It doesn't seem five minutes since we were heaping praise on Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore as they picked up their Golden Globes at the beginning of 2015. The awards ceremony has rolled around again and there are a whole host of great actors and films in the running of a major gong.
But which performances and movies are going to walk away with the gongs? That is the big question that will be answered in a few hours and it looks like it is going to be a very tight fight in many categories.
The Best Picture Drama category is always a tough one and 2016 is no different. Carol, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Room, and Spotlight are all in the running and you really could make a very strong case for all of them to win. While I would love to see Golden Globes go against the grain and give the award to Mad Max: Fury Road, I don't think that they will be that radical. Spotlight is a big favourite and I think it will triumph tonight.
Of course, at the Golden Globes the film and acting categories are split into two; Drama and Musical/Comedy. The Big Short, Joy, The Martian, Spy, and Trainwreck make up the Musical/Comedy best Motion Picture Category.
I think it is between The Martian and The Big Short and we may well see the sci-fi film, which is not really a comedy and definitely not a musical, triumph. The Big Short looks set to be a dark horse during the awards season, so don't be surprised if it walks away with the gong.
Quite often, those that scoop the acting gongs do go on to triumph at the Oscars and the support is growing for Leonardo DiCaprio, who should go on to win Best Actor/Drama. DiCaprio is nominated alongside Bryan Cranston, Michael Fassbender, Eddie Redmayne, and Will Smith for Trumbo, Steve Jobs, The Danish Girl, and Concussion, but it really is this actor's time to shine on the awards circuit.
Cate Blanchett has already picked up gongs for her performance in Carol and I think she may walk away with the Golden Globe for Best Actress/Drama. Rooney Mara and Brie Larson have been winning over critics and audiences for their roles in Carol and Room; I think only Mara could cause an upset. Saorise Ronan and Alicia Vikander complete the category for their performances in Brooklyn and The Danish Girl.
The Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical looks set to be between Jennifer Lawrence and Lily Tomlin for Joy and Grandma. While Lawrence does give a fantastic performance in Joy, she is a very recent Golden Globe winner and it would be nice to see Tomlin recognised for a great turn; it would also put a new name amongst the list of recent winners.
Last year, Alejandro González Iñárritu was overlooked for Best Director for Birdman and he is perhaps the frontrunner going into the ceremony tonight. Again, it is another tough category with Todd Haynes, Tom McCarthy, George Miller, and Ridley Scott all nominated for Carol, Spotlight, Mad Max: Fury Road, and The Martian.
Personally, I would love to see Sylvester Stallone win the Best Supporting Actor gong for his reprisal of Rocky Balboa in Creed. This movie shows the iconic character in a very different light and it is a wonderful performance from Stallone. However, Idris Elba has won a lot of fans with his performance in Beasts of No Nation and looks set to be a major threat in this category; it remains to be seen whether he will be in the Oscar race for this performance.
The Best Supporting Actress category looks pretty open this year with Jane Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Helen Mirren, Alicia Vikander, and Kate Winslet nominated for Youth, The Hateful Eight, Trumbo, Ex Machina, and Steve Jobs. While you could make a case for any of them to win, I think Jennifer Jason Leigh is going to triumph.
Full list of Golden Globe Predictions:
- Best Motion Picture/Drama: Spotlight
- Best Motion Picture/Musical or Comedy: The Martian
- Actor in a Motion Picture/Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
- Actress in a Motion Picture/Drama: Cate Blanchett - Carol
- Actor in a Motion Picture/Musical or Comedy: Matt Damon - The Martian
- Actress in a Motion Picture/Musical or Comedy: Lily Tomlin - Grandma
- Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone - Creed
- Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight
- Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu - The Revenant
- Best Screenplay: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer for Spotlight
- Best Original Score: Carter Burwell - Carol
- Best Original Song: See You Again - Fast & Furious 7
- Best Animated Feature Film: Inside Out
- Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul