My Golden Globe Picks

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 06:  The new 2009 Golden Globe statuettes are on display during an unveiling by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. The 66th annual Golden Globe Awards are scheduled for January 11.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

74th annual Golden Globe Awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and hosted by Tonight Show’s host Jimmy Fallon, will air live Sunday, January 8 on NBC at 8 p.m. My following film picks are highlighted in bold:

Best Motion Picture – Drama: 
Moonlight
Hacksaw Ridge
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Hell or High Water

I would love to see Ridge win, but director/screenwriter Kenneth Lonergen will get his due.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: 
La La Land
Deadpool
Florence Foster Jenkins
Sing Street
20th Century Women

An unreal set of nominees that I never would have guessed…a win from the violent crowd pleasing comedy Deadpool would be a shocker.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: 
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Denzel Washington – Fences 
Joel Edgerton – Loving 
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic 

My personal pick is Mortensen, but Affleck is the likely winner here. Casey is back nine years later for his supporting actor nomination for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford while his big brother Ben previously won for director (Argo) and screenplay (Good Will Hunting) with a supporting actor nomination for Hollywoodland.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: 
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Ruth Negga – Loving 
Amy Adams – Arrival 
Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane
Isabelle Huppert – Elle 

Adam’s or Chastain’s powerhouse performances were great while Portman gets the advantage of having a great performance while portraying an iconic character. Four-time nominee Portman should have her third win in a row after Black Swan and supporting for Closer.

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  

Five-time nominee Gosling finally gets his win. He had a double chance for his 2011 works The Ides of March and Crazy, Stupid, Love., which also starred his Land co-star Emma Stone who should also win.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: 
Emma Stone – La La Land
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
Lily Collins – Rules Don’t Apply
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen

Three-time nominee Stone gets her first win among first-time nominees Collins and Steinfeld plus heavy hitters Bening (7-time nominee and 2-time winner) and Streep (nominated 30 times! and 8-time winner) who will also receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture: 
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight 
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel – Lion
Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals

Ali (Netflix’s House of Cards, Luke Cage) gets his first nomination…and win for an amazing performance.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture: 
Viola Davis – Fences
Naomie Harris – Moonlight 
Nicole Kidman – Lion 
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Five-time nominee (twice for her television series How to Get Away with Murder) finally gets her first win.

Best Director
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Chazelle (Whiplash) gets a win with two chances here and that’s good with Lonergran likely to get screenplay honors. Gibson’s worthy return will garner much attention.

Best Screenplay
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

Double-nominee and filmmaker/playwright Lonergan celebrates multiple wins by taking this category where he has the most experience including his directorial debut You Can Count On Me plus Analyze This and Gangs of New York.

Best Original Score
Moonlight
La La Land
Arrival
Lion
Hidden Figures

OK, so it’s hard not to choose the score for a musical, but The Arrival’s score from Jóhann Jóhannsson is a close second.

Best Original Song
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
“City of Stars,” La La Land
“Faith,” Sing
“Gold,” Gold
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

Such a close race here with the songs from animated films very close to “Stars” while “Gold” may not strike it rich, but brings some much needed attention to the Matthew McConaughey film.

Best Animated Feature Film
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
Sing
Zootopia

The Zs have it as Zucchini gets some high profile exposure while the animal fest Zootopia takes the prize.

Best Foreign Language Film
Divines
Elle
Neruda
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

This German comedy-drama from writer-director Maren Ade takes the award from the French drama Elle, which also has Isabelle Huppert in the drama actress category.

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