This Sunday night, Ricky Gervais is back to host the 73rd Golden Globes award ceremony.
“The Globes” are one of my favourite awards ceremonies as it recognises the best that both TV and Cinema have produced over the past year.
Who will walk away with a Golden Globe statuette? Below are my predictions for all of the major film categories.
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Mad Max: Fury Road
MY WINNER: Spotlight
This is one of the strongest categories of the night and hard to pick. All of the films nominated are solid contenders and deserve to win.
I think Spotlight will come out on top. There’s great performances from the all star ensemble cast – which includes the likes of Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, and Liev Schrieber. It’s already picked up 85 nominations at different awards ceremonies (3 golden globe nominations) and walked away with 56.
It’s a hard hitting old school investigative reporting film, while it handles the very serious subject manner quite sensitively.
BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
The Big Short
MY WINNER: Joy
The fact that Spy is nominated in this category shows the lack of great comedies and musicals that were made in 2015. This is a 2 film race between The Martian and Joy.
The Martian was truly gripping but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association have previously showed their love for David O Russell and his usual suspects (Lawrence, Cooper and DeNiro) so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them walking away with another statuette.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Leonardo Di Caprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Will Smith, Concussion
MY WINNER: Leonardo Di Caprio, The Revenant
Every actor in this category has put his heart and soul into their performances but it’s Leonardo Di Caprio that suffered the most. Filming conditions were treacherous, he had to deal with some very difficult scenes that are sometimes to gruesome to even watch, and he was able to convey so much emotion without even speaking a word.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
SARINA’S WINNER: Cate Blanchett, Carol
While all of Ireland would like Saoirse Ronan to walk away with the globe, and while she does give a career best performance – and has been recognised at many different awards ceremonies, I don’t think her performance is as strong as others’ in this category.
The standout is Cate Blanchett. Again she gives an effortless, sometimes heartbreaking and beautiful performance as Carol. The woman who falls in love with a younger woman and risks losing everything for choosing to follow her heart.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Steve Carell, The Big Short
Matt Damon, The Martian
Al Pacino, Danny Collins
Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear
MY WINNER: Matt Damon, The Martian
Matt Damon had the difficult role of trying to convey so many emotions and connect with the audience when for so long he had no-one to bounce off of. For much of the film it was just him on screen. I don’t know if another leading man could have carried this film and engaged with the audience the way he did.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Melissa McCarthy, Spy
Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van
Lily Tomlin, Grandma
SARINA’S WINNER: Lily Tomlin, Grandma
Everyone loves a comeback story, and while Tomlin has not really gone anywhere (she was recently seen in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, with Jane Fonda), it’s been a while since we’ve seen her on the big screen in a really interesting role. Tomlin is charismatic, charming, funny and emotional in her role as the ballsy Grandma who has to raise enough money, in one day, to help her grand daughter pay for her abortion.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone, Creed
MY WINNER: Sylvester Stallone, Creed
I have to admit that my choice here is based on my heart. My head tells me that Mark Rylance or Idris Elba will walk away with this – but my heart wants Sly to win it.
His performance as the people’s Champion, Rocky Balboa, will have you cheering, crying and laughing. Stallone has also recognised that this is no longer his story and takes a back seat and support Michael B Jordan to shine and carry on the Rocky/Creed legacy.
Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture
Jane Fonda, Youth
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
MY WINNER: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
This is another tough one to call but I am going with Alicia as I think she will be compensated with this award for having missed out on the Best Actress – drama award, where she gives a stunning performance in The Danish Girl.
BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro G Inarritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Max Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian
SARINA’S WINNER: Alejandro G Inarritu, The Revenant
This is probably one of the toughest to predict as all nominated could walk away with the Globe for different reasons.
I’m going to go with Alejandro G Inarritu – even though it wasn’t my favourite film of the year, it probably is one of the biggest cinematic challenges we’ve seen in a long time. This must have been a daunting project to take on but not only did he handle it well – he produced a film that has you marvelling at how this could have even been possible to make!
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Good Dinosaur
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie
MY WINNER: Inside Out
There is no competition here. 2015 was the year of Inside Out. This film is Pixar at it’s best. Both kids and adults walked away emotional wrecks after watching this and as per usual the animation is top class!