The Irishman and Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood should clean up.
Scorsese and Tarantino should have much to celebrate at the Beverly Hilton this Sunday. The 77th Golden Globe Awards, to be hosted by Ricky Gervais, will celebrate the best in film and television throughout 2019.
As a strong year for film, 2019 will end with a heated awards season race that feels like it belongs to three specific titles: The Irishman, Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood, or Parasite. All three are worthy contenders for Best Picture at the Oscars and have already won a splattering of wins from critics' groups. At the Globes, since the Best Picture prizes are split between drama and comedy/musical, The Irishman and Once Upon a Time have the best chance at earning awards season boosts from Best Picture wins.
See below for our predictions and watch the Golden Globes this Sunday on NBC.
BEST PICTURE, DRAMA
Martin Scorsese's gangster movie is overflowing with top-industry talent. From the performances of its cast (including Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci)) to its remarkable editing, costumes, and use of CGI, there's nothing that could be argued against its win. And, with its nostalgic, Scorsese-ness, The Irishman is the kind od of thing the HFPA slobbers over.
BEST PICTURE, COMEDY/MUSICAL
ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD
A love letter to Hollywood from Quentin Tarantino? Sign up the Oscars! While the Academy typically fawns over films about its industry, this one is especially HFPA-centered as it checks every Globes box: the stars, the spectacle, the level of comedy/story/epicness. Plus, the film was a box office success, which means the Globes may be the only major award to give the film a top trophy (since The Irishman or Parasite is probably taking the Oscar).
Like with its Best Picture win, The Irishman owes much of its success to Scorsese, who proves he's one of modern cinema's best at creating an immersive and impressive picture. Though, keep your eye on Bong Joon-ho, who could split the vote and take the
win for Parasite.
BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
If Zellweger wasn't the Oscar frontrunner, she'd still be our bet for the Golden Globe. Playing a Hollywood legend like Judy Garland is prime HFPA territory. Add to it Zellweger's awards-worthy performance and they could have inscribed her name to the trophy a few months ago.
BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
The film is the most divisive of the year and, like last year's wins for Rami Malek, it could be Phoenix who reaps the awards. Adam Driver is still the Oscar frontrunner, but the HFPA tends to lean more mainstream in its nominations and wins. Don't hold your breath on Christian Bale, who is an HFPA favorite. Ford v Ferrari could sneak in and take Bale to the pantheon of multiple winners.
BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY/MUSICAL
History will be made as Awkwafina will become the first actress of Asian descent to win a top acting prize from the HFPA. Her remarkable performance is one of the year's most surprising. Sure, it would be great to see Beanie Feldstein win the award that Emma Stone lost for Easy A, but this is Awkwafina's award. If she loses, all hell will break loose.
BEST ACTOR, COMEDY/MUSICAL
ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD
A near career-best performance from DiCaprio makes him the movie star to beat for the Globe. He'll still probably lose the Oscar to Driver, but since the Globes offer separate categories for drama and comedy/musical, it's his to lose. Eddie Murphy could surprise here for Dolemite is My Name.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Like Phoenix in Best Actor, Lopez is perfect HFPA fodder. She's a star. She's mainstream. The difference between her and Phoenix is that she's in a beloved film, so her win will be easier to celebrate. She sizzles in Hustlersin her best performance of her career. Laura Dern would be the biggest upset here, especially since she's expected to win the Oscar in a few weeks.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
We almost chose Brad Pitt here, because his turn in Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood is the best in his career, but Pacino is too good and a win for him would be too delicious. The HFPA's only other option, besides those two, would be to reward Joe Pesci for stepping out of retirement and delivering an eye-popping and quiet turn in The Irishman.
BEST PICTURE, ANIMATED
If the HFPA is looking to jump the gun on what will win the Oscar, Frozen II is the choice. But, Toy Story 4 was much better than many expected it to be and would be a worthy winner. If the HFPA doesn't go Disney's way, which it's done before, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World could follow its many critics' group wins with a Globe win.
With The Irishman and Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood in this category, it'll be tough for any other film to sneak through to a win. But, Marriage Story relies solely on its performers (who aren't expected to win Globes) and its indelible screenplay. The same win may follow suit at the Oscars.
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Like Marriage Story's win in Screenplay, 1917 will be a single winner by taking home the prize for legendary Thomas Newman. Alexandre Desplat could upset here for his score of Little Women, but the film doesn't seem as if it is as much beloved as it should be come Oscar time.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
THE LION KING
We almost selected "Into the Unknown" from Frozen II, the song that will probably win the Oscar, but we can't imagine the HFPA not jumping on the chance for handing a prize to Beyonce. If "Beautiful Ghosts" wins for Cats, it will mark the laughing stock of the 2019 awards season.
Our picks for the TV categories are:
BEST TV SERIES, DRAMA
BEST TV SERIES, COMEDY/MUSICAL
BEST TV ACTRESS, DRAMA
BEST TV ACTOR, DRAMA
BEST TV ACTRESS, COMEDY/MUSICAL
BEST TV ACTOR, COMEDY/MUSICAL
BEST LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE
BEST ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE
BEST ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE
BEST SUPPORTING TV ACTRESS
Helena Bonham Carter
BEST SUPPORTING TV ACTOR