Last Sunday saw the kick off of awards season as 76th The Golden Globe Awards opened up one of the tightest and hardest to call Oscar races of recent years. Obviously we will be focusing on the Film categories, rather than the TV side, and see what the Golden Globes might be able to tell us about the future of the awards. 

Best Picture race is blown wide open.
People were assuming that A Star Is Born was the heavy favourite in the big Best Picture awards, but its shock loss at the hands of Bohemian Rhapsody has opened up a lot of doubt in everyone’s mind. Most people wouldn’t even expect that Bohemian Rhapsody was going to get an Oscar nomination and this may be a case of the Globe loving a story, so it certainly doesn’t put it in pole position to win, but it has thrown the cat amongst the pigeons.

Meanwhile Green Book came out on top over the divisive Vice and the heavy favourite The Favourite. This is another film was looking to be a supporting playing in the Best Picture race at the Oscars, but does the win now put it as a genuine contender? Well the Globes are often a decent predictor, particularly as it managed to pick up the Screenplay Award, but we shall certainly have to see how the Guild Awards turn out first.

The bigger story than what did win is probably what didn’t. Vice, If Beale Street Could Talk and The Favourite both picked up acting awards on the night, whilst A Star Is Born only managed one Globe, for best song, something it is surly a lock for. BlacKkKlansman and Black Panther picked up nothing on the night, which has to be a massive dent to their hopes, although there is plenty of time for them to take back some momentum.

What may now be coming towards the front of the pack is Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma. Due to the Hollywood Foreign Press’ rules it wasn’t eligible for the two main Best Picture Categories, however it did take home wins for Best Director and Best Foreign Language Film, although didn’t manage to win for its screenplay. The fact that it wasn’t competing against the other big contenders probably helped it, particularly as Cuarón seems to be a strong favourite in most of the director categories.

Best Actress not as cut and dry as expected.
If Lady Gaga had taken home the Best Actress in a Drama award she may well have been destined to continue winning right up until the Oscars. However the big upset with Glenn Close, winning for The Wife, has put her right in the hunt. It has also opened up a strong chance for Olivia Colman, who won for Actress in a Musical or Comedy and I would guess will end up taking home the BAFTA, who was looking like a the second favourite. Now probably a three horse race we will all be looking to see who claims top prize at the SAG Awards, although on a personal not I’m still hoping Toni Collette can be a surprise winner for Hereditary.

Best Actor has a front runner.
Again people were expecting Bradley Cooper to have a strong chance here, but to see Rami Malek win may well put him as the front runner. Even those who didn’t like Bohemian Rhapsody have acclaimed Malek’s performance and it is fair to say that the Academy love a portrayal of a real life celebrated figure, just look at Oldman winning for Churchill against Chalamet last year. Christian Bale and Viggo Mortensen are probably the other big contenders here, with Bale maybe edging ahead thanks to his win in the Comedy or Musical category, but Malek is the one to beat moving forward.

Supporting actor categories becoming clearer.
This is looking more and more like Regina King and Mahershala Ali’s to lose. Despite very strong competition in those awards, these two were the favourites going in, and both winning puts them in even stronger positions now. The biggest potential upsets could be Emma Stone or Rachel Weisz for The Favourite although two actresses from the film being nominated will probably split the vote for the film’s biggest supporters.

Spider-Man comes to play in the Best Animated Film Category.
I don’t think many people were really expecting Into The Spider-Verse to win for Best Animated film. Incredibles 2 has the name recognition and the Pixar brand behind it. But now Spider-Verse fans are daring to dream that it can win the Animated prize at the Oscars as well. Momentum is often key in award season, and now Spider-Verse has the early jump over its rivals at Disney.


Full List of Winners and Nominees:

Best Motion Picture – Drama:
– Bohemian Rhapsody
– Black Panther
– BlacKkKlansman
– If Beale Street Could Talk
– A Star Is Born

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
– Green Book
– Crazy Rich Asians
– The Favourite
– Mary Poppins Returns
– Vice

Best Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama
– Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody as Freddie Mercury
– Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born as Jackson Maine
– Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate as Vincent van Gogh
– Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased as Jared Eamons
– John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman as Ron Stallworth

Best Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama
– Glenn Close – The Wife as Joan Castleman
– Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born as Ally Maine
– Nicole Kidman – Destroyer as Erin Bell
– Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me? as Lee Israel
– Rosamund Pike – A Private War as Marie Colvin

Best Actor In A Motion Picture – Comedy
– Christian Bale – Vice as Dick Cheney
– Lin-Manuel Miranda – Mary Poppins Returns as Jack
– Viggo Mortensen – Green Book as Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga
– Robert Redford – The Old Man & the Gun as Forrest Tucker
– John C. Reilly – Stan & Ollie as Oliver Hardy

Best Actress In A Motion Picture – Comedy
– Olivia Colman – The Favourite as Queen Anne
– Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns as Mary Poppins
– Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade as Kayla Day
– Charlize Theron – Tully as Marlo Moreau
– Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians as Rachel Chu

Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture – Supporting Actor
– Mahershala Ali – Green Book as Don Shirley
– Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy as Nic Sheff
– Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman as Flip Zimmerman
– Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me? as Jack Hock
– Sam Rockwell – Vice as George W. Bush

Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture – Supporting Actress
– Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk as Sharon Rivers
– Amy Adams – Vice as Lynne Cheney
– Claire Foy – First Man as Janet Shearon Armstrong
– Emma Stone – The Favourite as Abigail Hill
– Rachel Weisz – The Favourite as Sarah Churchill

Best Director
– Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
– Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
– Peter Farrelly – Green Book
– Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
– Adam McKay – Vice

Best Screenplay
– Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly, and Nick Vallelonga – Green Book
– Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
– Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara – The Favourite
– Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk
– Adam McKay – Vice

Best Animated Feature Film
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
– Incredibles 2
– Isle of Dogs
– Mirai
– Ralph Breaks the Internet

Best Foreign Language Film
– Roma (Mexico)
– Capernaum (Lebanon)
– Girl (Belgium)
– Never Look Away (Germany)
– Shoplifters (Japan)

Best Original Score
– Justin Hurwitz – First Man
– Marco Beltrami – A Quiet Place
– Alexandre Desplat – Isle of Dogs
– Ludwig Göransson – Black Panther
– Marc Shaiman – Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song
– “Shallow” (Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt) – A Star Is Born
– “All the Stars” (Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Sounwave, Al Shux) – Black Panther
– “Girl in the Movies” (Dolly Parton, Linda Perry) – Dumplin’
– “Requiem for a Private War” (Annie Lennox) – A Private War
– “Revelation” (Jónsi, Troye Sivan, Leland) – Boy Erased