The holidays are officially over, which is very sad, but it means that awards season is in full swing. The various ceremonies certainly have the capacity to surprise—remember the La La Land vs. Moonlight Oscars shake-up heard ’round the world?—but none more so than the famously unpredictable Golden Globes. If you’re set on winning your viewing-party pool, here are our Golden Globes predictions.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Christopher Abbott (Catch-22)
Sacha Baron Cohen (The Spy)
Russell Crowe (The Loudest Voice)
PREDICTED WINNER: Jared Harris (Chernobyl)
Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon)
This seems like it’s Mad Men alum Jared Harris’s year, and he deserves it entirely. (That said, it would have been nice if Emmy winner Jharrel Jerome had been nominated in this category for his work in When They See Us, but he—and the show as a whole—were shut out entirely.)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
PREDICTED WINNER: Kaitlyn Dever (Unbelievable)
Joey King (The Act)
Helen Mirren (Catherine the Great)
Merritt Wever (Unbelievable)
Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon)
This is a tough category, but Kaitlyn Dever’s skill and range portraying a difficult role on the sexual assault procedural series Unbelievable deserves recognition.
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Loudest Voice (Showtime)
PREDICTED WINNER: Unbelievable (Netflix)
Fosse/Verdon and Chernobyl also have a chance of winning, but Unbelievable seems poised to take home the gold over some of the flashier shows, judging by its positive critical reception.
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
The Farewell (A24)
Pain and Glory (Sony)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Pyramide Films)
Parasite (CJ Entertainment)
Les Misérables (BAC Films, Amazon)
We’ve written before about the excellence of Portrait of a Lady on Fire, but Parasite has received so much buzz, it’s hard to imagine that it won’t take the prize.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method)
PREDICTED WINNER: Kieran Culkin (Succession)
Andrew Scott (Fleabag)
Stellan Skarsgård (Chernobyl)
Henry Winkler (Barry)
Sure, we all had fun watching Fleabag‘s Hot Priest, but no TV character vacillated between charm and abjection quite like Succession‘s Roman Roy, so we have to give it to Kieran Culkin.
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
PREDICTED WINNER: Fleabag (Amazon)
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
The Politician (Netflix)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge had a pretty great Emmys in 2019, and 2020 looks to be another banner year for her: The widely acclaimed second season of Fleabag is a shoo-in for Best Comedy.
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
PREDICTED WINNER: Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story)
Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won (Parasite)
Anthony McCarten (The Two Popes)
Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Steven Zaillian (The Irishman)
It may have triggered children of divorce, but Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story makes for a truly engaging read as a script.
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
PREDICTED WINNER: “Beautiful Ghosts” (Cats)
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” (Rocketman)
“Into the Unknown” (Frozen II)
“Spirit” (The Lion King)
“Stand Up” (Harriet)
Cats may have raised some questions, but Taylor Swift’s recording of “Beautiful Ghosts” is as haunting as its title might suggest.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Patricia Arquette (The Act)
PREDICTED WINNER: Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown)
Toni Collette (Unbelievable)
Meryl Streep (Big Little Lies)
Emily Watson (Chernobyl)
It’s hard for a celebrity to play an historical figure without overwhelming the role, but that’s exactly what Helena Bonham Carter did with her vivacious, rude interpretation of Princess Margaret on The Crown.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)
PREDICTED WINNER: Bill Hader (Barry)
Ben Platt (The Politician)
Paul Rudd (Living With Yourself)
Ramy Youssef (Ramy)
Former SNL funnyman Bill Hader won an Emmy two years in a row for his performance on Barry, but he’s yet to take home a Globe. This could be his year.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Christina Applegate (Dead to Me)
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Kirsten Dunst (On Becoming a God in Central Florida)
Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll)
PREDICTED WINNER: Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is the obvious front-runner (though wouldn’t it be great if it went to Natasha Lyonne for the undersung Russian Doll?).
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Brian Cox (Succession)
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones)
Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)
Tobias Menzies (The Crown)
PREDICTED WINNER: Billy Porter (Pose)
Billy Porter, Billy Porter, a thousand times Billy Porter! While it’s conceivable that Kit Harington might get some GOT love instead, we’re rooting for Porter to once again make history, this time as the first openly gay black man to win a Golden Globe.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show)
Olivia Colman (The Crown)
PREDICTED WINNER: Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)
Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)
Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies)
This is a tough one. But there are just too many Big Little Lies actresses crowding the field, and while they’re all excellent—as are Olivia Colman and Jennifer Aniston—Jodie Comer’s performance made Killing Eve appointment TV.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Daniel Craig (Knives Out)
Roman Griffin Davis (Jojo Rabbit)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Taron Egerton (Rocketman)
Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is listed in the comedy category, but thanks to the nostalgia factor of its past-Hollywood subject matter and the still-beloved auteur at its helm, it has a weightier feel than its competitors—three-time winner (and twelve-time nominee) DiCaprio is a pretty sure bet.
Best Motion Picture – Animated
PREDICTED WINNER: Frozen II (Disney)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Universal)
Missing Link (United Artists Releasing)
Toy Story 4 (Disney)
The Lion King (Disney)
It may not have been crystal-clear to adults, but Frozen II‘s popularity all but ensures it will win the category.
Best Director – Motion Picture
PREDICTED WINNER: Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)
Sam Mendes (1917)
Todd Phillips (Joker)
Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)
Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Parasite is the definition of a well-made film, with achievements from acting to set design and script, and since it’s not eligible for best motion picture, the Golden Globes may recognize Bong for steering the ship.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Christian Bale (Ford v Ferrari)
Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)
PREDICTED WINNER: Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)
Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)
Adam Driver had a considerable task on his hands portraying a flawed husband in Marriage Story, and he more than pulled it off.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
PREDICTED WINNER: Awkwafina (The Farewell)
Ana de Armas (Knives Out)
Cate Blanchett (Where’d You Go, Bernadette)
Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart)
Emma Thompson (Late Night)
Beanie Feldstein was a delight in Booksmart, as was Emma Thompson in Late Night, but this is Awkwafina’s year.
Best Television Series – Drama
Big Little Lies (HBO)
The Crown (Netflix)
Killing Eve (BBC America)
The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
PREDICTED WINNER: Succession (HBO)
Thanks to the freshness of the Apple TV+ platform, it seems like fewer people watched The Morning Show than some of its competitors, but its star power suggests it might still come up victorious. Still, Succession made a splash among critics, and its powerful performances are hard to deny.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)
Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)
Saoirse Ronan (Little Women)
Charlize Theron (Bombshell)
PREDICTED WINNER: Renée Zellweger (Judy)
Again, this is a tough category to sweep, but after a few semi-dormant years, Zellweger looks poised for a major comeback.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony)
PREDICTED WINNER: Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)
Knives Out (Lionsgate)
Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix)
Knives Out may have been more fun, and Hollywood garnered the buzz, but awards shows love a WWII movie, which means Jojo Rabbit could take it this time.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Irishman (Netflix)
PREDICTED WINNER: Marriage Story (Netflix)
Joker (Warner Bros.)
The Two Popes (Netflix)
Yes, dads loved The Irishman, but ultimately, it’s Baumbach’s world and we’re just living in it.