2017 Golden Globes predictions – will La La Land sweep the show?

It’s time for the fun movie awards show. Unlike the Academy Awards, you can count on a little less stuffiness at the 2017 Golden Globes. The mere fact that Ryan Reynolds is nominated for Deadpool is more than enough evidence on that front, right? La La Land is the presumptive favorite, but I expect Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea to snag a few awards as well.

I’m limiting my predictions to movies for the most part. I’m embarrassingly behind on some really great TV shows so besides solidly rooting for This Is Us, I don’t have a lot of horses in those races. I’m feeling pretty good about my predictions though. I may strike out with the Oscars, but I tend to do better with the Golden Globes. So with no further delay, here’s my 2017 Golden Globes predictions.

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Best Motion Picture — Drama

2017 Golden Globes prediction: La La Land not being in this category makes it wide open. I could make a strong case for three (Hell or High Water, Manchester and Moonlight). Given that I think it’s not going to get as much fanfare from Oscar voters, I’m leaning toward Hell or High Water here.

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama

  • Amy Adams, Arrival
  • Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane
  • Isabelle Huppert, Elle
  • Ruth Negga, Loving
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie

2017 Golden Globes prediction: It seems like Portman is all but a lock for this one, but I’m continuing to pull for Adams here.  Her performance in Arrival was some of her best work.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama

  • Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Joel Edgerton, Loving
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington, Fences

2017 Golden Globes prediction: Affleck is riding a tidal wave of momentum for his role as a haunted father. This seems like another one of the guaranteed locks even though I’d much rather see pretty much anyone else win this one.

La La Land review - Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

2017 Golden Globes prediction: It’s almost unfair here. Just to be snarky, I should say Deadpool for the fun of it, but there’s a virtual no chance La La Land doesn’t win this one.

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical

  • Colin Farrell, The Lobster
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Jonah Hill, War Dogs
  • Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

2017 Golden Globes prediction: Maybe Farrell pulls off the upset here, but I’m calling Gosling wins this actor award by virtue of not having to square off with Affleck.

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  • 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

2017 Golden Globes prediction: Typically, Streep is pretty much always a lock, but this isn’t the typical year and it’s Stone’s time to shine.

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Best Director — Motion Picture

  • Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
  • Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

2017 Golden Globes prediction: This one is a bit more interesting. There’s a ton of strong choices here, but by virtue of the complex, skillful and fun flow of the film, I’m going with Chazelle.

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

  • Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
  • Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Dev Patel, Lion
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

2017 Golden Globes prediction: Now this is another category that’s loaded. Moonlight isn’t going to win a lot of awards, but I can’t imagine how Ali isn’t the slight favorite over Bridges here.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

  • Viola Davis, Fences
  • Naomie Harris, Moonlight
  • Nicole Kidman, Lion
  • Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

2017 Golden Globes prediction: Williams has one big scene, but she’s benefiting more from buzz than anything else. I’m of the camp you can’t go wrong with any of the other nominees, but like Davis here.

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Best Motion Picture — Animated

2017 Golden Globes prediction: Sing is a late favorite, but I’m betting Zootopia takes this one even though I’d love to be surprised and see Kubo get the big win.

Hell or High Water - Ben Foster and Chris Pine

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture

  • Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By the Sea
  • Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

2017 Golden Globes prediction: Hell or High Water deserves some love and this seems like the most obvious choice. This is another stacked category where it actually should be an honor to be nominated.

la-la-land-ryan-gosling-emma-stone washington area film-critics-award-winnerBest Original Score — Motion Picture

  • Nicholas Britell, Moonlight
  • Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson, Arrival
  • Volker Bertelmann and Dustin O’Halloran, Lion
  • Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams, and Hans Zimmer, Hidden Figures

2017 Golden Globes prediction: Sorry guys. Gotta go with the film with the score that’s been stuck in my head since I first saw it. La La Land gets another one.

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