Gaze Into The Future…And See My Golden Globe Predictions

Awards season is upon us! The Golden Globes are tonight, which means I need to get my predictions in. Join me as I stare into my crystal ball and see the winners. How accurate will my predictions be? The most accurate of course. Now let’s start the fun.

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”)
  • Andrew Scott (“Fleabag”)
  • Stellan Skarsgård (“Chernobyl”)
  • Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

Winner: Stellan Skarsgård (“Chernobyl”)

This was challenging for me because I love the Kieran Culkin performance in Succession. However, Chernobyl was a phenomenon and Stellan Skarsgård was a powerhouse as the stoic Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina. As Mikhail Gorbachev said in the series “Well, all victories inevitably come at a cost.” Indeed they do.

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

  • Patricia Arquette (“The Act”)
  • Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
  • Toni Collette (“Unbelievable”)
  • Meryl Streep (“Big Little Lies”)
  • Emily Watson (“Chernobyl”)

Winner: Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)

I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen any of The Crown but I know Helena Bonham Carter and she brings it in every performance. I’m certain her performance of Princess Margaret is no different. Emily Watson was incredible in Chernobyl but ultimately her character was a fictional amalgam of multiple scientists involved during the disaster. My rationale, go with the hitter who’s playing a historical figure. Maybe it’s time I actually watch The Crown…

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

  • Christopher Abbott (“Catch-22”)
  • Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Spy”)
  • Russell Crowe (“The Loudest Voice”)
  • Jared Harris (“Chernobyl”)
  • Sam Rockwell (“Fosse/Verdon”)

Winner: Jared Harris (“Chernobyl”)

This was a straightforward decision. Jared Harris as scientist Valery Legasov in Chernobyl was one of the most memorable performances of last year. Plus, sometimes we have to look at the bloodlines. Jared’s father is the late Richard Harris, who played Emperor Marcus Aurelius in Gladiator and the original Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies. These two performances were integral to my childhood. Which means, Jared is part of my family now too. I’ll see you next Christmas, Jared.

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

  • Kaitlyn Dever (“Unbelievable”)
  • Joey King (“The Act”)
  • Helen Mirren (“Catherine the Great”)
  • Merritt Wever (“Unbelievable”)
  • Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”)

Winner: Helen Mirren (“Catherine the Great”)

Alright so I haven’t seen any of these nominations, but of all of them, Catherine the Great was the one I considered watching most. That’s sufficient for me, enjoy the Golden Globe Helen Mirren. You are one of the best to ever do it. I promise to perhaps watch this show in the near future. 

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

  • “Catch-22″ (Hulu)
  • “Chernobyl” (HBO)
  • “Fosse/Verdon” (FX)
  • The Loudest Voice (Showtime)
  • “Unbelievable” (Netflix)

Winner: “Chernobyl” (HBO)

Considering I’ve already given Chernobyl two awards before this one, this is far from a surprise. More importantly Chernobyl was one of the best mini-series I’ve ever seen and the most deserving of the nominees. My favorite quote of the series, “Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later, that debt is paid.” – Valery Legasov played by Jared Harris.

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

  • Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)
  • Bill Hader (“Barry”)
  • Ben Platt (“The Politician”)
  • Paul Rudd (“Living with Yourself”)
  • Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”)

Winner: Bill Hader (“Barry”)

While I’ve only seen Barry out of all these nominees, Bill Hader has been wonderful as both main character and creator of the HBO series. A deserving winner all around and I’m highly looking forward to the next season. 

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

  • Christina Applegate (“Dead to Me”)
  • Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
  • Kirsten Dunst (“On Becoming a God in Central Florida”)
  • Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”)
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”)

Winner: Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”)

Has anyone been having a better run than Phoebe Waller-Bridge? She does it all as lead actress, writer, and creator of the hit series Fleabag. I can’t wait to see everything else she does this year. Take a bow Phoebe, we don’t deserve you. 

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy:

  • “Barry” (HBO)
  • “Fleabag” (Amazon)
  • “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
  • “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
  • “The Politician” (Netflix)

Winner: “Fleabag” (Amazon)

Fleabag is far and away the best show in this category. Phoebe Waller-Bridge and company deserve the crown. In only a two-season run, this Amazon series made an immense impact on TV. Sounds like I need to enjoy a rewatch soon.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama:

  • Brian Cox (“Succession”)
  • Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”)
  • Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”)
  • Tobias Menzies (“The Crown”)
  • Billy Porter (“Pose”)

Winner: Brian Cox (“Succession”)

It hurts to go against my boy Jon Snow but Brian Cox has been tremendous as Logan Roy. The fact that Jeremy Strong was not given a nomination for his role as Kendall Roy in Succession is a grave crime. One I will not soon forget. This should have been a father-son showdown much like the actual show.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama:

  • Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”)
  • Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
  • Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”)
  • Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”)
  • Reese Witherspoon (“The Morning Show”)

Winner: Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)

I’m a huge fan of Olivia Colman and she has been a divine regal figure as showcased in The Favourite. Might just have to actually watch The Crown one of these days. Honorable mention to Nicole Kidman for a great performance in Big Little Lies. 

Best Television Series – Drama:

  • “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
  • “The Crown” (Netflix)
  • “Killing Eve” (BBC America)
  • “The Morning Show” (Apple TV Plus)
  • “Succession” (HBO)

Winner: “Succession” (HBO)

From an iconic theme song by Nicholas Britell to the best ensemble in television. Succession can do no wrong. The Roy family is swinging for the fences at all times in this HBO drama. A big thank you to all involved. Can we air season 3 right now?

Best Original Song – Motion Picture:

  • “Beautiful Ghosts” (“Cats”)
  • “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” (“Rocketman”)
  • “Into the Unknown” (“Frozen 2”)
  • “Spirit” (“The Lion King”)
  • “Stand Up” (“Harriet”)

Winner: “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” (“Rocketman”)

Another category where I’ve seen none of the nominations, but Rocketman is about Elton John. How can I not give them the best original song award. 

Best Original Score – Motion Picture:

  • Alexandre Desplat (“Little Women”)
  • Hildur Guðnadóttir (“Joker”)
  • Randy Newman (“Marriage Story”)
  • Thomas Newman (“1917”)
  • Daniel Pemberton (“Motherless Brooklyn”)

Winner: Thomas Newman (“1917”)

I have a sneaking suspicion this World War 1 epic is going to have an incredible score. Even if I haven’t seen 1917 yet (not out until later this week), I feel good about this prediction. 

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture:

  • Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”)
  • Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won (“Parasite”)
  • Anthony McCarten (“The Two Popes”)
  • Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
  • Steven Zaillian (“The Irishman”)

Winner: Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won (“Parasite”)

Parasite was my favorite movie of 2019 so I’m giving it the Best Screenplay award. In my heart of hearts I think Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is going to win this. Nevertheless I’m going to wish a Parasite win into existence for this category. 

Best Director – Motion Picture:

  • Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”)
  • Sam Mendes (“1917”)
  • Todd Phillips (“Joker”)
  • Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”)
  • Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

Winner: Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”)

Bong Joon-ho directed one of the best movies of the decade in Parasite and is due this honor. He’s in tough competition going against Scorsese and Tarantino but it’s Bong’s time. I have been infected with Parasite and I couldn’t be happier. The one complaint I have about this category is that Greta Gerwig deserved a nomination for Little Women. We could have left Todd Phillips out.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture:

  • Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”)
  • Anthony Hopkins (“The Two Popes”)
  • Al Pacino (“The Irishman”)
  • Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”)
  • Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

Winner:  Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

I went back and forth on this category because my admiration of Joe Pesci has been ingrained since childhood. Personal affection aside, Brad Pitt as Cliff Harris the right choice for this. Pitt is firing on all cylinders in this latest Tarantino creation. 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture:

  • Kathy Bates (“Richard Jewell”)
  • Annette Bening (“The Report”)
  • Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)
  • Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”)
  • Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”)

Winner: Annette Bening (“The Report”)

This category is a battle between Laura Dern and Annette Bening. Which leaves me torn because I’m such a fan of both incredible actresses and their memorable performances this last year. My gut feeling is Annette Bening takes home this one for her role as Senator Dianne Feinstein in The Report. Please go watch The Report, it’s one of the best of 2019 and is streaming on Amazon Prime. Sincerest apologies to Laura Dern, please don’t kick me out of the fan club. 

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language:

  • “The Farewell” (A24)
  • “Les Misérables” (Amazon)
  • “Pain and Glory” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • “Parasite” (Neon)
  • “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (Neon)

Winner: “Parasite” (Neon)

This will be a clear cut victory for Parasite even in a competitive group. My one gripe on this category, where in the world can I watch Portrait of a Lady on Fire?!?! Someone please send me a screener because I can’t find this movie and I’m hearing rave reviews.

Best Motion Picture – Animated:

  • “Frozen 2” (Disney)
  • “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (Universal)
  • “The Lion King” (Disney)
  • “Missing Link” (United Artists Releasing)
  • “Toy Story 4” (Disney)

Winner: “Toy Story 4” (Disney)

Once again I haven’t seen any of these nominations but historically I do love the early Toy Story movies. Give the fourth installment this award. 

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

  • Daniel Craig (“Knives Out”)
  • Roman Griffin Davis (“Jojo Rabbit”)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
  • Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)
  • Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”)

Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

Leo as Rick Dalton delivers a masterful performance with so many memorable quotes. I can’t say enough good things about this movie and Leo is an integral reason. Give the man this award. 

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

  • Ana de Armas (“Knives Out”)
  • Awkwafina (“The Farewell”)
  • Cate Blanchett (“Where’d You Go, Bernadette”)
  • Beanie Feldstein (“Booksmart”)
  • Emma Thompson (“Late Night”)

Winner: Ana de Armas (“Knives Out”)

I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed Knives Out it was truly a fun ride. Ana de Armas is great in her role and be ready to see her in everything going forward. This movie is making boat loads of money too. Go check it out if you haven’t already. 

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

  • “Dolemite Is My Name” (Netflix)
  • “Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight)
  • “Knives Out” (Lionsgate)
  • “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony)
  • “Rocketman” (Paramount)

Winner: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony)

In a non-controversial choice I’m going with the movie directed by Quentin Tarantino starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was one of my favorite movies of 2019. I’m confident this one is taking home one of the top prizes.

We’ll have to see how aligned I am with the voting body of the Hollywood Foreign Press. I’m prepared to be let down but I enjoy mulling over my own predictions. A toast to Hollywood and all the best movies of the award season. Will I be back for Oscar predictions? Without a doubt, because this is the best time of the year. Enjoy the Golden Globes everybody!

Author: Mario Posada

Originally from Washington D.C I graduated from George Mason University in 2013. I relocated to Austin, TX and currently work for a Non-Profit in the city. My different passions inspired me to start this blog.

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