Just like Raven-Symoné, it’s time to gaze into the future! The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards will air this Sunday, January 10.
We don’t need experts to know that the champagne will be flowing, the gowns will be stunning and host Ricky Gervais will likely be saying something offensive within the first five minutes. But when it comes time to fill out your party ballots and office pools, you might want to consult the entertainment insiders for their take on this year’s hopefuls.
Will the Hollywood Foreign Press Association honor TV and film veterans such as Jon Hamm and Helen Mirren, or make way for shining new stars such as Rami Malek and Brie Larson? It remains to be seen, but here’s a list of this year’s predictions from the authorities at Time magazine, TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly.
Best Picture, Drama
No need to shine a light on this one! Critics are pretty unanimous in thinking that the journalism drama Spotlight will win the top honor. The true story about the Boston Globe staff, who uncovered horrific details about the sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic church, seems like a lock.
Best Picture, Comedy
Outer space or financial crisis? Don’t make Us choose! This category has already raised some opposition from those who think The Martian — Matt Damon’s survival tale in space — has no place being called a “comedy.” That said, it seems like the only possible contender for this category is the Adam McKay–directed true story about the housing crisis of 2008, The Big Short. It seems like having Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Brad Pitt all come up on stage together to accept the honor would be enough of a visual blessing to earn them some gold.
Best Actress, Drama
Step aside, ladies! There’s a new girl in town. Well, actually, there are several, but only one is about to win her first Golden Globe, and most think it will be Brie Larson for her role as Ma in the emotional roller coaster Room. Another name often mentioned in the same sentences as Larson is that of Saoirse Ronan for her role as the romantic Irish immigrant Eilis in Brooklyn.
Best Actress, Comedy
Though people love to pit besties Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence against each other, it looks like the Joy star and past winner doesn’t have a fighting chance when compared with the Trainwreck writer and actress. Schumer’s whirlwind year has seemingly secured her a spot at the podium come Sunday. Let’s hope she has fewer wardrobe malfunctions than her onscreen character.
Best Actor, Drama
He had to rip apart wild beasts and trek through the wilderness to do it, but Leonardo DiCaprio is set to have an unstoppable awards season. The two-time Golden Globe winner’s raw, physical performance as real-life, vengeance-happy 1800s trapper Hugh Glass in The Revenant all but guarantees him a victory. But the real question is, will the Academy finally agree and give him an Oscar as well?
Best Actor, Comedy
He may not have cracked many jokes while on Mars, but Damon is set to win his first Globe for acting in the comedy category (he previously won in 1998 for Best Screenplay for Good Will Hunting). He’ll bypass the dapper gents from The Big Short and skip over Mark Ruffalo, who is oddly nominated not for his role in Spotlight, but rather in Infinitely Polar Bear. Apparently the HFPA has a sense of humor too.
Best TV Series, Drama
It would be very interesting to see characters from the top two contenders, Empire and Mr. Robot, go head-to-head in battle. On one side there’s the Lyon dynasty, who murder, manipulate, sing and sleep their way to the top on the Fox drama. But you shouldn’t underestimate USA’s newcomer. This nail-biting drama about a computer hacker and the secret anarchist he meets has been praised by critics across the board. With Empire suffering from what many have dubbed a weaker sophomore season, perhaps Mr. Robot will get the winning code.
Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy
It’s probably safe to predict that Amazon’s Transparent will pick up another win after snagging last year’s Golden Globe and a shiny new Emmy award. But some experts think that HBO’s Veep might be taking home its first win in this category, simply to switch things up a bit.
Best Actor, TV Drama
After Don Draper & Co. gave fans a buzzworthy Mad Men series finale (and bought the world a Coke), some thought Jon Hamm was a lock for this year’s win. But the majority of critics actually think that Mr. Robot newcomer Rami Malek could steal the gold right out of his hands. And we thought Hamm would have a better chance with Bryan Cranston and his Breaking Bad crew gone!
Best Actor, TV Comedy
It seems almost certain that Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor will snag yet another win for his groundbreaking role as trans woman Maura Pfefferman. And if his speeches are as inspiring as they’ve been in the past at the Globes and Emmys, we’re rooting for another!
Best Actress, TV Drama
It’s Cookie’s time to shine! That’s right, Taraji P. Henson is the unanimous pick in this category for her fearless portrayal of the fur-loving, purple lipstick–wearing Cookie Lyon on Fox’s Empire. And if anyone tries to steal her thunder, they’d better watch out!
Best Actress, TV Comedy
After she has raked in the last four years worth of Emmys in the same category, most think that Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus will finally snag a Globe for playing the neurotic now-president Selina Meyer.
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The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards air on NBC on Sunday, January 10, at 8 p.m. EST.
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