‘Marriage Story’, ‘The Irishman’ and More Win Big in Our 2020 Golden Globe Predictions

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Courtesy of 'Marriage Story' / Netflix

Awards season is heating up, with the Golden Globe Awards set to be announced on Sunday, January 5. The awards are given out for excellent achievement in both television and film, and is presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The nominees were released a few weeks ago, and we’re bringing you our predictions of who we think will win.

Best Motion Picture — Drama


The Irishman



The Two Popes

WHY WE PICKED IT: Marriage Story is for us, the best choice to win Best Motion Picture – Drama. Written and directed by Noah Baumbach and led by Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, the story gives a real (almost too real) look at the journey through a divorce and custody battle. The story is so well crafted and acted, that it’s hard not to recognize this as one of the year’s best movies.

Courtesy of ‘Knives Out’

Best Motion Picture — Comedy

Dolemite is My Name

Jojo Rabbit


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


WHY WE PICKED IT: Knives Out is a masterpiece and a wild ride led by a talented cast that includes Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer, Michael Shannon, Toni Colette, and more. It’s one of our favorite movies of the year, with its smart and witty script and massive ensemble cast. It definitely could be considered an underdog, but we think it’s a pretty clear cut.

Best Motion Picture — Foreign

The Farewell

Les Miserables

Pain and Glory

Portrait of Lady on Fire


WHY WE PICKED IT: Parasite is taking the world by storm, and it’s almost a complete lock to win.

Best Supporting Actor — Motion Picture

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes

Al Pacino, The Irishman

Joe Pesci, The Irishman PREDICTED WINNER

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

WHY WE PICKED IT: Pesci was a standout in an already incredible cast of The Irishman. We’re looking to see him win here.

Courtesy of ‘Hustlers’

Best Supporting Actress — Motion Picture

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Anette Bening, The Report

Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Jennifer Lopez, HustlersPREDICTED WINNER

Margot Robbie, Bombshell 

WHY WE PICKED IT: Lopez completely immersed herself in the role in Hustlers, and there’s been plenty of buzz around her. We’d love to see her win for her role as Ramona.

Best Director — Motion Picture

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman – PREDICTED WINNER

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Bong Joon Ho, Parasite

Sam Mendes, 1917

Todd Phillips, Joker

WHY WE PICKED IT: The Irishman can truly be regarded as a monster of a film when taking into consideration the cost to produce it, the runtime, and the overall amount of time that has passed since the first seeds of the idea for the project were planted decades ago. It is a huge accomplishment amongst Scorsese’s already wildly successful career.

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture


The Two Popes

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


The Irishman 

WHY WE PICKED IT: Baumbach’s story was real, raw, and honest – one of the most honest we’ve seen in a long time. The words were eloquently written, and the story moved everyone that saw it.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama

Cynthia Erivo, HarrietPREDICTED WINNER

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Saorsie Ronan, Little Women

Charlize Theron, Bombshell

Renee Zellwegger, Judy

WHY WE PICKED IT: Award-winning actress/singer Cynthia Erivo was incredible in her portrayal of Harriet Tubman, and we’d love to see her win here.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Ana De Armas, Knives Out – PREDICTED WINNER

Awkwafina, The Farewell

Cate Blanchett, Where’d You Go Bernadette

Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart

Emma Thompson, Late Night

WHY WE PICKED IT: Ana de Armas was undoubtedly the heart and soul of Knives Out, bringing a particular empathy and compassion that was simply heartwarming. Her portrayal of Marta was flawless, and despite her being a newcomer into the awards, we think she can take it home.

Courtesy of ‘Marriage Story’ / Netflix

Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama

Christian Bale, Ford vs. Ferrari

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory

Adam Driver, Marriage Story – OUR PREDICTED WINNER

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Jonathan Pryce, Two Popes

WHY WE PICKED IT: Adam Driver gives an incredible performance as his role as Charlie in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story. He’s completely immersed in the character, and brings the emotion alive to a character that many can relate to. It’s his best performance yet, and he deserves all the awards for it.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Daniel Craig, Knives Out

Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit

Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in HollywoodPREDICTED WINNER

Taran Egerton, Rocketman

Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name

WHY WE PICKED IT: He’s Leonardo DiCaprio, and it’s a Quentin Tarantino flick. Enough said.

Best Motion Picture — Animated


How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Lion King

Missing Link

Toy Story 4

WHY WE PICKED IT: Frozen 2 has captivated audiences around the world with its new, catchy songs and heartfelt story line. It’s a great follow-up to the massive success of Frozen. Honestly, it’s a shoe-in in our opinion, Queen Elsa reigns in both Arendelle and the awards this season.

Best Television Series — Drama

Big Little Lies


Killing Eve

Morning Show


WHY WE PICKED IT: The Crown has been a powerhouse drama since its arrival, and it’s not slowing down, we’re looking to see it take this one.

Courtesy of Amazon

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy



The Kominsky Method

The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselPREDICTED WINNER

The Politician

WHY WE PICKED IT: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel continues to awe audiences with it’s quirky story, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon.

Best Miniseries or Television Movie




The Loudest Voice


WHY WE PICKED IT: Since its release, Chernobyl has been a critically acclaimed hit amongst audiences. This limited miniseries explores a dramatized version of an infamous disaster that many people around the world have heard of but may not necessarily know the full story of. It also dives into some lesser-known aspects of those involved in the disaster, which is part of what makes it so interesting.

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

Christopher Abbott, Catch-22

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Spy

Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice

Jared Harris, Chernobyl

Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

WHY WE PICKED IT: Chernobyl was an incredible miniseries, and one that was only heightened by their actors. Harris deserves to win here.

Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Movie

Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Helen Mirren, Catherine the Great

Merritt Wever, Unbelievable

Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable


WHY WE PICKED IT: The Act was all the buzz after it came out on Hulu earlier this year, and we think it’s going to carry over into the awards season. Joey King took on this role head first, and we’d be surprised if she didn’t come out with the gold here.

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Movie

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Andrew Scott, Fleabag 

Stellan Skarsgård, ChernobylPREDICTED WINNER

Henry Winkler, Barry

WHY WE PICKED IT: As stated before with Jared Harris, the cast of Chernobyl was incredible, and Skarsgård was no exception.

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series or Television Movie

Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown

Emily Watson, Chernobyl

Patricia Arquette, The Act – OUR PREDICTED WINNER

Toni Collette, Unbelievable

WHY WE PICKED IT: Just as with Joey King, The Act‘s Patricia Arquette absolutely killed in her role (pun intended). This role wasn’t easy on her, and we think she deserves all the praise and something shiny for her mantle for it.

Courtesy of Netflix

Best Actor in a Comedy Television Series

Ben Platt, The Politician – OUR PREDICTED WINNER

Paul Rudd, Living With Yourself

Rami Youssef, Rami

Bill Hader, Barry

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

WHY WE PICKED IT: Platt took this Ryan Murphy drama to a whole new level. His talent, accompanied by his sweet persona, made you like a character you normally wouldn’t like otherwise. It’s a great jump into television for him, and we’re excited to see what happens next.

Best Actress in a Comedy Television Series

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Kirsten Dunst, On Becoming a God in Central Florida

Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, FleabagPREDICTED WINNER

WHY WE PICKED IT: Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Enough said.

Courtesy of ‘Mr. Robot’

Best Actor in a Drama Television Series

Brian Cox, Succession

Kit Harington, Game of Thrones


Tobias Menzies, The Crown

Billy Porter, Pose

WHY WE PICKED IT: Throughout the course of its current four season run, Rami Malek has truly proven the extent of his acting prowess in the crime drama Mr. Robot. Now that the series is over, after that stunning finale he’s proven himself worthy of the accolades.

Best Actress in a Drama Television Series

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show

Olivia Colman, The Crown 

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve – PREDICTED WINNER

Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show

WHY WE PICKED IT: Comer continues to quietly rise with every episode of Killing Eve, and only gets better and better. We think she takes the award home here.

Watch the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 5 to see if any of our predictions came true! Who are you rooting for?

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