The Golden Globes have proven to be a prime example of coming up with nominations out of left field and usually snubbing a lot of nominees that many feel deserved a spot. As a result, this makes the Golden Globes really hard to predict, which is why I thought it would be fun to try and predict the winners.
Before the pandemic, this was the time of year where my friends and I would rush out to the movie theatre to see all of the Golden Globe and potential Oscar nominees because we loved having our own opinion as the winners were revealed. With cinemas being closed because of Covid-19, I have only been rushing to my couch and streaming as many films and tv shows that have been honoured to receive a nomination.
The Golden Globes have proven to be a prime example of coming up with nominations out of left field and usually snubbing a lot of nominees that many feel deserved a spot. As a result, this makes the Golden Globes really hard to predict, which is why I thought it would be fun to try and predict the winners. I want you all to know that I have not seen all of the films or television shows that have been nominated, so a lot of my personal projected winners will be chosen strictly on instinct and knowledge of other award shows that have taken place since December 2020.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Don Cheadle – “Black Monday”
Nicholas Hoult – “The Great”
Eugene Levy – “Schitt’s Creek”
Jason Sudekis – “Ted Lasso”
Ramy Youssef – “Ramy”
This is a tough one to call, but based on Schitt’s Creek sweeping the Emmys, I’m predicting that Eugene Levy will finally get a Golden Globe, which is long overdue. The other person I could see winning this category is Jason Sudekis, especially when you consider how loved Ted Lasso has been with critics and audiences alike.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Lily Collins – “Emily in Paris”
Kaley Cuoco – “The Flight Attendant”
Elle Fanning – “The Great”
Jane Levy – “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”
Catherine O’Hara – “Schitt’s Creek”
Another long time coming winner who seriously deserves recognition for her wonderful performance on Schitt’s Creek. My first memory of her is from home alone playing Kate Sullivan in Home Alone and now I will only see her as Moira Rose because she is honestly sensational.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama
Jason Bateman – “Ozark”
Josh O’Connor – “The Crown”
Bob Odenkirk – “Better Call Saul”
Al Pacino – “Hunters”
Matthew Rhys – “Perry Mason”
This is a really tough one to call. Josh O’Connor has received a lot of love for his role in The Crown and appears to be the front-runner, but I don’t think he wins. Though Bob Odenkirk deserves it for Better Call Saul, my heart is saying Jason Bateman takes it. His last Golden Globe win was 2005 for Arrested Development and I believe it’s time for him to finally get his second trophy.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama
Olivia Colman – “The Crown”
Jodie Comer – “Killing Eve”
Emma Corrin – “The Crown”
Laura Linney – “Ozark”
Sarah Paulson – “Ratched”
In my humble opinion, this has been the most buzzworthy season of The Crown since season 2 and to take on a role as iconic and difficult as Princess Diana, Emma Corrin deserves this the most. Her performance brought back arguably the biggest celebrity of all time and reminded us why we loved her. Therefore, I think she takes the crown in this case.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Bryan Cranston – “Your Honor”
Jeff Daniels – “The Comey Rule”
Hugh Grant – “The Undoing”
Mark Ruffalo – “I Know This Much is True”
Ethan Hawke – “The Good Lord Bird”
Though many were let down by the ending, there is no denying that Hugh Grant has never been better. This one was tough to call and I still believe that Mark Ruffalo could win. But, I believe Hugh Grant’s talents stretch past this mini-series to sway the voters into giving him the Golden Globe.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Cate Blanchett – “Mrs. America”
Daisy Edgar-Jones – “Normal People”
Shira Haas – “Unorthodox”
Nicole Kidman – “The Undoing”
Anya Taylor-Joy – “The Queen’s Gambit”
I would like to take a second to praise Shira Haas for her incredible performance in Unorthadox. I say this because there is no doubt in my mind that Anya Taylor-Joy wins this category. Her tour de force performance in The Queen’s Gambit simultaneously broke my heart and made me cheer because I felt every emotion her character conveyed. I really hope they say “checkmate” when they present the Golden Globe to her.
Best Television Series Drama
Aside from Ratched, I can make an argument for why the other 4 shows deserve to win. Despite me still feeling shocked from both Ozark and The Mandalorian, season 4 of The Crown is one nobody will ever forget, which is why I will be clapping with my pinky out as The Crown accepts its win for best drama.
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“The Queen’s Gambit”
Never in my wildest dreams did I believe a show about chess could hold a candle to the likes of the movies Rocky and Warrior. The Queen’s Gambit did that and then some. This year we were treated to 5 wonderful mini-series and they all deserve recognition for achieving such a feat. Alas, none of them compare to Anya Taylor Joy’s Beth Harmen and Scott Frank’s sensational writing and directing. The Queen’s Gambit reigns in this category.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”)
Helena Bonham Carter – “The Crown”
Julia Garner – “Ozark”
Annie Murphy – “Schitt’s Creek”
Cynthia Nixon – “Ratched”
The actress who famously played Agent Scully on The X-Files triumphs as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown, which is why she will be taking home this Golden Globe. Though only present for 6 episodes, she made sure to put her screen time to good use and brought the Iron Lady back to life. This category is so tough and look out for Julia Garner to potentially upset Gillian Anderson.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
John Boyega – “Small Axe”
Brendan Gleeson – “The Comey Rule”
Daniel Levy – “Schitt’s Creek”
Jim Parsons – “Hollywood”
Donald Sutherland – “The Undoing”
Even though I don’t think Daniel Levy will win this year, this won’t be the last time we see him at the Golden Globes. He is just too talented to stay away. This is John Boyega’s best performance to date and I was completely mesmerized by it. Steve McQueen’s Small Axe deserves recognition. So, who better than John Boyega to bring one home for the team!
Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy
“Emily in Paris”
“The Flight Attendant”
If you would’ve told me that one day, a show from CBC would be raking in awards from prestigious award shows. I would’ve said you’re crazy. But now, I find myself cheering on one of my personal all-time favourite sitcoms and hoping it comes away victorious! This is why I am predicting the presenter saying; “and the Golden Globe Goes to Schitt’s Creek”!
Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”
My heart wishes I could say that Palm Springs will win because that was my personal favourite comedy of 2020. However, I am proud to say that Borat Subsequent Moviefilm will bring benefit to once glorious nation Kazakhstan, yekshemesh! Sacha Baron Cohen’s undeniable talent and creativity remain as Borat would say; “very nice”! Give him the Golden Globe.
Best Motion Picture — Drama
“Promising Young Woman”
“The Trial of the Chicago 7”
The competition with movies this year is one that makes this year’s race too close to call. With a staggering 100 wins from other award shows so far, it’s hard not to believe that Nomadland wins this category. This is an ambitious film that surely could’ve gone wrong, considering only 2 professional actors and many real people, but Chloe Zhao appears to have pulled off the impossible and created something truly spectacular.
Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language
“Another Round,” Denmark
“La Llorona,” Guatamala/France
“The Life Ahead,” Italy
“Two of Us,” France/USA
There are some excellent films in this category, but the one that takes the top prize is Minari. This film caught my attention in January 2020 when it premiered at the Sundance film festival. It’s legs and universal praise make this a safe bet in this category.
Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
Emerald Fennell – “Promising Young Woman”
Jack Fincher – “Mank”
Aaron Sorkin – “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton – “The Father”
Chloe Zhao – “Nomadland”
One thing that I love about Aaron Sorkin’s scripts is that everyone feels like the smartest person in the room and I was riveted the entire runtime of “The Trial of the Chicago 7”. The person most famous for writing a little film known as “The Social Network” nearly matches his brilliance this time around, which is why he should edge out his absolutely stiff competition.
Best Original Song — Motion Picture
“Fight for You” – “Judas and the Black Messiah”
“Hear My Voice” – “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
“IO SI (Seen)” – “The Life Ahead”
“Speak Now” – “One Night in Miami”
“Tigers & Tweed” – “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”
After hearing this song, I sincerely believe that Leslie Odom Jr. sounds almost exactly the same as Sam Cooke. That song is a perfect nod to this wonderful film and a great way to honor Leslie Odom Jr. because his performance as Sam Cooke is one I will never forget. Speak Now takes it.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Sacha Baron Cohen – “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
Daniel Kaluuya – “Judas and the Black Messiah”
Jared Leto – “The Little Things”
Bill Murray – “On the Rocks”
Leslie Odom, Jr. – “One Night in Miami”
Before making my final pick, I was convinced that Leslie Odom Jr. or Sacha Baron Cohen would be fighting for this award. However, after the shocking addition of Jared Leto, this gave me a sense of Deja Vu when the Hollywood Foreign Press was the only award show to nominate Aaron Taylor Johnson for Nocturnal Animals and sure enough, he won that year! I always love it when I am completely shocked by the winner and my crazy wild card pick is the Thirty Second to Mars Oscar winner. If I am wrong, Daniel Kaluuya deservedly wins.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Glenn Close – “Hillbilly Elegy”
Olivia Colman – “The Father”
Jodie Foster – “The Mauritanian”
Amanda Seyfried – “Mank”
Helena Zengel – “News of the World”
Olivia Coleman has won a lot over the last few years, so I feel like this won’t be her year. Helena Zengel has a bright future ahead of her and could easily win, but I am set on Amanda Seyfried. This is her first nomination and her performance transported me back to the golden age of cinema. Amanda Seyfried is captivating every minute she is on screen and her unforgettable performance deserves recognition.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen – “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”
James Corden – “The Prom”
Lin-Manuel Miranda – “Hamilton”
Dev Patel – “The Personal History of David Copperfield”
Andy Samberg – “Palm Springs”
Sacha Baron Cohen won the Golden Globe back in 2007 for playing Borat and I predict he will get to relive the same moment 14 years later when he wins this year. Sacha Baron Cohen has had an incredible year and if he can’t win for The Trial of the Chicago 7 then he should win for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Don’t count Lin-Manuel Miranda out. Given how much love the HFPA has shown to Hamilton, he could easily take home his first Golden Globe.
Best Motion Picture — Animated
“The Croods: A New Age”
“Over the Moon”
Beautiful music, a touching story, and believe it or not, the first Pixar film with a black lead. The result is a Pixar film I will be watching many times for years and if everyone is already calling Soul a future classic, it deserves to win best animated feature film. I watched Soul on Christmas day and I can’t get it out of my head. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favour and watch it. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Chadwick Boseman, – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Riz Ahmed – “Sound of Metal”
Anthony Hopkins – “The Father”
Gary Oldman – “Mank”
Tahar Rahim – “The Mauritanian”
I just want to take a moment to give a shout out to Riz Ahmed because his performance in Sound of Metal was brilliant and in any other year, he would take the top prize. On August 28th, 2020 we lost the legendary Chadwick Boseman to cancer. His performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is one that I will never forget because I would consider it the best performance of his career. Then again, I say that every time I watch him because he is just that good. With a heavy heart, and a huge smile, I will imagine Chadwick Boseman smiling when he is declared the best actor in a motion picture — drama.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Viola Davis – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Andra Day – “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”
Vanessa Kirby – “Pieces of a Woman”
Frances McDormand – “Nomadland”
Carey Mulligan – “Promising Young Woman
This is by far one of the toughest and closest races for best actress that I’ve ever witnessed. It was a pleasure to watch each of these women perform because they were all truly spectacular. I thought about this category the longest and I have come to the conclusion that Carey Mulligan will be declared the winner. I say this because I feel like she gave it everything she had for this role. She has always impressed us and never gotten recognition for it, so I believe this is her time to shine.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Maria Bakalova – “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”
Kate Hudson – “Music”
Michelle Pfeiffer – “French Exit”
Rosamund Pike – “I Care A Lot”
Anya Taylor-Joy – “Emma”
The role of Borat’s daughter required a lot and newcomer Maria Bakalova gave one of the funniest performances of 2020. The amount that was required of her for this role truly astonished me. This is why I believe the HFPA will select her as the big winner. Anyone willing to spend that amount of time alone with Rudy Guiliani deserves recognition because that must’ve been horrifying.
Best Director — Motion Picture
David Fincher – “Mank”
Regina King – “One Night in Miami”
Aaron Sorkin – “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
Chloe Zhao – “Nomadland”
Emerald Fennell – “Promising Young Woman”
Seeing 3 women getting nominated for Best Director is a beautiful sight to see. We still have a long way to go, but this is a sign that things are beginning to change for the better. You could make a case for all 5 of them to win and I would agree with you, but Chloe Zhao is having a moment this year. She has won literally almost every award for directing and I believe this streak will continue right into the Golden Globes, eventually bleeding into the Academy Awards, where she receives her first ever nomination and potentially wins there too. A masterful achievement Chloe Zhao, well deserved.
Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, The Midnight Sky
Ludwig Göransson, Tenet
James Newton Howard, News of the World
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Mank
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste, Soul
This comes down to Soul and Tenet. I was completely mesmerized by both scores, but the one that stands out as the best score in my humble opinion is Tenet. It had me riveted from the very beginning and Soul’s score was one that provoked so many different emotions. I wish I could give them both a trophy, but I am predicting Ludwig Göransson for Tenet.
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