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2017 Golden Globe Predictions

Awards season is well underway and the major precursor to the Academy Awards is here. The Golden Globes, run by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be held this Sunday, Jan. 8 and hosted by Jimmy Fallon. The HFPA is known to make some surprising choices when picking their nominees and winners. Who could forget, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie’s critically panned movie, “The Tourist” getting a nom?

This year showcases a diverse list of nominees and films (take a hint, Oscars!) from both film and television and we’re so excited to see who wins! Here are our predictions.

Best Motion Picture, Drama

“Hell or High Water”


“Manchester by the Sea”


“Hacksaw Ridge”

Photo Credit: Mark Rogers
Photo Credit: Mark Rogers

Mel Gibson may cement his comeback if “Hacksaw Ridge” can get some W’s in their column.. “Hacksaw Ridge” tells the unbelievable true story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who does not pick up or fire a single shot during World War II. He does however, save over 80 men wounded in battle. “Hacksaw Ridge” stars Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington and Vince Vaughn.

Best Motion Picture, Musical, or Comedy

“20th Century Women”

“Florence Foster Jenkins”

“La La Land”

“Sing Street”



The fact that “Deadpool” is the first superhero film nominated in this category is groundbreaking. With Marvel and DC releasing a dozen films in the next few years, this may mean the superheros may be finally to break into awards season in another category besides special or sound effects. “Deadpool” was a bright spot in the superhero era, as the anti-hero in some ways. Ryan Reynolds received his own “Golden Globe” nomination for the title character and I think the HFPA may just upset the favorite “La La Land.”

Best Director

Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”

Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Director Mel Gibson/ Photo Credit: Mark Rogers
Director Mel Gibson/ Photo Credit: Mark Rogers

Yes, I may be on the Gibson bandwagon this year, but he’s a great director and “Hacksaw Ridge” was a fantastic war film. The fact that it was made in 55 days on a medium budget is astounding given the complexity of the battle sequences. War movies are often underappreciated, but “Hacksaw Ridge” was well made by an experienced Gibson.

Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Amy Adams, “Arrival”

Jessica Chastain, “Miss Sloane”

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

Ruth Negga, “Loving”

Natalie Portman, “Jackie”


Although the film itself seems to have not translated onto the awards scenes, Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy almost feels like a shoe-in for winning the Golden Globe and potential Oscar. It’s quite a feat to play such an iconic role that has been portrayed by many actresses before her, but to outshine all of them because of her spot on portrayal deserves all the accolades.

Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Annette Bening, “20th Century Women”

Lily Collins, “Rules Don’t Apply”

Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Hailee Steinfeld, “The Edge of Seventeen”

Hailee Steinfeld as Nadine / Photographer: Murray Close; Copyright: ©2015 STX Productions, LLC
Hailee Steinfeld as Nadine / Photographer: Murray Close; Copyright: ©2015 STX Productions, LLC

Steinfeld has been making a name for herself since she starred in “True Grit.” “The Edge of Seventeen” is not just another teen movie and a reason for that is Steinfeld’s genuine and honest performance as a teenager struggling and making her way through high school. We can all relate and think HFPA will award the newcomer.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Joel Edgerton, “Loving”

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”

Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Courtesy of Amazon Studios
Image credit: Amazon Studios

Affleck has been garnering a lot of buzz for his strong performance in the depressingly beautiful “Manchester by the Sea.” Affleck is not new to the awards hoopla, having been nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” It looks like this may be the film where he finally lands that Oscar, but first gets a Golden Globe on his way there.

Best Actor, Comedy

Colin Farrell, “The Lobster”

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”

Hugh Grant, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Jonah Hill, “War Dogs”

Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool”


I really want Reynolds to win this one. He’s one of the greatest at being a natural comedic quick witted guy on screen and for him to win as “Deadpool” would make 2017 a great year for him as well as having the cutest babies with Blake Lively. Not too shabby! “Deadpool” would be nothing without Reynold’s performance and it truly changed the superhero game and what the genre can do.

Best Supporting Actor

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”

Simon Helberg, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Dev Patel, “Lion”

Aaron Taylor Johnson, “Nocturnal Animals”

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Photo by David Bornfriend
Photo by David Bornfriend

Ali’s performance in “Moonlight” is superb, but not surprising. His previous roles have been equally as dazzling. He plays the cool, yet sly lobbyist Remy Danton in “House of Cards” and the multi-layered villian in Netflix’s “Luke Cage” as Cottonmouth. He’s an actor we will be seeing a lot more of after this win.

Best Supporting Actress

Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”

Nicole Kidman, “Lion”

Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Viola Davis, “Fences”

Photo credit: David Lee / Paramount Pictures
Photo credit: David Lee / Paramount Pictures

It’s a tough feat to hold your own alongside one of the best in Denzel Washington, but when you’re Viola Davis, it’s easy. Viola Davis is one of the greatest actresses working in film and television today and her time has come to be cemented alongside the likes of Meryl Streep with her performance in “Fences.”

Best Screenplay

Damien Chazelle,”La La Land”

Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”

Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Taylor Sheridan, “Hell or High Water”

Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

Barry Jenkins, by Daniel Bergeron. Indiewire 2016. No PR/No Release on file.
Photo by Daniel Bergeron /Indiewire

This movie hit close to home for Barry Jenkins as he wrote himself and his mother in this story and the honesty and vulnerability of his characters in this film speaks volumes. Writing a story that was so personal, will surely win some HFPA members over and push him over the edge to win.

Best TV Series, Drama

“The Crown”

“Stranger Things”

“This Is Us”


“Game of Thrones”

Image credit: HBO

This is a quite the category of amazing nominees this year. Talk about stiff competition all around, but “Game of Thrones” deserves the win. Season 6 was one of the best in it’s show’s history and for that to be true in a show’s sixth season is really unfathomable. The fan following and literal pop-culture phenomenon that is “Game of Thrones” is like no other. You can break the people in the world in two categories: people who watch “Game of Thrones” and those who don’t.

Best TV Series, Comedy/Musical


“Mozart in the Jungle”




Image credit: FX Network
Image credit: FX Networks

Arguably one of the best new shows on television this past year, Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” will definitely take this category. It will be hard to beat “Veep,” but the HFPA tends to pick new blood and make surprise snubs, and the fresh and real show seems like the right choice for the HFPA members to choose.

Best Actor, Drama

Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”

Billy Bob Thornton, “Goliath”

Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”

THE AMERICANS -- "Baggage" Episode 302 (Airs Wednesday, February 4, 10:00 PM e/p) Pictured: Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings. CR: Michael Parmelee/FX
THE AMERICANS — “Baggage” Episode 302 (Airs Wednesday, February 4, 10:00 PM e/p) Pictured: Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings. CR: Michael Parmelee/FX

If there’s ever a chance for Rhys to win, it’s this year. With Malek and Schreiber having won this category before and their respective shows being solid, but not great this past year, I think Rhys finally deserves to be shown some love for his spy reeling role alongside his real life wife, Keri Russell in “The Americans.” Come on, HFPA, let’s get it done this year!

Best Actress, Drama

Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”

Claire Foy, “The Crown”

Keri Russell, “The Americans”

Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld”

Winona Ryder, “Stranger Things”

Image Credit: Netflix
Image Credit: Netflix

This is an unbelievably hard category this year. Television has really upped the ante in all categories, but I think that 90s nostalgia, solid performance and comeback of the year in addition to Gibson will go to Ryder for “Stranger Things.” Who better to take us to the Upside Down and never give up on finding her son than 90s queen Ryder? We can’t wait!

Best Actor, Comedy

Anthony Anderson, “Blackish”

Gael Garcia Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle”

Nick Nolte, “Graves”

Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Donald Glover, “Atlanta”

Image credit: FX Network
Image credit: FX Networks

What a diverse group in this category! It’s amazing and although, Gael Garcia Bernal won last year in this category, I think the HFPA may switch it up on us and award the up and coming star, Glover for “Atlanta.” Tambor may have a slight chance, but I really think Glover is well deserved of this award.

Best Actress, Comedy

Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Sarah Jessica Parker, “Divorce”

Issa Rae, “Insecure”

Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”

Tracee Ellis Ross, “Blackish”

Image credit: ABC
Image credit: ABC

I may be fishing here, but Ross’ performance in “Blackish” has not gone unnoticed by awards season, however she has not been able to nab any major prizes only nominations. I think this is the year. This category is stiff competition with some amazing ladies in comedy, but it’s Ross’ time. Let’s do this HFPA!

Best Supporting Actor

Sterling K. Brown, “The People vs. O.J. Simpson”

Hugh Laurie, “The Night Manager”

Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”

John Travolta, “The People vs. O.J. Simpson”

John Lithgow, “The Crown”

Image credit: Netflix
Image credit: Netflix

What isn’t Lithgow great in? I very much enjoyed “The Crown” and I’m sure Netflix was banking on a whole lot more people liking it as well. The fact that it’s garnering awards makes that hundred million dollar budget easier to swallow I imagine. However, the praise is deserved. With Royals garnering attention and being a fixture in the world, it was well made and Lithgow’s performance as Winston Churchill elevated the series. He’s stubborn, wise, vulnerable and just what we needed.

Best Supporting Actress

Olivia Colman, “The Night Manager”

Chrissy Metz, “This Is Us”

Mandy Moore, “This Is Us”

Thandie Newton, “Westworld”

Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”

Photo Credit: HBO
Photo Credit: HBO

It’s surprising that this is Headey’s first Golden Globe nomination for “Game of Thrones” so far, which makes me believes it’s her year to win! “Game of Thrones” is sinister and vile and unrelenting and that’s just Headey’s character, Cersei’s good side. She delivered a stellar performance as a strong, powerful woman who conned and fought for her place atop the Iron Throne.

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