77th Annual Golden Globes: Reactions and Predictions

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(Left to Right) Adam Driver, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt. All three performers are nominated for awards at tonight's show.

Carson Zorn, Writer

At 8 a.m. on December 9th the nominations were announced for the 77th Golden Globe Awards. Netflix dominated having at least one nominee in almost every category. There were some surprising snubs but not enough to send a lot of people into an uproar. I love movies and have been watching these awards shows for the past couple years, and have seen about 50 of the films released this year, so here are my reactions to each category. Including which person/film I want to win and which person/film I think will win. (I’m only doing all of that for the movies, I don’t watch a lot of TV).

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Movie

Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”

Al Pacino, “The Irishman”

Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”

Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

This category is jam-packed with a lot of talent, with two nominees coming from the same movie. No surprise that Tom Hanks is nominated, because it’s Tom Hanks. That is absolutely no discredit to him, because he is a phenomenal actor and delivered a great performance as the lovable Mr. Rogers, and is well deserving of the nomination. I was surprised he was nominated for a supporting role, though. I have not seen “The Two Popes,” but I’m sure Anthony Hopkins does a great job in the movie. Both Al Pacino and Joe Pesci emerged from “The Irishman” and both delivered great performances, but Joe Pesci was the standout of that film, he even came out of retirement to do the film. Finally, Brad Pitt did a fantastic job in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” but I think I liked the character more than the performance, meaning he probably won’t win the award.

Who I Want to Win: Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”

Who I Think Will Win: Joe Pesci, “The Irishman

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Movie

Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”

Annette Benning, “The Report”

Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”

Jennifer Lopez, “Hustlers”

Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”

I have not seen “Richard Jewell” yet, so I have not seen Kathy Bates’ performance, but I’m sure it’s great. Annette Benning did really well in “The Report” but the film receiving almost no other nominations, as well as it not being really talked about, hurts her chances to win the award. Laura Dern gave an amazing performance in “Marriage Story,” and she is my personal favorite performance out of this bunch, but she might not win the gold, because there are two even better performances in the film that are being talked out more.  Jennifer Lopez has emerged as the favorite to win this award due to her being the fan favorite from “Hustlers,” the buzz started all the way back in August and doesn’t seem to be dying down, so she has a good chance to win the award. Again with Margot Robbie, I haven’t seen “Bombshell” yet, but I’m sure she gives a great performance. 

Who I Want To Win: Laura Dern,Marriage Story”

Who I Think Will Win: Jennifer Lopez, “Hustlers”

 

Best Original Song-Motion Picture

“Beautiful Ghosts,” “Cats”

“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”

“Into the Unknown,” “Frozen 2″

“Spirit,” “The Lion King”

“Stand Up,” “Harriet”

“Beautiful Ghosts” is a good song, mostly because a musical genius was behind the song. No, not Taylor Swift (although she is a musical genius as well), Andrew Lloyd Weber, but having Taylor Swift sing it certainly didn’t hurt it’s chances, but I don’t think it will win because of the lack of nominations for “Cats.” “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” is my favorite song out of the bunch. It might be because I love Elton John’s music in general, but also because it’s just a really good song that gets stuck in my head frequently. I hope it gets nominated for an Oscar so we get to see Elton and Taron Egerton perform it. “Into the Unknown” is also really good, but of course it is, it’s a Disney ballad. I think it probably has the best chance to win the award, although I do prefer the Panic! at the Disco version. “Spirit” from Beyonce is alright. Beyonce’s vocals are out of this world, but something just feels like something’s missing from the song as a whole. “Stand Up” didn’t really stick in my mind, and I kind of forgot I heard it after I listened to it, so I don’t love it’s chances.

What I Want To Win: “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”

What I Think Will Win: “Into the Unknown,” “Frozen 2″

Best Original Score-Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplat, “Little Women”

Hildur Guonadóttir, “Joker”

Randy Newman,Marriage Story”

Thomas Newman, “1917″

Daniel Pemberton, “Motherless Brooklyn”

I’ll be honest, I don’t really listen to film scores outside of seeing the movie, so my opinion might not be the best one to listen to on this one. Instead of going one by one on this one I’m just going to summarize my opinion. No other film score has impacted me as much in the actual movie as the score of “Joker.” The cello music is so powerful at the key points in the movie. But, I’ve heard a lot of buzz about the “Little Women” score as well.

Who I Want To Win: Hildur Guonadóttir, “Joker”

Who I Think Will Win: Alexandre Desplat, “Little Women”

Best Animated Feature Film

“Frozen 2”

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

“The Lion King”

“Missing Link”

“Toy Story 4”

Crowded field this year for this category, but this one is clear in my mind, but awards voters might choose differently. “Frozen 2″ is a solid outing by Disney, but there were some glaring flaws and it came nowhere near touching the original. “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” was an amazing conclusion to a fantastic trilogy, but is not being talked about at all, hurting it’s chance to win. “The Lion King” was a surprise in this category, but it is technically an animated film. I don’t think it will win given that is just a shot for shot remake of the superior original. It’s nice to see Laika Studios still pop up with “Missing Link” and I will always have respect for stop-motion movies, but it won’t win the award. The clear winner in my mind is “Toy Story 4,” I went into that film thinking it was an unneeded sequel, but it was amazing. The story was so great, the animation was spectacular and the ending left me on the verge of tears, it’s my personal favorite but I don’t know if awards voters will think the same way.

What I Want To Win:  “Toy Story 4″

What I Think Will Win: “Frozen 2″

 

Best Foreign Language Film

“The Farewell”

“Les Miserables”

“Pain and Glory”

“Parasite”

“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

I honestly haven’t seen any of these movies except for “Parasite” but it was so great and is generating so much awards buzz that I think it will secure the gold in this category.

What I Want To Win: “Parasite”

What I Think Will Win: “Parasite”

Best Screenplay-Motion Picture

Noah Baumbach, “Marriage Story”

Bong Joon Ho and Jin Won Han, “Parasite”

Anthony McCarten, “The Two Popes”

Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Steven Zaillian, “The Irishman”

First off, I was surprised to see no nomination for “Joker” in this category, but I think it will still get nominated at the Oscars. Noah Baumbach crafted a masterful film with the screenplay for “Marriage Story,” but I think the performances outshine the script. “Parasite” may be one of the best written films of the decade, the story was so well-crafted and is hard to be ignored. Again, I haven’t seen “The Two Popes,” but I’m sure it’s good. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” also has a great story but I think the acting and technical elements is where it really excels, leaving it better suited to win one of those categories. “The Irishman” also has a good story, but I feel like some parts are a little too exposition heavy for it to win the award.

Who I Want to Win: Noah Baumbach, “Marriage Story”

Who I Think Will Win: Bong Joon Ho and Jin Won Han, “Parasite”

Best Director-Motion Picture

Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”

Sam Mendes, “1917″

Todd Phillips, “Joker”

Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”

Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” 

This is basically Bong Joon Ho’s category for the taking. He has received high praise for “Parasite,” and he deserves it. I have not seen “1917″ yet, but I’ve read that it’s great, but I don’t think Sam Mendes has enough buzz surrounding his name to win the award. Todd Phillips also crafted a masterful film with “Joker,” but I feel like some of the criticism surrounding how close the film was to some other Scorsese films hurts his chances. Martin Scorsese made another great mob epic with “The Irishman,” but I feel like the globes might want to give the award to a new filmmaker this year. Tarantino is my personal favorite director of the year because of the world he crafted in recreating late 60s Hollywood, but I feel like Bong Joon Ho has this in the bag.

Who I Want To Win: Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Who I Think Will Win: Bong Joon Ho,Parasite”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Daniel Craig, “Knives Out”

Roman Griffin Davis, “Jojo Rabbit”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Taron Egerton, “Rocketman”

Eddie Murphy, “Dolemite Is My Name”

This is a great group of performers between Hollywood royalty and breakout stars. Daniel Craig did great in “Knives Out” but he is not my personal favorite out of this group, and I think he has next to no chance to win it, but he still was great. Roman Griffin Davis was incredible in “Jojo Rabbit.” I’ve never been as blown away by a young actor than I was in that film. If there was a ‘Best Young Actor Award’ he would take it easily. But, I don’t think he will win this one, and even though he was amazing, he’s still not my favorite. Leonardo DiCaprio probably has the best chance to win this award, because he is always talked about when awards season comes around. I thought he delivered a great performance, but he’s still not who I’d like to win. My personal favorite performance in this category is Taron Egerton in “Rocketman.” There were some moments in the film where he transformed into Elton John. But, I feel like Rami Malek winning last year hurts his chances quite a bit, which is disappointing, because I thought Egerton was better than Malek (Also, Egerton sang all of the songs so that’s also a level up). I have not seen “Dolemite Is My Name” but I’m sure Eddie Murphy does great, and it’s great to see him back in movies.

Who I Want To Win: Taron Egerton, “Rocketman”

Who I Think Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical or Comedy

Awkwafina, “The Farewell”

Cate Blanchett, “Where’d You Go Bernadette?”

Ana de Armas, “Knives Out”

Beanie Feldstein,Booksmart”

Emma Thompson, “Late Night”

I have not seen “The Farewell” but I’ve heard high praises about Awkwafina’s performance and she has a solid chance to win it. I don’t know anyone who has seen “Where’d You Go Bernadette?” And I don’t remember it being in theaters for more than a week so I don’t like Cate Blanchett’s chances to win. Ana de Armas was spectacular in “Knives Out” and did a great job with a lead role in a film with so many stars. She is my personal favorite to win this category, but I really don’t know who will win it because it is such a crowded field. Beanie Feldstien had a breakout performance in “Booksmart,” which is one of the best comedies I’ve seen in awhile, but because “Booksmart” didn’t get any other nominations she probably doesn’t have a great chance at winning. I also didn’t see Late Night but Emma Thompson is a big name in comedy so she could possibly come away with the win, but I think Awkwafina has the best chance to win. Although, I will be pleasantly surprised if Ana de Armas wins.

Who I Want To Win: Ana de Armas, “Knives Out”

Who I Think Will Win: Awkwafina, “The Farewell”

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama

Christian Bale, “Ford v Ferrari”

Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”

Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”

Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”

Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”

I sadly did not get to see “Ford v Ferrari” before it left theaters but Christian Bale always dedicates himself to his roles, which always gives him a chance to win. I also did not see “Pain and Glory” but there is a lot of buzz surrounding Antonio Banderas, but I don’t think he has a chance to win. The two front runners in my mind are Joaquin Phoenix and Adam Driver, and I honestly would be fine with either of them winning. Phoenix was amazing in “Joker” and he was my instant favorite to win the award. However, then I saw “Marriage Story” and Adam Driver just blew me away. Both of them made you feel for their characters and delivered some of the most authentic performances I’ve ever seen. Again, I haven’t seen “The Two Popes,” and I haven’t heard too much buzz about Pryce, but I’m sure he delivers a great performance.

Who I Want To Win: Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”

Who I Think Will Win: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama

Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”

Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”

Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”

Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”

Renée Zellweger, “Judy”

I did not see “Harriet” but playing an important historical figure almost always guarantees awards buzz, but I don’t think I’ve heard enough of it to say that Erivo will win. Scarlett Johansson delivered the best performance of her career in “Marriage Story” and is my personal favorite from this category but I don’t know if she’ll win. This category is packed full of talent so it’s hard to pick a winner here. I think, even though she gave a great performance, Saoirse Ronan doesn’t have a great chance to win due to the lack of nominations for “Little Women” and the same can somewhat be applied to Renée Zellweger, but to a lesser extent. Even though I haven’t seen “Bombshell,” I could tell from the trailers that Charlize Theron transformed for her role in the film, and I think her big name status also helps her chances, and she could come away with the award.

Who I Want To Win: Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”

Who I Think Will Win: Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”

 

Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy

“Dolemite Is My Name”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“Knives Out”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“Rocketman”

This is a fantastic category and I would honestly be fine with any of these films winning. Again, I haven’t seen “Dolemite Is My Name” but I’m sure it’s great, otherwise it wouldn’t be here. “Jojo Rabbit” is my personal favorite film of the year. Not only does it work well as a comedy, but no other film has left that much of an impact on me all year, making it my choice to win, but choosing a winner for this category would be like choosing a favorite child. “Knives Out” was an original ‘Whodunnit’ that just blew my mind. It was so entertaining and fun, and the acting nominations for Craig and de Armas definitely don’t hurt it’s chances. However, I think the film with the best chance to win is “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” It received a bunch of other nominations and has some of the biggest names in Hollywood involved in it. Even though it might not win, “Rocketman” is truly spectacular, it was such a unique and fun way to present a biopic that it can’t be ignored. But the release and success of “Bohemian Rhapsody” last year drastically hurts its chances. 

What I Want To Win: “Jojo Rabbit”

What I Think Will Win: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Best Motion Picture-Drama

“1917”

“The Irishman”

“Joker”

“Marriage Story”

“The Two Popes”

This is basically Netlflix’s category for the taking. They have three films up for the gold and two of them are very strong frontrunners. I haven’t seen “1917″ so I can’t speak on that (I’m very excited to see it and think it will be great), but if it wins I would be surprised. “The Irishman” was good but maybe about 20 minutes too long. But, it has a strong chance at winning and probably will given the talent involved with the movie. “Joker” is fantastic, but I think not landing the screenplay nomination hurts its chances, and I don’t think Hollywood is ready to start giving comic book movies awards. “Marriage Story” is my personal favorite of the bunch because it is so well written, well-acted and is one of the biggest emotional gut punches I have ever watched, it’s truly phenomenal. Once again, no opinion or insight on “The Two Popes” but I’d be shocked if it won. 

What I Want To Win: “Marriage Story”

What I Think Will Win: “The Irishman”

 

Those are my Golden Globe thoughts, opinions and predictions. Don’t forget to tune into the show on January 5th at 8:00pm EST!