73rd Golden Globes Predictions
This Sunday, awards season officially begins in Hollywood with the 73rd Golden Globe Awards. Ricky Gervais returns to host the show, hoping to not make us horribly miss the dynamic duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and the nominees list show a few favorites, but overall, this year’s Globes could prove to be quite interesting with a few expected awards favorites snubbed (Black Mass, Johnny Depp) and TV studio favorite HBO slightly edged out of the nominations top spot by Netflix.
With the first awards show this year starting the ball rolling this Sunday on NBC, here are our predictions for this year’s Globes.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
*Spotlight – Anonymous Content / First Look / Participant Media; Open Road Films
This is a brilliant, well-crafted, beautifully performed film that is all about what happens when our conventional knowledge is turned upside down and our very faith and beliefs about people in trustworthy and authoritative positions are proven to be misled.
Fellow Nominees: Carol – Number 9 Films / Killer Films / Film 4; The Weinstein Company, Mad Max: Fury Road – Warner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow Pictures / Kennedy Miller Mitchell; Warner Bros. Pictures, The Revenant – Regency Enterprises; Twentieth Century Fox, Room – Element Pictures / No Trace Camping Production with Duperele Films; A24
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
*Brie Larson – Room or Rooney Mara – Carol
This one could go either way, with HFPA either wanting to highlight a brilliant performance in a smaller film or a festival favorite. All the performances in this category are fantastic, but Larson or Mara could easily edge out the competition, even with previous winner Cate Blanchett in the running again.
Fellow Nominees: Cate Blanchett – Carol, Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn, Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
*Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
DiCaprio is brilliant in this film, and HFPA could be looking to give him the push he needs to finally triumph at the Oscars this year.
Fellow Nominees: Bryan Cranston – Trumbo, Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs, Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl, Will Smith – Concussion
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
*The Big Short – Paramount Pictures / Regency Enterprises; Paramount Pictures
Nothing speaks to awards gold like a serious, timely story housed within a clever, comedic script with superb comedians and dramatic actors flexing both muscles for a great overall effect. The Martian may also be a really great film and certainly not fit for this category (way to go HFPA), but The Big Short has the biggest chance to come out on top.
Fellow Nominees: Joy – Fox 2000 Pictures; Twentieth Century Fox, The Martian – Twentieth Century Fox, Spy – Twentieth Century Fox, Trainwreck – Universal Pictures / Apatow Productions; Universal Pictures
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
*Lily Tomlin – Grandma or Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
HFPA likes the underdog, especially since it is considered the underdog of the awards season grouping, and Tomlin gives a powerhouse performance in this small film. However, Lawrence give a fantastic performance in Joy, one that sparks emotions from within a script that doesn’t seem deserving of the greatness she exudes. This one will depend highly on HFPA’s mood, and whether they go the way of the rogue or the favorite.
Fellow Nominees: Melissa McCarthy – Spy, Amy Schumer – Trainwreck, Maggie Smith – The Lady in the Van
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
*Steve Carell – The Big Short
He lost out to Eddie Redmayne last year even with his chilling performance in Foxcatcher, but this year Carell is back in the Comedy or Musical category, and his great mixed dramatic/comedic performance in The Big Short has great potential to bring him the gold this year. Though Matt Damon gives a fantastic performance in The Martian, and he faces off against co-star Christian Bale, Carell has his loss from last year to his advantage and it could edge out both.
Fellow Nominees: Christian Bale – The Big Short, Matt Damon – The Martian, Al Pacino – Danny Collins, Mark Ruffalo – Infinitely Polar Bear
Best Motion Picture – Animated
*Inside Out – Pixar Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Hands down, best animated film of the year. It makes us cry and laugh, sometimes simultaneously, which is everything that makes a brilliant film, animated or live action.
Fellow Nominees: Anomalisa – Starburns Industries; Paramount Pictures, The Good Dinosaur – Pixar Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, The Peanuts Movie – Blue Sky Studios; Twentieth Century Fox, Shaun of the Sheep Movie – Aardman; Lionsgate / Studiocanal
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
*Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
She might not win for her role in The Danish Girl, but Alicia Vikander shines incredibly in Alex Garland’s quiet sci-fi thriller, and she deserves the win for her performance as the AI playing both her creator and her tester for her freedom.
Fellow Nominees: Jane Fonda – Youth, Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight, Helen Mirren – Trumbo, Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
*Sylvester Stallone – Creed
We’d love to see Idris Elba or Paul Dano take home this particular award for their work this year, but unfortunately for them, HFPA have soft hearts for the familiar and press favorites, and Stallone’s return as Rocky Balboa in Creed that has him fighting a very different fight is right up their alley in this category. He does give a great performance, evolving Balboa to suit where both he and Stallone are in their respective lives, but it is the sentimentality that will more than likely push him above the rest.
Fellow Nominees: Paul Dano – Love & Mercy, Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation, Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies, Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
Best Director – Motion Picture
*Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant
The Revenant is a punishing, beautiful, incredibly stylistically brilliant film, and most of this is down to Iñárritu’s vision and his ability to create and communicate his vision through the camera and his actors. He is the brightest light in this category.
Fellow Nominees: Todd Haynes – Carol, Tom McCarthy – Spotlight, George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road, Ridley Scott – The Martian
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
*Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs or Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight
Tarantino is a screenplay powerhouse, but Sorkin is strong competition for the writing awards favorite, and with The Hateful Eight not as impressive as we’ve been expecting, Sorkin could just take the top spot for his great work on Jobs.
Fellow Nominees: Emma Donoghue – Room, Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer – Spotlight, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay – The Big Short
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
*Alexandre Desplat – The Danish Girl
Desplat is a brilliant composer, and he may be facing stiff competition this year with the legendary Ennio Morricone in the running. But, if The Danish Girl is going to win anywhere, the best chance it has is in this category because of its gorgeous soundtrack.
Fellow Nominees: Carter Burwell – Carol, Ennio Morricone – The Hateful Eight, Daniel Pemberton – Steve Jobs, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto – The Revenant
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
*“See You Again” – Furious 7. Music and Lyrics by: Justin Franks, Andrew Cedar, Charlie Puth, and Cameron Thomaz
This category seems pretty straight forward, with this song not only bringing an emotional end to Brian O’Connor’s story, but also helping the franchise and the audience to say good-bye to Paul Walker. It would be very difficult for HFPA not to give it to “See You Again.”
Fellow Nominees: “Love Me Like You Do” – Fifty Shades of Grey, “One Kind of Love” – Love & Mercy, “Simple Song #3” – Youth, “Writing’s on the Wall” – Spectre
Best Television Series – Drama
*Mr. Robot – USA Network / Universal Cable Productions
The silent hit Mr. Robot, focusing on the underground world of hackers, would be a fantastic winner in the Best Drama category this year, and with a strong script, dynamite performances, and brilliantly unnerving visual and audio elements, Mr. Robot is the whole package. However, it faces tough competition from Game of Thrones and Empire with The Affair receiving no love this year from HFPA.
Fellow Nominees: Empire – Fox, Game of Thrones – HBO, Narcos – Netflix, Outlander – STARZ
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
*Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder
Facing basically the same competition from last year in this category, Davis sits solidly to reign once again.
Fellow Nominees: Caitriona Balfe – Outlander, Eva Green – Penny Dreadful, Taraji P. Henson – Empire, Robin Wright – House of Cards
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
*Rami Malek – Mr. Robot or Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Once again this is a choice between something new and something borrowed, with both brilliant newcomer Rami Malek and the equally brilliant Bob Odenkirk standing a strong chance to take home a win this year. Malek is a strong contender with his awkward yet compelling performance, but Odenkirk finally gets to shine as the star in the Breaking Bad spin off, and he does it incredibly well.
Fellow Nominees: Jon Hamm – Mad Men, Wagner Moura – Narcos, Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
*Transparent – Amazon Studios
This compelling, critically and audience acclaimed show continues to impress, and there isn’t enough strong competition to topple this favorite this year.
Fellow Nominees: Casual – Hulu / Lionsgate / Right of Way, Mozart in the Jungle – Amazon Studios, Orange is the New Black – Lionsgate Television for Netflix, Silicon Valley – HBO Entertainemnt, Veep – HBO Entertainment
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
*Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin or Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Rodriguez is once again compelling, hilarious, and brilliant this year, and she could take home the gold once again, but it could also very well be Dreyfus, who is just as strong.
Fellow Nominees: Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jamie Lee Curtis – Scream Queens, Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
*Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent
Sorry Bernal and Lowe, there is no way Tambor is giving up his crown.
Fellow Nominees: Aziz Ansari – Master of None, Gael García Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle, Rob Lowe – The Grinder, Patrick Stewart – Blunt Talk
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
*Fargo – MGM Television Studios / FX Productions
Even with some stunning performances and visual aspects of some of the other nominees, Fargo impressed for another year running, and is a heavy favorite to win again.
Fellow Nominees: American Crime – ABC Studios, American Horror Story: Hotel – 20th Century Fox Television, Flesh & Bone – STARZ, Wolf Hall – Playground Entertainment / Company Pictures for BBC and Masterpiece / BBC Worldwide / Altus Media / Prescience
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
*Lady Gaga – American Horror Story: Hotel
The queen of the unusual has garnered nothing but praise for her performance in the show, and it is very difficult to see anyone else edging her out for the win this year.
Fellow Nominees: Kirsten Dunst – Fargo, Sarah Hay – Flesh & Bone, Felicity Huffman – American Crime, Queen Latifah – Bessie
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
*Idris Elba – Luther
He faces some tough competition from Patrick Wilson and Mark Rylance, but Idris Elba’s thrilling, troubling, and brilliant work on Luther puts him a step higher than the rest, a role he should definitely win for.
Fellow Nominees: Oscar Isaac – Show Me a Hero, David Oyelowo – Nightingale, Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall, Patrick Wilson – Fargo
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
*Uzo Aduba – Orange is the New Black
Though Joanne Froggatt could be looking to remain on top for her role in Downton Abbey, Uzo gave an incredibly stirring performance in the prison dramedy this year, and stands a strong chance at toppling her competition.
Fellow Nominees: Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey, Regina King – American Crime, Judith Light – Transparent, Maura Tierney – The Affair
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television
*Christian Slater – Mr. Robot
Slater returns to form with a gripping, thrillingly compelling performance in the underworld drama, and he has the necessary edge to stand above the rest in this category.
Fellow Nominees: Alan Cumming – The Good Wife, Damian Lewis – Wolf Hall, Ben Mendelsohn – Bloodline, Tobias Menzies – Outlander
The 73rd Golden Globes will be presented this Sunday at 8:00pm Eastern on NBC with red carpet pre-shows starting at 7:00pm.
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