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2017 Golden Globes: Who’s In? Who’s Out?

There’s always a couple of surprises at the Golden Globes, and this year is no exception.  A few days ago I put down my predictions for what would make it in at the Golden Globes, and now it’s time to see how well I did.  We’ll just run down from the top what was nominated first, then say what I missed and what got left out.

Best Motion Picture: Drama

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water


Manchester by the Sea


This was pretty good for me.  I had HacksawManchester, and Moonlight getting in, but Silence and Fences were my other two picks.  As you’ll see, Silence got absolutely skunked today, and Fences disappointed with only two nominations.  Hell or High Water and Lion were in the running, but of the two Lion had more momentum.  This is a big change for Hell or High Water, and the folks running that campaign must really be pumped now.

Best Motion Picture: Comedy/Musical

20th Century Women


Florence Foster Jenkins

La La Land

Sing Street

Again pretty good here.  I missed Deadpool and Sing Street getting in, favoring Rules Don’t Apply and The Lobster, which both ended up with one acting nod and nothing else.  I think this further solidifies La La Land as the clear frontrunner.  It’s big celebration, 8 wins, at the Critic’s Choice Awards last night also fuels its path to the Oscars.

Best Director

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

This wasn’t too bad for me either.  Mel Gibson was a risky pick, and it paid off!  However, I did kick out Kenneth Lonergan in favor of Martin Scorsese for Silence and Fences‘ director and lead star, Denzel Washington.  However, I never would have guessed Tom Ford for this category!  This is one that nobody saw coming.

Best Actor: Drama

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Joel Edgerton, Loving

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic 

Denzel Washington, Fences

I got four out of these five.  The only miss I had was Tom Hanks for Sully, but the real shocker is how Viggo Mortensen overcame a category switch at the last minute.  He was in the Comedy/Musical category just a few days ago, and was switched out at the last second to drama, which from the ads makes no sense to me, that looks like a comedy movie.  Good for him for landing the nomination, but few gave it that good of odds beating Hollywood icon Tom Hanks for that fifth slot.

Best Actress: Drama

Amy Adams, Arrival

Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Again four out of five for these.  I switched out Huppert for Emily Blunt in Girl on the Train, but then again, that film has lost steam and Elle is on the rise after Huppert won almost every Best Actress prize at the critic awards that have happened thus far.

Best Actor: Comedy/Musical

Colin Farrell, The Lobster

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins

Jonah Hill, War Dogs

Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

Only three out of five this time, but I don’t think anybody had Jonah Hill getting in for War Dogs.  While I liked the film more than most, it’s good to see him recognized.  I also missed Hugh Grant in favor of Warren Beatty for Rules Don’t Apply, and I also had Don Cheadle in for Miles Ahead, but then again, he was announcing the nominees this morning, so I probably should have put someone else in.

Best Actress: Comedy/Musical

Annette Bening, 20 Century Women

Lily Collins, Rule Don’t Apply

Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Thank the movie gods Hailee Steinfeld got in for this!  I was worried she’d get overlooked, but she made it!  Good deal.  Also got four out of five here.  Instead of Lily Collins I had Sally Field for Hello, My Name is Doris, but then again, that movie was out way early this year, so maybe I should have switched her out.

Best Actor in a Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins

Dev Patel, Lion

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

This was a genuine shocker.  Where the hell has Simon Helberg been?  Who is he?  What role did he have?  And who ran the campaign for Florence Foster Jenkins?  Because they went above and beyond.  Nobody has mentioned him all year long.  Also, Aaron Taylor-Johnson has not been recognized for this role in a major awards show yet, and his co-star, Michael Shannon, has been the favored actor to land a nomination in this category.  We’ll see if either of these two turn up again down the road.  I had Liam Neeson for Silence and Lucas Hedges for Manchester by the Sea in their places.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomi Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Four out of five for these gals.  In the earlier blog I had put in Kristen Stewart for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, but just a day or two ago I switched her out for Greta Gerwig in 20th Century Women, but that didn’t pan out, either, so I guess I was wrong either way.

Best Screenplay

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea


Nocturnal Animals

I missed two of these.  Guess which two?  All right, you probably can guess, Nocturnal Animals and Hell or High Water.  I had Loving and Fences in instead, but this was still pretty good.

Best Animated Feature

Kubo and the Two Strings


My Life as a Zucchini 



I didn’t have official predictions for this category, but I would have thought Finding Dory was a likelier bet to get in, but I knew something like Secret Life of Pets or Sausage Party would get a slot, too, but never have heard of My Life as a Zucchini.  Hmm, I wonder if we’ll see that one pop up again.

Best Original Song

“Gold” from Gold

“City of Stars” from La La Land

“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana

“Faith” from Sing

“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from Trolls

Again, no official predictions for this category, but the songs from both Moana and La La Land are pretty well expected at this point.  There’s always something weird that gets in here or at the Oscars that nobody sees coming, and I guess this year it’s the song from Gold, which I didn’t even know would qualify for a category like this.

Best Original Score


Hidden Figures

La La Land



This category was, you guessed it, another one I didn’t have official predictions for, but I knew La La Land and Arrival were likely bets, with Lion and Moonlight being also some good bets for Oscars, but I wouldn’t discount films like Star Wars: Rogue One for the score or even films like Hacksaw Ridge or Jackie which could also score here, if you get what I mean, come Oscar morning.

So count those up, you got La La Land winning the morning with seven nominations, followed closely by Moonlight with six and Manchester by the Sea with five.  Also worth mentioning is the four nominations scored by Florence Foster Jenkins and Lion.  Plus, no nominations for Sully or Silence is not good for those movies, and only two nominations for Fences isn’t welcome news for fans of that.  Arrival only got two nods, but then again not everybody was putting that in for tons of notices this morning.  And get this, Nocturnal Animals had more nominations than Fences or Arrival or Silence.  I couldn’t have pegged that.  Anyways, we’ll have more on this when we get close to the actual awards show, and we have the Screen Actors Guild nominations out this Wednesday, so I’ll have some final predictions for those coming up soon.


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