Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in a scene from the movie La La Land.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in a scene from the movie La La Land. Dale Robinette

Who will win: 2017 Golden Globes predictions

HOLLYWOOD'S awards season starts on Monday with the 74th annual Golden Globe awards.

For the next two months, the stars of the silver screen will be primping and pruning for the glitz and glamour of the red carpet and, in some cases, preparing those all-important acceptance speeches.

The Golden Globes, SAG and BAFTA awards are all key indicators for the most important ceremony of them all - the Oscars.

But before we get ahead of ourselves - the Oscar nominations won't be released until later this month - let's have a look at the major contenders for the Globes' film categories.

 

Best Picture, Drama

Hacksaw Ridge         

Hell or High Water

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Who will win:

Mahershala Ali and Alex R Hibbert in a scene from the movie Moonlight.
Mahershala Ali and Alex R Hibbert in a scene from the movie Moonlight. David Bornfriend

The big award will likely come down to Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea. Moonlight should edge out the competition thanks to its fresh, intimate style of filmmaking and the fact it's been heralded as the most powerful cinematic experience of the year (it doesn't open in Australia until January 26).

 

Best Picture, Comedy or Musical

20th Century Women

Deadpool

Florence Foster Jenkins

La La Land

Sing Street

Who will win:

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land. Entertainment One Films

La La Land is a shoe-in for this category after wooing critics and the public alike as a sort of love letter to Hollywood's bygone era of musicals.

 

Best Actor, Drama

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Joel Edgerton, Loving

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

Who will win:

Casey Affleck in a scene from the movie Manchester By The Sea.
Casey Affleck in a scene from the movie Manchester By The Sea. Claire_Folger

Casey Affleck should take this one out for his powerful and nuanced portrayal of a grief-stricken man who returns to his home town to care for his nephew.  

 

Best Actress, Drama

Amy Adams, Arrival

Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Who will win:

Natalie Portman in a scene from the movie Jackie.
Natalie Portman in a scene from the movie Jackie. Stephanie Branchu

This is an extremely competitive field this year but it's hard to go past Natalie Portman's universally acclaimed portrayal of a grieving Jackie Kennedy.

 

Best Director

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Who will win:

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land. Dale Robinette

Mel Gibson better hold on to that AACTA statue because he's unlikely to win here.This category could be anyone else's game but Damien Chazelle is probably ahead by a small margin for bringing the nostalgia of a dancing, singing romance back to the screen.

 

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy

Colin Farrell, The Lobster

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins

Jonah Hill, War Dogs

Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

Who will win:

Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell in a scene from the movie The Lobster.
Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell in a scene from the movie The Lobster. Contributed

This category will come down to Gosling and Farrell, who probably deserves to win more but will be hindered by The Lobster's strange premise and more limited release.  

 

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy

Annette Bening, 20th Century Women

Lily Collins, Rules Don't Apply

Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Who will win:

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This is Emma Stone's award to lose, with Annette Bening the most likely potential upset. La La Land perfectly showcases all of Stone's talents.

 

Best Screenplay

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

Who will win:

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land. Dale Robinette

Kenneth Lonergan is the top contender for his dialogue in Manchester by the Sea which he has crafted into a sad, yet at times also humorous, look at a man's grief. Tom Ford could be a upset here.

 

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins

Dev Patel, Lion

Aaron Taylor Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

Who will win:

Mahershala Ali and Alex R Hibbert in a scene from the movie Moonlight.
Mahershala Ali and Alex R Hibbert in a scene from the movie Moonlight. David Bornfriend

Mahershala Ali, who also made a deadly turn as a gangster in Netflix's Luke Cage last year, should win for Moonlight, although Dev Patel would also be a worthy winner for Lion.

 

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Who will win:

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in a scene from the movie Fences.
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in a scene from the movie Fences. David Lee

As much as I want Nicole Kidman to take this one out for her turn in Lion, Viola Davis is the clear frontrunner for her powerful performance opposite Denzel Washington in Fences.

 

Best Animated Feature Film

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

Sing

Zootopia

Who will win:

A scene from the animated movie Zootopia.
A scene from the animated movie Zootopia. Disney

Zootopia hands down deserves to win this category. This Disney film managed to tackle issues of stereotypes and discrimination while still delivering action and laughs.

Jimmy Fallon will host the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards, which will be broadcast on Foxtel's Fox8 channel on Monday from 10am Qld, 11am NSW.


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