Golden Globe Nominations

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The nominations are out, and the Golden Globes are fast approaching. One thing that everybody does leading up to the show is predicting who the winners and losers will be.

In honor of the awards show, airing on the 10th of January, I have compiled a list of who should win for the actor/actress categories, and who will win.

Comment down below with your thoughts.

Actress in a motion picture, drama:

Cate Blanchett, “Carol”

Brie Larson, “Room”

Rooney Mara, “Carol”

Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”

Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

 

Who Should Win: As much as I LOVED reading the book “Brooklyn” and will exalt it for eternity, I don’t think Miss Ronan will be getting that globe for her relative newness on the scene. Her performance was solid, but Alicia Vikander is one of the biggest up and coming actresses. Her work with “Ex Machina” not only supports why she should get this win, but her role “The Danish Girl” was fab-u-lous. Bonus points for “Man from U.N.C.L.E.”

 

Who Will Win: “Carol” dominates the nomination board this year, so it seems logical that either Cate Blanchett or Rooney Mara will take the cake this year. My money’s on Blanchett, though. Although I haven’t seen “Carol,” Blanchett’s character seems a lot like a character from The Color Purple, who is a very empowering figure… kudos to that. In addition, Blanchett nailed her performance in Blue Jasmine, which proves to me she has the skills.

 

 

Actress in a motion picture, comedy:

Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”

Melissa McCarthy, “Spy”

Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”

Maggie Smith, “The Lady in the Van”

Lily Tomlin, “Grandma”

 

Who Should Win: To me, Melissa McCarthy is that lowkey kind of funny that makes a comedian a comedian. They don’t laugh at their own jokes, and the jokes are not uncomfortably raunchy (cough cough Amy Schumer). So, if Melissa wins this baby, I would genuinely be pleased. That being said, Lily Tomlin’s character in “Grandma” is absolutely hilarious. She might not be as well known to the younger generation, but “Grandma” is a film worth watching. Tomlin makes the movie.

 

Who Will Win: Even though “Joy” is not really receiving the reviews as expected, there’s no doubt Lawrence could be the winner of this category. She’s already won a Golden Globe, she’s got a wry yet entertaining humor, and people really seem to like her. I can’t see why she wouldn’t be a good pick. However, Amy Schumer has (somehow) been getting awards for her breakout movie, so prepare for that trainwreck to happen (see what I did there?).

 

 

Actor in a motion picture, drama:

Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Will Smith, “Concussion”

 

Who Should Win: Not gonna lie, this is a pretty stacked category. Will Smith slays his character of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a figure you would know if you took Sports Med. Michael Fassbender and Bryan Cranston are no slackers in their respective movies, and there’s a reason Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated for the Oscars five times. To me, though, Eddie Redmayne deserves this one. “The Danish Girl” covers a topic very relevant to today, and Redmayne fully commits to the role all the way, just like in “The Theory of Everything.” His versatility is something truly award-winning.

 

Who Will Win: I wouldn’t count DiCaprio as a bridesmaid just yet, but Eddie Redmayne not only won the Golden Globe in this category last year, he also won the BAFTA Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Oscars…shall I continue? “The Theory of Everything” really showcased Redmayne, and this is something the Globes won’t overlook. Plus, the man can sing “A Heart Full of Love.”

 

 

Actor in a motion picture, comedy:

Christian Bale, “The Big Short”

Steve Carell, “The Big Short”

Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Al Pacino, “Danny Collins”

Mark Ruffalo, “Infinitely Polar Bear”

 

Who Should Win: May I just say, where was Johnny Depp for “Black Mass”? Such a shame…anyway, while I have not seen “The Big Short,” I have brushed up on the reviews for this movie. They all have one thing in common: the fabulousness of Christian Bale. There is much praise for Bale’s “against type” acting, and that should count for something. In addition, Ruffalo’s portrayal of a bipolar father of two could impress the audience enough to give him the Globe.

 

Who Will Win: Matt Damon seems to be a pretty solid pick for this category, but can someone explain how “The Martian” is a comedy? Are we talking about the same movie? Anyway, the movie is based largely on Damon’s acting, and people love the movie. It has a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, for goodness sakes.

 

Actress in a TV series, comedy:

Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

Jamie Lee Curtis, “Scream Queens”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”

Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

 

Who Should Win: In this category, I don’t have much experience, as the only show I have watched here is “Jane the Virgin.” That being said, after looking at each actress and their reviews, I have concluded that both Rachel Bloom or Julia Louis-Dreyfus are the worthy contenders for the Globe. Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been nominated for this category for many years, and it’s not because of her “Seinfeld” tenure. As for Rachel Bloom, critics have praised her and her show for being one of the most original and funniest shows on now. You go, Ms. Bloom.

 

Who Will Win: I could easily picture Gina Rodriguez taking the cake,since she won it last year. There was a lot of praise for her representing the Latino community with her win, so that might be an aspect playing into this win. Also, as this is her second nomination for the 2016 Golden Globes, Lily Tomlin might win this year. If she doesn’t win for her “Best Actress” award, the judges could award her this nomination as a way to say sorry.

 

Actress in a TV series, drama:

Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”

Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”

Eva Green, “Penny Dreadful

Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

 

Who Should Win: I first saw Eva Green as a Bond lady in “Casino Royale,” and it makes me happy to see how she has evolved into her new show. She really has this quirky character of Vanessa Ives down to a pat. “Penny Dreadful” is a little on the lowkey side of television, but that should mean nothing. Speaking of almost unheard shows, how about that “Outlander”? It’s not really my cup of tea, but I’ve heard that Caitriona Balfe nails it as Claire Fraser. So why not give her the award?

 

Who Will Win: It likely comes down to Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson. Both of the ladies’ characters, Annalise Keating and Cookie Lyon respectively, are people in their own class, and that couldn’t be possible without Davis and Henson.

 

Actor in a TV series, drama:

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”

Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”

Wagner Moura, “Narcos”

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”

 

Who Should Win: Rami Malek might seem like the underdog here, but mistake not his performance in “Mr. Robot.” For it being a relatively unknown name, it received sterling reviews, thanks in part to lead Malek. His quiet evolution of emotionally disturbed hacker Elliot was brilliant. The role wasn’t loud or flashy, but that made it all the more brilliant! Note: I have to admit a bias for Malek, as I have loved that guy since “Night at the Museum.”

 

Who Will Win: Ok Jon Hamm, you win. In a sense, though, it is sort of fitting, as this year wrapped up the final season of “Mad Men.” Jon has been nominated multiple times for his role as Don Draper, and this year is no exception.

 

Actor in a TV series, comedy:

Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”

Gael García Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle”

Rob Lowe, “The Grinder”

Patrick Stewart, “Blunt Talk”

Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

 

Who Should Win: Again, another category that I know nothing about…I need to be more culturally insync. Anyway, after another research binge, the name Jeffrey Tambor stands out. His role of a Jewish transgender man has received much acclaim, and I appreciate Tambor stepping outside of his comfort zone.

 

Who Will Win: This time, I think that the worthy one will win the gold. Tambor is already known to the Globes from his win last year, and he has won many other awards for the show, such as a Primetime Emmy and Critics’ Choice Awards. I say, Maura Pfefferman for the win.

 

Actress in a TV movie or limited series:

Kirsten Dunst, “Fargo”

Queen Latifah, “Bessie”

Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”

Sarah Hay, “Flesh and Bone”

Lady Gaga, “American Horror Story: Hotel”

 

Who Should Win: There are some pretty big names in this lineup, people who have paved a way for themselves in the celebrity world. However, while I’m not knocking Lady Gaga’s first try at the small screen, Kirsten Dunst, to me, is the better (wo)man. I appreciate that Fargo consistently provides well-crafted entertainment, with quality actors. Dunst is no exception, and her addition to the cast as Peggy Blomquist was a clever and successful move.

 

Who Will Win: “American Crime” is one of those shows handmade for award ceremonies; it has the right amount of grit, and portrays humanity’s imperfections, which is something critics have a fascination with. With that, Felicity Huffman looks to the winner. Tbh, though, I prefer Regina King’s performance in “American Crime” to Huffman’s…but that’s just my opinion.

 

Actor in a TV movie or limited series:

Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero”

Patrick Wilson, “Fargo”

Idris Elba, “Luther”

David Oyelowo, “Nightingale”

Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall”

 

Who Should Win: As I come to the end of this long list, I only have enough energy to say that it should totally be Mark Rylance as “Best Actor.” Reason: He’s got that Shakespeare vibe that critics can’t get enough of, and his status in Hollywood has been recently polished by his role in “Bridge of Spies.”

 

Who Will Win: Two words: Idris Elba, because, Idris Elba.