The 78th Golden Globe Awards will be held on Monday, March 1, 2021. Unlike the previous years, the award show will be held virtually, with actors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting the show from New York and Los Angeles, respectively.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organisation of 87 international journalists and photographers who confer the Golden Globes, has been embroiled in controversy ever since the nominations dropped. From including nominations for Music and Emily in Paris, and excluding exemplary work like Spike Lee’s Da 5 Blood, the HFPA has faced the wrath of cinephiles across the globe. The latest, and most shocking of the all is when HFPA ex-President Meher Tatna told Variety that the board has not had a single Black member in 20 years. This led the #TimesUpGlobes to trend on social media with many actors and filmmakers, including Sterling K Brown, Ava DuVernay, Amy Schumer and many more criticising the organisation.
Despite starting off to an especially rocky start this year, the Annual Golden Globe Awards will surely be a gala event. The Golden Globes Awards are usually touted to predict which films and actors will win or be most likely to win Oscars. This year, with many A-listers contending in major categories, it will be exciting to see who all get to lift the Golden statues.
We have tried to predict which titles or actors will most likely win in the major categories in both film and television.
Best Motion Picture (Drama)
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Most Likely to Win: While it is quite hard to predict which film will be bestowed the night’s biggest honour, Nomadland, Mank and The Trial of Chicago 7 seem to be at the top three among the films nominated. Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland has swept every major award at the film festivals. The Trial of Chicago 7, written and directed by Golden Globe-favourite Aaron Sorkin, might also take away the award because not only is it a great film, it also boasts of a stellar star-cast. David Fincher’s Mank pays a tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood, the big names and their performances also help its case. However, if we had to pick one, it would be Nomadland. It would be a history-making win as the first film directed by a woman to do so.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Gary Oldman, Mank
Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian
Most Likely to Win: Even though Riz Ahmed brought in an unprecedented charisma and power in his performance in Sound of Metal, it is late actor Chadwick Boseman who is most likely to be honoured for his haunting swan-song in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
Most Likely to Win: Everyone in this list can boast of an award-worthy performance. My personal favourite is Viola Davis, however, Frances McDormand was a film-festival favourite. Andra Day, on the other hand, was internet approved. Vanessa Kirby in Pieces of a Woman shocked everyone with her stunning performance. However, if the buzz is to be believed, Carey Mulligan is most likely the actress the HFPA will pick for her performance as the cunning anti-hero Cassie in Emeral Flenning’s revenge thriller.
Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Most Likely to Win: After a bunch of controversy surrounding Sia’s Music and Ryan Murphy’s The Prom, the competition is really between Palm Springs and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Hamilton is a taping of the Broadway show, and not applicable for Oscars, which means that the chances are less for the film to win. We think that Borat Subsequent Moviefilm will win this category, the buzz around it is larger, and the names associated, bigger.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
James Corden, The Prom
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield
Andy Samberg, Palm Springs
The LGBTQ+ community despised James Corden’s acting in The Prom. That being said every other actor in this list gave critically acclaimed performances. Lin-Manuel Miranda could be a surprise victory. However, we think Borat Subsequent Moviefilm will pick up an award for this category too, honouring the outrageous Sacha Baron Cohen.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Kate Hudson, Music
Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit
Rosamund Pike, I Care a Lot
Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma.
Most Likely to Win: Anya Taylor-Joy was a delight in Emma, however, if she is to win, it will most likely to be for The Queen’s Gambit. Rosamund Pike got rave reviews for her performance in I Care a Lot, but the film wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Our money is on Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova, who starred as Borat’s daughter and actually got more compliments than Cohen himself. She has also been nominated for Best Actress rather than Best Supporting Actress, which she will be nominated under, if she is to get an Oscar nod. We do think that is telling that she is a HFPA favourite.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Jared Leto, The Little Things
Bill Murray, On the Rocks
Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami
Most Likely to Win: Only four actors have ever managed to receive two Golden Globes in one night, hence Sacha Baron Cohen’s victory will depend on what HFPA members think. There is not much clarity about who can most definitely lift this trophy, but given the Golden Globes’ history of sidelining Black actors and their amazing performances for a relatively average one by a White actor, many are predicting that Jared Leto might actually win for The Little Things.
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Helena Zengel, News of the World
Most Likely to Win: In 2018, both Glenn Close and Olivia Colman won Golden Globes for Best Actress in a drama and comedy respectively. This year, the two of them seem to be very strong contenders. However, if the buzz is to be believed HFPA have their eyes set on Amanda Seyfried for her critically acclaimed portrayal of Marion Davies in Mank.
Best Director — Motion Picture
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
Most Likely to Win: It is important to mention that it is a historical decision on the HFPA’s part to nominate three women directors–Emerald Fenell, Regina King and Chloe Zhao. Previously only 5 other women had been nominated in 77 years with only Barbara Streisand winning for Yentl. While Fincher or Sorkin might very well pick up the award, we are predicting that Chloe Zhao might actually get her due with a Best Director award for Nomadland.
Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Most Likely to Win: The HFPA have handed out two Golden Globes for Best Screenplay to Aaron Sorkin, in 2011 for The Social Network and 2016 for Steve Jobs. Since Steve Jobs was quite an average film in terms of impact as compared to The Trial of the Chicago 7, we are predicting it would be a big night for Sorkin.
Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language
The Life Ahead
Two of Us
Most Likely to Win: A point of controversy for the HFPA was that it categorised Minari, a film about a Korean immigrant family living in America in the Foreign Language category instead of Best Picture Drama. This is because of what’s considered a dated rule which allows a film to be nominated for best picture only if 50% of their dialogues are in English. We predict the Award will go to Minari, not only because it deserves to, but also so that the HFPA can save face.
Best Motion Picture — Animated
The Croods: A New Age
Over the Moon
Most Likely to Win: While a lot of cinephiles online are fighting for Wolfwalkers, the tremendous amount of online campaigning, mostly by celebrities, for Soul, has cemented its chances to win.
Best Television Series — Drama
Most Likely to Win: The Crown. The new season of the show which emphasised on Lady Diana’s life tug a lot of heartstrings this year. While, The Mandalorian is a very strong opposition, the chances are higher for the Olivia Colman-led show.
Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Emily in Paris
The Flight Attendant
Most Likely to Win: Don’t get us started on how outrageous the Emily in Paris nomination is. Who wins Best Series Comedy depends on whether or not the Golden Globes want to go the Emmy’s way. If they do, there’s a big scope for Schitt’s Creek, which won 6 Emmys this year. However, we have a feeling the HFPA will not follow the Emmys, and in that case Ted Lasso is their best pick.
Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Queen’s Gambit
Most Likely to Win: The Queen’s Gambit. According to Netflix, 62 million household viewers watched the show within a month of its release. Also why not? The show is brilliant. However, personally, Unorthodox deserves all the awards in the world. This is the category in which I May Destroy You would have picked an award if it had been nominated!
Best Actor in a Television Series — Drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Josh O’Connor, The Crown
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Al Pacino, Hunters
Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason
Most Likely to Win: It looks like a strong victory for Jason Bateman, even though the HFPA can also give the honour to Al Pacino. Not that anything is wrong with that, Hunters, however, did not impress people much. That being said, Bob Odenkirk has lost a Golden Globe for three times now, this should ideally be the season they honour him with one. We won’t count on it though!
Best Actress in a Television Series — Drama
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Emma Corrin, The Crown
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sarah Paulson, Ratched
Most Likely to Win: It will most probably come down to Olivia Colman or Emma Corrin. Colman is an HFPA favourite, Corrin a fan-favourite. Jodi Comer had won an Emmy but not a Golden Globe before, and she peaked as Villanelle in 2017. Laura Linney’s performance this season was amazing, so the HFPA can always surprise us by giving her the award.
Best Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
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
Most Likely to Win: In all seriousness, it will either be Kaley Cuoco or Catherine O’Hara. The chances are higher for Kailey since an actor who wins an Emmy very rarely also gets a Golden Globe in television.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or a Motion Picture Made for Television
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
Most Likely to Win: Ethan Hawke’s The Good Lord Bird was in the top 3 best series of 2020 list of every publication. Mark Ruffalo might be a competition, but he has already won an Emmy.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People
Shira Haas, Unorthodox
Nicole Kidman, The Undoing
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit
Most Likely to Win: Anya Taylor Joy. At this point, there’s no need for explanation. However, the HFPA can always choose to honor a more senior actor like Blanchett or Kidman in this category.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Supporting Role
John Boyega, Small Axe
Brendan Gleeson, The Comey Rule
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Jim Parsons, Hollywood
Donald Sutherland, The Undoing
Most Likely to Win: Donald Sutherland is a two-time Globe winner who was brilliant in The Undoing. However, John Boyega’s performance in Small Axe has got everyone talking. Hence, there is a bigger chance for Boyega to take this award, with his show being better rated and more relevant.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Supporting Role
Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Julia Garner, Ozark
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Cynthia Nixon, Ratched
Most Likely to Win: Gillian Anderson’s Margaret Thatcher was so accurate, it was almost scary. I personally cannot see anyone else winning this award. However, I can very well be wrong too.