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Final Golden Globe Awards Predictions

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This weekend, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will announce the winners of their Golden Globe Awards in a big televised event. As you’ve all seen over much of the past year, I’ve been attempting to nail down what the group (HFPA for short) will do on Sunday. Frankly, the nature of the films in competition have me not certain at all what’s going to happen. Still, this is the last chance to get Globe predictions on the record, so I’ve settled on my picks and have them for you below. First, I’ll explain myself, but I’ll keep it short, since you’re here for the good stuff, I know.

Certain categories seem pretty obvious to me, like the Supporting categories. J.K. Simmons seems very likely to win Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash, while Patricia Arquette is the clear favorite in Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood. Similarly, I feel good about The Lego Movie winning Best Animated Feature and Ida winning Best Foreign Language Feature. After that, however…it gets dicey. Sure, Michael Keaton seems set to win Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy for Birdman, while the film itself should take home Best Picture (Musical/Comedy), but I could see upsets occurring. Best Actress in that same Musical/Comedy field is wide open, with Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, and Julianne Moore close together. I have Adams winning for Big Eyes, but Blunt could easily win too for Into the Woods, with Moore’s work in Maps to the Stars a potential spoiler. Best Director and Best Screenplay are both super hard to predict too, with each contender a possibility (Screenplay has my only true upset pick of the night, with Gone Girl winning that category).

Then we have the drama categories. Best Picture (Drama) and Best Actor (Drama) are as tight as can be. I’m leaning towards Boyhood to continue its run to Oscar with some big wins here, but any of the Picture nominees could win, while actor will potentially show us who the prime competition to Keaton at the Academy Awards might be. My hunch is that Picture is between Boyhood and The Imitation Game, but it’s just that…a hunch. Anything can happen this weekend with the Globes. The HFPA have some tough choices to make.

Here now are my final Golden Globe predictions:

Best Picture (Drama)

1. Boyhood
2. The Imitation Game
3. Selma
4. The Theory of Everything
5. Foxcatcher

Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)

1. Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
3. Into the Woods
4. St. Vincent
5. Pride

Best Actor (Drama)

1. Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
2. Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
3. David Oyelowo – Selma
4. Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
5. Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler

Best Actor (Comedy or Musical)

1. Michael Keaton – Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
2. Bill Murray – St. Vincent
3. Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
5. Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes

Best Actress (Drama)

1. Julianne Moore – Still Alice
2. Jennifer Aniston – Cake
3. Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
4. Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
5. Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Best Actress (Comedy or Musical)

1. Amy Adams – Big Eyes
2. Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
3. Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
4. Helen Mirren – The Hundred Foot Journey
5. Quvenzhané Wallis – Annie

Best Supporting Actor

1. J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
2. Edward Norton – Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
3. Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
4. Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
5. Robert Duvall – The Judge

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Director

1. Richard Linklater – Boyhood
2. Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
3. Ava DuVernay – Selma
4. David Fincher – Gone Girl
5. Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Screenplay

1. Gone Girl
2. Boyhood
3. Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
4. The Imitation Game
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Animated Feature

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

Best Original Score

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

Best Original Song

1. “Glory” – Selma
2. “Yellow Flicker Beat” – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
3. “Mercy Is” – Noah
4. “Big Eyes” – Big Eyes
5. “Opportunity” – Annie

Best Foreign Film

1. Ida
2. Force Majeure
3. Leviathan
4. Tangerines
5. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Stay tuned to see who wins on Sunday!

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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