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All that glitters: Previewing the 2019 Golden Globes

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This year marks the 76th awarding of the Golden Globes, honoring the best in film and television as determined by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

I have devoted considerable energies to Academy Awards previews over the past decade, but the Golden Globes haven’t really inspired the same level of attention. Still, while the Globes might not have the same gravitas as the Oscars, they still warrant at least a little attention.

(Note: While the Golden Globes recognize television as well as film, my focus is on the cinematic side of things. So while I made picks in all categories, I only went in depth on the cinematic side of things.)

Let’s go to the Globes.

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Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)
Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”)
Charlize Theron (“Tully”)
Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”)

There are some killer performances in this category. Constance Wu was an utter delight in “Crazy Rich Asians,” but there hasn’t been a ton of buzz for her. Ditto Charlize Theron, who gives another knockout performance in a career that is growing rather crowded with them. Elsie Fisher is young – perhaps TOO young. This looks like a two-woman race. Emily Blunt has been getting rave reviews for her take on the iconic titular character in “Mary Poppins Returns,” but I think it’s going to be Colman for “The Favourite” – literally everyone who has seen the film has raved about her.

Winner: Olivia Colman

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Christian Bale (“Vice”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”)
Robert Redford (“The Old Man & the Gun”)
John C. Reilly (“Stan & Ollie”)

There’s a nice range in this category. I love John C. Reilly, but there’s no way in hell he gets the win for this movie. Redford has been getting some attention for “The Old Man & the Gun,” but it won’t be nearly enough. Miranda is awfully charming, but there’s not a lot of oomph in his performance. I loved Viggo Mortenson in “Green Book” – perhaps the best turn in a very good career – but while I’d be thrilled to give him the nod, the HFPA’s love for “Vice” seems pretty deep, which means that this award is almost certainly Bale’s to lose.

Winner: Christian Bale

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Glenn Close (“The Wife”)
Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”)
Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”)

I’m guessing that not enough people saw “A Private War” for Pike to have any shot at moving the needle on this one. Kidman’s work on “Destroyer” is reportedly career-best, but again – the movie has gotten very little push. Speaking of career bests, in a lot of years, McCarthy would be a front-runner for her work in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” This year, it’s an uphill climb. Close is an industry legend who has given another excellent-as-usual performance. But I think it’s going to be Gaga – she’s wonderful in this role and the buzz around “A Star is Born” is palpable.

Winner: Lady Gaga

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”)
Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”)
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)
John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”)

Lucas Hedges is going to be on a LOT of these lists over the course of his career, but he’s not at the point where he’s going to win anything just yet. Dafoe is awesome – and this is a passion project for him – but the movie’s too small. Washington’s presence on this list is a bit of a surprise; his performance was good, but I’m not sure it was award-nomination good. Malek is phenomenal channeling Freddie Mercury; I won’t be shocked if he wins. But it looks like it’s going to be Cooper riding the “A Star is Born” wave to a trophy.

Winner: Bradley Cooper

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Amy Adams (“Vice”)
Claire Foy (“First Man”)
Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)
Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)

These supporting categories are stacked per usual. Foy’s work in “First Man” is excellent, but not flashy; it won’t grab the necessary attention. Stone and Weisz are almost certainly going to split votes, meaning that neither one will be able to gain any traction for “The Favourite.” That leaves it as a two-woman race contested by a pair of phenomenal talents. Amy Adams is invariably excellent – and “Vice” has been getting lots of love – but I think this one might go to Regina King. “If Beale Street Could Talk” will need to be recognized; this may be where that happens.

Winner: Regina King

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”)
Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”)
Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Sam Rockwell (“Vice”)

This is another stacked category that boils down to two performers. Rockwell might be the least likely to benefit from the “Vice” excitement, though the trailers indicate he has W. down to a tee. Driver’s quirky turn in “BlacKkKlansman” is great, but weird enough that he might struggle to get votes. Chalamet is another one who is going to get plenty of these nods in his career, but he’s not winning for this one. Grant has been collecting raves for his work in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” But in the end, Mahershala Ali’s magnificent work in “Green Book” will take home the hardware.

Winner: Mahershala Ali

Best Director – Motion Picture

Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”)
Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)

This is quite a wide-ranging collection. Farrelly has done great work with “Green Book,” but he’s undeniably in the fifth spot. McKay has clearly captured the HFPA’s imagination with “Vice,” but there are too many heavy hitters above him. Lee has done some of his best work in years with this one, but I think he’s probably a distant third. I think people are going to want to give it to Cooper; it’s a great movie and an auspicious debut. Still, I’ll be stunned if anyone other than Cuaron wins in this category – “Roma” is a magnificent piece of filmmaking.

Winner: Alfonso Cuaron

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Vice”

This could be a tighter race than people realize. “Crazy Rich Asians” is almost certainly going to bring up the rear; there’s no shame in that. “Mary Poppins Returns” is good, but is perhaps a bit too uneven to win here. Any one of the other three could take it. The affinity for “Vice” is real, but it’s facing some stiff competition. “Green Book” is a high-quality effort that brings a lot to the table, including two exceptional performances. But if I’m guessing, I think that “The Favourite” might take it – a comedic costume picture will likely do well in this category.

Winner: “The Favourite”

Best Motion Picture – Drama

“Black Panther”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”

This one actually seems pretty obvious. I loved “Black Panther” and I’m glad it got nominated, but there’s no way it’s going to win. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is kind of in the same boat, though for much different reasons. “BlacKkKlansman” is a classic example of a nominated film that isn’t going to win; it might not be right, but that’s how it is. And while there’s no disputing the acclaim for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” it doesn’t seem like the kind of buzzy film that wins in this category. No, this one is all about “A Star Is Born” (even if it is a little weird that it’s not competing as a musical).

Winner: “A Star is Born”

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And here are my picks – minus the commentary – for the rest of the evening’s awards.

Best Motion Picture – Animated

“Incredibles 2”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Mirai”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Winner: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

“Capernaum”
“Girl”
“Never Look Away”
“Roma”
“Shoplifters”

Winner: “Roma”

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”)
Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (“Green Book”)

Winner: Davis and McNamara – “The Favourite”

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Marco Beltrami (“A Quiet Place”)
Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”)
Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther”)
Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”)
Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”)

Winner: Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“All the Stars” (“Black Panther”)
“Girl in the Movies” (“Dumplin’”)
“Requiem For a Private War” (“A Private War”)
“Revelation” (“Boy Erased”)
“Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”)

Winner: “Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”)

Best Television Series – Drama

“The Americans”
“Bodyguard”
“Homecoming”
“Killing Eve”
“Pose”

Winner: “Killing Eve”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)

Winner: Sandra Oh

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Stephan James (“Homecoming”)
Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”)
Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)

Winner: Matthew Rhys

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

“Barry” (HBO)
“The Good Place” (NBC)
“Kidding” (Showtime)
“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

Winner: “Barry”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Kristen Bell (“The Good Place”)
Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”)
Alison Brie (“Glow”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”)

Winner: Rachel Brosnahan

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Sacha Baron Cohen (“Who Is America?”)
Jim Carrey (“Kidding”)
Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)

Winner: Bill Hader

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

“The Alienist” (TNT)
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
“Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime)
“Sharp Objects” (HBO)
“A Very English Scandal” (Amazon)

Winner: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Amy Adams (“Sharp Objects”)
Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora”)
Connie Britton (“Dirty John”)
Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)

Winner: Amy Adams

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Daniel Bruhl (“The Alienist”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”)

Winner: Darren Criss

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Patricia Clarkson (“Sharp Objects”)
Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Winner: Patricia Clarkson

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”)
Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

Winner: Henry Winkler

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