Golden Globes preview: La La Land set to steal the show with 7 nominations
The Golden Globes is almost upon us, and, with it, Hollywood's awards season is now in full swing. The Golden Globes may not matter in the run up to the Oscars, as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has nothing to do with the Oscars nor the numerous awards that precede or follow the Globes. In fact, the Globes have a reputation for being strange and wacky, unlike the Oscars.
Nonetheless, it's still a treat to see a little more competition. This year, the ceremony is being held in Beverly Hills, California.
If you're in India and want to catch the show you can do so on any one of these channels - Comedy Central, Colors Infinity, Colors Infinity HD and VH1 India - starting at 7:30 AM. If you don't own a TV then you can always stream it via the Golden Globes Facebook page and official website.
This year's host Jimmy Fallon - a change from Ricky Gervais who hosted it for the fourth time last year - promises to be much less edgy, but will still be a fun experience, given Fallon's musical talent and penchant for Trump-baiting.
Whether the show is entertaining or not, the big takeaway of the night, rather literally, will always be the awards. Let's get in to the major awards and who all are going to win.
Best Motion Picture - Drama
- Hacksaw Ridge
- Hell or High Water
- Manchester by the Sea
Who will win:Manchester by the Sea
Who should win:Manchester by the Sea
Best Picture, Drama at the Golden Globes for 2017 is a two-horse race. It could easily go to Manchester by the Sea, a moving picture about an uncle taking care of his nephew. It could also, if the Globes want to fulfill their diversity quota with a big award, go to Moonlight, a coming-of-age tale that has an all-black cast with a black director at the helm. If there was to be an upset in this category, it would be Hell or High Water, a movie about a divorced father and his brother running a series of bank heists.
Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
- 20th Century Women
- Florence Foster Jenkins
- La La Land
- Sing Street
Who will win:La La Land
Who should win:La La Land
Last year, in the in this category, two films felt largely out of place. The Big Short,about the 2007-08 financial crisis, and The Martian, about Matt Damon being stranded on Mars, seemed strange picks for the category. The Martian even won, baffling and amusing the wider world. A repeat of last year's fiasco, though, seems highly unlikely thanks to La La Land.
La La Land is being called the Singing in the Rain of the 21st century, and with it being the presumed best picture front-runner for the Oscars, there is no doubt it will walk away with the award. It doubly helps that not a single person is talking about the competition in this category.
- 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: Damien Chazelle
Who should win: Mel Gibson
While La La Land's Damien Chazelle is on a roll (he directed Whiplash before this) he has some stiff competition here. It could be anyone's game on a night of surprises. While it will probably be Chazelle walking away with the award, Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge, which has largely gone unnoticed, still has the quality and class to sneak a win. If it isn't Mel Gibson, then it should be Kenneth Lonergan.
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
Who will win: Casey Affleck
Who should win: Casey Affleck
With probably his best performance till date, Casey Affleck deserves a Golden Globe award and is tipped by most to take this one home. He has handily outdone his more famous brother Ben and that's not something we can easily say. If there is to be a surprise winner, then I'd have to go with Denzel Washington, though he was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award last year.
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
Who will win: Natalie Portman
Who should win: Amy Adams
Another two-horse race. Amy Adams gave the performance of her life in a role only she could pull off in the alien thriller Arrival. Isabella Huppert is on top her game no matter what she does (she came out with two movies this year, Things To Come and Elle) but with such strong competition this year, she isn't even being touted to win by anyone. Despite such fine performances to compete with, Natalie Portman will most likely take home the award for her performance in Jackie.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - 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: Ryan Gosling
Who should win: Ryan Gosling
Who even remembers a performance in a musical or comedy other than Ryan Gosling's from La La Land. He sings. He dances. He's a charmer and he breaks hearts. To top it off, he does all of this effortlessly.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - 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 should win: Emma Stone
Who will win:
Emma Stone has grown up from singing 'A Pocketful of Sunshine' in Easy A to singing toe to toe with Gosling in La La Land. It's a testament to how striking both Stone and La La Land have been this year that performers like Bening and Meryl Streep, stalwarts of the industry, are unlikely to upstage her.
Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language
- Germany: Toni Erdmann
- France: Divines
- France: Elle
- Chile: Neruda
- Iran: The Salesman
Who will win: Toni Erdmann
Who should win: Toni Erdmann
The Oscar front-runner Toni Erdmann will be picking up the Golden Globe no doubt. The movie, about a fun-loving father trying to reconnect with his no-nonsense daughter after showing up at her house for a surprise visit, has won the hearts of audiences and critics alike.
Best Television Series, Drama
- The Crown
- Game of Thrones
- Stranger Things
- This Is Us
Who will win: Game of Thrones
Who should win: Game of Thrones
Purely because Westworld is in its first season and Game of Thrones is in its sixth, will the latter be awarded. The Globes are yet to award Game of Thrones and, with many calling the sixth season its 'finest', it will probably walk away with the award.
Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
- Mozart in the Jungle
Who will win: Atlanta
Who should win: Atlanta
With Veep having won before and Atlanta having the best debut season since Mad Men's first, the latter will almost certainly, and deservedly, win the award.
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
- American Crime
- The Dresser
- The Night Manager
- The Night Of
- The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Who will win: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Who should win: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
With O.J. Simpson getting not one, but two shows (a miniseries and a documentary), the one nominated, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story is the show that everyone is betting their money on. It's also got the most nominations for a television show. The Night Manager (Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddlestone) and The Night Of (Riz Ahmed) will likely give it tough competition.
There are a whole bunch of other awards to be given as well. Here's a full list of the nominees for the 2017 Golden Globes.
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