Who Will Win the Golden Globes? BHL’s Predictions
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been producing the famed Golden Globe Awards for a whopping seventy-eight years, and this year will undoubtedly be one of the most interesting broadcasts in its tenure. Thankfully, America’s favorite funny ladies Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be back to host, which will give the country a much-needed reprieve from the pandemic fatigue. However, because of COVID, many of the nominees are films that have only been released on streaming platforms – a first for the Golden Globes. While cinema pushes forward and continues to innovate the way in which content is distributed, the display of talent recognized on February 28th will undoubtedly be on display. It is one of Hollywood’s most celebrity-heavy ceremonies after all.
The Golden Globes are widely known as the most fun awards show during award season – and the most unpredictable. It was for these reasons that I famously tried sneaking into the ceremony in 2012 and 2013, the latter of which was when I also launched a public petitioned to be named Mr. Golden Globe (despite not having celebrity parents). Since then, I have become an expert on guessing the winners each year, where I often struggle between choosing between my heart and my head (read: who I want to win versus who will actually win). We must remember that award shows are VERY political; many ceremonies award films that are not only excellently made, but that also make strong sociocultural statements. At the end of the day, award season is a masterclass in marketing. But without further ado, mark down your ballots and place your bets: here is BHL Media’s definitive list of who will win this year’s awards.
“Nomadland” – PREDICTED WINNER
“Promising Young Woman”
“The Trial of the Chicago 7”
In a year that saw millions of Americans displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the story that Nomadland tells, about a woman living out of her van during a recession, is one that hits hard. The HFPA will likely crown this film as the winner so as not to lose sight of how viciously the pandemic ravaged our country.
Best Drama Actor
Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”)
Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) – PREDICTED WINNER
Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”)
Gary Oldman (“Mank”)
Tahar Rahim (“The Mauritanian”)
Chadwick Boseman was an incredible talent whose death took the world by storm. With a magnificent performance in this film, as well as to celebrate his legacy and heroism he contributed as Marvel’s first black superhero, he will deservedly take the title.
Best Drama Actress
Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”)
Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”)
Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”) – PREDICTED WINNER
Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”)
This one is TOUGH. Viola Davis will secure a vote from more classic HFPA voters, while Carey Mulligan’s performance as a vengeful rape victim might earn votes from their modern contemporaries. And Vanessa Kirby’s performance in Pieces of a Woman is INCREDIBLE. However, Frances McDormand will likely take the top spot. Literally every single one of these women are forces to be reckoned with and the category could go any way.
Best Comedy or Musical
“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” – PREDICTED WINNER
Borat’s sequel is taking critics by storm, so much so that it is very likely it will be the clear comedic winner of the night.
Best Comedy or Musical Actor
Sacha Baron Cohen (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”) – PREDICTED WINNER
James Corden (“The Prom”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”)
Dev Patel (“The Personal History of David Copperfield”)
Andy Samberg (“Palm Springs”)
Who doesn’t love Borat? Baron Cohen is back with an indelible performance that lives up to his previous film. He will deservedly win. He is one of the most fearless men in comedy, hands down.
Best Comedy or Musical Actress
Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”) – PREDICTED WINNER
Kate Hudson (“Music”)
Michelle Pfeiffer (“French Exit”)
Rosamund Pike (“I Care a Lot”)
Anya Taylor-Joy (“Emma”)
Okay, if you know me, you know my love for Michelle Pfeiffer knows no bounds, but Maria Bakalova’s breakout performance is wooing moviegoers. It is likely that with her strong performance she will win, but don’t count Michelle out yet. There are still plenty of upcoming award shows.
Best Supporting Actor
Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)
Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) – PREDICTED WINNER
Jared Leto (“The Little Things”)
Bill Murray (“On the Rocks”)
Leslie Odom, Jr. (“One Night in Miami”)
Though he’s affiliated with a different version of Black Panther in this film (Kaluuya plays Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton), his performance is incredibly passionate and moving. The only person who could upset him is Leslie Odom Jr., who is also great, if the HFPA tends to vote with a more famous nominee.
Best Supporting Actress
Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”)– PREDICTED WINNER
Jodie Foster (“The Mauritanian”)
Olivia Colman (“The Father”)
Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”)
Helena Zengel (“News of the World”)
Listen, I tweeted that Glenn Close will win the Oscar for Supporting Actress this year months ago and I’m sticking to it. While Amanda Seyfried might be her biggest competition, a win for Close will put her on the road to the Oscars, which after her upset in 2019 will likely land her a career trophy for her decades of strong work.
Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”)
David Fincher, “Mank”
Regina King, “One Night in Miami”
Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” – PREDICTED WINNER
The Globes is often the most progressive award show that recognizes talent, in contrast to its award show counterparts who have faced racial backlash over the years with controversies like “Oscars so White” in 2015. Chloe Zhao’s unparalleled direction in Nomadland will earn her a Globe, and rightfully so. The fact that she is an Asian woman will only move the needle in the filmmaking industry to nominate more women and people of color.
“Promising Young Woman”
“The Trial of the Chicago 7” – PREDICTED WINNER
Aaron Sorkin penned the words for this film, and because of his penchant for impressive dialogue, he will undoubtedly take home a statue.
Best Original Score
“The Midnight Sky” – Alexandre Desplat
“Tenet” – Ludwig Göransson
“News of the World” – James Newton Howard
“Mank” – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
“Soul” – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste – PREDICTED WINNER
Leave it to Pixar to create amazing sounds that will make us tear up at an animated movie in just the right moments. Our bets are on Soul taking the prize.
Best Original Song
“Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah” – H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas
“Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7” – Daniel Pemberton, Celeste
“Io Si (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead” – Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolò Agliardi
“Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami” – Leslie Odom Jr, Sam Ashworth – PREDICTED WINNER
“Tigress & Tweed” from “The United States vs. Billie Holliday” – Andra Day, Raphael Saadiq
While One Night in Miami might not see any other wins this year (Regina King proved to be a more than capable director), this song will definitely take the lead.
Best Animated Feature
“Over the Moon”
“Soul” – PREDICTED WINNER
Soul will come in again with the trophy. Again, Disney Pixar basically creates a movie every year, and people give them awards because they are ALWAYS SO GOOD.
Best Foreign Language Film
“The Life Ahead”
“Minari” – PREDICTED WINNER
“Two of Us”
It looks like Minari will take the trophy despite the controversy of having it be an American film.
Best Drama Series
“The Crown” – PREDICTED WINNER
The Crown just keeps getting better and better, and this year was arguably its best season yet. The introduction of Princess Diana upped the ante. With powerhouse actors like Olivia Coleman, Gillian Anderson, and Emma Corrin going head-to-head it’s basically must-see-TV.
Best TV Drama Actor
Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) – PREDICTED WINNER
Josh O’Connor (“The Crown”)
Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”
Al Pacino (“Hunters”)
Matthew Rhys (“Perry Mason”)
Bateman hasn’t secured a win for Ozark despite multiple nominations for the show. This will be his year.
Best TV Drama Actress
Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”)
Emma Corrin (“The Crown”) – PREDICTED WINNER
Laura Linney (“Ozark”)
Sarah Paulson (“Ratched”)
Come through, Emma! Her win for The Crown will not only celebrate the real Princess Diana’s legacy, but also award a very deserved performance.
Best TV Comedy Or Musical Series
“Emily in Paris”
“The Flight Attendant”
“Schitt’s Creek” – PREDICTED WINNER
Can I just say that I loved Schitt’s Creek before it was cool? Like years and years ago, from Season 1! The show has been revelatory and resonant with audiences for many reasons; the chemistry between the four leads, its showcasing of sexual diversity, and the incomparable writing. With its last season, and the way in which it cleaned up at the Emmys, this is a no brainer.
Best TV Comedy Or Musical Actor
Don Cheadle (“Black Monday”)
Nicholas Hoult (“The Great”)
Eugene Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”)
Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”) – PREDICTED WINNER
Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”)
While Eugene Levy is an American treasure (despite being Canadian) Jason Sudekis’ haughty optimism as Ted Lasso could snag him the trophy. This one is a real toss-up, but for argument’s sake, let’s go with Sudekis.
Best TV Comedy Or Musical Actress
Lily Collins (“Emily in Paris”)
Kaley Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant”)
Elle Fanning (“The Great”)
Jane Levy (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”)
Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”) – PREDICTED WINNER
Another tough one – in fact, probably the toughest of the night. While Catherine O’Hara would be a shoo-in as the iconic (and no, it’s not too early to say that) Moira Rose, Kaley Cuoco made a STRONG argument for a win in The Flight Attendant. It could go either way – and the Globes has a history of awarding ingenues. I’m going to go with Catherine O’Hara.
Best TV Movie Or Limited Series
“The Queen’s Gambit” – PREDICTED WINNER
No one thought a show about chess would be captivating, and then The Queen’s Gambit came along and blew all of our minds – and made us all by chess sets. Mine has chic frosted glass pieces, thank you very much. This show will win.
Best TV Movie Or Limited Series Actor
Bryan Cranston (“Your Honor”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Comey Rule”)
Hugh Grant (“The Undoing”)
Ethan Hawke (“The Good Lord Bird”)
Mark Ruffalo (“I Know This Much Is True”) – PREDICTED WINNER
I highly, highly recommend watching Mark Ruffalo’s performance in I Know This Much Is True, where he plays double roles. Ruffalo is an underrated actor, and in this series, he shows why he deserves a statue.
Best TV Movie Or Limited Series Actress
Cate Blanchett (“Mrs. America”)
Daisy Edgar-Jones (“Normal People”)
Shira Haas (“Unorthodox”)
Nicole Kidman (“The Undoing”)
Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”) – PREDICTED WINNER
Remember when I said the Globes loves to award an ingenue? This category has Anya Taylor-Joy written all over it. And may we just acknowledge the fact that she is in seemingly every movie, is startlingly gorgeous, and has acting chops to boot? She’s America’s new It-Girl.
Best TV Supporting Actor
John Boyega (“Small Axe”)
Brendan Gleeson (“The Comey Rule”)
Dan Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”)– PREDICTED WINNER
Jim Parsons (“Hollywood”)
Donald Sutherland (“The Undoing”)
While John Boyega does fine work, this one will likely go to Levy, not only for his acting chops in Schitt’s Creek, but also to award him for being the show’s creator and lead writer.
Best TV Supporting Actress
Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”) – PREDICTED WINNER
Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
Julia Garner (“Ozark”)
Annie Murphy (“Schitt’s Creek”)
Cynthia Nixon (“Ratched”)
While part of me wants to say “a little bit Alexis” for this, Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher will likely have Annie Murphy beat. However, Murphy’s Alexis Rose will go down in TV history, without a doubt, and her Emmy win last year was oh-so happy to see.