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Golden Globe predictions for October

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With the month of October almost complete and the precursor season having officially kicked off yesterday morning with the Gotham Award nominations (I’ll be writing about that on Monday or Tuesday as part of something more substantial about precursors), now’s a perfect time for my monthly set of Golden Globe predictions. Some might consider it a bit too early still, but not me. It’s time. Especially considering some of the embargoed things I’ve seen this month (including one big one I can’t talk about yet), it’s high time to discuss the Globes again.

To reiterate the basics to you all one more time, the biggest difference that you’ll see here between the Academy and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is that they tend to go for the bigger names or the bigger productions, as well as more European fare at times. So yes, some films that do better here might not do quite as well with Oscar. Certain titles will do about the same with both groups, like potentially Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, or Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game. You also still might lose certain indie players here, as you’ll see evidenced by much smaller nomination totals (or even shutouts) for Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (though that one can go either way considering it’s potentially a frontrunner for Best Picture), just as one example, though others could be movies like J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year. On the flip side though, the inclusion of comedies and musicals allows longer shot work like John Carney’s Begin Again, Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods, and Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent to have a shot at not just contention for nods, but actual noms, as well as wins. Nominations that would have been wishful thinking with the Academy and AMPAS (or just harder to come by) are very much in play with the categories that the HFPA deals in. That’s just the nature of the beast here folks.

Here now though, without any further delay on my part (since we all know that you’re really here just to see what I have below in each category), are a brand spanking new set of Golden Globe predictions. Behold:

Best Picture (Drama)

1. The Imitation Game
2. Interstellar
3. Unbroken
4. Boyhood
5. The Theory of Everything

If there’s a sixth: Gone Girl

Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)

1. Into the Woods
2. Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
3. Whiplash
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
5. Begin Again

If there’s a sixth: St. Vincent

Best Actor (Drama)

1. Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
2. Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
3. Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
4. Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
5. Timothy Spall – Mr. Turner

If there’s a sixth: Matthew McConaughey – Interstellar

Best Actor (Comedy or Musical)

1. Michael Keaton – Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
2. Bill Murray – St. Vincent
3. Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
4. Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
5. Mark Ruffalo – Begin Again

If there’s a sixth: Chris Rock – Top Five

Best Actress (Drama)

1. Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
2. Julianne Moore – Still Alice
3. Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
4. Reese Witherspoon – Wild
5. Shailene Woodley – The Fault in Our Stars

If there’s a sixth: Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night

Best Actress (Comedy or Musical)

1. Keira Knightley – Begin Again
2. Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
3. Helen Mirren – The Hundred Foot Journey
4. Kristen Wiig – The Skeleton Twins
5. Angelina Jolie – Maleficent

If there’s a sixth: Emma Stone – Magic in the Moonlight

Best Supporting Actor

1. J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
2. Edward Norton – Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
3. Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
4. Robert Duvall – The Judge
5. Johnny Depp – Into the Woods

If there’s a sixth: Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

Best Supporting Actress

1. Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
2. Emma Stone – Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
2. Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
4. Jessica Chastain – Interstellar
5. Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

If there’s a sixth: Anna Kendrick – Into the Woods

Best Director

1. Christopher Nolan – Interstellar
2. Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
3. Angelina Jolie – Unbroken
4. Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game
5. Rob Marshall – Into the Woods

If there’s a sixth: James Marsh – The Theory of Everything

Best Screenplay

1. The Imitation Game
2. Unbroken
3. Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
4. Interstellar
5. Gone Girl

If there’s a sixth: Boyhood

Best Animated Feature

1. The Lego Movie
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2
3. The Boxtrolls
4. Book of Life
5. Big Hero 6

Best Original Score

1. Interstellar
2. Gone Girl
3. The Theory of Everything
4. Unbroken
5. Fury

Best Original Song

1. Begin Again
2. The Lego Movie
3. Noah
4. The Fault in Our Stars
5. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Best Foreign Film

1. Two Days, One Night
2. Mommy
3. Winter Sleep
4. Leviathan
5. Ida

Stay tuned for another new set of Oscar predictions very soon as well as another Golden Globe predictions update next month!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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