Golden Globes: What’s Even Happening… and Who Will Win?

Did you realise it’s the Golden Globes tomorrow? No? That’s not surprising.

Despite many other awards and other events getting delayed, the HFPA are going ahead with the Golden Globes this weekend! Should we be surprised? No, not really. There’s little risk of spreading Omicron to stars and guests if there are no stars or guests attending. Even the press have been told not to bother applying to, it’ll be a very small, simple event.   

This year’s ‘ceremony’ isn’t going to be aired on TV, and with no celebrity presenters, nor any nominees attending, there wouldn’t be much to watch except HFPA representatives reading lists and announcing winners. But therein lay an opportunity. 

More than ever before, the Golden Globes are standing alone, abandoned by all their past supporters, one of the first notable events of the award season, yet the last to change plans. I strongly believe they should just make it an open stream on YouTube like they do with the nominations announcement every year. That would grab an international audience of anyone who is interested but wouldn’t have searched out, or paid, for ways to watch it otherwise.

Here in the UK it’s not an awards show that usually gets aired on TV, even on subscription services, so I usually have to search it out the next day on YouTube, often finding clip montages at best. If it was on YouTube, I’d stay up to watch it, even this year. 

However, in one of the most unfathomable decisions yet by the HFPA, they’ve said that’s NOT happening. There will be no way to watch the Golden Globes this year at all. What a stupid choice!

Everyone knows, ‘out of sight is out of mind’, so now, rather than simply suffer the shame of being called out on their failings, they’ve effectively cancelled themselves into oblivion. Why are they even doing anything this year?

There’s still an award ceremony, in the Beverly Hilton Ballroom, just the only ones who see it will be those few in attendance. Where there was an opportunity to refocus attention where it needed to be, show the new leadership, diverse additions, hear about the things that they’ve been doing, now there’s nothing but a stream of tweets and a press release once all is said and done. For an organisation that’s trying to regain credibility, profess transparency, and prove it has changed, taking their biggest event behind closed doors is an idiotic move, and a wasted opportunity.

Where they could’ve taken their own reins for a year, holding on to what interest there was left in their awards, the HFPA has likely just put the final nail in their own coffin. I don’t see how they get back to prominence and any level of legitimacy after this, what TV network is going to pick them up next year? It’s going to be a hard sell.

Despite their insignificance, here are my predictions, though they’re probably far from correct. I have a first choice (1) a backup choice (2) and who I’d personally vote for in some instances (P)

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy

“The Great” (Hulu) 
“Hacks” (HBO/HBO Max)
1. “Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu)
“Reservation Dogs” (FX on Hulu)
2P. “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama

1. Brian Cox (“Succession”)
Lee Jung-jae (“Squid Game”)
Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Jeremy Strong (“Succession”)
2. Omar Sy (“Lupin)

Best Performance by an Actress, Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television

Jessica Chastain (“Scenes From a Marriage”)
Cynthia Erivo (“Genius: Aretha”) 
2. Elizabeth Olsen (“WandaVision“) 
Margaret Qualley (“Maid”) 
1. Kate Winslet (“Mare of Easttown”)

Best Director, Motion Picture

1. Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”) 
2. Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Lost Daughter”)
Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story”) 
Denis Villeneuve (“Dune”) 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Marion Cotillard (“Annette”)
2. Alana Haim (“Licorice Pizza”) 
Jennifer Lawrence (“Don’t Look Up”) 
Emma Stone (“Cruella”)
1. Rachel Zegler (“West Side Story”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Mahershala Ali (“Swan Song”)
Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”)
2. Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”) 
1. Will Smith (“King Richard”) 
Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”) 

Best Television Series, Drama

“Lupin” (Netflix)
“The Morning Show” (Apple TV Plus)
“Pose” (FX)
2. “Squid Game” (Netflix)
1. “Succession” (HBO/HBO Max)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama

1. Uzo Aduba (“In Treatment”)
Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”)
2. Christine Baranski (“The Good Fight)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Michaela Jaé Rodriguez (“Pose”)

Best Performance by an Actor, Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture made for Television

2P. Paul Bettany (“WandaVision”)
1. Oscar Isaac (“Scenes From a Marriage”)
Michael Keaton (“Dopesick”)
Ewan McGregor (“Halston”)
Tahar Rahim (“The Serpent”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Leonardo DiCaprio (“Don’t Look Up”) 
2. Peter Dinklage (“Cyrano”) 
1P. Andrew Garfield (“Tick, Tick … Boom!”) 
Cooper Hoffman (“Licorice Pizza”)
Anthony Ramos (“In the Heights”)

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Ben Affleck (“The Tender Bar”) 
Jamie Dornan (“Belfast”) 
1. Ciarán Hinds (“Belfast”) 
Troy Kotsur (“CODA”) 
2. Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”) 

Best Original Score, Motion Picture

“The French Dispatch” (Searchlight Pictures) — Alexandre Desplat 
“Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures) — Germaine Franco
2. “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix) — Jonny Greenwood 
“Parallel Mothers” (Sony Pictures Classic) — Alberto Iglesias 
1. “Dune” (Warner Bros.) — Hans Zimmer 

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Hannah Einbinder (“Hacks”)
2. Elle Fanning (“The Great”)
Issa Rae (“Insecure”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)
1. Jean Smart (“Hacks”)

Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television

Dopesick” (Hulu)
2. “Impeachment: American Crime Story” (FX)
“Maid” (Netflix) 
1. “Mare of Easttown” (HBO/HBO Max)
The Underground Railroad” (Amazon Prime Video)

Best Supporting Actor, Television

Billy Crudup (“The Morning Show”)
2. Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
Mark Duplass (“The Morning Show”)
Brett Goldstein (“Ted Lasso”)
1. O Yeong-su (“Squid Game”)

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy

“Cyrano” (MGM)
“Don’t Look Up” (Netflix) 
“Licorice Pizza” (MGM) 
2P. “Tick, Tick … Boom!” (Netflix) 
1. “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) 

Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture

Caitríona Balfe (“Belfast”) 
1. Ariana DeBose (“West Side Story”) 
2. Kirsten Dunst (“The Power of the Dog”) 
Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”) 
Ruth Negga (“Passing”)

Best Picture, Foreign Language

“Compartment No. 6” (Sony Pictures Classics) — Finland, Russia, Germany
1. “Drive My Car” (Janus Films) — Japan
“The Hand of God” (Netflix) — Italy
2. “A Hero” (Amazon Studios) — France, Iran
“Parallel Mothers” (Sony Pictures Classics) — Spain

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Paul Thomas Anderson — “Licorice Pizza” (MGM/United Artists Releasing) 
1. Kenneth Branagh — “Belfast” (Focus Features) 
Jane Campion — “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix) 
Adam McKay — “Don’t Look Up” (Netflix)
2. Aaron Sorkin — “Being the Ricardos” (Amazon Studios)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”)
Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”) 
2. Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”)
Lady Gaga (“House of Gucci”) 
1. Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”) 

Best Motion Picture, Drama

1. “Belfast” (Focus Features) 
“CODA” (Apple) 
“Dune” (Warner Bros.) 
“King Richard” (Warner Bros.) 
2. “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix) 

Best Television Actor, Musical / Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
Nicholas Hoult (“The Great”)
2. Steve Martin (“Only Murders in the Building”)
Martin Short (“Only Murders in the Building”)
1. Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”)

Best Supporting Actress, Television

Jennifer Coolidge (“White Lotus”)
Kaitlyn Dever (“Dopesick”)
Andie MacDowell (“Maid”)
1. Sarah Snook (“Succession”)
2. Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”)

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

2. “Be Alive” from “King Richard” (Warner Bros.) — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson 
“Dos Orugitas” from “Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures) — Lin-Manuel Miranda 
“Down to Joy” from “Belfast” (Focus Features) — Van Morrison 
“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from “Respect” (MGM/United Artists Releasing) — Jamie Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King 
1P. “No Time to Die” from “No Time to Die” (MGM/United Artists Releasing) — Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell 

Best Motion Picture, Animated

2. “Encanto” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) 
“Flee” (Neon) 
1. “Luca” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
“My Sunny Maad” (Totem Films)
“Raya and the Last Dragon” (Walt Disney Studios)