Updated: Feb 11, 2021
It is that time of year again and the lineup is impressive. The awards ceremony is set for Feb. 28 — two months later than usual because of the pandemic. Tina Fey will broadcast live from the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center, joined by Amy Poehler from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Netflix leads the pack with 16 nominations for motion pictures, and Amazon picked up 10 Golden Globe nominations. And as you may have heard, Mank garnered the most movie nominations with six
Although we have not seen all of the nominated films, we’ve weighed in with our predictions (noted in RED for those we’ve seen). See if you agree.
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Nomadland has already seen awards success at Venice and Toronto. With its best actress nod for Frances McDormand, plus best director, and best screenplay for Chloé Zhao, it's a big shoutout for best picture. David Fincher's Mank is right behind it and leads overall nominations.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
As utterly amazing as Carey Mulligan's performance is in Promising Young Woman, this race is looking like it could be a tossup between Viola Davis and Frances McDormand. McDormand is sweeping critics’ awards for her performance as a woman who leaves her small town to travel around the American West. Davis is still a THE favorite for her unforgettable performance as legendary blues singer Ma Rainey.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Gary Oldman, Mank
Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian
A posthumous win for Chadwick Boseman is, in the opinion of many, a well-deserved win for his invested performance as a hot-heated trumpeter. And we wholeheartedly agree. But we must give a hand to Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins as second choices.
BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
In a perfect world, the delightful time travel rom-com Palm Springs would take home the sash and crown and our “money” is on it! But it's hard to discount the star-studded Netflix flick The Prom, starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Kerry Washington, to take home the prize. Oh, and did we mention James Gordon?
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Kate Hudson, Music
Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit
Rosamund Pike, I Care a Lot
Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma
This category looks like anyone's guess. Rosamund Pike's memorable con artist Marla Grayson from I Care a Lot is a terrific wild card, but Maria Bakalova deserves an award for the juggling act that is playing Borat's teenage daughter. She is incredible!
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
James Corden, The Prom
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield
Andy Samberg, Palm Springs
Now that we have accepted Hamilton being a FILM, Lin-Manuel Miranda stands a huge chance of earning even more recognition for this momentous Broadway musical. And if you’ve seen it, you know where we’re coming from.
BEST MOTION PICTURE – ANIMATED
The Croods: A New Age
Over the Moon
BEST MOTION PICTURE – FOREIGN LANGUAGE
The Life Ahead
Two of Us
Four high school teachers consume alcohol daily to see how it affects their social and professional lives? As our friends in education tell it – Another Round is completely believable!
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Helena Zengel, News of the World
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Jared Leto, The Little Things
Bill Murray, On the Rocks