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Everything You Need To Know About The 76th Golden Globe Awards

The Golden Globes happening today, January 6, 2019 with Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg hosting the 2019 awards show that is the highest profile awards show prior to the Oscars. It’s the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) honoring the best of 2018 in Motion Pictures & Television, and the nominations were announced last December 6.


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We are pleased to confirm that Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh will be co-hosting this year’s 76th #GoldenGlobes!

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If last year we saw Time’s Up become the theme of the night with women (and a number of men) dressed in all-black, it doesn’t look like that kind of seismic occurrence will be replicated. If anything, scanning the nominations in the Motion Picture categories, this one will be more about "race;" highlighting equal representation and ethnic diversity—Sandra Oh is the first Asian to host the awards show. And if we recall Natalie Portman griping last year about how there were no women directors nominated; sadly, that is still the case.


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The Golden Globe nominations list has always been a net flung far and wide. Trending wise, it’s often been about films with some European or foreign connection—a lead star or director. They love movie musicals, satirical films about America, and British actors for some reason; and they always favor big name stars to hopefully boost star power attendance. This can been seen especially in the television choices this year, where popular stars of the past shift to TV and have recognizable faces that look great when panning the crowd in attendance - even if some of the shows they’re involved in aren’t the ground breaking or critically-acclaimed ones.  

Here’s a rundown of the major categories, and the list of the winners:


Best Motion Picture - Drama


Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody - WINNER

If Beale Street Could Talk

A Star Is Born



Say it loud, soul brothers and sisters. ??

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In this main category, we see how the HFPA is out to honor race-centric films, as BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, and If Beale Street Could Talk are all centered on race relations. Black Panther was hard for them to ignore given it’s box office success, but it’s a rare occurrence for the HFPA to pick a comic superhero film; so we think BlacKkKlansman might actually steal the win, and give the HFPA a chance to honor Spike Lee. Our second bet would be A Star Is Born.


Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy:

Crazy Rich Asians

The Favourite

Green Book - WINNER

Mary Poppins Returns




‘Tis the season for love. ??#CrazyRichAsians

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In this category, it’s only natural that they would include what really is a minor work, but grows in significance given the all-Asian cast, Crazy Rich Asians. And there’s another race-centric selection with Green Book. But given the subject matter, we'd expect Vice (a political satire about former US Vice-President Dick Cheney), or The Favourite (a black comedy about English royalty set in the 18th century) to romp off with the prize.


Best TV Series - Drama

The Americans - WINNER



Killing Eve



Having ignored Julia Roberts in her film Ben Is Back, here’s them finding a way to get her to attend via Homecoming. But we could say Bodyguard and Killing Eve are the frontrunners for this category.


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Best TV Series - Comedy or Musical:


The Good Place


The Kominsky Method - WINNER

The Mavelous Mrs. Maisel



Kominsky allows them to tempt Michael Douglas and Alan Atkin to attend, but The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is clearly their favorite.

Best TV Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

The Alienist

The Assassination of Gianni Versace - WINNER

Escape at Dannemora

Sharp Objects

A Very English Scandal


Bruhl and Luke Evans in The Alienist, Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw in Scandal (see the pattern?); but look to The Assassination of Gianni Versace to snag the win.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama:

Glenn Close for The Wife - WINNER

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Nicole Kidman, Destroyer

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Rosamund Pike, A Private War




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This one is real toss up. Popular choice would be Lady Gaga; but for sheer acting, Close, Kidman, McCarthy and Pike leave her in the dust. If the voting goes sentimental, we'd say Glenn Close will emerge the winner.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe,  At Eternity’s Gate

Lucas Hedges, A Boy Erased

Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody - WINNER

John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman



Happy Birthday, Freddie! #FFAD

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Dafoe was brilliant as Van Gogh in At Eternity's Gate but it was such an obscure film, while it’s great that they’re noticing the work of young guns like Hedges, Malek and Denzel Jr.; but look for Malek or Cooper to steal this one.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy:

Emily Blunt for Mary Poppins Returns

Olivia Colman for The Favourite - WINNER

Elsie Fisher for Eighth Grade

Charlize Theron for Tully

Constance Wu for Crazy Rich Asians


It’s nice to see Wu make it to this list (Asia rules!), and Fisher in Eighth Grade is this year’s Lady Bird; but I’d put my bet on Colman for romping off with the prize. It’s HFPA saying ‘This may not have made a lot of money, but we recognize really great acting’.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy:

Christian Bale for Vice - WINNER

Lin Manuel-Miranda for Mary Poppins Returns

Viggo Mortensen for Green Book, Robert Redford for The Old Man and the Gun

John C. Reilly for Stan & Ollie



That Reilly even made the list is a feat unto itself; but I’d wager the fight to be between Bale and Mortensen - unless they again go sentimental and want to snag the ‘big story’ by giving this to Redford in what he has announced as his last acting role. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:

Amy Adams for Vice

Claire Foy for First Man

Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk - WINNER

Emma Stone for The Favourite

Rachel Weisz for The Favourite


Unfortunately, Stone and Weisz will most likely cancel out each other, and King could go for the steal.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali for Green Book - WINNER

Timothee Chalamet for Beautiful Boy

Adam Driver for BlacKkKlansman

Richard E. Grant for Can You Ever Forgive Me

Sam Rockwell for Vice



The Juice! ????

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Ali was bypassed for Moonlight (and he won the Oscar); so is this Golden Globe-time to make up for the omission? Or will Rockwell make it two years in a row - this time playing George W. Bush in Vice?


Best Television Performance by an Actor (Drama)

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Stephen James, Homecoming

Richard Madden, Bodyguard  - WINNER

Billy Porter, Pose

Matthew Rhys, The Americans


Best Television Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects

Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora  - WINNER

Connie Britton, Dirty John

Laura Dern, The Tale

Regina King, 7 Seconds


Best Television Performance by an Actor (Limited Series)

Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso

Daniel Bruhl, The Alienist

Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story - WINNER

Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose

Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal


Best Director - Motion Picture

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Alfonso Cuaron, Roma - WINNER

Peter Farrelly, Green Book

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Adam McKay, Vice



Decision making ??Christian Bale and Sam Rockwell behind the scenes with Director Adam McKay. #ViceMovie

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While Cuaron is a favorite, I think this will go to either Lee or McKay.


Best Animated Feature Film

The Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs


Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - WINNER


Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse for a late surge and the win!


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Best Foreign Language Film

Capernaum (Lebanon)

Girl (Belgium)

Never Look Away (Germany)

Roma (Mexico) - WINNER

Shoplifters (Japan)


Here’s where Roma notches a win.

Best Screenplay:


The Favourite

If Beale Street Could Talk


Green Book - WINNER



And here’s where Roma notches a second win; unless Vice shows it’s muscle.

Vice with six nominations leads the pack; while The Favourite, A Star Is Born, and Green Book follow with five. So that gives us a clue as to which are their favorite films. As in every year, there are surprising snubs; and I’m surprised Widows of Steve McQueen is shut out, and that Cold War didn’t make it to Foreign Language Film. Or that Atlanta didn’t make it on the TV front. 

A number of these titles - like Roma, Kominsky Method, Bodyguard, Alienist, etc are on Netflix, while The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is on Amazon Prime. So before January 6th rolls around, It's not too late to catch up on these acclaimed films and TV series/specials. Happy viewing!


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