My Golden Globes 2018 Predictions & printable ballot sheet

NOTE: This post is about the Golden Globes that were Awarded early in 2018 not the ones that will be given out in 2019. For the Golden Globes announced December 2018 (to be awarded in Jan 2019) please go to this year’s page HERE.

Here I go with trying to predict the winners at this weekend’s Golden Globes! The ceremony hosted by Seth Meyers will be aired on the evening of Sunday, January 7th.

You can have a go at predicting the winners too with my printable PDF ballot sheet by clicking here or on the PDF logo. It’s 2-pages, one for the movies categories and one for television.

The usual system applies, 1st choice, 2nd choice, P for my preferred winner. They can later be scored 2pts for correct first choice, 1pt for a correct second choice, and no points for a correct preferred winner as that’s just for interest’s sake.

As I’ve not seen a lot of these (though I’ve just finished ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ which was excellent) I’ll be far off with my predictions and can’t really pick a favourite in some areas if I’ve not seen any of the nominees, so there’s a lot of guesswork and basing my picks on what I’ve heard and read.

UPDATED: Jan 8th to list the winners.

FILM

Best Motion Picture, Drama

P. Dunkirk
2. The Post
1. The Shape of Water
Call Me by Your Name
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Winner

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

The Disaster Artist
P2. Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
1. Lady Bird – Winner

Best Director

1. Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water – Winner
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
P2. Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World
Steven Spielberg, The Post

Best Actor, Motion Picture, Drama

2. Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Tom Hanks, The Post
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
1. Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour – Winner

Best Actress, Motion Picture, Drama

Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
2. Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
1. Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Winner
Meryl Streep, The Post
Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

Best Actor, Motion Picture, Comedy

Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
P. Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
1. James Franco, The Disaster Artist – Winner
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
2. Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best Actress, Motion Picture, Comedy – This is an incredible list of nominees 

Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
2. Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
1. Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird – Winner
Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker

Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture

1. Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Winner
2. Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
2. Allison Janney, I, Tonya – Winner
1. Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Screenplay

The Shape of Water
1. Lady Bird
2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Winner
The Post
Molly’s Game

Best Original Song

“Home,” Ferdinand
“Mighty River,” Mudboumd
1. “Remember Me,” Coco
“The Star,” The Star
2. “This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman – Winner

Best Original Score

Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
1. Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water – Winner
Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
John Williams, The Post
2P. Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk

Best Animated Feature

The Boss Baby
2. The Breadwinner
1. Coco – Winner
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Best Foreign Language Film

A Fantastic Woman
2. First They Killed My Father
In the Fade – Winner
Loveless
1. The Square

TELEVISION

Best Television Series, Drama

1. The Handmaid’s Tale – Winner
This Is Us
2. The Crown
Game of Thrones
P. Stranger Things

Best Television Series, Comedy

Black-ish
1P. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Winner
Master of None
SMILF
2. Will & Grace

Best Limited Series or Television Movie

1. Big Little Lies – Winner
2P. Feud: Bette and Joan
Fargo
Top of the Lake: China Girl
The Sinner

Best Actress, Limited Series or Television Movie

1. Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies – Winner
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
P. Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan (Of the two leads Lange gets the bigger and meatier role and she’s superb).
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
2. Jessica Biel, The Sinner

Best Actor, Limited Series or Television Movie

1. Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks
Jude Law, The Young Pope
2. Ewan McGregor, Fargo – Winner
Geoffrey Rush, Genius

Best Actress, Television Series, Drama

1. Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale – Winner
2. Claire Foy, The Crown
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Best Actor, Television Series, Drama

2P. Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
1. Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us – Winner
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Best Actress, Television Series, Comedy

Pamela Adlon, Better Things
2. Alison Brie, GLOW
1P. Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Winner
Issa Rae, Insecure
Frankie Shaw, SMILF

Best Actor, Television Series, Comedy

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
2. Aziz Ansari, Master of None – Winner
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
William H. Macy, Shameless
1. Eric McCormack, Will & Grace

Best Supporting Actress, Television Series

1. Laura Dern, Big Little Lies – Winner
2. Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Best Supporting Actor, Television Series

Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
2. David Harbour, Stranger Things
P. Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
1. Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies – Winner
David Thewlis, Fargo

Top 10: A look ahead at 2018

What I’m most looking forward to watching in 2018. I’m sure I have missed lots of great things off this list but these are just the 10 things that came to my mind when I stopped to think about it. This doesn’t include things that I’ll only get around to watching in 2018, that’s a whole different list including the Awards nominated films that are on release now but I won’t see in my local cinemas until mid-January.

1. Incredibles 2

When: June / July 2018

Why?: Whenever people ask me what’s my favourite film and they often do, I typically answer that I don’t have a favourite, it changes depending on what mood I’m in but the one film that would come out on top for most moods would be ‘The Incredibles’. It’s my favourite of all the Pixar films, my favourite superhero film, my favourite animated film, works for all ages, families, unfailingly uplifts my mood and is infinitely quotable. So, I’m beyond excited to see if Brad Bird can give it a worthy sequel, because this is the sequel I’ve been waiting over a decade for and all details released so far about when and how the story will be picked up are exactly what I was hoping for, so this should be ‘TOTALLY EPIC’. It’s the one film I know I’ll travel for the earliest available screening of on the opening day.

2. Avengers: Infinity War

When?: April / May 2018

Why?: Have you seen the trailer? ‘The Avengers’ films have been the culmination of each phase of films and they are awesome but this is the culmination of everything so far, it’s what the whole MCU has been building towards for over a decade and is the definition of epic (honestly, check the OED). There’s also a lot to be said for the Russo brothers direction in the MCU so far, ‘Winter Soldier‘ and ‘Civil War‘ are both excellent and bear repeat viewing very well indeed. It’ll be nice to see how their skills work with such an extensive cast and huge scale but ‘Civil War’ was not small and they do some wonderful things with that, including one of the most surprising and compelling antagonists.

3. Black Panther

When?: February 2018

Why?: One of the standouts from ‘Civil War‘ was Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, he got the two sides of the character perfectly right. The trailers look epic and it is building towards ‘Infinity War’ with a character we wanted more of in his homeland which stands out as distinctive. Director Ryan Coogler impressed me greatly with ‘Creed‘ so I have full confidence he will blow me away with this.

4. Ant-Man and the Wasp

When?: July 2018

Why?: I was surprised by how much I loved the first film, I think it got the tone exactly right and the humour was fantastic. Thanks in no small measure to Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, the film that was worrying fans with production issues managed to win me over with ease. There haven’t (yet) been any issues with the production on this sequel so it’s on a safer footing, there’s also a key romance plot being teased which the MCU hasn’t really got prominently at the moment in other films so this could be great for many reasons.

5. Glass

When?: January 18th 2019 (I know, it looks like it’s a 2019 highlight but I have a sneaking suspicion it’ll get moved up, plus I’m looking forward to seeing the trailer enough for that alone to make it into my top ten things I’m excited about in 2018).

Why?: Without spoiling ‘Split’ this ties in to a larger concept that M. Night Shyamalan has explored before. Casting is also very strong and it could be a full return to form for the director as the modest budget may refocus him on making the narrative strong rather than mistaken overreliance on special effects.

6. Aquaman

When?: December 2018

Why?: Despite being massively sceptical of DC’s movies, ‘Wonder Woman‘ proved they can make a good film, then months later ‘Justice League’ proved they can still make a bad film while getting closer to the right tone and being somewhat less of a disappointment. With ‘Aquaman’ I’m looking forward to seeing if they can do better, if there’s a glimmer of hope that ‘Justice League’ while a huge flop for DC might be able to get downgraded to a blip with a few really brilliant follow-up films. I remain sceptical, but it’s nice to hold on to a little hope.

7. Solo: A Star Wars Story

When?: May 2018

Why?: I’ve really enjoyed the new episodes in the Star Wars saga, and I actually quite liked ‘Rogue One‘ although it’s the easiest of the new three to pick apart as being riddled with problems. I loved the idea of Lord and Miller directing and though they were fired in favour of Ron Howard, I hope that there’s still little hints of their work that will make this an exciting and enjoyable film. Many are expecting this to be a disappointment, however, I’m not a huge Star Wars fanboy, I just enjoy the sci-fi action elements over any concern for the larger franchise or character legacy, so if it meets my expectations for a science fiction adventure film it’ll be great.

8. Oceans 8

When?: June 2018

Why?: I really love a good heist movie, especially the first Clooney-led ‘Oceans 11’. Sandra Bullock leading this seems like a great choice, the rest of the casting is excellent, the trailer is fun, all good signs so far. As long as the heist part is nicely twisty and has a bit of genius I’ll be happy. Due to my high expectations, this also stands a huge chance of being the biggest disappointment, so it really could go either way, but I will give it the benefit of the doubt for now and hope to be really please when I see it in the summer.

9. American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

When?: January 17th (onwards)

Why?: I was hooked by the first season that told the story of the O.J. Simpson trial. I binged the whole lot over about four or five days and it was some of the very best television I’ve seen in ages. This new season takes a different case, the murder of Versace, which I know even less about than I did with the Simpson case, so if it’s anywhere near as good as the first case I can imagine getting gripped again. It also stars Darren Criss (‘Glee’) who I’m a big fan of, so it’ll be nice to see him in a dramatic role.

10. X-Men: Dark Phoenix & New Mutants

When?: April and November 2018

Why?: I’ve merged these together as I don’t know which I’m liking the look of more and my reasons for being interested are largely the same for both films. I like the X-Men franchise and these are some of the last to be produced by Fox before being bought by Disney/Marvel. Because of that they could be considered the end of the franchise as it stands, or, if they are brilliant and do very well, they could potentially shape Disney’s way forward with these characters if these films are a foundation too good to do away with. Dark Phoenix has the chance to right some of the wrongs of the disappointing ‘Apocalypse’ and ‘New Mutants’ looks like it’s going to stand out as different from the rest of the franchise so may be a solid stand-alone ‘Hero Horror’ which could be incredible.

A few other honourable mentions:

The Meg (March): Jason Statham and a giant shark, that’s all I know, it’s all I need to know, though I did prefer the original title of just ‘Meg’ and I hope they go back to that. It should be somewhat ridiculous, hopefully in all the right ways, also it’s nice to see former professional diver Statham going back to the water.

Black Lightning (TV, January): The CW lineup of DC shows is already quite packed, I struggle to keep up with the four a week but this fifth show looks really good though apparently it won’t be tied into the ‘Arrowverse’ yet, I don’t know why other than it may be to see if audiences like it first, but the featurettes have already impressed me more than much of ‘Legends of Tomorrow’.

Venom (October): This should be out in October 2018 though it seems like the kind of film that could suffer delays. I’m reserving judgement because there are no firm details released about style or plot, it’ll be a while before we see a trailer. In its favour are Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson, so that makes me think it could be superb.

Moustache: Impossible

Bemusingly, there was a lot of fuss in the geeky news community a few weeks ago about how Henry Cavill’s ‘Mission: Impossible 6’ moustache was causing major problems for his ‘Justice League’ reshoot commitments. Essentially it seems like he was unable to shave it off, and it put Warner in the position of having to remove it in post-production at extra expense.

Oh, if only they could have waited a few weeks!

Tom Cruise’s recent injury on set has halted production on ‘M:I 6’ by an estimated minimum of six weeks, which would have unexpectedly created a tidy gap in which Henry Cavill could have been brought back for reshoots, possibly even with time to have an actual shave rather than rely on the CGI upper lip that’s being digitally added. I know scheduling issues are not quite as simplistic as all that and that the reshoots were a few weeks earlier, but still, it does seem to be a bit of a funny way that things have turned out.

This whole funny issue also shows a little of the inter-studio rivalry, as there’s no question that the better, cheaper and simpler solution to the problem would’ve been for him to shave for Superman, then be given a fake moustache made to look exactly like the one he was previously sporting on return to the ‘M:I 6’ set. That would incur far lower costs that Warner Bros would no doubt have happily covered, probably even sorting the hair work themselves if needed.

I challenge anyone now to be able to watch ‘Justice League’ when it’s released in November and not spend the whole time watching Superman’s top lip trying to work out if it’s a reshot scene. I know I will!

Mid-Week Musings: The DCEU reset button!

One announcement caught my attention at SDCC, that the upcoming (and much troubled) ‘Flash’ movie will be an adaptation of the ‘Flashpoint’ storyline. With this decision, DC have essentially built a reset switch into their extended universe.

All I know of the ‘Flashpoint’ storyline is really taken from the way ‘The Flash’ TV show used it last season, though I know it was adapted considerably to fit the ‘Arrowverse’. Essentially, Barry Allen can run so fast he time travels, but his actions in the past cause an alternate timeline to form, so when he returns to what should be his present, things are considerably different.

This plot device will open the way for so much change in the DCEU, essentially giving them the ability to change things radically with the one-word explanation ‘flashpoint’ being all that’s needed to justify it. There could be new casting, probably in favour of younger actors who are up to the challenges of a decade worth of film commitments. Possibly even undoing story arcs that have gone down badly with audiences, an odd wiping their own sullied slate clean. Maybe even bringing back characters from the dead.

It’s a fascinating move that DC have set this film for release in the next couple of years, though it was originally intended to be released March 2018, planning in advance a film that will have to be used to cause at least some considerable changes or else be wasted and criticised for not really being ‘Flashpoint’. I feel like this suggests a distinct lack of confidence in their unfolding universe. Maybe saving this for a second Flash film in a few more years would have been a better move, a tool to pull out when things have been otherwise exhausted to usher in a new set of characters and younger casting as contracts end or actors move on to more varied projects.

I wonder if this was one of the reasons that they couldn’t keep directors linked to the film, as they were likely being told to pencil things in, or leave wiggle-room for big adjustments so that their film could be used in any way required to soft-reboot the franchise. Hopefully, they will manage to get the ink dried on a deal with Lord and Miller to direct, as for my tastes their tone would be very welcome in the DCEU.

It’s not that I don’t want to see a big-screen ‘Flashpoint’ adaptation, it sounds fascinating and potentially very exciting as audiences will have no end to the possibilities of what could come next. Still, I can’t get over the feeling that it’s preempting failure and possibly self-fulfilling low-expectations.

With Joss Whedon reportedly working hard on extensive re-shoots for ‘Justice League’ with only a few months to go before release, Matt Reeves restarting writing ‘The Batman’ as rumours persist that Ben Affleck won’t stay around for many more films, as well as Geoff Johns and Patty Jenkins already working apace on ‘Wonder Woman 2’ as the most anticipated of the coming DCEU films, all these filmmakers (and associated casting choices) will have to raise their game if they want their versions of these characters to stick around beyond the Flash’s solo movie.