2016 Golden Globes Predictions Part 1: Movies

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It’s that time of year again. Awards season is in full swing and Ricky Gervais is ready to step up and tear Hollywood apart at the Golden Globes once more. But more importantly, actors, directors, writers, composers, and more will walk home with statues for their work. Obviously, some films are more deserving than others depending on your taste. From Spotlight to Furious 7, here are our predictions for the winners on Sunday, as well as who should actually win.


Best Picture – Drama:

Photo Credit:Photo Credit:http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/428175-madness-these-are-more-mad-max-fury-road-posters#/slide/1There’s only been one clear frontrunner for all of awards season so far, and that’s Spotlight. Expect the HFPA to honor the most beloved film in the awards circles. But the more-deserving Mad Max: Fury Road could pull a classic Globes upset. The Revenant is also deserving. But if an upset were to happen, Carol is the most likely candidate. Will Win: Spotlight/Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road


Best Picture – Musical or Comedy:

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3659388/?ref_=nv_sr_1Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596363/?ref_=nv_sr_1The Golden Globes seriously need an intervention this year. The Martian may be the best film nominated here, but it is neither a musical nor a comedy. If we’re to truly adhere to what this category stands for, the Globe should go to Trainwreck or The Big Short. The latter is a little smarter (okay, maybe a lot smarter) so I’ll root for them. Will Win: The Martian/Should Win: The Big Short



Best Director:

FURY ROADFrom relatively new blood like Tom McCarthy to favorites who found their way back to acclaim like Ridley Scott and George Miller, this is a very fun category of unexpected names. The only easy one to knock out is Alejandro G. Inarritu since The Revenant isn’t as strong with the awards circle as Birdman was. It’s easy to say McCarthy or Scott for their probably Best Picture winners above, but I suspect the HFPA will give this one to the very tough-to-make Fury Road that just clicks in all the right places. Will and Should Win: George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road


Best Actor – Drama:

Photo Credit:http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00085988.htmlWill Smith and Bryan Cranston just don’t have the traction to pull an upset here. There’s a lot of love for Eddie Redmayne right now, but not so much for The Danish Girl. This is a race between Michael Fassbender and Leonardo DiCaprio, easily two of the best actors out there right now. As great as Fassbender was, this appears to be DiCaprio’s year. Finally. Will/Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant



Best Actress – Drama:

Photo Credit:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQpnyb3k3EgPhoto Credit:https://i-d.vice.com/en_au/article/cate-blanchett-and-rooney-mara-tease-the-beginning-of-an-affairThis one is Brie Larson’s to lose. Her swift and sudden rise into the mainstream conversation with the admirable Room is one of the biggest awards stories of the year. But Cate Blanchett was absolutely magnetic in Carol and deserves every award she’s not going to win. Will Win: Brie Larson for Room/Should Win: Cate Blanchett for Carol


Best Actor – Musical or Comedy:

Photo Credit:http://www.fastcocreate.com/3047165/the-martian-viral-promo-shows-matt-damon-goofin-with-his-crew-no-mars-stuffWhile The Martian deserves no credit as a comedy, Matt Damon’s performance was undeniably very funny at moments. He’s the rightful favorite here even if the movie he’s in shouldn’t be in these categories to begin with. Christian Bale or Steve Carell would be next in line for an upset, but very unlikely ones. Will/Should Win: Matt Damon for The Martian



Best Actress – Musical or Comedy:

Photo Credit:http://movieweb.com/joy-movie-trailer-jennifer-lawrence/Photo Credit:http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/grandma_2015/Despite Joy‘s lackluster reviews, the world’s infatuation with Jennifer Lawrence is far from over. Her pal Amy Schumer had the best year of her career though, and could lead to an upset. But the most deserving party here is Lily Tomlin for Grandma with a performance that made us realize how much we missed the comedian. Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence for Joy/Should Win: Lily Tomlin for Grandma


Best Supporting Actor:

Photo Credit:http://www.apotpourriofvestiges.com/2015/10/bridge-of-spies-by-steven-spielberg.htmlPhoto Credit:http://teaser-trailer.com/trailer-of-beasts-of-no-nation-starring-idris-elba/The Golden Globes tend to be all over the place, but this category is packed with people who deserve to win. Paul Dano’s young Brian Wilson was laced with tragedy. Michael Shannon continued a career of terrific villains in 99 Homes. Sylvester Stallone reminded us why we love Rocky while taking him to rich new territory. The favorite seems to be Mark Rylance for his understated but excellent turn in Bridge of Spies, but I have to root for Idris Elba. It’s the most layered and nuanced performance of the bunch. Will Win: Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies/Should Win: Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation


Best Supporting Actress:

Photo Credit:http://time.com/4066332/steve-jobs-movie/Another strong category, but one with a clear and deserving favorite. As cool as it would be for a film like Ex Machina to get recognized here, Kate Winslet is the rock that keeps the purposefully unruly Steve Jobs on course. It’s a stunning performance that hits all the right beats exactly when intended. Winslet remains among the most talented working actors. Will and Should Win: Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs



Best Screenplay:

Photo Credit:Photo Credit:http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/428175-madness-these-are-more-mad-max-fury-road-posters#/slide/1With Spotlight probably winning Best Picture, but not Best Director, expect McCarthy to get his individual credit here, along with writing partner Josh Singer. I wouldn’t rule out an upset from The Big Short though. Still, the most deserving screenplay is unlikely to win here. Aaron Sorkin’s brilliant Steve Jobs script is doomed to be ignored. Will Win: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer for Spotlight/Should Win: Aaron Sorkin for Steve Jobs



Best Original Score:

Photo Credit:http://time.com/4066332/steve-jobs-movie/Photo Credit:http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/428175-madness-these-are-more-mad-max-fury-road-posters#/slide/1Carol has the score that the awards circles seem to like the most. Admittedly, it is pretty outstanding, easily one of the best things about that overrated film. But how about the inventive and playful composition for Steve Jobs? It’s doubtful. Expect this to be another area where that film is looked over. Will Win: Carter Burwell for Carol/Should Win: Daniel Pemberton for Steve Jobs



Best Original Song:

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2820852/?ref_=nv_sr_1With the harsh overlooking of “Till It Happens to You,” this notoriously difficult category to predict for the Globes is a little more open. The only easy one to rule out is Sam Smith’s Spectre tune. The HFPA could award Brian Wilson just do so. But then comes Paul Walker goodbye song from Furious 7. Catchy and tear-jerking, it’s one hell of a song that handled a difficult emotional moment in the seventh film of a car racing franchise with beauty and grace. Will and Should Win: “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth for Furious 7


Best Animated Feature Film:

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2096673/?ref_=nv_sr_1Between Anomalisa and Inside Out (which were both in my top three movies of 2015), this category is an embarrassment of riches. Inside Out is a slightly better film I think, and the awards circles have been favoring it as well. But an Anomalisa win would hardly be something to fret over. Will and Should Win: Inside Out




Best Foreign Language Film:

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3808342/?ref_=nv_sr_1There’s really only one film in the conversation here and that’s Hungary’s Son of Saul. It’s a great film with both an innovative style and a magnificent story. There’s little doubt that it will walk away with the award. Will and Should Win: Son of Saul




Who do you think will and should win the Golden Globes this year? Let us know in the comments below! And look for our TV predictions later this week.


By Matt Dougherty

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