This is one of the major awards shows on the way to the Oscars and can sometimes help to show where the awards season is heading.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Joker (Warner Bros)
Marriage Story (Netflix)
The Irishman (Netflix)
The Two Popes (Netflix)
It is a huge deal for Joker to get nominated here, and it is also fascinating that Netflix has 3 of the available 5 nominations here.
Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical
Dolemite is my Name (Netflix)
Jojo Rabbit (Fox)
Knives Out (Lionsgate)
Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood (Sony)
I struggle to imagine anything but Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood winning, but Jojo Rabbit could always cause an upset.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Antonio Banderas – Pain & Glory
Christian Bale – Ford v Ferrari
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes
Just like the Oscar race, this is very clearly Driver vs Phoenix, and it could realistically go either way right now.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Charlize Theron – Bombshell
Cynthia Erivo – Harriett
Renee Zellweger – Judy
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
The race seems very much a three horse race between Theron, Zellweger and Johansson, and this could be one of the first indicators of who is leading that race.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical
Daniel Craig – Knives Out
Eddie Murphy – Dolemite is my Name
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
Roman Griffin Davis – Jojo Rabbit
Taron Egerton – Rocketman
This is surely a win for Leo, but it would be foolish to rule out Eddie or Taron here.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical
Ana de Armas – Knives Out
Awkwafina – The Farewell
Beanie Feldstein – Booksmart
Cate Blanchett – Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
Emma Thompson – Late Night
This is an odd looking category due to Awkwafina being the only major contender that is classed as comedy and not drama, and therefore will surely win. I’m so happy for Ana de Armas getting her nomination as her career continues to grow.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Pictures
Al Pacino – The Irishman
Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
Joe Pesci – The Irishman
Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
This is very likely to be the main 5 for most of awards season, and it is incredibly close at the moment between Pesci and Pitt.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Annette Bening – The Report
Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers
Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell
Laura Dern – Marriage Story
Margot Robbie – Bombshell
It looks like Laura Dern will run away with this category but I’d love to see J Lo or Margot make a surge. The absence of Florence Pugh is a big surprise.
Best Director – Motion Picture
Bong Joon-ho – Parasite
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
Sam Mendes – 1917
Todd Phillips – Joker
This is a hard to call category full of big names, but it’s a disgrace that in this year especially, no women were nominated for their great work.
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Anthony McCarten – The Two Popes
Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won – Parasite
Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Steven Zaillian – The Irishman
Some very good scripts in here, but it seems like Marriage Story and Parasite could be the front runners.
Best Motion Picture – Animated
Frozen II (Disney)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Universal)
Missing Link (United Artists)
The Lion King (Disney)
Toy Story 4 (Disney)
Disney is so dominate here that it could very well backfire and give How to Train Your Dragon the win over Frozen. It is also amusing how Disney didn’t even run The Lion King as animated but the HFPA nominated it here anyway.
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
Les Misérables – France
Pain & Glory – Spain
Parasite – South Korea
Portrait of a Lady on Fire – France
The Farewell – USA
This is an incredibly strong category but is obviously going to be a win for Parasite.
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat – Little Women
Daniel Pemberton – Motherless Brooklyn
Hildur Guonadottir – Joker
Randy Newman – Marriage Story
Thomas Newman – 1917
The Joker score could take it here, but don’t be surprised to see the much hyped 1917 be successful here too.
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Taylor Swift (“Beautiful Ghosts”) – Cats
Beyoncé, Timothy McKenzie and Ilya Salmanzadeh (“Spirit”) – The Lion King
Elton John and Bernie Taupin (“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”) – Rocketman
Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo (“Stand Up”) – Harriett
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (“Into the Unknown”) – Frozen II
This is a star packed category unlike we’ve ever really seen, but Frozen II will likely still triumph. Will Elton, Taylor and Beyoncé come to the Globes?
The HFPA have a history of being swayed by campaigns and big stars so this isn’t necessarily a great representative of the race in whole, but I think the major players are really starting to emerge, and it is going to be a fascinating race. Side note… with the amount of amazing films directed by women this year, it is an absolute disgrace that at least one woman isn’t nominated for director or screenplay, and things need to change fast.