THE GOLDEN GLOBES 2021 REVIEW: PREDICTIONS AND SNUBS

THE GOLDEN GLOBES 2021 REVIEW: PREDICTIONS AND SNUBS

Written By – C. A. Ponch

WE REALLY NEEDED MORE LAUGHS LAST YEAR

When the nominations were announced for the 78th Golden Globes recognizing the achievements in film and television of 2020, it immediately reminded me that we didn’t have a whole lot to laugh about last year.  Most of the Comedic nominations range from above average to awful with only a few highlights.  As the first major awards show of 2021, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has a chance to start the award circuit off right, let’s hope on the night of, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey can make up for lack of humor from 2020.

Most of the Drama categories are still very strong and I was surprised that I preferred most of this years “Oscar Bait” films to last year’s nominees.

NETFLIX DESTROYS THE COMPETITION

This year, studios rushed their content out through streaming services and as expected Netflix dominated the competition with 42 nominations. Amazon Prime and Hulu tied for second with 10 nominations. Although “Mank” garnered the most nominations of any film with six, I doubt it will take home awards in any of the major categories.

TV HAD A BIT OF DOWN YEAR

With some wildly popular shows ending in 2018 and 2019; 2020 was a bit of a down year, but with so much content and so many of us trapped inside watching TV, there was still some great television to pick from. “The Crown” led all TV nominations with six and after sweeping last year’s Emmy’s “Schitt’s Creek” was nominated in five categories. I have seen a majority of the nominated films and shows with only a few exceptions mostly in the foreign language categories.  Even with some of the HFPA lackluster nominations, Sunday should still be a fun evening predicting the winners and listening to Tina and Amy crack jokes at other’s expense. Please enjoy my predictions and snubs and feel free to debate the winners!

HFPA’s BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR

Best Motion Picture – Drama

“The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)

“Mank” (Netflix)

“Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)

“Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)

WHO WILL WIN: “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)

WHO SHOULD WIN: “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: “Sound of Metal”, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always”, “Judas and the Black Messiah”, “One Night in Miami”, “Ma Raineys Black Bottom”

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: All of these were great films, I’m sure this was a very difficult decision by the HFPA, but I would have nominated at least three of these films who got snubbed over a few of the films that were nominated.

THE LOW DOWN: I was pleasantly surprised by how many of this year’s films that I enjoyed in what was supposed to be a down year. “Sound of Metal” and “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” were better than just about everything on this list besides “Nomadland”. Don’t be surprised if “Promising Young Woman” picks up some momentum because it’s late release and subject matter. “Nomadland” was clearly a more engaging film than all the other nominees with exception of maybe the “Trial of the Chicago 7”. “Mank” does have the most nominations but I just feel like it wasn’t as good as the other nominees and I would be shocked if “The Father” won.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Amazon Studios)

“Hamilton” (Walt Disney Pictures)

“Palm Springs” (Neon)

“Music” (Vertical Entertainment)

“The Prom” (Netflix)

WHO WILL WIN: “Hamilton” (Walt Disney Pictures) or “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Amazon Studios)

WHO SHOULD WIN: “Palm Springs” (Neon)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: “Ma Raineys Black Bottom” (If “The Martian” can be a Musical or Comedy, can this count?), “On The Rocks”, “I Care A Lot”

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: “Music”, “The Prom”, maybe “Hamilton” (Not because it wasn’t great, I just don’t understand how a recording of a performance even qualifies).

THE LOW DOWN:  As I mentioned above, this was a very bad year forMusicals and Comedies.  I loved “Palm Springs” and honestly believe that it is one of the best Romantic Comedies ever made and it was somehow timely. How many of us have felt trapped in the same day, doing the same things over and over in the last year due to the pandemic, sometimes just not knowing what day it was? “Hamilton” was just a recording of the Broadway show.  I am not sure how it even got nominated, but considering it did, I am pretty sure it’s going to win. If the HFPA members vote on pure story, entertainment value, talent, execution then “Hamilton” is far better than almost any form of entertainment you put up against, but it’s not really a movie.

If the members choose to pick an actual movie, then “Borat” is going to win. It was hilarious and bold, I think people take for granted how hard it is for Baron Cohen and the rest of production to stay in character for that long without cracking. Jimmy Fallon, Ryan Gosling , etc. crack after a few minutes of a skit on SNL. These people were deep into political satire in the deep South. I felt like their lives depended on them not cracking. The truth is “Music” and “The Prom” are both very bad films. I really disliked both of them and felt neither was very enjoyable, if either win it would be infuriating. Even if you have a lot of great actors in a movie, it doesn’t always mean it has to be good. I loved “Palm Springs’, but it most likely will not will win. This will come down to an ideological decision by the HFPA on how they viewed “Hamilton”. If a majority of the members don’t look at it like a true film, then “Borat” will win.

AND THE GLOBE GOES TO….

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”)

Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)

Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”)

Gary Oldman (“Mank”)

Tahar Rahim (“The Mauritanian”)

WHO WILL WIN: Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)

WHO SHOULD WIN:  Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: LaKeith Stanfield “Judas and the Black Messiah”,  Steven Yeun “Minari”

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Maybe Rahim, I am not sure if the Mauritanian was a strong enough film for him to get nominated.

THE LOW DOWN: I really enjoyed the “Sound of Metal” which was elevated by Riz Ahmed’s stunning performance. This was by far the best male performance of the year and in a year where Chadwick Boseman doesn’t tragically pass away, he is the clear winner. Boseman did unfortunately pass, and he left us all wondering what more this brilliant actor could have accomplished. Including his work in “Da Five Bloods” Boseman gave us two of his best performances in 2020 and he was excellent in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”. Will the HFPA pick the better performance or the modern icon? Boseman has indented himself into the hearts of voters and leaves a legacy that will not be forgotten anytime soon. Outside of Ahmed I don’ think the others have a chance against Boseman. This wasn’t Oldman or Hopkins best performances and “The Mauritanian” wasn’t even reviewed all that favorably.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)

Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”)

Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”)

Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”)

Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”)

WHO WILL WIN: Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”) or Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Sidney Flanigan (“Never Rarely Sometimes Always”), Julia Garner “The Assistant”

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: All of these Actresses were superbbut Andra Day was a notch below the other nominees.

THE LOW DOWN:  There were some very strong performances in this category but this comes down to two women who were at the center of two of the best films of the year. I honestly can’t choose. I think McDormand gave an effortless performance, were she just became the character and Mulligan showed a tremendous amount of range dealing with a topic that has been presently on everyone’s minds. McDormand was better by a small fraction but Mulligan will win! Viola Davis does have an outside shot of winning, in most other years she would have been a front runner. Kirby’s and Day’s performances were both nice but Sidney Flanigan’s breakout in “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” will linger in my head for a long time and I hope the Oscars reward her with a nomination.

WEAK YEAR FOR MUSICALS AND COMEDIES

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Sacha Baron Cohen (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”)

James Corden (“The Prom”)

Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”)

Dev Patel (“The Personal History of David Copperfield”)

Andy Samberg (“Palm Springs”)

WHO WILL WIN: Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”) or Sacha Baron Cohen (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Sacha Baron Cohen (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Hugh Jackman (“Bad Education”), Seth Rogan (“An American Pickle”)

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: This is such a weak category.  Corden and Patel were both in such awful movies I don’t even understand why they are nominated, but it was hard finding replacement nominees. This was a bad year for male driven musicals and comedies.

THE LOW DOWN: Andy Samberg is a HFPA darling who has hosted the show before, I wouldn’t be shocked if he won. With that said this is the same argument from above on how the HFPA views “Hamilton”. Historically, slapstick comedies don’t do well on award shows although “The Hangover” win at the Globes a decade ago kind of changed that.  Baron Cohen and Miranda are both extremely skilled at what they do even though what they do is very different. I think “Hamilton” wins Best Motion Picture and they spread it around giving this one to Baron Cohen. The HFPA can’t pass up an opportunity for him to give a speech.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”)

Kate Hudson (“Music”)

Michelle Pfeiffer (“French Exit”)

Rosamund Pike (“I Care a Lot”)

Anya Taylor-Joy (“Emma”)

WHO WILL WIN: Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”) although Rosamund Pike (“I Care a Lot”) is a close second.

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Cristin Milloti (“Palm Springs’), Meryl Streep (“The Prom”)

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Kate Hudson (“Music”)

THE LOW DOWN: Maria Bakalova came out of nowhere and gave one of the best performances of the year. She deserves the award for the Rudy Giuliani scene alone. She did so much more than just a good accent, Baron Cohen has had years to perfect his Borat character, yet Bakalova never seemed intimidated by the role standing right next to him the whole time, never stepping out of character. It was amazing. Anya Taylor-Joy should win for “Queen’s Gambit” and I think the heat from that show is what helped her garner this nomination. Pike is the one to watch for, she was incredible in “I Care A Lot” and enough voters may not want a slapstick satirical comedy like “Borat” sweeping the Globes top acting categories. Hudson doesn’t have a chance. Pfeiffer could win, but I am not sure enough people have actually seen “French Exit” for the HFPA to feel that the win would be relevant enough.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)

Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)

Jared Leto (“The Little Things”)

Bill Murray (“On the Rocks”)

Leslie Odom, Jr. (“One Night in Miami”)

WHO WILL WIN: Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Paul Raci (“The Sound of Metal”), Matthew Macfadyen (“The Assistant”), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and a few other cast members (“Trial of the Chicago 7”)

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Jared Leto (“The Little Things”)

THE LOW DOWN: Sacha Baron Cohen stole every scene in “The Trail of the Chicago 7” that he was in and really deserves this award. However, I really don’t think they are going to have him win two awards in one night. If he doesn’t win in the Comedy category, then they may give this to him. Kaluuya is making a name for himself in Hollywood, and has been on fire in not only his performances but with his choices since his star turn in “Get Out”. Many would love to see the always charming Murray give an acceptance speech but I don’t think he did enough to beat either of these guys out. “One Night In Miami” was more of an assembly although Odom’s work in “Hamilton” might be on voters’ minds too and Leto shouldn’t have even been nominated.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”)

Olivia Colman (“The Father”)

Jodie Foster (“The Mauritanian”)

Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”)

Helena Zengel (“News of the World”)

WHO WILL WIN: Olivia Colman (“The Father”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Olivia Colman (“The Father”)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Yoh-Jung Youn (“Minari”), Ellen Burstyn (“Pieces of A Woman”)

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: This was a very weak category, there isn’t that many to pick from even outside of the candidates nominated.

THE LOW DOWN: This is a very tough category to predict, no one really stood out and I think most of the candidates wouldn’t have even been selected in stronger years. Colman is a Globes darling and should win for a performance in (“The Father”) that really should have been considered non-supporting. Close was very good in “Hillbilly Elegy” but it was an awful movie. Don’t be surprised if they award “Mank” with something and give this to a deserving Seyfried, even though she wasn’t the best actor in that film.

THIS YEAR’S MOVIES HAD SOUL

Best Motion Picture – Animated

“The Croods: A New Age” (Universal Pictures)

“Onward” (Walt Disney Pictures)

“Over the Moon” (Netflix)

“Soul” (Walt Disney Pictures)

“Wolfwalkers” (Cartoon Saloon)

WHO WILL WIN: “Soul” (Walt Disney Pictures)

WHO SHOULD WIN: “Soul” (Walt Disney Pictures)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: They got it right but kids do love the music from the Trolls movies – “Trolls: World Tour” (Universal Pictures)

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: They got it right.

THE LOW DOWN: “Soul” will win this easily, if the HFPA gives this award to anyone else they would be wrong. “Soul” was one of the best movies of the year in any category. “The Croods” and “Onward” both weren’t nearly as good. “Wolfwalkers” and “Over the Moon” were both strong and have an outside chance, but really the obvious and popular choice is the right one here.

Best Director – Motion Picture

Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)

David Fincher, “Mank” (Netflix) 

Regina King, “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios) 

Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) 

Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures) 

WHO WILL WIN: Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Eliza Hittman “Never Rarely Sometimes Always”

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED:  They got it mostly right, these are all great directors.

THE LOW DOWN: Having three female Directors nominated this year, after only a total of five were nominated in the entire history of the Globes makes this a wonderful historic year. Even better, they all deserved it, this wasn’t some sort of attention getting ploy by the HFPA to look progressive.As good as all of these films were, what Chloé Zhao was able to accomplish with every actor in “Nomadland” not named McDermont was incredible. I am still not sure whether most of the cast were actors or just people she pulled off the street. Her biggest competition will be Fenell and they will duke it out much like Mulligan will McDermont in the Best Actress category. No way they give this to a man, if they give this to Sorkin or Fincher (even though both were both excellent in their execution), you may see a walk out or up roar online for the ages.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Emerald Fennell – “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)

Jack Fincher – “Mank” (Netflix)

Aaron Sorkin – “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)

Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton – “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Chloe Zhao – “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)

WHO WILL WIN: Aaron Sorkin – “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Aaron Sorkin – “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Darius Marder (“The Sound of Metal”)

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Once again, they got it mostly right here but I think Darius Marder deserved some recognition in either the Director or Screenplay categories.

THE LOW DOWN:  This is an interesting category. I feel like “Nomadland” didn’t have a strong enough plot to win this and since they will give Zhao the award for Directing, they may give this to Fennell. But the Globes like spreading the love around and I feel like Fincher or Sorkin will win this because of how strong the dialogue was in “Mank” and “The Trail of Chicago 7”.  The HFPA loves Sorkin, so that’s the pick.

THE MUSIC OF THE MOVIES

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.) – H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas

“Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) – Daniel Pemberton, Celeste

“Io Si (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead” (Netflix) – Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolò Agliardi

“Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios) – Leslie Odom Jr, Sam Ashworth

“Tigress & Tweed” from “The United States vs. Billie Holliday” (Hulu) – Andra Day, Raphael Saadiq

WHO WILL WIN: “Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios) – Leslie Odom Jr, Sam Ashworth or “Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.) – H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas

WHO SHOULD WIN: “Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.) – H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas

WHO GOT SNUBBED: “See What You’ve Done” from “Belly of the Beast”– Mary J. Blige  Numerous songs from “Hamilton”. The movie counted, why don’t the songs count too?

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: This was a weak year in Original songs. Not sure if I really like any of them. Think they missed by not nominating Mary J.

THE LOW DOWN: “Fight for You” is my favorite of the songs selected. “Speak Now” or “Fight for You” will win in a weak year. I think they may give it to Odom if they do not reward him for his acting duties.

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

“The Midnight Sky” (Netflix) – Alexandre Desplat

“Tenet” (Warner Bros.) – Ludwig Göransson

“News of the World” (Universal Pictures) – James Newton Howard

“Mank” (Netflix) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

“Soul” (Pixar) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste

WHO WILL WIN: “Mank” (Netflix) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

WHO SHOULD WIN: Mank” (Netflix) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

WHO GOT SNUBBED:  Theypretty much got it right.

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: They pretty much got it right.

THE LOW DOWN: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will win for one of the two films they scored last year unless they cancel each other out. I think they have to give “Mank” something with all those nominations, and it was the best score in my opinion, so it takes it here. “Tenet’s” score was superb though, it’s possible Göransson pulls it out.

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

“Another Round” (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

“La Llorona” (Shudder)

“The Life Ahead” (Netflix)

“Minari” (A24)

“Two of Us” (Magnolia Pictures)

WHO WILL WIN: “Minari” (A24)

WHO SHOULD WIN: “Minari” (A24)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: I don’t watch enough Foreign Films to know this.

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED:  I don’t watch enough Foreign Films to know this.

THE LOW DOWN: I have only seen “Minari” and “The Life Ahead”. The buzz around the film, says that “Minari” should win but I haven’t seen enough Foreign Films to really make that distinction. Yeun and Youn were both stellar.

HFPA’S BEST TV SERIES OF 2020

Best Television Series – Drama

“The Crown” (Netflix)

“Lovecraft Country” (HBO Max)

“The Mandalorian” (Disney Plus)

“Ozark” (Netflix)

“Ratched” (Netflix)

WHO WILL WIN: “The Crown” (Netflix)

WHO SHOULD WIN: “The Mandalorian” (Disney Plus) or “The Crown” (“Netflix”

WHO GOT SNUBBED: “Better Call Saul” (AMC), “Homeland” (Showtime), “This is Us” (NBC) “I May Destroy You“ (HBO Max), “The Umbrella Academy” (Amazon Prime)

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: “Ratched” (Netflix)

THE LOW DOWN: “The Crown” is easily the best show nominated if you are not a “Star Wars” fan, but anyone who remotely likes “Star Wars” will tell you that “The Mandalorian” was a weekly viewing event and was by far the most entertaining property of any genre in film or television of the last year. With that said, non-“Star Wars” fans may not care to watch it (although they should) and there just isn’t enough dialogue in “The Mandalorian” for it really to be considered. “The Crown” will easily win this, it’s shot beautifully, every actor was marvelous in it and this may have been the best season of the series to date. “Ozark” didn’t have its strongest season. “Lovecraft Country” was spectacular in a lot of ways but is probably a little too bloody and strange for a win here. How was “Ratched” even nominated, do people love Sarah Paulson that much?  I’m not sure if am alone in my thinking here, but it’s travesty that “Better Call Saul” wasn’t nominated considering it was the best show on television in 2020.

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

“Emily in Paris” (Netflix)

“The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max)

“The Great” (Hulu) 

“Schitt’s Creek” (CBC) 

“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus) 

WHO WILL WIN: “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

WHO SHOULD WIN: “The Great” (Hulu)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: “Dave” (FXX), “What We Do In The Shadows” (FX), “Ramy” (Hulu), “The Umbrella Academy” (Amazon Prime)

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: “Emily in Paris” (Netflix)

THE LOW DOWN: I have expressed in the past I am not “Schitt’s Creek” biggest fan, it’s not that it’s not great. I enjoy the series, it’s just that It’s not a show that should have ever swept the Emmy’s. The final season was its best and the same season that swept the Emmy’s is being voted on here by the HFPA.The decision will be if they decide to be completely unoriginal and do the same thing the Emmy’s did or pick another show that was released after the Emmy’s aired or gained a huge amount of popularity after the Emmy’s, which is basically all the other nominees.  By selecting the comedy series they did for nomination, I think the HFPA is going to do spread it around and want to look fresh and hip instead of duplicating what happened at the Emmy’s. In my opinion, “Ted Lasso” is a little overrated but it is a feel good andpositive story, which is something we just don’t see on TV anymore. People really gravitated towards it. “The Flight Attendant” really showed us Kaley Cuoco’s range as she steps out of the large shadow of the “The Big Bang Theory” and I am still trying to figure out why the very charming but far from excellent “Emily in Paris” is even nominated. My hope is that the HFPA takes a step back and picks the hilarious ground breaking “The Great”, which in my opinion was the funniest and sharpest comedy of the year.

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

“Normal People” (Hulu/BBC)

“The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)

“Small Axe” (Amazon Studios/BBC)

“The Undoing” (HBO)

“Unorthodox” (Netflix)

WHO WILL WIN: “The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix) or “Small Axe” (Amazon Studios/BBC)

WHO SHOULD WIN: “Small Axe” (Amazon Studios/BBC)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: “The Good Lord Bird” (Showtime)

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: “The Undoing” (HBO)

THE LOW DOWN:  This is by far the strongest category at the Globes this year. Every show in this category was one of my favorite series of the year.  What Steve McQueen was able to do in the amount of time he had with “Small Axe” shouldn’t be possible! I wasn’t even sure if this series of films were a mini-series or group of different films they were going to consider in the film categories. At least three (maybe four) of the five films in this series are Oscar level contenders, that would have been in my top 20 films of 2020 with “Lovers Rock” and “Mangrove” cracking the top five.  This should be an easy decision by the HFPA. There is only one issue, the sensation that is Anya Taylor-Joy and “The Queen’s Gambit”, which I equally loved. I would not be disappointed if they awarded “The Queen’s Gambit, which was fun and well executed, but the level of craftsmanship in “Small Axe” is mind-blowingly impressive. This category is an embarrassment of riches. “Normal People” and “Unorthodox” were really strong as well and although “The Undoing” is the weakest of the group, it was still enjoyable. I can’t choose between “Small Axe” and “The Queen’s Gambit”, and I am sure the HFPA is as conflicted as I am.

ALL THE DRAMA

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) 

Josh O’Connor (“The Crown”) 

Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)

Al Pacino (“Hunters”) 

Matthew Rhys (“Perry Mason”) 

WHO WILL WIN: Al Pacino (“Hunters”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), Antony Starr (“The Boys”)

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: They mostly got it right.

THE LOW DOWN: The HFPA are not going to miss out on the opportunity to give Al Pacino an award. I feel he was strong enough to win this category even though a few of the other actors were slightly better. The past season of “Better Call Saul” was Odenkirk’s best performance and I am a little enraged that they are not getting more praise for it. I really hope that he wins an award for his amazing performance. Bateman and Rhys were both excellent but both have been better in the past. O’Connor is fresh and could easily pull the upset but I am giving this to Pacino. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)

Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”)

Emma Corrin (“The Crown”)

Laura Linney (“Ozark”)

Sarah Paulson (“Ratched”)

WHO WILL WIN: Emma Corrin (“The Crown”) or Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Emma Corrin (“The Crown”)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Rhea Seehorn (“Better Call Saul”), Claire Danes (“Homeland”)

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Maybe, Sarah Paulson (“Ratched”)

THE LOW DOWN: This is a coin flip on what “The Crown” actress the HFPA liked more. I think they will pick the fresh face and go with Emma Corrin and her wonderful depiction of Princess Di. Jodie Comer really was excellent in this season of “Killing Eve” but the show was not nearly as good as its previous seasons. The HFPA loves Paulson and Linney, but they were not as good as the two dames from “The Crown”.

ARE WE GOING TO BE UP SCHITT’S CREEK LIKE THE EMMY’S

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Don Cheadle (“Black Monday”)

Nicholas Hoult (“The Great”)

Eugene Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”)

Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”)

Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”)

WHO WILL WIN: Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”), but Nicholas Hoult (“The Great”) is a close second.

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Dave Burd (“Dave’), Matt Berry (“What We Do In The Shadows”)

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Don Cheadle (“Black Monday”)

THE LOW DOWN: Nicholas Hoult is hilarious and his comedic timing is outstanding in “The Great” but they will most likely give this toSudeikis for his extremely positive and likeable “Ted Lasso”. Never count Eugene Levy out and “Ramy” is the best show nobody is watching.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Lily Collins (“Emily in Paris”)

Kaley Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant”)

Elle Fanning (“The Great”)

Jane Levy (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”)

Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”)

WHO WILL WIN: Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Elle Fanning (“The Great”)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Issa Rae (“Insecure”)

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Jane Levy (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”)

THE LOW DOWN: If the HFPA chooses to not give “Schitt’s Creek” every award like the Emmy’s, then they have to reward Schitt’s Creek somewhere, and O’Hara is the most likely and deserving recipient. She was brilliant. I personally hope that they go in a different direction and give the award to Fanning or Cuoco. What are Collins and Jane Levy even doing here?

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Bryan Cranston (“Your Honor”)

Jeff Daniels (“The Comey Rule”)

Hugh Grant (“The Undoing”)

Ethan Hawke (“The Good Lord Bird”)

Mark Ruffalo (“I Know This Much Is True”)

WHO WILL WIN: Mark Ruffalo (“I Know This Much Is True”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Ethan Hawke (“The Good Lord Bird”)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Paul Mescal (“Normal People’), Shaun Parkes (“Small Axe”)

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: They pretty much got it right

THE LOW DOWN: Ruffalo showed great range in “I Know This Much is True” playing identical twins, he even changed things like his posture in both characters and if he wins he deserves it. When did Ethan Hawke become one of the greatest actors of our time?   He was a revelation in “The Good Lord Bird” and I believe he never gets the recognition he deserves. The other nominees were good but not nearly as good as Hawke, with Ruffalo as a close second. If the HFPA picks anyone outside of those two, they got it wrong.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 

Cate Blanchett (“Mrs. America”) 

Daisy Edgar-Jones (“Normal People”)

Shira Haas (“Unorthodox”) 

Nicole Kidman (“The Undoing”) 

Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”) 

WHO WILL WIN: Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Jurnee Smolett (“Love Craft Country”), Letitia Wright (“Small Axe”)

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: They got it right, this is one of the stronger categories.

THE LOW DOWN: Anya Taylor-Joy is going to win, in one of the most captivating performances of the year in “The Queen’s Gambit”. She made people love chess. I would bet my kid’s college tuition on it if Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett weren’t also nominated in the same category. Haas and Edgar-Jones were also stellar. If you haven’t seen these limited series yet, go watch them all, you won’t be disappointed. All of them are female driven and all are extremely binge-able.

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 

John Boyega (“Small Axe”) 

Brendan Gleeson (“The Comey Rule”) 

Dan Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”) 

Jim Parsons (“Hollywood”)

Donald Sutherland (“The Undoing”) 

WHO WILL WIN: Dan Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: John Boyega (“Small Axe”)

WHO GOT SNUBBED:  Allen Gallagher (“The Umbrella Academy”), Robert Sheenhan (“The Umbrella Academy”), Bill Burr (“The Mandalorian”)

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Once again a pretty strong category but Donald Sutherland didn’t need to be nominated.

THE LOW DOWN: This is another category that Schitt’s Creek will pick up the win. Levy is extremely likable as David and is a highlight of the show and final season. I just hope they give it to John Boyega, who was riveting in “Small Axe: Red, White and Blue”. I just don’t see that happening. Levy will win and none of the other nominees outside of Boyega has a chance.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 

Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”) 

Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”) 

Julia Garner (“Ozark”) 

Annie Murphy (“Schitt’s Creek”) 

Cynthia Nixon (“Ratched”)

WHO WILL WIN: Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Meredith Hagner (“Search Party”), Uzo Aduba (“Mrs. America”), Aya Cash (“The Boys”)

WHO SHOULD’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Cynthia Nixon (“Ratched’)

THE LOW DOWN: Once again both “The Crown” actresses are the most deserving and I hope they don’t cancel each other out.If that happens, the award will go to Murphy for “Schitt’s Creek” or they will use this opportunity to reward the always solid Garner but I think they give it to Anderson even though Bonham Carter steals every scene she is in. Anderson’s performance as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher reminds you how captivating an actress Anderson is.

HOW TO WATCH THE GLOBES: The 78th Gloden Globes will be hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, and airs Sunday, February 28th at 8PM on NBC. You can stream it on their Peacock service or Hulu + Live or use FubuTV’s free trail to get a week of free streaming. Enjoy the show and debating with your friends! – C. A. P.

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