Well, what a shame. The never-ending writers’ strike has not only robbed us of an exciting season of 24, but now the Golden Globes as well. Of course, in recent years, the Golden Globes has lost some of its luster, due to the emergence of other awards shows and the Hollywood Foreign Press’ embrace of films that don’t fare so well at the Oscars. Still, a win at the Globes, particularly in the acting categories, gives a contender a solid boost. And who can forget such memorable moments as Jamie Foxx’s moving tribute to his late grandmother and Steve Carell’s hilarious speech written by “his wife.” This year, all eyes are on “Atonement,” which led the nominations and due to its lack of guild support, may need a Best Picture Drama win to keep it in the hunt for an Academy Award Best Picture nomination. Same goes for “Sweeney Todd.” The HFP can really shake things up by awarding those two films, or it can go the conventional route and honor “No Country For Old Men” and “Juno.” What will happen? Our predictions are as follows:

Best Picture Drama – Atonement
Best Picture Musical/Comedy – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Best Actress Drama – Julie Christie, Away From Her
Best Actor Drama – Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will be Blood
Best Actress Musical/Comedy – Ellen Page, Juno
Best Actor Musical/Comedy – Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Best Supporting Actress – Saroise Ronan, Atonement
Best Supporting Actor – Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men
Best Animated Film – Ratatouille
Best Foreign Language Film – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Best Director: Tim Burton, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Best Screenplay: Diablo Cody, Juno
Best Original Score: Dario Marianelli, Atonement
Best Original Song: “Guaranteed,” Into The Wild