2007_01_arts_goldenglobe.jpgThe Hollywood Foreign Press Association voting pool for the Golden Globes only consists of 83 members, but every year their mainstream tastes become one of the potential early prognosticators for the Emmys and the Oscars. Over in Beverly Hills today, the stylists are putting the finishing touches on the stars' couture, that long red carpet is being laid and some assistant is double checking the seals on the envelopes. Here in New York of course, we get to play the more enviable armchair critic job hashing out who might be taking home this year's statues after tonight's telecast [8 - 11 pm on NBC].

A few thoughts on some of the big categories in television and movies:

Best Motion Picture - Drama
Babel, Bobby, The Departed, Little Children, The Queen
There's a lot of force behind The Queen, but surely Babel couldn't have garnered 7 nominations, the most of any film this year, and not get Best Picture?

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Borat, The Devil Wears Prada, Dreamgirls, Little Miss Sunshine, Thank You For Smoking
The Foreign Press loves a stirring Musical with the divas, so expect to see Dreamgirls go home with it.

Best Foreign Language Film
Apocalypto, Letters From Iwo Jima, The Lives of Others, Pan's Labyrinth, Volver
Even though it was directed by an American director in Japan, Letters could get the nod here since it's not in the Best Drama category but it will probably go to the critic's fave Pan's Labyrinth.

Best Director
Clint Eastwood (Flags of Our Fathers), Clint Eastwood (Letters From Iwo Jima), Stephen Frears (The Queen), Alejandro Inarritu (Babel), Martin Scorsese (The Departed)
The Oscars don't allow the same nominee to compete with themselves in the same category, so will Clint cancel out Clint at the Globes? Probably, and suspect it'll be HPFA's beloved Marty who is the big winner.

Best Television Series - Drama
24, Big Love, Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, Lost
Even though so many love 24's edge-of-your-seat drama, it'll probably go to freshman series Heroes.

Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical
Desperate Housewives, Entourage, The Office, Ugly Betty, Weeds
Looks like a tough competition between Ugly Betty and The Office but suspect Steve Carrel's show will take it home.

There's also the question of the many actor prizes, lead plus supporting in both the Drama and Comedy/Musical categories of tv and movies. Our crystal ball sees Sacha Baron Cohen (Best Actor in Comedy/Musical), Jennifer Hudson (Best Supporting Actress in Comedy/Musical), Helen Mirren (Best Actress in Drama) and Forest Whitaker (Best Actor in Drama) holding globes with huge grins plastered across their faces.

The full list of the nominees is on the HFPA site, and you can see what some of the experts like Dave Karger at Entertainment Weekly or Michael Ausiello at TV Guide think.