2020 Golden Globes Nominations: Motion Picture

Posted on December 09, 2019

Let’s start the week off by yelling angrily into the ether! The Golden Globes TV nominations and our thoughts on them can be found here. Now let’s dig into the movies, shall we?

 

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
“1917”
“Irishman”
“Joker”
“Marriage Story”
“The Two Popes”

We haven’t seen 1917 or The Two Popes, loved Marriage Story but think a little bit of the critical praise is overstated, thought The Irishman was a masterpiece but possibly not awards-friendly. It wouldn’t be our pick, but we think Joker may be a likely winner.

 

BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
“Dolemite is my Name”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Knives Out”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Rocketman”

It’s weird to think of OUATIH as a comedy. It’s a brilliant film, though. Dolemite is HILARIOUS and highly entertaining, and Rocketman did its subject proud, but we suspect recency bias may hand this one to the instantly beloved Knives Out.

 

BEST DIRECTOR
Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”
Sam Mendes, “1917”
Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”
Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”
Todd Phillips, “Joker”

If it were up to us, it would go to Scorsese, but we think Tarantino or Phillips are more likely. On the other hand, Bong Joon Ho has a better shot than most of them, we would think.

 

BEST ACTOR – DRAMA
Christian Bale, “Ford v. Ferrari”
Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”
Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”

Some of these feel a little random. Banderas’ performance was nearly universally acclaimed, Phoenix’s was the most heavily buzzed, but for our money, Driver gave one of the most affecting, nuanced, and meticulous male performances all year.

 

BEST ACTRESS – DRAMA
Cynthio Erivo, “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”
Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”
Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”
Renee Zellweger, “Judy”

Haven’t seen Charlize, Cynthia or Saoirse yet but it’s hard not to see Renee taking this one.

 

BEST ACTOR – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Daniel Craig (“Knives Out”)
Roman Griffin Davis (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)
Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”)

We thought Taron did a fantastic job and we tend to think Daniel Craig and DiCaprio may have a bit of a leg up in this category, but we really, really hope Murphy takes it.

 

BEST ACTRESS – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Awkwafina, “The Farewell”
Ana de Armas, “Knives Out”
Beanie Feldstein, “Booksmart”
Emma Thompson, “Late Night”
Cate Blanchett, “Where’d You Go Bernadette”

We’d scratch the last two off the list immediately. We haven’t seen The Farewell yet but Beanie was SOOOOO GOOD in Booksmart.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
Al Pacino, “The Irishman”
Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
Brad Pitt, “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”
Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”

Hanks is almost certainly the favorite here. We can’t reward Pacino’s bombast even though it’s his stock-in-trade. We thought Pesci was amazing, haven’t seen and Hopkins and think Pitt is probably second only to Hanks for the likely win.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Annette Benning, “The Report”
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”
Jennifer Lopez, “Hustlers”
Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”

We see this coming down to Dern vs. J Lo and we tend to think Jenny’s got this one wrapped up. Dern was fantastic, though.

 

BEST SCREENPLAY
“Marriage Story”
“Parasite”
“The Two Popes”
“Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”
“The Irishman”

Marriage Story deserved all its praise for two factors: Driver’s performance and for the screenplay. We’d quibble with any other aspects – including Scarlett’s performance – getting over-praised or nominated. It’s our pick here.

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
“Motherless Brooklyn”
“Little Women”
“Joker”
“1917”
“Marriage Story”

PASS.

 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Beautiful Ghosts” – CATS
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” – Rocketman
“Into the Unknown” – Frozen 2
“Spirit” – The Lion King
“Stand Up” – Harriet

PASS.

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“Frozen 2”
“The Lion King”
“Missing Link”
“Toy Story 4”
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

PASS.

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“The Farewell”
“Les Misérables”
“Pain and Glory”
“Parasite”
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

We think this is Parasite’s category.

 

 

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