With the Golden Globes being handed out later tonight, it’s time once again to present my predictions for who I think has the best chance of taking home the gold in the 14 film categories:
Best Original Song
- Fifty Shades of Grey – “Love Me Like You Do”
- Love & Mercy – “One Kind of Love”
- Furious 7 – “See You Again”
- Youth – “Simple Song #3”
- Spectre – “Writings on the Wall”
Original Song can be one of the harder categories to predict, especially when there isn’t a strong tune in the bunch like “Glory” or “Let It Go.” The only one here that’s been building any kind of buzz is Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” from Furious 7, so without anything else to judge the category on (very few groups even give out an award for it), that would be my prediction.
Best Foreign Language Film
- The Brand New Testament
- The Club
- The Fencer
- Son of Saul
Here we have one of the easiest categories of the night to predict. Son of Saul has been an unstoppable juggernaut when it comes to this category, so you should expect this Hungarian Holocaust film to easily pick up the trophy later tonight.
Best Animated Feature
- The Good Dinosaur
- Inside Out
- The Peanuts Movie
- Shaun the Sheep
Another category in which there has been pretty much one undisputed winner. Pixar’s masterpiece Inside Out is not only the best animated film of the year, but one of the best films of the year in general. This is another case where there’s not going to be much competition when it comes to picking the winner.
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Best Original Score
- The Danish Girl
- The Hateful Eight
- The Revenant
- Steve Jobs
This is another category that can be hard to predict simply because not that many groups have such a category, but for the few who do, Ennio Morricone’s excellent score for The Hateful Eight has been the main pick, so it looks as though it’s the best bet for the win.
- Room – Emma Donaghue
- Spotlight – Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer
- The Big Short – Adam McKay
- Steve Jobs – Aaron Sorkin
- The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino
Now we get into the major categories. While I would love to say that Aaron Sorkin’s brilliant screenplay for the extremely under-appreciated Steve Jobs is a slam-dunk to win, sadly that’s not likely to happen.
The battle here is going to be between McCarthy and Singer’s forgettable procedural screenplay for Spotlight and McKay’s didactic banking manual known as the screenplay for The Big Short. The former has easily been the most popular choice for both Original Screenplay and Combined Screenplay categories with critics, so in all likelihood, it will be tonight’s winner.
However, don’t be surprised if The Big Short comes in to take it, for it too has seen its share of popularity. Hell, I wouldn’t even count out Room entirely either. It’s rather exciting that the winner could end up being any one of these three, but I just wish the two best screenplays of the lot (Steve Jobs and The Hateful Eight) had a better chance.
Fingers crossed that a major shake-up happens here.