The annual Golden Globes awards ceremony, that strictly starts during 7 p.m. Sunday on NBC, is a distant reduction grave event than a Oscars — and distant reduction prestigious, generally given a winners are selected by a Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a multi-coloured organisation of writers and critics with varying degrees of credibility.
But it’s still fun to watch as radio and film stars get loosey-goosey with all a issuing champagne. And it’s a good predecessor to a Jan. 14 Oscar nominations by a Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, that will reason a annual event on Feb. 28.
Matt Damon in a theatre from a film, “The Martian.” (Aidan Monaghan/20th Century Fox)
In box you’re wondering, a box-office behemoth “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” didn’t shade in time for any Globe nominations. But it seems approaching that it’ll get a few Oscar nominations, generally in a technical categories. We’ll know on Thursday.
The infrequently acid-tongued Ricky Gervais will horde a Golden Globes for a fourth time; Chris Rock will horde a Oscars.
Here’s a demeanour during a predictions for a vital awards during a Globes.
Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo in “Spotlight.” (Kerry Hayes)
Motion design drama
The nominees: “Carol,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Revenant,” “Room,” “Spotlight”
And a leader is: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been going with a bread-and-butter critics’ favorites lately, so demeanour for “Spotlight” to win.
Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant.” (Photo pleasantness 20th Century Fox/TNS)
Unless: This organisation didn’t prerogative “Birdman” final year, so unless HFPA electorate unequivocally wish to make it right with filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu and go with “The Revenant.” Or it’s probable that “Mad Max” could lift off an upset.
Lead actor, suit design drama
The nominees: Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”; Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”; Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”; Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”; Will Smith, “Concussion”
Rami Malek stars in “Mr. Robot.” (Contributed by USA Network)
And a leader is: You’ve substantially listened DiCaprio has never won an Oscar. He does possess a integrate Globes, though. This time, he’s approaching to take home one of each.
Unless: Those special book “Steve Jobs” iPhones that HFPA members have been awaiting unexpected arrive in a mail.
Lead actress, suit design drama
The nominees: Cate Blanchett, “Carol”; Brie Larson, “Room”; Rooney Mara, “Carol”; Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”; Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
And a leader is: The “Carol” actresses separate a vote, and Larson wins for her heart-rending spin in “Room.”
Unless: Globes favorite Blanchett, a nine-time hopeful and three-time winner, adds another esteem to her case.
Motion design low-pitched or comedy
The nominees: “The Big Short,” “Joy,” “The Martian,” “Spy,” “Trainwreck”
And a leader is: Many Globes electorate aren’t anxious with “The Martian” being placed here. That creates an opening for “The Big Short,” that mixes comedy and tragedy, a form of combo a organisation has been drawn to over a years.
Unless: Enough members adore “The Martian,” no matter a genre, and wish to prerogative it here.
Lead actor, suit design low-pitched or comedy
The nominees: Christian Bale, “The Big Short”; Steve Carell, “The Big Short”; Matt Damon, “The Martian”; Al Pacino, “Danny Collins”; Mark Ruffalo, “Infinitely Polar Bear”
And a leader is: Pacino and Ruffalo star in cinema nobody has seen. Bale and Carell figure to siphon any other’s support. That leaves Damon, who carries “The Martian” for long, solo stretches.
Unless: Carell takes his second Globe on a large night for “The Big Short.”
Lead actress, suit design low-pitched or comedy
The nominees: Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”; Melissa McCarthy, “Spy”; Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”; Maggie Smith, “The Lady in a Van”; Lily Tomlin, “Grandma”
And a leader is: The HFPA loves Lawrence, yet a organisation seems so-so on “Joy,” giving it usually dual nominations. We’ll go with Schumer, both for her work and a guess that a Globes would like to get in her good graces so she’ll determine to horde subsequent year.
Unless: A third Golden Globe for Lawrence! (Yay?)
TV play series
The nominees: “Empire,” “Game of Thrones,” “Mr. Robot,” “Narcos,” “Outlander”
And a leader is: Coming 9 months before a Emmys, a HFPA loves to plant a dwindle for new shows, going so distant as to give this esteem to Showtime’s fatty “The Affair” this year. We like USA’s unsettling cyberworld play “Mr. Robot” to be subsequent year’s newbie darling. It took a TV Audience Award during South by Southwest, where it premiered in 2015.
Unless: Voters wish to prerogative “Empire,” that premiered too late to be deliberate final time.
Lead actor in a TV play series
The nominees: Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”; Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”; Wagner Moura, “Narcos”; Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”; Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
And a leader is: Malek. Yes, we’re going all in on “Mr. Robot” and Malek for creation a paranoid, morphine-addicted hacker into a hoodie-wearing favourite for a uneasy times.
Unless: The HFPA decides to send Hamm, who, best as we can recall, never wore a hoodie on “Mad Men,” out in style.
Lead singer in a TV play series
The nominees: Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”; Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”; Eva Green, “Penny Dreadful”; Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”; Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
And a leader is: Tough call between Balfe, Emmy leader Davis and Henson. Let’s gaunt toward Irish singer Balfe, “Outlander’s” time-traveling nurse, as electorate go global.
Unless: The HFPA wants to respect “Empire” somewhere, and there’s no improved mark than this, as Henson’s description of family matriarch/spitfire Cookie has becomes a informative touchstone.
The nominees: “Casual,” “Mozart in a Jungle,” “Orange Is a New Black,” “Silicon Valley,” “Transparent,” “Veep”
And a leader is: The HFPA hasn’t steady itself in this difficulty given a heyday of “Glee,” yet “Transparent” stays a buzziest hopeful of a group.
Unless: Voters emporium Amazon for another leader and go with a desirable “Mozart.”
Lead actor in a TV comedy series
The nominees: Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”; Gael García Bernal, “Mozart in a Jungle”; Rob Lowe, “The Grinder”; Patrick Stewart, “Blunt Talk”; Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”
And a leader is: Again, this isn’t a Emmys. The Globes like to widespread a resources year to year. That discounts a chances of reigning champ Tambor, giving a corner to Bernal, “Mozart’s” impulsive, kooky conductor.
Unless: You could make a box for any of a other nominees, though, distinct Bernal, their shows weren’t nominated. That substantially sets adult Tambor as a probable back-to-back victor.
Lead singer in a TV comedy series
The nominees: Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”; Jamie Lee Curtis, “Scream Queens”; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”; Gina Rodriguez, “Jane a Virgin”; Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”
And a leader is: You wish to know something weird? Louis-Dreyfus, a undoubted viking during a Emmys, has never won a Golden Globe for “Veep.” Of a group, she’s a usually one from a nominated series. That gives her an edge, yet it wouldn’t be startling to see a renouned Tomlin take a theatre instead.
Unless: It is indeed Tomlin. You know she’d give a good speech.
Look for live coverage of a Golden Globes telecast during austin360.com on Sunday night. On Tuesday, we’ll investigate a formula and demeanour forward to a Oscar nominations on Jan. 14.