The nominees are in for one of the biggest award shows of the year, and one of the big determiners for the 2020 Academy Awards. The Golden Globes are decided on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a 90-member body that luckily (or unluckily) does not have any crossover with the Academy. So suffice it to say, they may have totally screwed this up. Let’s see how much. Here are their nominations and our predictions for winners, and also the biggest snubs in each category.
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
The Two Popes
Prediction: Marriage Story wins and gains huge momentum going into Oscar season as the clear front runner for Best Picture, but don’t count out The Irishman or even Joker as potential spoilers.
Notable Snubs: Parasite, Uncut Gems, Little Women
BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Dolemite Is My Name
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Prediction: Tarantino’s latest film does not belong in the comedy category, it’s a drama up until it’s last 20 minutes, which also could be considered dramatic as well. But we think it’s placement here is purposeful, so it’s likely to win, but don’t be surprised if a true comedy like Dolemite Is My Name, manages to steal one.
Notable Snubs: Booksmart
Bong Joon-Ho – Parasite
Sam Mendes – 1917
Todd Phillips – Joker
Martin Scorcese – The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Prediction: Parasite is easily one of the best films of the year, and with it being left out of the best picture category, it’s likely to find its win here, but there is pretty stiff competition.
Notable snubs: Noah Baumbach for “Marriage Story”, and ALL THE FEMALE DIRECTORS WHO DID INCREDIBLE WORK THIS YEAR!
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Prediction: This one should be easy, but there’s no telling with these Hollywood types. The film score of Joker is the most haunting, epic, and classically entertaining accompaniment to any film this year. It also strangely isn’t going against Once Upon A Time in Hollywood either, which probably had the second-best score of the year so far. But don’t expect Marriage Story to roll over easily either.
Notable snubs: “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood”, “Avengers: Endgame”, “Ford v, Ferrari”, “US”
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Beautiful Ghosts”- CATS
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” – Rocketman
“Into the Unknown” – Frozen 2
“Spirit” – The Lion King
“Stand Up” – Harriet
Prediction: Stand Up is a deliberately Oscar-worthy song, and it’s still pretty damn good. Cynthia Erivo is a force and she channels the struggle of African-Americans throughout history in her song. It’s an anthem that deserves the highest honor, and since it’s competing against the weaker song from each film nominated, it stands the best chance to not only win but to sweep in this category all season.
Notable snubs: “Speechless” from “Aladdin”, “Show Yourself” from “Frozen 2”, “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy” from “Toy Story 4”, “Being Alive” from “Marriage Story”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
The Lion King
Toy Story 4
Prediction: Normally, sequels don’t win a lot of awards and most probably shouldn’t, but a case could very well be made that Frozen 2 far surpasses its predecessor with more maturity, femininity, and personal acceptance. But it won’t be easy. Toy Story 4 and How to Train Your Dragon have been racking up the wins in the local area film critics circles, so it still could be anybody’s game.
Notable snubs: “Klaus”, “I Lost My Body”
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Pain and Glory
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Prediction: Parasite’s snub in the Best Picture category is only because it stands to win here, but it shouldn’t. It should win Best Picture because it was the Best damn picture of the year. Still, as much as I would like to see The Farewell or even Pain and Glory reign supreme here, there’s no denying how good Parasite is. It says so much about who we are as a culture and the current system we live under that just resonates today and stands to resonate for years to come.
Notable snubs: None.
BEST ACTOR – DRAMA
Christian Bale – Ford v. Ferrari
Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes
Prediction: We get our first and only tie of the night. It’s really impossible to decide between these two performances. Adam is a ticking time bomb in Marriage Story that pays off well, while Joaquin is a nuclear bomb in every scene of Joker. Both give masterful performances that has something everyone enjoys.
Notable snubs: Adam Sandler for “Uncut Gems”
BEST ACTRESS – DRAMA
Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
Charlize Theron – Bombshell
Renee Zellweger – Judy
Prediction: We think it’s a safe bet that Renee has the Oscar in the bag for her portrayal as Judy Garland, so we’re expecting the HFPA to throw the love around. Marriage Story is one of the best films of the year and it’s due in part to Scarlett’s incisive performance. She tugs at our heartstrings, infuriates us, and makes us want to hate her, but we can’t deny her either. Neither should the Globes.
Notable snubs: Lupita Nyong’o in “US”
BEST ACTOR – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Daniel Craig – Knives Out
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Taron Egerton – Rocketman
Roman Griffin Davis – Jojo Rabbit
Eddie Murphy – Dolemite Is My Name
Prediction: Eddie Murphy’s comeback to comedy landed in a big way, and he’ll likely be rewarded for that. His portrayal of Rudy Ray Moore was timely, genuine, and full of heart. His win may be seen as somewhat sentimental, but not at all, undeserving.
Notable snubs: None.
BEST ACTRESS – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Awkwafina – The Farewell
Ana de Armas – Knives Out
Cate Blanchett – Where’d Ya Go, Bernadette?
Beanie Feldstein – Booksmart
Emma Thompson – Late Night
Prediction: I think we would be stunned if Awkwafina didn’t walk away with this award. Her performance in The Farewell leans closer to dramatic than comedic, but she brings it either way. Also, her competition in this field is particularly weak, but the critics’ love for “Knives Out” may put some eyes on Armas to take the crown even if her performance isn’t comedic either. The traditional choice would be Feldstein, whose raucous showing in “Booksmart” still stands as one of the best movies of 2019.
Notable snubs: Da’Vine Joy Randolph in “Dolemite Is My Name”, Mina Al Zahrani in “The Perfect Candidate”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
Al Pacino – The Irishman
Joe Pesci – The Irishman
Brad Pitt – Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Prediction: Another tough category with some serious competition. There’s a lot of love out there for The Irishman, but we think Pitt will still take it. He was practically a shoo-in for the Oscar too until Scorcese’s film dropped. We think Pitt wins it here and Pesci more than likely takes it at the Academy, or it could be the other way around.
Notable snubs: Willem Dafoe in “The Lighthouse”, Taika Waititi in “Jojo Rabbit”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell
Annette Bening – The Report
Laura Dern – Marriage Story
Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers
Margot Robbie – Bombshell
Prediction: This is one likely to jump around from different people at different ceremonies. Bates stands a good chance at nabbing one of these, as does Lopez who might be the one holding the golden statue at the end of it all, and even Margot Robbie has a shot, possibly at the SAG’s. But on this night, we’re thinking it’s gonna be Dern. Her role in Marriage Story is passionate; homely, but also calculated and conniving. She plays it to a tee, and her monologue on the difference between mothers and fathers is deserving of its own award.
Notable snubs: Scarlett Johansson in “Jojo Rabbit”, Ja’nelle Monae in “Harriet”, Zhao Shuzen in “The Farewell”
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
The Two Popes
Prediction: It’s noticeable that the Globes doesn’t differentiate between original or adapted screenplays, making this one of the hardest categories to predict. It depends on what the HFPA appreciates more, but we think it’d be hard to deny Scorcese’s 3 ½ hour epic based on the book, “I Heard You Paint Houses.”
Notable snubs: “Joker”, “Jojo Rabbit”, “Knives Out”
And those are our predictions for how the Golden Globes will turn out. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Sunday, January 5th, 2020 on NBC at 8pm EST. Did you agree with our picks or our snubs? Let us know what your predictions are, and we’ll see you next time at the movies.