My 2016 Golden Globes Predictions

Golden Globes 2016

I’m having a go at predicting the winners of this years Golden Globes as a warm-up for the main Awards events next month, namely the BAFTAs and Academy Awards.

Though my focus is primarily on films at this time of year I’ll take a shot at the TV categories too though there are many I’ve not seen at all. My winner predictions are in BOLD, mainly reflecting my personal preferences in most cases more than what I’d be confident will win as I’ve not yet seen enough of the nominees to be very confident, plus I’ve added a few notes of my thoughts as well.

Film categories

Best motion picture – drama
Carol – Apparently this is beautifully put together but I’m not sure it’ll win.
Mad Max: Fury Road – Seen this, my review coming soon.
The Revenant
Room – I’ve not seen this yet but the trailers have made me really want to.
Spotlight – I’m hearing talk of this as being a frontrunner at upcoming awards

Best motion picture – comedy or musical
The Big Short
Joy – Didn’t look much like a clear-cut comedy from the trailers, this categorization has me expecting something different when I see the film from what I first thought.
The Martian – My review coming soon, it’s so much more than a comedy though, therefore in this category it’s an exceptionally strong film but if voters take the ‘comedy’ aspect into account it may not be the best outright ‘comedy’.
Spy – It was funny but not genius enough, though more a ‘comedy’ than The Martian.
Trainwreck – This doesn’t really appeal to me, but I must admit I’m looking forward to seeing Schumer team up with Jennifer Lawrence for Jen’s first proper comedy role, I have a feeling that could be something quite special.

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – drama
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Will Smith, Concussion

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – drama
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room – As it’d be difficult for voters to pick between the Carol leads, and as the trailer really got to me I’m picking this, her performance looks stunning & emotive from what I’ve seen.
Rooney Mara, Carol
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn – Apparently her performance is superb but maybe too understated to get votes.
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – comedy or musical
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Steve Carell, The Big Short
Matt Damon, The Martian – I would predict a win for Matt Damon as he was excellent.
Al Pacino, Danny Collins – My review coming soon, he’s good but not a wing performance.
Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – comedy or musical
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Melissa McCarthy, Spy
Amy Schumer, Trainwreck – American audiences really seem to love her, it was a hugely successful comedy, so I think there’s a good shot for Schumer winning here.
Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van – Lovely to see Maggie Smith not overlooked, the one benefit of these extra categories but I doubt she’ll win.
Lily Tomlin, Grandma – This would be my back-up choice but the film may be tackling too controversial a subject.

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies – I’m really happy to see this nomination and couldn’t agree with it more, true I’ve not seen the others but he deserves the win.
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture
Jane Fonda, Youth
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina – She gets it very right, more details coming in my review soon.
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best director – motion picture (I see this being one of the closest categories)
Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro G Inarritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Max Max: Fury Road – This was a slightly less expected nomination, but a popular film and director, possibly a back-up choice.
Ridley Scott, The Martian – Everything comes together well, his best in a very long time.

Best screenplay – motion picture
The Big Short
The Hateful Eight
Steve Jobs

Best animated feature film
The Good Dinosaur
Inside OutClearly the frontrunner, not doubts here at all.
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

Best foreign language film – I’ve not seen any of these yet
The Brand New Testament
The Club
The Fencer
Son of Saul – This is the one I’m hearing most about so I’ll guess it’s most popular.

Best original score – motion picture
The Danish Girl
The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone, seems like a decent choice.
The Revenant
Steve Jobs

Best original song – motion picture
Love Me Like You Do, Ellie Goulding – Fifty Shades of Grey
One Kind of Love, Brian Wilson – Love & Mercy
See You Again, Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth – Fast & Furious 7 – Paul Walker died, this carries far more emotion because of that so I think it could win.
Simple Song #3, Sumi Jo – Youth
Writing’s On the Wall, Sam Smith – Spectre

Television categories

Best television series – drama
Game of Thrones
Mr RobotUp against GoT and Empire I’m not sure it’ll win but a strong contender and the only one I’ve watched.

Best television series – comedy or musical
Mozart in the Jungle
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Transparent – Still seems to be topical and widely reported on

Best mini-series or motion picture made for television
American Crime
American Horror Story: Hotel
Fargo – Again widely and enthusiastically talked about on the /Film podcast and other sites, so worth a guess
Flesh and Bone
Wolf Hall

Best performance by an actor in a television series – drama
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Rami Malek, Mr Robot – Again not sure but he’s new to the nominee list, Malek is so central to the show and is in almost every scene so worked hard for the nomination and would deserve the win.
Wagner Maura, Narcos
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Best performance by an actress in a television series – drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder – I think she’s great but doubt she’s gonna win
Eva Green, Penny Dreadful
Taraji P Henson, Empire – Seems to have created an iconic character though I’ve not seen it I can’t avoid hearing about her performance
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best performance by an actor in a television series – comedy or musical
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart
Rob Lowe, The Grinder
Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent – Again, topical performance, seems very popular at awards so probably going to win.

Best performance by an actress in a television series – comedy or musical
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens – Only one I’ve seen and though very good (and wonderfully references her mother in one episode) I doubt it’s the best performance in the category.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep – Hasn’t she won a few times? Possibly will again.
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie – Interestingly nominated in a film category too.

Best performance by an actor in a mini-series or motion picture made for television
Idris Elba
, Luther – Again only one I’ve seen and I think he’s excellent as Luther, so would be a worth winner.
Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero
David Oyelowo, Nightingale
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall – Also nominated in films as Supporting Actor (which he should win for).
Patrick Wilson, Fargo

Best performance by an actress in a mini-series or motion picture made for television
Kirsten Dunst
, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel
Sarah Hay, Flesh and Bone
Queen Latifah, Bessie

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Tobias Menzies, Outlander
Christian Slater, Mr Robot – Interesting role, he’s very enigmatic, only one I’ve seen

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television – None particularly stands out in my mind
Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Regina King, American Crime
Judith Light, Transparent
Maura Tierney, The Affair

The awards ceremony is on the evening of Jan 10th 2016, so I’ll see how close my predictions come to the final results then. Why not have a go yourself? Feel free to post your predictions and thoughts below.

I intend to start reviewing more of these over the coming weeks, especially now that the BAFTA nominations list is out and the Academy Awards nominations are coming later this week so I can see which films to focus on. I have a few that I’ve seen with reviews in progress but in some cases I’d like to see them again or at least take time to write up the reviews properly before posting them. Follow my progress on this blog to see how I get on with this years ‘best’ films!


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