Golden Globe Nominations 2017

The 74th Golden Globe awards nominations were announced this morning. Sunday January 8th is the awards ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, where the winners of the following nominees will be announced:


Overall, there is not much to be excited about here. Bar a few choices, the film selection is weaker than previous years.

Best Picture, Drama

I’m quite surprised to see Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge in the mix as I thought we were all still agreed to boycott the bastard. Alas, Moonlight is both my pick and my prediction.

Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Manchester by the Sea

Best Picture, Comedy or Musical

I am in the minority of HATING La La Land, but I predict it to be the winner as the rest are quite critically weak in this category.

20th Century Women
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land
Sing Street

Best Director

Again… we’re really doing this Mel Gibson!? I predict Chazelle but would prefer Jenkins.

Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Best Actor, Drama

Money on Affleck for Manchester by the Sea, but my preference is Mortensen who gave a more subdued performance.

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton, Loving
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Actress, Drama

This one is tough to call, but it probably will be, and should be Isabelle Huppert for Elle.

Amy Adams, Arrival
Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie

Best Actor, Comedy

I genuinely thought The Lobster was last year’s news!? As much as I <3 that film and Colin in it, it’s too passe to matter for 2017. I did also love Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins – he was the best thing about that otherwise poor film.

Colin Farrell, The Lobster
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill, War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

Best Actress, Comedy

I think Meryl will not win it for a change, betting on Emma Stone who I thought was horrible in La La Land.

Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Lily Collins, Rules Don’t Apply
Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali for Moonlight all the way. Why is Simon Helberg even nominated!? He was just awful.

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel, Lion
Aaron Taylor Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress

I have yet to see Fences, but I hear good things about it, including Viola.

Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Screenplay

Gutted to have missed out on Hell or High Water this year, but other than that, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight are both worthy.

Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

Best Original Score

I reckon poor taste will prevail and La La Land will undeservingly take home this award which clearly belongs to Arrival.

La La Land
Hidden Figures

Best Original Song

Again, I think people are unjustly infatuated with La La Land and this terrible recurring song from it. How Far I’ll Go from Moana SHOULD win. Actually, You’re Welcome from Moana should have been nominated (and won).

Can’t Stop the Feeling, Trolls
City of Stars, La La Land
Faith, Sing
Gold, Gold
How Far I’ll Go, Moana

Best Animated Feature Film

Tough call here. Zootopia is superior as a meaningful relevant story and should win. Moana, the classic Disney film is more likely to. I’ve heard very good things about My Life as a Zucchini but sadly never got the chance to watch it. Kubo and the Two Strings while visually pretty, was a terrible film. Sing is probably filler.

Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini

Best Foreign Language Film

Toni Erdmann hands down is the best film of the year and should win this category easily. Elle is not far behind with another 5 star output. While fine in its own right, Neruda doesn’t belong here amongst this level of quality.

The Salesman
Toni Erdmann



This year Television is superior to Film, with much stronger and worthy competition in the mix.

Best TV Series, Drama

This is perhaps the toughest category. Game of Thrones is an old favourite of awards ceremonies but has certainly lost its splendour in recent seasons. Westworld is the new HBO darling but the masses had a bit of a mixed reaction to a few of its middling episodes. Stranger Things is a pop culture sensation but perhaps a bit too sci fi to take the drama crown. Speaking of crown, The Crown is absolutely flawless in its production calibre, albeit perhaps a bit slow. This is Us is the new network darling… so anything goes here really. I think I’ll throw my vote over to The Crown which is closest to ‘the whole package’ out of all of these excellent (bar GoT) series.

The Crown
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Best TV Series, Comedy/Musical

No Crazy Ex-Girlfriend!? No Lady Dynamite!? No Silicon Valley!? What!? Who cares then. This list missed most of the year’s genuinely funny shows.

Mozart in the Jungle

Best TV Miniseries or Movie

The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story is 100% the best television of the year. The Night Manager and The Night Of may also be of quality, but nothing is in the same league as American Crime Story’s first season.

American Crime
The Dresser
The Night Manager
The Night Of
The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Actor, Drama

People love Rami Malek. In spite of season 2 of Mr. Robot lagging a lot in the first half, it did redeem itself by the end and Malek was as captivating as ever.

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath

Best Actress, Drama

Claire Foy is effing brilliant as the Queen in The Crown. Untouchable.

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Claire Foy, The Crown
Keri Russell, The Americans
Winona Ryder, Stranger Things
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Best Actor, Comedy

I hope Jeffrey Tambor takes home another award for his performance in Transparent, the only one on this list with real heart.

Anthony Anderson, Blackish
Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Nick Nolte, Graves
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best Actress, Comedy

Yes Rachel Bloom! But it’s likely to be Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the favourite.

Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Sarah Jessica Parker, Divorce
Issa Rae, Insecure
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Tracee Ellis Ross, Blackish

Best Supporting Actor

This is one of the toughest categories to call, with all performances being excellent. The most excellent being Sterling K. Brown (I predict the winner), and John Lithgow (giving Brown a solid run for his money).

Sterling K. Brown, The People vs. O.J. Simpson
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
John Lithgow, The Crown
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
John Travolta, The People vs. O.J. Simpson

Best Supporting Actress

I personally like Thandie Newton in Westworld and gonna call her for the win.

Olivia Colman, The Night Manager
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld

Best Actor, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Dayam, another tough call. Riz and John were both amazing and heartbreaking in The Night Of with my preferred winner of the two being the former. That said, Hiddles was a lot of fun in The Night Manager, albeit not awards-worthy. Courtney B. Vance will likely, and rightly win it as The People vs. O.J. is just ridiculously good.

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Bryan Cranston, All the Way
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
John Turturro, The Night Of
Courtney B. Vance, The People vs. O.J. Simpson

Best Actress, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Sarah Paulson, 100%.

Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Riley Keough, The Girlfriend Experience
Sarah Paulson, The People vs. O.J. Simpson
Charlotte Rampling, London Spy
Kerry Washington, Confirmation

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