2019 Golden Globes Film Categories: Who should and who will win

Ah, the New Year to some it marks a rebirth and instills change. To others it is a time to reflect on the past decision we have made and move forward. For this writer the New Year is simply a start to the best time of the year, Award Season.

Yes, we have made it to another stellar Award Season with the Golden Globes being the inaugural kickoff for the season. The 76th Golden Globes will be held on Sunday, January 6th. Hosted by Golden Globe winners Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh (who is also nominated this year). This years list of nominees is nothing sort of spectacular with several categories still too close to call. With several actors nominated in multiple categories we could potential see some actors such as Lady GaGa, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams walk out of the Beverly Hilton Hotel with more than one Golden Globe.

However I will be dissecting every category to give you my best assumptions of who should win and who probably will win. Without further ado let’s jump in and see what this year’s Golden Globes should have in store.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

“Black Panther


“Bohemian Rhapsody

“If Beale Street Could Talk

“A Star Is Born

Should Win: Black Panther

Hands down the best film of the year and not just in terms of box office. Ryan Coogler took the Black Panther source material and delivered to us a fully fleshed out Wakanda that highlighted not just the African American community but their heritage as well. With amazing performances from lead actor Chadwick Boseman as well as a beyond stellar performance from our villain Killmonger played by the talented Michael B. Jordan. This film now sets a tone for any comic book based film coming out. Just having Black Panther nominated is an achievement Ryan Coogler and Marvel Studios should appreciate but seeing this cast go on stage Sunday to take the award would be the icing on the cake.

Will Win: A Star Is Born

Even though Black Panther was a commercial and critical success, Hollywood does love this repeated story of fame and glory. In his directorial debut, Bradley Cooper took a story already told numerous times, now retold for its fourth time. However, Cooper was able make the story entirely his own. Even though the film was Cooper’s baby it would not have been what it was without the performance of one Lady GaGa. GaGa truly is the star here not just with her musical performances but in her acting. She is able to make you feel every emotion in this film from overwhelming joy to devastating grief, she is no doubt the reason the film exceeded expectations.


Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

“Crazy Rich Asians

“The Favourite

“Green Book

“Mary Poppins Returns


Should Win: The Favourite

The film about Queen Anne of England has been a critical smash since it debuted at the 75th Venice Film Festival. The film is carried by its three female leads, Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, Rachel Weisz as the Queen’s secret lover and advisor, and Emma Stone as Weisz servant cousin who has plans of her own. All three women have also been nominated for their acting in the film. Unlike most period films this one leans fully into the realm of comedy. Olivia Colman has a Queen falling apart is nothing short of spectacular. Unfortunately, the film has not reached as broad of an audience and that is where it might fall short.

Will Win: Green Book

This one has Golden Globe winner written all over it. Carried by the performances of actors Viggo Mortenson and Mahershala Ali, Green Book is the sort of awards bait critics love. Which has proven to be its strong point. The film is on countless Top 10 list for critics and it is the kind of story voters love. Also the film is directed by Peter Farrelly which any 90s kid knows is one half of the Farrelly Brothers who directed film such as “Dumb & Dumber” and “There’s Something About Mary.” The voters love when a director goes outside their comfort zone and creates something new, especially when it is this well received.

Best Director – Motion Picture

Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)

Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)

Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”)

Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”)

Adam McKay (“Vice”)

Should Win: Peter Farrelly – “Green Book

As mentioned above with why Green Book will win, Peter Farrelly has come along way from his raunchy 90s films. He has directed a film not only about racism in the 1960s but also a film showcasing the human spirit. So much of the movie is about changing the perceptions of people around us, which is what Farrelly has done. He has shown that he can do more than what we typically expect from the Farrelly Brothers. This 90s kid would absolutely love to see Peter walk away Sunday with the globe.

Will Win: Alfonso Cuaron – “Roma

Voters still have issues when it comes to Netflix films, which is why I do not think it will win Best Foreign Language Film. However, I do not think voters will overlook Alfonso Cuaron. Cuaron has proven time and time again to be a critic favorite. He is a director that does not make the same movie twice, he is constantly evolving his art which is something critics love. Hopefully critics overlook that Netflix is the distributor and given Alfonso the award he truly deserves.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Glenn Close (“The Wife”)

Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”)

Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”)

Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)

Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”)

Should Win: Glenn Close – “The Wife

If you look up Golden Globes Darlings, Glenn Close’s name should be listed there. The actress has been nominated for 14 Golden Globes in her career, with her 2 wins coming from the television side. Glenn Close is an American treasure and one of those actresses that continues to get better with age. In “The Wife,” Close is at her very best as a wife dealing with her narcissistic husband. Many people including critics cannot argue that the film is a showcase for Close’s amazing talent and a Golden Globe for Best Actress should be given its rightful home on her mantel.

Will Win: Lady GaGa – “A Star Is Born

Glenn Close may be most deserving based on her overall career, but there is no way Lady GaGa leaves Sunday without the award for Best Actress. In her first feature film role, GaGa took the bulls by the horn, helping craft most of the songs and score from the film. But it is in her performance that truly captivated both audiences and critics. The worldwide success of the film and soundtrack rest on GaGa’s talented shoulders. The Golden Globes love Lady GaGa too. Giving her the award for Best Actress in a Limited Television Series for her work on American Horror Story: Hotel. GaGa will more than likely leave Sunday a now three time Golden Globe winner (more on that later.)


Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”)

Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)

Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”)

Charlize Theron (“Tully”)

Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”)

Should Win: Constance Wu – “Crazy Rich Asians

The rom-com found new life this summer in the smash hit, “Crazy Rich Asians.” It was the first American film since 1993 to have a predominantly Asian cast. Out of all the nominees in this category, Wu’s performance is not the strongest or even most comedic. This would be a chance for the award show to make history though having an Asian women take home one of the biggest awards of the night.

Will Win: Olivia Colman – “The Favourite

The Queen has arrived ladies and gentlemen. This category truly belongs to Colman. Her performance as Queen Anne is nothing short of brilliant. The British actress has a large following overseas but with her performance and potential win for The Favourite, she is close to becoming a household name stateside. She will be taking over Claire Foy’s award winning role of Queen Elizabeth on The Crown from Netflix next season. The Golden Globes would be smart to anoint her as the next big British star now.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Amy Adams (“Vice”)

Claire Foy (“First Man”)

Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)

Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)

Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)

Should Win: Regina King – “If Beale Street Could Talk

Personally my favorite part of award season is seeing character actors finally get the recognition they deserve. Regina King is beyond deserving not just in this role but in the

career path she paved for herself. She is better known for her television work with three
Emmy awards in the past four years. King should be walking out Sunday with her first Golden Globe award.


Will Win: Regina King – “If Beale Street Could Talk

This category belongs to King. She is the only person nominated I believe should and will win. From her first acting role, Friday, to her television work on American Crime, she continues to show critics and viewers alike why she is such a force. Her role in Beale Street has already won her several acting honors this year. Even if you have not seen the film, the trailer alone will give you reason to agree. Hopefully her win here propels her into an Oscar front runner as well.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)

Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”)

Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”)

Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)

John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”)

Should Win: Bradley Cooper – “A Star Is Born

The headlines about A Star Is Born typically talk about Lady GaGa and how successful Cooper was in his directorial debut. However what everyone seems to be forgetting is how stellar of a performance it was. Bradley Cooper played a character we have not seen him portray. Grizzled, tragic, and a surprisingly good singer. Cooper’s chemistry with Lady GaGa also felt real and genuine making the audience feel like they are peaking into a forbidden world. Since he will not be getting the directing globe, why not throw Bradley some love by giving him the best actor award.

Will Win: Remi Malek – “Bohemian Rhapsody

While it would be nice for the Golden Globes to give Bradley Cooper something for how impressive his debut was, this category seems to be in the hands of another singer. This time with the portrayal of Freddie Mercury, the infamous front man for one of history’s greatest bands, Queen. Remi Malek completely throws himself into the role. Critics did not outright love the film but mostly all proclaimed how great Remi Malek’s performance was. Watching Malek as Freddie Mercury was truly one of the most brilliant performances of any biopic in recent memory. Just look up the comparison video of the Live Aid performance and you can see for yourself how invested Malek was in getting Mercury’s likeness to perfection. All that hard work should be rewarded come Sunday.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Christian Bale (“Vice”)

Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”)

Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”)

Robert Redford (“The Old Man & the Gun”)

John C. Reilly (“Stan & Ollie”)

Should Win: Christian Bale – “Vice

You would think after all the times audiences and critics have seen Christian Bale drastically change his appearance for a film that the act would be tired and played out. That is not the case in Vice, Bale makes his most intense physical change to date in his portrayal of former Vice President Dick Cheney. The film, a true political satire uses Bale’s immense talent to their strength and allow him to do what he does best, completely become the character. The globes also love Bale giving him one award and four nominations in his career. Could number two be his come Sunday?

Will Win: Viggo Mortenson – “Green Book

The globes may love Christian Bale but they also love rewarding an actor that has been around for awhile. Viggo Mortenson is no stranger to the globes being nominated four times previously. Critics and audiences have been loving his depiction of Tony Vallelonga. He continues to stretch his character work this time playing an Italian American bodyguard in the 1960s dealing with segregation and racism. After four nominations, this time truly feels like Mortenson’s time.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”)

Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”)

Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”)

Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)

Sam Rockwell (“Vice”)

Should Win: Richard E. Grant – “Can You Ever Forgive Me?

If you want to know the definition of “Working Actor” simply google Richard E. Grant and take a peek at his imdb page. Steadily working since 1983, Grant only really has one or two mainstream projects that audiences may know. However his work in “Can You Ever Forgive Me” has critics talking. The globes do love rewarding working character actors, so could this year be the first time we see two character actors sweep the supporting category?

Will Win: Timothee Chalamet – “Beautiful Boy

As much as the Golden Globes love to reward someone who has paid their dues, they love to be the first to anoint rising stars. In that case look no further than Timothee Chalamet. After gaining nominations last year in several best actor categories, Chalamet would come up short. This year could be different however. The Golden Globes and this category have a lot of history when it comes to surprising wins. Just go back to 2017 when Aaron Taylor-Johnson took home a surprise win in this category from front-runner Mahershala Ali, Ali would go on to win the SAG award and the Oscar that year in this category. My money is this year we see a similar action when Timothee Chalamet upsets Richard E. Grant.

Best Motion Picture – Animated

“Incredibles 2

“Isle of Dogs


“Ralph Breaks the Internet

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Should Win – “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

By far one of the best animated film to come out in the last decade, Spider-Verse is nothing short of a visual feast for the eyes. Critics have praised the film some calling it the best Spider-Man movie ever, which I will not disagree. The story is grand and the characters are vast but the movie never seems crowded and the storyline does not feel muddled down for children. This is truly a film that transcends generational appeal.

Will Win – “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Verse took one of the most well known characters in all of pop culture, Spider-Man and did something incredibly fresh and exciting. Given how saturated cinemas are with superhero movies, it more important today to be original. Up until Spider-Verse released, Incredibles 2 seemed like the likely winner. Incredibles 2 had the anticipation factor working for it since it was over a decade since we had seen these characters on the big screen. Unfortunately unlike Spider-Verse the story does not feel original and the new characters introduced do not make as much as an impact as they needed to. I mean Incredibles 2 is still the third highest grossing film of 2018 and will likely also get an Oscar nomination but this years seems to be the year of the spider.

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“All the Stars” (“Black Panther”)

“Girl in the Movies” (“Dumplin”)

“Requiem For a Private War” (“A Private War”)

“Revelation’ (“Boy Erased”)

“Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”)

Should Win: “All the Stars” – “Black Panther

One of the best songs of 2018 off one of if not arguably thebest album of the year, All the Stars is truly a track that surpassed its purpose. Kendrick Lamar’s lyrics and flow are all on display for this track and SZA on the hook has never sounded better. Honestly I wish the whole album could receive recognition but giving Kendrick and SZA the globe would be an important moment for the Golden Globes.

Will Win: “Shallow” – “A Star Is Born

Lady GaGa will be walking out of the Beverly Hilton a three-time Golden Globe winner after her two wins on Sunday. Shallow as a single tied Lady GaGa’s longest-leading number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts. The soundtrack also gave GaGa her fifth number 1 album. Given the critical and radio love this song has received I will not be surprised seeing GaGa take the win and inevitably the Oscar for Best Song as well.

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Marco Beltrami (“A Quiet Place”)

Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”)

Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther”)

Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”)

Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”)

Should Win: Ludwig Goransson – “Black Panther

Out of all the nominees, Black Panther felt like something fresh and new that critics have not had before in a film of this caliber. Kendrick Lamar’s assist gives this score its much needed boost, having curated most of the soundtrack and sounds we get from the film.

Will Win: Ludwig Goransson – “Black Panther

Completely original and fresh, the Golden Globes would be foolish to not give Black Panther the award here. This is easily the one award Black Panther should walk out with come Sunday.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)

Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”)

Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)

Adam McKay (“Vice”)

Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (“Green Book”)

Should Win: Barry Jenkins – “If Beale Street Could Talk

Having been nominated previously for “Moonlight,” Jenkins went home empty handed at the Golden Globes two years ago. However that same year he would win at the Oscars for Best Screenplay. This year, the Golden Globes could make up for their past mistakes. Now Beale Street is not the tour de force like Moonlight was but when it comes to Jenkins the critics just might want to crown him the next great screenwriter of this generation.

Will Win: Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara – “The Favourite

Critics and audiences have seen their fair share of period pieces. But in The Favourite, Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara turn the period piece on its head. Leaning heavy on the comedy, The Favourite is a refreshing take on history that critics have not yet seen. The Golden Globes have a history of rewarding fresh concepts so it will be no surprise come Sunday seeing these two writers walk out with awards.

There you have it folks, my picks for this year’s Golden Globe nominations in film. Check back in to see my predictions for the television nominees also. To see how close I was check out the Golden Globes this Sunday, January 6th on NBC.

Jake Riggs

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