It’s award show season, bitches! If there’s one thing you should about me it’s that I’m a HUGE award show guy, though just for movies. Don’t really care about the Grammys and the Emmys are just whatever. But when it comes to the Oscars, Golden Globes, and SAG Awards, sign me the hell up. Anyways, the nominations for the 74th Golden Globes were announced on Monday, and just like the rest of America, I will be predicting the winners. I’m only going to take a dive into the major motion picture categories because I really don’t give a shit about any of the television categories to be totally honest. Now I’ll say this, the Golden Globes are nice and all, but they don’t nearly strike my interest as much as the Oscars do. I LOVE the Oscars. Regardless, I’m still going to watch because I’m an award show guy. You’ve heard it here first, but your 2017 Golden Globe winners will be:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Hell or High Water
Manchester by the Sea
I think Moonlight takes the prize here. Besides being an excellent movie, with all the criticism of Hollywood lacking diversity over the past few years, I think that the Hollywood Foreign Press will want to put an end to that by awarding the movie, which has a predominantly African American cast. I can also see Manchester by the Sea taking the award because that truly was one of the best movies I’ve seen in quite some time, and has been recognized as one of the best movies of the year.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
20th Century Women
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land (Winner)
As much as I loved Deadpool and as awesome as it was, this might be the only sure thing of the award show. La La Land did some damage at the Critics Choice Awards, and have been receiving countless awards left and right. I think it has to be the frontrunner for Best Picture at the Oscars, and I really can’t see any other movie winning this category.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea (Winner)
Joel Edgerton – Loving
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences
This category is a two-man race between Casey Affleck and my man Denzel, and I think that Ben’s younger brother, Casey, is starting to pull away. Affleck gave the performance of a lifetime in Manchester by the Sea, and has already received numerous awards for his work. I also think because Denzel has already received countless awards throughout his career, including two Oscars and three Golden Globes (one being a lifetime achievement award), that the voters will want to reward a new face to the award season, and Casey Affleck is that face.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Amy Adams – Arrival
Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie (Winner)
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Another category that I think might already be locked up. Although each of these actresses gave great performances, I think this award is Portman’s to lose. Her performance as former First Lady Jackie Kennedy has been viewed by many as the performance of her career, even more so than the one she gave in Black Swan, which won her the Oscar for Best Actress. I personally loved her in Star Wars, but I think I’m in the minority in that.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Colin Farrell – The Lobster
Ryan Gosling – La La Land (Winner)
Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill – War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool
Ryan Reynolds absolutely killed it as Deadpool, it was absolutely hysterical, and I’d be happy if was the recipient of this award, but I think that it’s going to his fellow Canadian/Ryan in Ryan Gosling. I’ll actually go on record and say that this category is also a lock as well. Gosling does it all in La La Land: sings, dances, and even has some pretty good one liners. He’s gotten great reviews for his performance, so I see him taking his award and possibly an Oscar nomination as well. I’d also like to say that I’m one of the biggest Gosling fans out there, I’ll see anything he’s in. Crazy, Stupid, Love is my all time favorite rom-com, and if you don’t like it then go to hell.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
Lily Collins – Rules Don’t Apply
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
Emma Stone – La La Land (Winner)
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins
This is sneakily a pretty loaded category. I’m fairly confident that Stone wins, because she is not only fantastic in the movie, but the movie has also received extremely high praise. But don’t sleep on Bening possibly winning because she was great in 20th Century Women. I want to give Meryl Streep a shot as well because I love Meryl Streep, but she’s receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, so I don’t think it’s very realistic she takes home two Golden Globes. Save some awards for the rest of us, Meryl.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight (Winner)
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel – Lion
Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals
Ali should be the winner here, but I’m not too sure about this category. He won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the Critics Choice Awards so he should be the frontrunner, but I don’t know if this will be the same. Dev Patel is great in Lion and could possibly win, though I personally feel like his performance was more of a lead performance than a supporting one, but what the hell do I know? Also shout out to Jeff Bridges for being a boss.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Viola Davis – Fences (Winner)
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea
Give this award and the rest of the Supporting Actress Awards this season to Davis. She was not only tremendous in Fences, but she also has yet to win an Academy Award, so this could be the performance she finally receives one for, and it starts for her at the Golden Globes. Each of these women gave outstanding performances, especially Williams, but Davis’ Oscar campaign starts with a win at the Golden Globes.
Best Director – Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle – La La Land (Winner)
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
This is the category that I feel least confident about. Chazelle won the Critics Choice Award for Best Director, so that’s why I give him the edge, but I can also see Jenkins or Lonergan taking home the prize. I think the award is going to come down to one of those three men, and as of today I think that Chazelle will be the winner.