Our Golden Globes Film Predictions
The awards season has officially begun! Tune in this Sunday, January 8th, at 8:00 p.m. EST to catch the Golden Globes. True, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA)’s Globes award both television and film productions. But, they’re also a great indication of who might take home Oscars next month. So check out our film predictions to know what to watch for on Sunday night.
Best Picture – Drama
What will win: Manchester by the Sea
The Globes are a popularity contest in ways some of the other awards aren’t – have a memorable storyline and a few movie stars, and you’re guaranteed to be a shoe-in for a globe. This is basically a two-film race: Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea. Manchester by the Sea – a film produced by Matt Damon and starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams – will probably edge past lower profile Moonlight to take home the night’s biggest award.
Best Picture – Comedy or Musical
What will win: La La Land
La La Land is one of this year’s prestige pictures that both audiences and critics adore with equal passion. Moreover, it’s a rare musical in a category that only includes one every few years or so. If anything is for sure, it’s that this gem of a picture (we loved it, by the way) will take home one of the night’s biggest prizes.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
If you doubt Natalie Portman’s acting abilities, then you must have skipped her darkly brilliant turn in Black Swan, a performance that previously won her a Golden Globe and an Oscar. Her role as Jackie Kennedy during the assassination of President John F. Kennedy showcases her star power. This award is hers to lose.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the HFPA loves movie stars. And Denzel Washington is a star who has proven yet again that he is one of Hollywood’s most astonishing talents. Washington not only starred in this film; he also directed it, and the HFPA is likely to reward him for that. His performance on stage earned Washington a Tony Award in 2010, so it’s likely it will net him a Globe, too.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy
Who will win: Emma Stone, La La Land
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy
Who will win: Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Gosling is quite simply the man to beat. His turn in La La Land is effortlessly cool, understated, and memorable.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Who will win: Viola Davis, Fences
Viola Davis – whose work on both film and television has been consistently excellent – is a frontrunner for this award. She gives her all and then some in this adaptation of an August Wilson classic. Michelle Williams has a good chance of taking the award, too, but Davis has the momentum.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Who will win: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Mahershala Ali has all the momentum right now, so it will be a surprise if he doesn’t walk home with the award at the end of the night.
Best Director – Motion Picture
Who will win: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Everyone has been buzzing about Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, and his directorial vision has been praised repeatedly. For making a popular film that also happens to pay tribute to Hollywood musicals, Chazelle is a sure thing for Best Director.
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Who will win: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
If La La Land is poised to dominate many of the acting and directing categories, then expect Manchester by the Sea to get recognition in this category.
Best Motion Picture – Animated
What will win: Zootopia
An adorable film about animals in an urban utopia that is also politically timely – what’s not to love? (It was one of our favorite movies of 2016, after all!)
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
What will win: Elle
This French film stars Isabelle Huppert, who is also nominated for Best Actress – Drama. She won’t win Best Actress, but the HFPA’s nomination of Huppert hints at how much they love this film.
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Who will win: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
If you couldn’t tell by now, La La Land is the film of the moment. So it should come as no surprise that Hurwitz’s complex and jazzy compositions will take the Best Original Score award.
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
This is one music category that La La Land *might* not win. Why? Because two of the songs are nominated, and that just might split the vote. In the event that happens, expect Broadway baby Lin-Manuel Miranda to emerge as the victor for his work in Disney’s Moana. Miranda is quite simply the golden boy of the moment as he still rides his Hamilton high – it is likely that the Globes will want to join the Cool Kids Club by lavishing him with their own award and helping him on his journey to become an EGOT member.
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