The Golden Globes are traditionally seen as the frontrunner for the Oscar nominations, with the winners having a higher chance at taking home more awards gold. The ceremony, backed by the Hollywood Foreign Press, picks the best performances across both, film and television. And while a Golden Globe win does not guarantee an Oscar win, it is good at securing a nomination. With this year’s ceremony just around the corner (January 8th), we thought we’d take a guess at who will be taking home the gold this weekend. And feel free to share your predictions, for a chance to win three free months of MoviePass.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Hacksaw Ridge – Hell or High Water – Lion – Manchester by the Sea – Moonlight
With the best picture category split into drama and comedy, it allows Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight to truly shine during the 2017 awards season. This “story of a lifetime” is rocked by fantastic performances, excellent direction and a heartbreaking plot. Its toughest competition would definitely be Manchester by the Sea, a cinematic examination of grief by long under-appreciated writer/director Kenneth Lonergan, but honestly, Moonlight is the rare blend of topicality and a perspective shattering vision.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
20th Century Women – Deadpool – Florence Foster Jenkins – La La Land – Sing Street
This year’s comedy category is unusually eclectic, allowing room for two musicals and a superhero movie, alongside films that toe the line between drama and comedy. However, La La Land is definitely the awards season frontrunner with its captivating cinematography, stellar performances and wonderfully choreographed musical numbers. The smaller, yet equally poignant film, 20th Century Women, is definitely one of our favorite films of the year, but it’s hard to compete with the joyous celebration of artistic pursuit that is La La Land.
Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Amy Adams (Arrival) – Jessica Chastain (Miss Sloane) – Isabelle Huppert (Elle) – Ruth Negga (Loving) – Natalie Portman (Jackie)
One of the toughest competitions this year, “Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama,” is truly anyone’s game. Relative newcomer, Ruth Negga, gives a standout performance in Loving and Elle simply wouldn’t work without Isabelle Huppert. However, Natalie Portman gives the performance of a lifetime in Jackie, as the widowed Kennedy, capturing both the essence and falseness of the Kennedy façade, while remaining shockingly human in the film’s more intimate moments. Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain are also fantastic candidates for the award, but it would be predominantly for their larger bodies of work, while Natalie Portman truly takes one of the most difficult roles and seamlessly blends into the iconic pillbox hat.
Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening (20th Century Women) – Lily Collins (Rules Don’t Apply) – Hailee Steinfeld (The Edge of Seventeen) – Emma Stone (La La Land) – Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
There are two strong competitors for this category: Meryl Streep and Emma Stone. Meryl Streep as the titular Florence Foster Jenkins, conveys the vulnerability and perseverance that helped create an unexpected musical legacy. Emma Stone captures the same emotions in tap shoes, dancing across the hearts of audiences in La La Land, with her charm strongly highlighted in “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”. Both performers have the chops, but we’d like to think Emma Stone has this one in the bag.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) – Joel Edgerton (Loving) – Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) – Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic) – Denzel Washington (Fences)
Casey Affleck is the frontrunner for his performance in Manchester by the Sea for a good reason. He captures the heartache and slow grieving process in subtle ways and gives a performance that will define his career. Our pick for a dark horse candidate would definitely be Viggo Mortensen in the poignant and under-appreciated Captain Fantastic, but Casey Affleck is definitely the man to beat this year.
Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) – Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water) – Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins) – Dev Patel (Lion) – Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals)
The performances that make up “Best Supporting Actor” are eclectic, ranging from psychotic villains to true American heroes, but the one breakout performance of the year is awards newcomer Mahershala Ali in Moonlight. His performance as Juan is the emotional heart of the film, and his presence is both, intimidating and heartwarming. He’s certainly the most human drug dealer we’ve ever seen portrayed on film. We could also support Dev Patel in Lion, but there’s a bit of a conundrum since Dev Patel is in the starring role, but only in the second half of the film.
Best Performance by Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Viola Davis (Fences) – Naomie Harris (Moonlight) – Nicole Kidman (Lion) – Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) – Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
Haunting, yet sympathetic, Naomie Harris’s portrayal of Chiron’s mother is the perfect blend of mother and monster, fueled entirely by her addictions and dismissiveness over her son’s problems in life. Every other performance this year is very well done and deserve accolades, but it’s Naomie Harris who stays with you long after you leave the auditorium.
Best Director – Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle (La La Land) – Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals) – Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge) – Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) – Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
All of the films represented in this category are extremely eclectic. With examinations on grief, violence, sexuality in society, and art, they are truly among the best films of 2016. Any of the directors nominated would deserve to win, however we tip our hat to Damien Chazelle for the intricate music numbers and flawless staging of the delightful and poignant La La Land.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical, or Comedy
Colin Farrell (The Lobster) – Ryan Gosling (La La Land) – Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins) – Jonah Hill (War Dogs) – Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)
“Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical/Comedy” is an interesting category, as this year’s pool is pretty shallow. The stand-out performance of the year is Colin Farrell for The Lobster, a darkly funny commentary on society. Farrell is hardly recognizable in the role of David, playing against type and showing that he truly has range as an actor. Ryan Gosling for La La Land also wouldn’t be a disappointing win, as the man learned piano in six months and brings an effortless charm to his role.
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
La La Land – Nocturnal Animals – Moonlight – Manchester by the Sea – Hell or High Water
A musical screenplay without the songs is a difficult read, and heavily emotional movies sometimes rely on the performances to truly capture the writer’s emotions. So, “Best Screenplay” this year is a tough call. Hell or High Water is a favorite and we completely agree. The plot is extremely rich and intelligent in its use of genre to tell a meaningful and powerful story, which helped make Hell or High Water the sleeper hit of the summer.
Original Score – Motion Picture
Moonlight – La La Land – Arrival – Lion – Hidden Figures
Moonlight’s score is haunting, an accurate portrayal of lead character, Chrion’s, turbulent mental state. The soundtrack becomes a poetic frenzy of noise in a pivotal moment with “You Don’t Even Know.” It’s dark without being brooding, balancing classical compositions and contemporary hits with aplomb and ultimately being the stand-out in this category. La La Land’s score is another top pick, but ultimately the songs stay with you longer with La La Land while the imagery stays with you for Moonlight and a score should do a service to the film without completely overtaking the visuals.
Best Motion Picture – Animated
Kubo and the Two Strings – Moana – My Life as a Zucchini – Sing – Zootopia
LAIKA’s Kubo and the Two Strings is a wonderfully rich film, full of fantastic visuals and vivid stop motion cinematography. The story is gripping, the voice over work is strong, and ultimately, it balances everything we treasure most about animation. If we have to pick a close second in this race, Zootopia has a perfect blend of story and message with a surprisingly balanced sense of humor.
Best Original Song, Motion Picture
This year, the original song category is fierce with pedigree, featuring respected Broadway songbirds and established pop sensations. We’ll have to side with the Broadway sensations, as La La Land and Moana have amazing lyrics and musical compositions, being both, equally catchy and emotionally significant for each scene. However “City of Stars” nearly beats out “How Far I’ll Go” simply for poignancy and resonance throughout the entire soundtrack. It’s a catchy little number, used as a leitmotif for the young lovers, and we adore it.
Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language
Divines – Elle – Neruda – The Salesman – Toni Erdmann
Foreign film races are always the most interesting during awards season due to the sheer differences in tone across the entries. This year, there’s a revenge movie with a dark comedy twist, an unconventional biopic, a coming-of-age story with bite, a relationship drama, and whatever Toni Erdmann qualifies as. There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Toni Erdmann, months after its Cannes debut, and it’s a phenomenal film. However, we’re putting money on The Salesman, the latest film by Asghar Farhadi (A Separation). It’s relationship drama is rooted in the American classic, Death of a Salesman, with the protagonists starring in an adaptation as their own relationship starts showing cracks in its façade. Farhadi balances the juxtaposition of reality and fiction perfectly, and his cast rises to the occasion.
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