Who Will/Should/Could Win the Golden Globes (Film Edition)

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Awards season is officially in full swing with tomorrow’s 73rd annual Golden Globes. While the awards show’s importance may not stack up against the Academy Awards, there’s no doubt the Globes are an entertaining four hours of red-carpet voyeurism and boozy speeches celebrating 2015’s best films and television shows.

Some watch the Globes as a predictor to see what may happen at the Oscars, while others simply throw a party, watch with some fine wine and play the ballot game. If you haven’t seen all the nominated films, here’s a brief guide on who may walk away with gold.

spotlight800Best Motion Picture, Drama
CAROL
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (could win)
SPOTLIGHT (will win)
THE REVENANT (should win)
ROOM

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
THE MARTIAN (could win)
THE BIG SHORT (will win) (should win)
JOY
SPY
TRAINWRECK

Best Director
Todd Haynes, CAROL
Alejandro González Iñárritu, THE REVENANT (should win)
Tom McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT (will win)
George Miller, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN (could win)

20-revenant-dicaprio.w529.h529Best Actor, Drama
Bryan Cranston, TRUMBO
Leonardo DiCaprio, THE REVENANT (will win) (should win)
Michael Fassbender, STEVE JOBS
Eddie Redmayne, THE DANISH GIRL (could win)
Will Smith, CONCUSSION

Best Actress, Drama
Cate Blanchett, CAROL
Brie Larson, ROOM (will win) (should win)
Rooney Mara, CAROL (could win)
Saoirse Ronan, BROOKLYN
Alicia Vikander, THE DANISH GIRL

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale, THE BIG SHORT (should win)
Steve Carell, THE BIG SHORT (could win)
Matt Damon, THE MARTIAN (will win)
Al Pacino, DANNY COLLINS
Mark Ruffalo, INFINITELY POLAR BEAR

TRAINWRECK aBest Actress, Musical or Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence, JOY
Melissa McCarthy, SPY
Amy Schumer, TRAINWRECK (will win) (should win)
Maggie Smith, THE LADY IN THE VAN
Lily Tomlin, GRANDMA (could win)

Best Supporting Actor
Paul Dano, LOVE & MERCY (will win) (should win)
Idris Elba, BEASTS OF NO NATION
Mark Rylance, BRIDGE OF SPIES (could win)
Michael Shannon, 99 HOMES
Sylvester Stallone, CREED

Best Supporting Actress
Jane Fonda, YOUTH
Jennifer Jason Leigh, THE HATEFUL EIGHT (will win) (should win)
Helen Mirren, TRUMBO
Alicia Vikander, EX MACHINA (could win)
Kate Winslet, STEVE JOBS

rachel-mcadams-mark-ruffalo-brian-dg-arcy-michael-keaton-and-john-slattery-in-spotlight-cred-kerry-hayes-open-road-films_wide-a9ace4a3a9d3d271a45d19c7c220201b7656c7eb-s900-c85Best Screenplay
THE BIG SHORT (could win)
THE HATEFUL EIGHT
ROOM
STEVE JOBS (should win)
SPOTLIGHT (will win)

Best Animated Feature
ANOMALISA (could win)
THE GOOD DINOSAUR
INSIDE OUT (will win) (should win)
THE PEANUTS MOVIE
SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language
THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT
THE CLUB
THE FENCER
MUSTANG (could win)
SON OF SAUL (will win) (should win)

hateful-eight-dern-russel-leighBest Original Score, Motion Picture
Carter Burwell, CAROL
Alexandre Desplat, THE DANISH GIRL
Ennio Morricone, THE HATEFUL EIGHT (will win)
Daniel Pemberton, STEVE JOBS
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, THE REVENANT (should win) (could win)

Best Original Song, Motion Picture
“Love Me Like You Do,” FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
“One Kind of Love,” LOVE & MERCY (could win)
“See You Again,” FURIOUS 7 (will win) (should win)
“Simple Song #3,” YOUTH
“Writing’s on the Wall,” SPECTRE

The 73rd Golden Globes Awards will air on NBC on January 10th, 2016, at 8pmET/5pmPT.

About author

Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.