Audiences are ecstatic to officially kick off the 2016 award season. But, who's expected to win, and will these wins accurately forecast Oscar wins come February? Only time will tell, but check out who we think will grace the stage accepting an award this Sunday.
Before getting into movies, which will be seen again come Oscar time, we'll start with television winning predictions. After all, we do have some insight from the Emmy Awards last August. For Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, the nominees are American Crime, American Horror Story: Hotel, Fargo, Flesh & Bone and Wolf Hall. This prediction is definitely a tough call. The production value of all these programs are spectacular and definitely more than just a television show. This year, though, we'll be sticking with Fargo as the winner.
For Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Musical or Comedy, the nominees are Aziz Ansari for Master of None, Gael Garcia Bernal for Mozart in the Jungle, Rob Lowe for The Grinder, Patrick Stewart for Blunt Talk and Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent. Do you really need us to say it? Tambor took home the Emmy in August for his transgender performance in the Amazon Originals show, Transparent. And we believe this award series will be no different.
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For Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—Musical or Comedy, the nominees are Rachel Bloom for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jamie Lee Curtis for Scream Queens, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep, Gina Rodrigues for Jane the Virgin and Lily Tomlin for Grace and Frankie. We'll admit that this category is really hard. Rodriguez took home the Golden Globe last year for Jane the Virgin and Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won a handful of awards for Veep. So our final (random) guess is... Jamie Lee Curtis for Scream Queens. It's just a feeling.
For Best Television Series—Musical or Comedy, the nominees are Casual (Hulu), Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon), Orange Is the New Black (Netflix), Silicon Valley (HBO), Transparent (Amazon) and Veep (HBO). In the past, Veep and Orange Is the New Black have been snagging the awards, along with the progression of Transparent. But this year, we're saying that newbie Mozart in the Jungle will be taking the stage.
For Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Drama, the nominees are Jon Hamm for Mad Men, Rami Malek for Mr. Robot, Wagner Moura for Narcos, Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul and Liev Schreiber for Ray Donovan. Mr. Robot, Narcos and Ray Donovan are the three top contenders in our opinion, and we foresee Liev Schreiber taking home an Emmy for Ray Donovan.
For Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—Drama, the nominees are Caitriona Balfe for Outlander, Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder, Eva Green for Penny Dreadful, Taraji P. Henson for Empire and Robin Wright for House of Cards. We predict this award will be in the hands of either Viola Davis or Taraji P. Henson. Davis already stole the record in August for the first African American woman to win an Emmy for a lead performance in a television series and we would love to see that streak continue into the Globes.
For Best Television Series—Drama, the nominees are Empire (Fox), Game of Thrones (HBO), Mr. Robot (USA Network), Narcos (Netflix) and Outlander (Starz). We are, without a doubt, seeing either Empire or Game of Thrones taking home the award on Sunday. However, we see Game of Thrones just a little bit more than Empire.
Now, onto our favorite films for the upcoming year...
(Keep in mind that any Oscar predictions we mention are tentative since the nominees have not been announced yet.)
For Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture—Drama, the nominees are Cate Blanchett for Carol, Brie Larson for Room, Rooney Mara for Carol, Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn and Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl. With a handful of worthy winners, we can practically guarantee that either Rooney Mara or Cate Blanchett will be walking away with a Globe this coming Sunday. And the same goes for scoring an Oscar next month. In Carol, they portray secret lesbian lovers during a time when gay voices were silenced, and both actresses carried out extraordinary performances that will definitely be well-recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press and the Academy.
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For Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Drama, the nominees are Bryan Cranston for Trumbo, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant, Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs, Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl and Will Smith for Concussion. Like the previous category, this year's performances are filled with moving storylines for actors to bring out out their characters in elegant and chilling ways. However, we feel it's a dead giveaway that Eddie Redmayne will be scoring two awards this year for his performance in The Danish Girl. Because, well, he plays the actual Danish girl in the film. His transformation is one that will not be skipped over. In fact, we bet you won't stop hearing about it for weeks.
For Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy, the nominees are The Big Short, Joy, The Martian, Spy and Trainwreck. This weekend, we predict Spy to take home the Globe for being arguably the best comedy in a few years (from Bridesmaids creator Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy), and as for the Oscars, The Martian (starring Matt Damon) will be honored for its accomplished features and plot movement.
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For Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy, the nominees are Jennifer Lawrence for Joy, Melissa McCarthy for Spy, Amy Schumer for Trainwreck, Maggie Smith for The Lady in the Van and Lily Tomlin for Grandma. For the Golden Globes, we think Maggie Smith will be taking home the award for her impeccable acting in the hilarious, emotional and quirky film, simply because Smith, maybe a little more than her fellow nominees, had to leave her comfort zone entirely to portray such an out-of-touch character.
For Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy, the nominees are Christian Bale for The Big Short, Steve Carell for The Big Short, Matt Damon for The Martian, Al Pacino for Danny Collins and Mark Ruffalo for Infinitely Polar Bear. As of now, we're seeing Matt Damon taking home an Oscar for his role in The Martian, but for the Golden Globes, we're leaning toward a Big Short actor — either Steve Carell or Christian Bale.
For Best Motion Picture—Drama, the nominees are Carol, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Room and Spotlight. We bet that either The Revenant or Carol, both for their compelling plots and emotional human attachment, will win the Golden Globe. Perhaps The Revenant will take home the Globe this Sunday, and Carol will be recognized in February with the Oscar.
Don't miss the Golden Globes this Sunday night at 8/7c on NBC! And see all the nominees here.