Predictions: Golden Globe Awards 2016

The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, whose winners will be honored on January 10 a month after the nominations were announced, are fair precursors to the “more serious” ceremonies like the BAFTA and Academy Awards. The best of television and movies are chosen, as well as there being a separate category (comedy and drama) for most main awards – which means, the best as well as the second best in either genre often gets the nod. 

Let’s take a look at some of the main nominations in the 2015 list, with some fun predictions. Who should win? And who will really win? Ricky Gervais, the master British comedian, who so wryly hosted last year’s edition, will be back this year too. 

Here we go:

Best TV Series (Comedy)

Nominees: Casual, Mozart In The Jungle, Orange Is The New Black, Silicon Valley, Transparent, Veep
Who Should Win: Silicon Valley
Who Will Win: Transparent
Last year’s winner, Transparent, about a transgender father whose family struggles to deal with his sudden revelation, is again favorite for its follow-up season. 

Best Animated Feature Film

Nominees: Anomalisa, The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out, Peanuts, Shaun And The Sheep
Who Should Win: Inside Out
Who Will Win: Inside Out
No questions asked, Inside Out is not only the best animated film (out of such a stellar list), but perhaps the overall best film of 2015. Beautiful.

Best Screenplay (Motion Picture)

Nominees: Room, Spotlight, The Big Short, Steve Jobs, Hateful 8
Who Should Win: The Big Short
Who Will Win: Spotlight
The frontrunner for Best Picture, Spotlight, about the bunch of Boston Globe reporters uncovering the famous child-abuse scandal a decade ago, has a fantastic ensemble and to-the-point writing. 

Best Motion Picture (Musical Or Comedy)

Nominees: The Big Short, Joy, The Martian, Spy, Trainwreck 
Who Should Win: The Big Short
Who Will Win: The Martian
Heaven knows why The Martian, or actually any movie but Trainwreck and Spy belongs in this category, but the Hollywood favourite will redeem Ridley Scott after a tame few years.

Best Actor In A Motion Picture (Musical Or Comedy)

Nominees: Christian Bale (The Big Short), Steve Carell (The Big Short), Matt Damon (The Martian), Al Pacino (Danny Collins), Mark Ruffalo (Infinitely Polar Bear)
Who Should Win: Mark Ruffalo
Who Will Win: Matt Damon
Because this is the third time Damon has had to be rescued from terrible circumstances after Saving Private Ryan, Interstellar. And this time, he is the solo lead.

Best Actor In A Motion Picture (Drama)

Nominees: Brian Cranston (Trumbo), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), Will Smith (Concussion)
Who Should Win: Eddie Redmayne
Who Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio
Finally, DiCaprio will be an Oscar frontrunner. If he picks this one up, purely because – short of death – he has given everything to this physically brutal role, and really really wants that Oscar.

Best Director

Nominees: Tom Haynes (Carol), Alejandro Inarritu (The Revenant), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), George Miller (Mad Max), Ridley Scott (The Martian)
Who Should Win: Alejandro Inarritu 
Who Will Win: George Miller
Mad Max was one of the best films of any genre in 2015, and its director, 72-year old George Miller, deserves great respect for even getting it made. A one-of-a-kind film, which will defeat Inarritu, who can’t possibly win two years in a row (after Birdman).

Best Actress (Comedy Or Musical)

Nominees: Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Melissa McCarthy (Spy), Amy Schumer (Trainwreck), Maggie Smith (The Lady In The Van), Lily Tomlin (Grandma)
Who Should Win: Melissa McCarthy
Who Will Win: Amy Schumer
Her sleeper hit, which she also wrote, could be the big break she has always deserved. The talented comedian has been everyone’s rom-com darling this year.

Best Actress (Drama)

Nominees: Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), Rooney Mara (Carol), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
Who Should Win: Saoirse Ronan
Who Will Win: Brie Larson
Actually, this category is wide open. Even Blanchett and Mara charmed in Oscar-bait ‘Carol’, while Ronan dazzled in the immigrant drama. Larson is still the favourite, perhaps because the lovely little film might not get any other awards.

Best Original Score

Nominees: Carol, Mad Max, Inside Out, The Danish Girl, The Revenant
Who Should Win: Carol
Who Will Win: Mad Max 
The outrageous actioner has broken many traditions this year, and was structured by an extremely pulsating score. However, it’s Carter Burwell’s poignant, longing score for Carol that was the standout lurking behind the scenes of the well-acted lesbian drama.

Best Motion Picture (Drama)

Nominees: Carol, Mad Max, Spotlight, The Revenant, Room
Who Should Win: Mad Max
Who Will Win: Spotlight
Two distinct genres, and award juries will always go for the unassuming, based-on-true-events (brilliantly written) potboiler instead of the fiercely original, subversive franchise reinvention.