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76th Golden Globes: Who Will, Could, And Should Win?

If you can believe it, the Golden Globes are finally here this Sunday. However, I still have no clue what is winning what minus a few exceptions because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association can be very impossible to pin down. But I shall do my best to predict what will win in each of the film categories anyhow. I will also share what I think could win and what should win each category.

Without further ado, here are my predictions/picks for the Golden Globes.

A Star is Born 4

Best Motion Picture-Drama:

BlacKkKlansman

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

If Beale Street Could Talk

A Star Is Born

 

Will Win: A Star Is Born

Could Win: Black Panther

Should Win: If Beale Street Could Talk

A Star Is Born winning here seems like a pretty safe call. A movie about the entertainment industry feels like something the HFPA will salivate over. However, despite A Star Is Born being a safe bet, Black Panther could pull off an Avatar-style upset thanks to its status as a cultural and box office phenomenon.

Should’ve Been Nominated: Widows

 

Best Actor In A Motion Picture-Drama:

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

 

Will Win: Bradley Cooper

Could/Should Win: Rami Malek

Bradley Cooper feels like an easy frontrunner for his work as a fading musician in A Star Is Born. However, they could always throw a curveball and award Rami Malek for his performance as a real-life musician in Bohemian Rhapsody. A Star Is Born may be a film about the entertainment industry which should make it irresistible to the HFPA but biopics still remain awards catnip.

Although if I’m being honest, despite the flaws Bohemian Rhapsody has, Rami Malek still gives the superior performance in my opinion.

Should’ve Been Nominated: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

 

Best Actress In A Motion Picture-Drama:

Glenn Close, The Wife

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Nicole Kidman, Destroyer

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Rosamund Pike, A Private War

 

Will Win: Glenn Close

Could Win: Lady Gaga

Should Win: Melissa McCarthy

This is a real tough one. Do the Globes start the overdue train for Glenn Close or do they go “Gaga” over the famed pop star? Glenn Close may be the only representation for her film but again, her overdue narrative is strong enough to overcome that. For now, I’ll go with her for the win but Lady Gaga could easily benefit from her star power and ride the coattails of A Star Is Born to a win here.

That being said, I do hope to see Melissa McCarthy pull off an upset for her revelatory, career-best performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me?.

Should’ve Been Nominated: Toni Collette, Hereditary

 

Best Motion Picture-Musical Or Comedy:

Crazy Rich Asians

The Favourite

Green Book

Mary Poppins Returns

Vice

 

Will Win: Green Book

Could Win: Vice

Should Win: The Favourite

Ironically, this award will likely go to the one of the two films that don’t really have a place in this category: Green Book or Vice. For now, Green Book is my predicted winner but because it is the nomination leader, Vice will potentially win over it. But truth be told, The Favourite should be the one that lives up to its title. Either that or..any of the actual comedies in this category. Heck, there could be room for Crazy Rich Asians to pull off a “Hangover”-style upset. Who knows?

Should’ve Been Nominated: Sorry To Bother You

 

Best Actor In A Motion Picture-Musical Or Comedy:

Christian Bale, Vice

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Robert Redford, The Old Man And The Gun

John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie

 

Will Win: Christian Bale

Could Win: Viggo Mortensen

Should Win: Robert Redford

Christian Bale feels like the likely winner since his performance is one strong place for them to reward Vice. Either him or Viggo Mortensen if Viggo is able to get his foot out of his mouth. It’s a likely two-person race but hopefully, Robert Redford can stand a better chance for his genuine, movie star turn in The Old Man And The Gun.

Should’ve Been Nominated: Lakeith Stanfield, Sorry To Bother You

The Favourite

Best Actress In A Motion Picture-Musical Or Comedy:

Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade

Charlize Theron, Tully

Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

 

Will Win: Emily Blunt

Could Win: Olivia Colman

Should Win: Honestly, any of them

What a category!!! Pretty much everyone in this category is a winner. But because there has to be one winner, this’ll likely go to Emily Blunt. She’s a Globes favorite playing an iconic, Oscar-winning role and she also is having a terrific year with Mary Poppins Returns and A Quiet Place. That being said, Olivia Colman is still her biggest challenger. She’s a previous Globe winner herself for The Night Manager and is the best shot at The Favourite being rewarded.

Should’ve Been Nominated: Lily James, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!

 

Best Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture:

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell, Vice

 

Will Win: Mahershala Ali

Could Win: Timothee Chalamet

Should Win: Richard E. Grant

Mahershala Ali feels like a likely winner since he’s a way for them to reward Green Book and they could rectify the fact that they didn’t reward him for Moonlight. That being said, the newfound star power of Timothee Chalamet could allow him to be a dark horse in this category despite him being the sole representation of his picture. Richard E. Grant could be a spoiler as well given his current critical momentum and his effortless charm on the campaign trail. Hopefully, that’s not a case of wishful thinking.

Should’ve Been Nominated: Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther

 

Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture:

Amy Adams, Vice

Claire Foy, First Man

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

 

Will Win: Amy Adams

Could/Should Win: Regina King

This one’s a bit of a coin toss. It boils down to Amy Adams and Regina King with the slight edge going to Amy Adams. Adams is a Globes darling, having been rewarded twice for American Hustle and Big Eyes, and is pulling off double duty in this category and Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie for Sharp Objects. However, Regina King is pulling off double duty in the same categories as well. Because Adams is an easy frontrunner to win for Sharp Objects, do they spread the wealth and give this award to King to spread the wealth? Could King benefit from her SAG snub and win in one of the few chances she’ll have this season to step onto a winning podium?

Adams may be out in front but King is still looking to be a potential spoiler.

Should’ve Been Nominated: Michelle Yeoh, Crazy Rich Asians

 

Best Director:

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

Peter Farrelly, Green Book

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Adam McKay, Vice

 

Will Win: Bradley Cooper

Could Win: Spike Lee

Should Win: Alfonso Cuaron

If the night becomes a Star Is Born love fest, then Bradley Cooper could be the one that wins out here. However, if they want to start the overdue train on Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, he could be a potential spoiler. Spike Lee may not really one to play the celebrity game which the HFPA typically prefers but Gary Oldman once bashed the HFPA and still won last year. So, anything could happen.

Should’ve Been Nominated: Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

 

Best Screenplay:

Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, and Nick Vallelonga, Green Book

Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Adam McKay, Vice

 

Will Win: Ehr….I don’t know

Could Win: Anybody

Should Win: Barry Jenkins

I honestly don’t know what wins here. My suspicion is that it could be the writers of Green Book. But it could also go to Adam McKay or even Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. With this category, we’re basically throwing darts. If it were to go Barry Jenkins, however, that would be pleasing. But it could go in any direction.

Should’ve Been Nominated: Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

 

Best Animated Feature:

Incredibles 2

Isle Of Dogs

Mirai

Ralph Breaks The Internet

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

 

Will Win: Incredibles 2

Could Win: Isle Of Dogs

Should Win: Spider-Man

Because the Best Animated Feature race tends to become the Disney Award, this’ll likely go to Incredibles 2. However, because Isle Of Dogs received a Score nomination, there is some passion that could result in an upset win here. Fingers crossed that voters become taken by the awe-inspiring animation of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, though.

Should’ve Been Nominated: N/A

Roma

Best Foreign Language Film:

Capernaum (Lebanon)
Girl (Belgium)

Never Look Away (Germany)

Roma (Mexico)

Shoplifters (Japan)

 

Will/Should Win: Roma

Could Win: Nothing

This is probably one of the few categories that feels like a no-brainer. Roma will win without breaking a sweat.

Should’ve Been Nominated: Burning (South Korea)

 

Best Original Score:

Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place

Alexandre Desplat, Isle Of Dogs

Ludwig Goransson, Black Panther

Justin Hurwitz, First Man

Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

 

Will Win: Marc Shaiman

Could/Should Win: Justin Hurwitz

Tough call but I’ll go with Marc Shaiman for the win. Aside from Emily Blunt, this is one way for them to reward Mary Poppins Returns. That being said, because they’ve rewarded Justin Hurwitz before for La La Land, there’s a possibility they could reward him again. Again, this is a tough call.

Should’ve Been Nominated: Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk

 

Best Original Song:

“All The Stars” from Black Panther

“Girl In The Movies” from Dumplin’
“Requiem For A Private War” from A Private War

“Revelation” from Boy Erased

“Shallow” from A Star Is Born

 

Will Win: “Shallow”

Could Win: N/A

Should Win: “All The Stars”

The safest call of the night. If anything were to beat “Shallow,” it would literally be jaw-dropping. “All The Stars” should have a stronger chance. But there’s no doubt in my mind that “Shallow” is going to win this.

Should’ve Been Nominated: “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns

 

Those are my Golden Globe predictions. Do you agree or disagree? Please share your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!

 

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