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Final Golden Globe predictions

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Believe it or not folks, tomorrow the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will announce their nominees for the Golden Globe awards. Bright and early we’ll know what the HFPA feels about cinema in 2015, and perhaps even a bit about what the Oscar nominations could wind up looking like. As such, I’m putting out my final predictions, ones that I’ll have to stick with for the rest of the day, even if, knowing me, I’ll immediately want to switch them up. That’s the nature of the beast though, and I’ve long since accepted it. The Globes aren’t the biggest precursor in relation to the Academy Awards, of course, but they’re hardly the smallest either. Keeping that in mind, below you’ll see my best guess for the Golden Globes, which will no doubt have a surprise or two in store for us.

This time out, it’s do or die, prediction wise. There’s no more category confusion and the earlier precursors have clued us in to which films might be the most lovingly received all season long. Here with the Globes, what you want to look out for is how well Spotlight does, if The Martian has as good a showing, and if the late breaking contenders like The Hateful Eight, Joy, and The Revenant manage to get more than token bits of love (one other thing is to watch for if Mad Max: Fury Road is shut out or not). I suspect that the HFPA will spread the attention around, though one of those above titles will likely lead the field. Watch out for Brooklyn and Carol though, as they could be surprises tomorrow morning. Sit tight…

Here you go ladies and gentlemen, my final look at how the Golden Globe awards could shape up in under 24 hours:

Best Picture (Drama)

1. Spotlight
2. The Hateful Eight
3. Brooklyn
4. The Revenant
5. Carol

If there’s a sixth: Mad Max: Fury Road
If there’s a seventh: Room

Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)

1. The Martian
2. The Big Short
3. Joy
4. Trainwreck
5. Grandma

If there’s a sixth: Spy
If there’s a seventh: I’ll See You in My Dreams

Best Actor (Drama)

1. Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
2. Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
3. Johnny Depp – Black Mass
4. Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl
5. Bryan Cranston – Trumbo

If there’s a sixth: Will Smith – Concussion
If there’s a seventh: Jake Gyllenhaal – Southpaw

Best Actor (Comedy or Musical)

1. Matt Damon – The Martian
2. Steve Carell – The Big Short
3. Bill Hader – Trainwreck
4. Bradley Cooper – Burnt
5. Al Pacino – Danny Collins

If there’s a sixth: Joaquin Phoenix – Irrational Man
If there’s a seventh: Bill Murray – Rock the Kasbah

Best Actress (Drama)

1. Brie Larson – Room
2. Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
3. Cate Blanchett – Carol
4. Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
5. Rooney Mara – Carol

If there’s a sixth: Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
If there’s a seventh: Emily Blunt – Sicario

Best Actress (Comedy or Musical)

1. Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
2. Lily Tomlin – Grandma
3. Amy Schumer – Trainwreck
4. Meryl Streep – Ricki and the Flash
5. Maggie Smith – The Lady in the Van

If there’s a sixth: Melissa McCarthy – Spy
If there’s a seventh: Sandra Bullock – Our Brand is Crisis

Best Supporting Actor

1. Sylvester Stallone – Creed
2. Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
3. Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
4. Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
5. Michael Keaton – Spotlight

If there’s a sixth: Jason Segel – The End of the Tour
If there’s a seventh: Tom Hardy – The Revenant

Best Supporting Actress

1. Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
2. Elizabeth Banks – Love & Mercy
2. Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
4. Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
5. Kristen Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria

If there’s a sixth: Jane Fonda – Youth
If there’s a seventh: Tilda Swinton – Trainwreck

Best Director

1. Ridley Scott – The Martian
2. Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
3. Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant
4. Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight
5. George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road

If there’s a sixth: Todd Haynes – Carol
If there’s a seventh: Adam McKay – The Big Short

Best Screenplay

1. Spotlight
2. The Martian
3. Steve Jobs
4. The Hateful Eight
5. Brooklyn

If there’s a sixth: Trainwreck
If there’s a seventh: Carol

Best Animated Feature

1. Inside Out
2. Anamolisa
3. The Good Dinosaur
4. The Peanuts Movie
5. Shaun the Sheep Movie

Best Original Score

1. Bridge of Spies
2. The Hateful Eight
3. Brooklyn
4. Sicario
5. Carol

Best Original Song

1. Ricki and the Flash (Cold One)
2. Spectre (Writing’s on the Wall)
3. Love & Mercy (One Kind of Love)
4. Furious 7 (See You Again)
5. The Hunting Ground (Til It Happens to You)

Best Foreign Film

1. Son of Saul
2. Goodnight Mommy
3. Mustang
4. Labyrinth of Lies
5. A War

Stay tuned to see how the nominations go tomorrow morning!

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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