
Could Upset: Jim Parsons

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
Carlos (Sundance C)
The Pacific (HBO)
Pillars Of The Earth (STARZ)
Temple Grandin (HBO)
You Don't Know Jack (HBO)

Will Win: Temple Grandin
Could Upset: The Pacific

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hayley Atwell - Pillars Of The Earth (STARZ)
Claire Danes - Temple Grandin (HBO)
Judi Dench - Return To Cranford
Romola Garai - Emma
Jennifer Love Hewitt - The Client List

Will Win: Claire Danes
Could Upset: Judi Dench

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Idris Elba - Luther
Ian McShane - Pillars Of The Earth (STARZ)
Al Pacino - You Don't Know Jack (HBO)
Dennis Quaid - The Special Relationship
Edgar Ramirez - Carlos (Sundance C)

Will Win: Edgar Ramirez
Could Upset: Al Pacino

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture
Made for Television
Hope Davis - The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch - Glee (FOX)
Kelly MacDonald - Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Julia Stiles - Dexter (SHOWTIME)
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family (ABC)

Will Win: Sofia Vergara
Could Upset: Jane Lynch

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Scott Caan - Hawaii Five-O
Chris Colfer - Glee (FOX)
Chris Noth - The Good Wife (CBS)
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family (ABC)
David Strathairn - Temple Grandin (HBO)

Will Win: Chris Colfer
Could Upset: Eric Stonestreet