It’s that time of year again … Awkward speeches, fashion blunders and shocking snubs. The Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, and Critics’ Choice organizations announced their nominations for the 2016 awards season. But here, we’re just gonna break down the Golden Globe nominations and talk about who’s likely to take home a shiny statuette.
Story by Shadan Larki
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- The Revenant
My Pick: “Spotlight”
The drama centered on the Boston Globe’s investigation of child abuse in the local Catholic Archdiocese has critical acclaim and an all-star cast to boot. Look for the drama to take the night’s top prize.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
- Cate Blanchett, Carol
- Brie Larson, Room
- Rooney Mara, Carol
- Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
- Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
My Pick: Brie Larson
This race could go to any one of these leading ladies, but I’ve heard Brie Larson’s performance in indie darling “Room” is the current favorite among Hollywood insiders.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
- Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
- Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
- Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
- Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
- Will Smith, Concussion
My Pick: Leonardo DiCaprio
This is DiCaprio’s year. Look for the Hollywood icon to take many trips to the podium this awards season for his tour-de-force performance.
BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
- The Big Short
- The Martian
My Pick: “The Martian”
Critics and audiences loved The Martian. I can’t imagine The Hollywood Foreign Press (the group behind the Globes) won’t pass up the chance to give “The Martian” its due.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
- Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
- Melissa McCarthy, Spy
- Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
- Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van
- Lily Tomlin, Grandma
My Pick: Amy Schumer
The Globes love to crown new starlets and this comedienne has been everywhere this year. They won’t pass up having Schumer on their stage and delivering a killer speech. Schumer’s BFF Jennifer Lawrence is also a Globes darling having won twice before. So watch out because she might steal Schumer’s thunder.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
- Christian Bale, The Big Short
- Steve Carell, The Big Short
- Matt Damon, The Martian
- Al Pacino, Danny Collins
- Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear
My Pick: Matt Damon
Matt Damon’s performance made the film “The Martian.” They won’t honor the movie without recognizing its star.
BEST MOTION PICTURE – ANIMATED
- The Good Dinosaur
- Inside Out
- The Peanuts Movie
- Shaun the Sheep Movie
My Pick: “Inside Out”
Pixar movies own this category and “Inside Out” is a new addition to its most beloved releases.
BEST MOTION PICTURE – FOREIGN LANGUAGE
- The Brand New Testament (Belgium/France/Luxembourg)
- The Club (Chile)
- The Fencer (Finland/Germany/Estonia)
- Mustang (France)
- Son of Saul (Hungary)
My Pick: “Son of Saul”
The Hungarian drama set in 1944 Auschwitz has all the makings of a judge’s favorite so look for the film to take the prize.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE
- Jane Fonda, Youth
- Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
- Helen Mirren, Trumbo
- Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
- Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
My Pick: Jennifer Jason Leigh
Best supporting actress is this year’s most competitive race and any of these actresses could win. Leigh’s got Tarantino in her corner and her performance really stood out among her male costars.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE
- Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
- Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
- Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
- Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
- Sylvester Stallone, Creed
My Pick: Sylvester Stallone
The Globes love awarding Hollywood icons and Stallone’s Rocky Balboa is one of the most famous movie characters of all time. Look for the HFPA to give Stallone a statue for reviving the role. Elba’s turn, however, in the Netflix-produced “Beasts of No Nation” my come and knock Stallone out for the prize.
BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
- Todd Haynes, Carol
- Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant
- Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
- George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
- Ridley Scott, The Martian
My Pick: Ridley Scott
Best Director is another toss-up. Most are predicting much-beloved Ridley Scott will win. But, the HFPA failed to award Inarritu last year for directing Birdman (he ended up winning the Oscar), so they may try to make up for that by giving him a win for this time around. “Mad Max: Fury Road” has also been getting a lot of love this awards season, which could result in a win for director George Miller
BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
- Emma Donoghue, Room
- Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, Spotlight
- Charles Randolph & Adam McKay, The Big Short
- Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
- Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight
My Pick: “Spotlight”
Look for the dialogue-heavy drama to pick up another win in this category.
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
- Carter Burwell, Carol
- Alexandre Desplat, The Danish Girl
- Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
- Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs
- Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto, The Revenant
My Pick: “Carol”
The Globes love to “spread the love” among their favorite movies so this category may provide a chance to give “Carol” a win. “The Hateful Eight” could also pick up something here if Leigh doesn’t get a win.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
- “Love Me Like You Do,” Fifty Shades of Grey, Written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ali Payami and Ilya Salmanzadeh
- “One Kind of Love,” Love & Mercy, Written by Brian Wilson and Scott Bennett
- “See You Again,” Furious 7, Written by Justin Franks, Andrew Cedar, Charlie Puth and Cameron Thomaz
- “Simple Song #3,” Youth, Written by David Lang
- “Writing’s on the Wall,” Spectre, Written by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes
My Pick: “One Kind Of Love”
This is another category that could go several ways. “Love & Mercy’s” song “One Kind Of Love” is expected to win. But, the about indie drama about Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson isn’t very well known (Has anyone seen it?) and the sentiment and success behind the Paul Walker-dedicated “See You Again” could take this one.
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
- Empire (Fox)
- Game of Thrones (HBO)
- Mr. Robot (USA)
- Narcos (Netflix)
- Outlander (Starz)
My Pick: “Mr. Robot”
The HFPA loves awarding new shows hoping to discover the new hits shows before the Emmys. I believe USA Network’s shining new “Mr. Robot” is likely to cruise to victory.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
- Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
- Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
- Eva Green, Penny Dreadful
- Taraji P. Henson, Empire
- Robin Wright, House of Cards
My Pick: Taraji P. Henson
Cookie Lyon has been the talk of the town and HFPA won’t pass up having Henson in the headlines. Starz drama “Outlander” got a lot of love from the Globes this year so leading lady Caitriona Balfe also has a shot at a win.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
- Jon Hamm, Mad Men
- Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
- Wagner Moura, Narcos
- Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
- Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
My Pick: Rami Malek
The momentum behind Mr. Robot will likely lead to a win for the show’s star.
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
- Casual (Hulu)
- Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon)
- Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
- Silicon Valley (HBO)
- Transparent (Amazon)
- Veep (HBO)
My Pick: “Transparent”
2015 was a big year for transgender awareness and activism. The HFPA could follow the Emmys and give “Transparent” a win. But, don’t be surprised if a new, lesser-known show like Hulu’s “Casual” takes the prize.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
- Rachel Bloom, My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
- Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
- Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
- Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
My Pick: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Emmy darling Julia Louis-Dreyfus only has one Golden Globe to her name, but that should change this year, particularly if “Veep” fails to win for Best Comedy.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
- Aziz Ansari, Master of None
- Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
- Rob Lowe, The Grinder
- Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk
- Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
My Pick: Gael Garcia Bernal
Remember that the HFPA likes to make sure no show goes home empty-handed. This category could be a good chance to give “Mozart In The Jungle” a win.
BEST TELEVISION LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
- American Crime (ABC)
- American Horror Story: Hotel (FX)
- Fargo (FX)
- Flesh and Bone (Starz)
- Wolf Hall (BBC)
My Pick: “Fargo”
FX’s Fargo was a critical and audience success. The show is expected to do very well at the Globes this year.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
- Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
- Lady Gaga, America Horror Story: Hotel
- Sarah Hay, Flesh and Bone
- Felicity Huffman, American Crime
- Queen Latifah, Bessie
My Pick: Kirsten Dunst
This category will be one of the night’s nail-bitters. Some say Lady Gaga’s star-power will give her a win, others predict Queen Latifah could pick up her second Golden Globe. It’s been two decades since Kirsten Dunst’s first Golden Globe nomination and her amazing performance in Fargo should give her a win.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
- Idris Elba, Luther
- Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero
- David Oyelowo, Nightingale
- Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
- Patrick Wilson, Fargo
My Pick: David Oyelowo
Another nail-bitter, this category could go to any of the nominees. Many people thought Oyelowo was unfairly snubbed for his performance in “Selma” last year, this is the Globes’ chance to give him a much-deserved statue.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
- Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
- Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
- Regina King, American Crime
- Judith Light, Transparent
- Maura Tierney, The Affair
My Pick: Regina King
Regina King’s Emmy win was a huge surprise, but a win here won’t be. There is a chance, however, that “Transparent” could sneak in and pick up a win here for Judith Light.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
- Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
- Damian Lewis, Homeland
- Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
- Tobias Menzies, Outlander
- Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
My Pick: Christian Slater
This category is another “Mr. Robot”/“Outlander” showdown. Slater’s recognition could give him a push here.
The Golden Globes will air on Jan. 10 on NBC. Share your predictions! Tweet us your picks @ShuffleOnline and @ShadanLarki.