The first Fall stab at Golden Globe predictions

It’s that time again…time to take a stab at Golden Globe predictions. As I previously mentioned in my last installment, I was originally planning on waiting to take a new look at Golden Globe predictions until the summer was over (so basically now), but I just couldn’t resist. Fast forward to today and I’m back now with what’s my fourth look at the Golden Globe Awards, with this time around, another new theory to try and drum up some different/more accurate predictions. Anyway, here goes nothing!

To reiterate 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. So yes, films like Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, David Fincher’s Gone Girl, and Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher are here, but they’re now joined by things like James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything and Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, potentially at the expense of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. You also still potentially lose certain indie players here, as you’ll see evidenced by much smaller nomination totals (or even shutouts) for Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, 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, Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent, Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys, Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods, and maybe even Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight or Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here 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 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 delays on my part (since we all know that you’re really here just to see what I have below), are a brand spanking new set of Golden Globe predictions:

Best Picture (Drama)

1. The Imitation Game
2. Gone Girl
3. Foxcatcher
4. The Theory of Everything
5. Unbroken

If there’s a sixth: Mr. Turner

Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)

1. Into the Woods
2. Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
3. Inherent Vice
4. St. Vincent
5. Begin Again

If there’s a sixth: Neighbors

Best Actor (Drama)

1. Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
2. Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
3. Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
4. Jack O’Connell – Unbroken
5. Ben Affleck – Gone Girl

If there’s a sixth: Timothy Spall – Mr. Turner

Best Actor (Comedy or Musical)

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

If there’s a sixth: Seth Rogen – Neighbors

Best Actress (Drama)

1. Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
2. Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
3. Amy Adams – Big Eyes
4. Reese Witherspoon – Wild
5. Shailene Woodley – The Fault in Our Stars

If there’s a sixth: Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year

Best Actress (Comedy or Musical)

1. Keira Knightley – Begin Again
2. Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
3. Helen Mirren – The Hundred Foot Journey
4. Elisabeth Moss – Listen Up Philip
5. Emma Stone – Magic in the Moonlight

If there’s a sixth: Rose Byrne – Neighbors

Best Supporting Actor

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

If there’s a sixth: Adam Sandler – Men, Women & Children

Best Supporting Actress

1. Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
2. Emma Stone – Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
2. Anna Kendrick – Into the Woods
4. Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
5. Emily Blunt – Into the Woods

If there’s a sixth: Katherine Waterston – Inherent Vice

Best Director

1. David Fincher – Gone Girl
2. Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
3. Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
4. Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game
5. Angelina Jolie – Unbroken

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

Best Screenplay

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

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. Gone Girl
2. Interstellar
3. The Theory of Everything
4. Unbroken
5. The Imitation Game

Best Original Song

1. Begin Again
2. The Lego Movie
3. Muppets Most Wanted
4. The Fault in Our Stars
5. Wish I Was Here

Best Foreign Film

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

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

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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