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A final set of Golden Globe predictions before the nominations are announced

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Believe it or not, next week will kick off with the Golden Globe nominations on Monday. As such, today is the perfect time to finalize some predictions for the award. Their nominations will mark the next stage in a fast moving awards season. We’re a ways away from Oscar announcing, but this is a notable juncture in the path that leads to that event. Not to sound like a broken record, but the Globes aren’t the biggest precursor in relation to the Academy Awards. Of course, on the flip side, they’re hardly the smallest either. Keeping that in mind, below you’ll see my last best guess for the Golden Globes pre nominations, which will no doubt have a couple of surprises in store for us.

What you’ll see below is a last shot at predicting these, along with a bit of cheating, as I’m adding a seventh selection, just to cover my bases. Basically, I could have gone ten deep in each category, that’s how strong the races have turned out to be. In the biggest categories, we’ll likely see Best Picture – Drama be between early precursor juggernauts Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight, though Fences could spoil. In Comedy/Musical, it seems like La La Land in a walk. The acting categories will be super competitive, which is always a good thing, while the same can be said for the below the line categories. Look for Fences, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight to compete for the best day overall, but anything is possible. Sit tight…

Here now is my final crack at Golden Globe predictions:

Best Picture (Drama)

1. Moonlight
2. Manchester by the Sea
3. Fences
4. Lion
5. Hell or High Water

If there’s a sixth: Silence
If there’s a seventh: Hacksaw Ridge

Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)

1. La La Land
2. 20th Century Women
3. Florence Foster Jenkins
4. Rules Don’t Apply
5. Captain Fantastic

If there’s a sixth: The Lobster
If there’s a seventh: Deadpool

Best Actor (Drama)

1. Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
2. Denzel Washington – Fences
3. Tom Hanks – Sully
4. Joel Edgerton – Loving
5. Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge

If there’s a sixth: Will Smith – Collateral Beauty
If there’s a seventh: Chris Pine – Hell or High Water

Best Actor (Comedy or Musical)

1. Ryan Gosling – La La Land
2. Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
3. Warren Beatty – Rules Don’t Apply
4. Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
5. Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

If there’s a sixth: Colin Farrell – The Lobster
If there’s a seventh: Ryan Gosling – The Nice Guys

Best Actress (Drama)

1. Natalie Portman – Jackie
2. Isabelle Huppert – Elle
3. Amy Adams – Arrival or Nocturnal Animals
4. Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane
5. Ruth Negga – Loving

If there’s a sixth: Jennifer Lawrence – Passengers
If there’s a seventh: Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures

Best Actress (Comedy or Musical)

1. Emma Stone – La La Land
2. Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
3. Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins
4. Sally Field – Hello My Name is Doris
5. Kate Beckinsale – Love & Friendship

If there’s a sixth: Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
If there’s a seventh: Kristen Stewart – Cafe Society

Best Supporting Actor

1. Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
2. Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
3. Dev Patel – Lion
4. Kevin Costner – Hidden Figures
5. Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea

If there’s a sixth: John Goodman – 10 Cloverfield Lane
If there’s a seventh: Ben Foster – Hell or High Water

Best Supporting Actress

1. Viola Davis – Fences
2. Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea
3. Naomie Harris – Moonlight
4. Nicole Kidman – Lion
5. Helen Mirren – Eye in the Sky

If there’s a sixth: Greta Gerwig – 20th Century Women
If there’s a seventh: Kristen Stewart – Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Best Director

1. Damien Chazelle – La La Land
2. Denzel Washington – Fences
3. Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
4. Martin Scorsese – Silence
5. Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

If there’s a sixth: Mike Mills – 20th Century Women
If there’s a seventh: Clint Eastwood – Sully

Best Screenplay

1. Manchester by the Sea
2. La La Land
3. Fences
4. 20th Century Women
5. Moonlight

If there’s a sixth: Jackie
If there’s a seventh: Hell or High Water

Best Animated Feature

1. Zootopia
2. Kubo and the Two Strings
3. Moana
4. The Red Turtle
5. Finding Dory

If there’s a sixth: My Life as a Zucchini
If there’s a seventh: Sausage Party

Best Original Score

1. La La Land
2. Arrival
3. Jackie
4. The BFG
5. Silence

If there’s a sixth: Live by Night
If there’s a seventh: The Light Between Oceans

Best Original Song

1. La La Land (Audition or City of Stars)
2. Sing Street (Drive It Like You Stole It or Go Now)
3. Moana (We Know The Way)
4. Trolls (Can’t Stop The Feeling)
5. Hidden Figures (I See A Victory)

If there’s a sixth: Rules Don’t Apply (The Rules Don’t Apply)
If there’s a seventh: Sausage Party (The Great Beyond)

Best Foreign Film

1. Toni Erdmann
2. Elle
3. The Salesman
4. Neruda
5. It’s Only the End of the World

If there’s a sixth: The Handmaiden
If there’s a seventh: Graduation

Stay tuned to see who and what gets nominated when the Globes announce on Monday!

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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