Tonight, Hollywood will be hosting it’s first major awards show of 2017 with the Golden Globes. One of the few major award events that has both film and TV categories placed together, and the most unpredictable given the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) being notorious for being different and, at times, stupid with their choices . Usually for the TV side of things, it doesn’t really give any indication of what to expect in terms of major players as the Emmys will happen all the way down in September. And the HFPA usually like to give away awards to the new shows that have just come out, with history usually showing they have not gone onto doing well come Emmy time. But for the films side of things, this is a major indicator of who could go on to win the coveted prizes at the Oscars at the end of February so all eyes will be on those categories. So far, its been either “La La Land”(who leads with seven nominations) or “Moonlight” who have had the momentum of winning all awards given by the US critics (and I won’t expect that momentum to falter this evening). But here are my predictions of who I want to win AND will go on to winning tonight! Let me know your predictions in the comments section below:
Best Motion Picture — Drama
Manchester by the Sea – Want to Win
Moonlight – Will Win
As I said earlier, I don’t see Moonlight losing its momentum here and going on to win the final prize of the night, but Manchester by the Sea is equally amazing (and one of my favourite films of last year) so it could sneak in for the win.
Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
La La Land – Want to Win & Will Win
I’ve been an advocate of this film since last year and its a given for winning the prize on the night. A true shock if it doesn’t.
Best Director — Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle (La La Land) – Want to Win & Will Win
What Chazelle has done to revitalise the modern Hollywood musical is truly visionary so I’m expecting him to be rewarded his dues.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Amy Adams (Arrival) – Want to Win
Natalie Portman (Jackie) – Will Win
I love everything that Amy Adams does, and her work on “Arrival” just portrays an Actress at the top of her game. She could end up winning on the night given the HPFA’s past love for her. But the buzz and awards that Natalie Portman’s portrayal of Jackie Kennedy has been getting won’t surprise me one bit if she wins the award on the night.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) – Want to Win & Will Win
The best performance of last year by a mile. Casey Affleck will go on to win on the night and then at the Oscars.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical
Ryan Gosling (La La Land) – Want to Win & Will Win
La La Land will win nearly all of its categories and I won’t expect it to falter here. Gosling’s charming performance is an important cog that makes the film work so well.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical
Emma Stone (La La Land) – Want to Win & Will Win
Gosling’s great in the film, but the stand out and what makes the film truly special is Emma Stone. She’s the heart of the film and she will be reading her acceptance speech tonight.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) – Want to Win & Will Win
Another lock in tonight’s Golden Globes. Ali has been winning all the major awards for his performance in Moonlight and I’m expecting him to go on to winning.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea) – Want to Win
Viola Davis (Fences) – Will win
This is a really tough category to predict. Michelle Williams was outstanding in Manchester, opposite Affleck. And the buzz that Naomie Harris has been receiving for her performance has a drug-addicted mother in Moonlight has been strong. But the odds on favourite is Viola Davis’ towering performance in Fences, a character she has played in Broadway before.
Best Motion Picture — Animated
Kubo and the Two Strings – Want to Win
Zootopia – Will Win
I loved Kubo and placed it in my top ten films of 2016, but I could see Zootopia taking this, given the messages on inclusivity it preached throughout the whole film.
Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By the Sea) – Want to Win & Will Win
The only award which La La Land will not win. Kenny Lonergan’s screenplay is perfect and he should be rewarded for it.
Best Original Score — Motion Picture
Justin Hurwitz (La La Land) – Want to Win & Will Win
Another deadlock. An original musical where all the songs are great!
Best Original Song
“City of Stars” – La La Land – Want to Win & Will Win
You can’t stop whistling this song once you hear it for the first time.
Best Foreign Language Film
Toni Erdmann (Germany) – Want to Win & Will Win
Another one that’s hard for me to predict, given they haven’t been released yet here in the UK. But I’ve already added Elle and Toni Erdmann as films I need to watch this year, and predict Toni Erdmann to take it given the universal acclaim it has received.
Best Television Series — Drama
Game of Thrones – Want to Win
Stranger Things – Will Win
No begins the unpredictable categories. In an ideal world, Game of Thrones would win everything. But HFPA always give awards to new dramas and I don’t expect that trend to differ this year. So my prediction is the awesome Stranger Things winning on the night.
Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Atlanta – Want to Win & Will Win
Donald Glover’s Atlanta was the best new comedy I saw last year. Original and bold, I’m expecting it to win big tonight.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama
Winona Ryder (Stranger Things) – Will Win
Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) – Want to Win
An incredibly strong year for female performances. I fell in love with Evan Rachel Wood last year with her performance as android Dolores, but if Stranger Things wins best drama on the night, the return of Winona Ryder on our screens will be given the reward.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama
Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) – Want to Win & Will Win
Malek’s incredible performance in Mr Robot will again get the award tonight. He is the best thing on the show and the only reason why I kept on watching it last year given it wasn’t as great as the first season.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Donald Glover (Atlanta) – Want to Win & Will Win
Glover should be rewarded for his talent and he will tonight if Atlanta wins best comedy. Childish Gambino FTW!
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) – Want to Win & Will Win
She’s the queen of comedy and no other comic actress is out there like her. She didn’t win it last year but I see that changing tonight.
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – Want to Win & Will Win
It won all the awards in last year’s Emmys and it will go on to dominate in the Golden Globes tonight, and so it should. The trial of OJ Simpson was simply thrilling to watch.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) – Want to Win & Will Win
Amazing performances nominated in this category, but Vance as the late Johnnie Cochran was as bold and sleazy like the man himself. He won the Emmy for it last year and will win again tonight.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) – Want to Win & Will Win
Marcia Marcia Marcia. Paulson is the tour-de-force in the show and she will win again tonight.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) – Want to Win & Will Win
Paulson and Vance wouldn’t have given those amazing performances without Sterling K.Brown’s Chris Darden opposite them. A sweep for “The People Vs.”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) – Want to Win
Thandie Newton (Westworld) – Will Win
The only category where I won’t have regret if either Headey or Newton went on to win. Both were phenomenal in Game of Thrones and Westworld (respectively) so credit is due to either of them.