The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is looking to rebound from a disastrous past couple of years, with the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The live telecast is this Tuesday January 10th at 8pm on NBC. Recent Emmy winner and comedian Jerrod Carmichael is the host.
The HFPA has added about 100 new, diverse Golden Globes voters from around the world (including a friend and film critic colleague of mine, the lovely Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi from Italy). This is definitely progress.
When the nominations for the 80th Globes were announced on December 12th, I made some preliminary film category predictions and “locked them in” at 10:45pmET that night. I went back and looked at them this morning… and I’m not changing a single pick. They are:
Best Picture: Drama — “Top Gun: Maverick”
Best Actor in a Drama — Austin Butler, “Elvis”
Best Actress in a Drama — Cate Blanchett, “TAR”
Best Picture: Comedy or Musical — “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical — Colin Farrell, “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical — Michelle Yeoh, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
Best Supporting Actor — Brendan Gleeson, “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Best Supporting Actress — Angela Bassett, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
Best Director — Steven Spielberg, “The Fabelmans”
Best Screenplay — Martin McDonagh, “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Best Animated Feature — “Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio”
Best Non-English Language Film — “RRR”
Best Original Score — Hildur Guonadottir, “Women Talking”
Best Original Song — “Hold My Hand”, “Top Gun: Maverick”
The only category upsets I can see are either Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”) or Bill Nighy (“Living”) in the Lead Actor in a Drama category and “Naatu Naatu” (“RRR”) winning Original Song. “Banshees” earned eight nominations, the most for any film since 2003’s “Cold Mountain” (also with eight). I think it will lead the way with four wins. I don’t see “Everything Everywhere” beating “Banshees” for Best Picture: Comedy or Musical, but as is usually the case with the Golden Globes, anything can happen.