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2017 Golden Globe Nominations Reaction

The 2017 Golden Globe nominations have been announced today, so I thought I would go through them and discuss my thoughts. Overall, I agreed for the most part with the nominations, but of course their were some surprises and definitely some snubs that I would like to mention. The award ceremony will be on January 8th, and will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

Best Motion Picture – Drama:
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Manchester by the Sea”

I was very surprised to see Lion nominated for best drama, with films like Arrival, Silence, and Fences being left out. The other four films are well deserved and it should come down to either Manchester by the Sea or Moonlight. 

My prediction: Moonlight

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
“20th Century Women”
“La La Land”
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“Sing Street”

Probably the biggest surprise was seeing Deadpool, and R-rated superhero movie, get nominated twice. Overall, I feel like it shouldn’t have been nominated as a movie, but Ryan Reynolds definitely deserved recognition. There were just too many other comedies that were more well made like The Nice Guys, The Lobster, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. I was very happy to see Sing Street get nominated though!

My prediction: La La Land (I’d bet my life savings on it)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Casey Affleck – “Manchester by the Sea”
Joel Edgerton – “Loving”
Andrew Garfield – “Hacksaw Ridge”
Viggo Mortensen – “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington – “Fences”

It was very surprising to not see Tom Hank’s name in the list of nominees, but I’m glad the Hollywood Foreign Press gave the nominee to an underrated performance from a low-budget movie like Captain Fantastic. 

My prediction: Casey Affleck – “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Amy Adams – “Arrival”
Jessica Chastain – “Miss Sloane”
Isabelle Huppert – “Elle”
Ruth Negga – “Loving”
Natalie Portman – “Jackie”

I wasn’t very surprised with these selections. I think they are all well deserving, but the clear front-runner is Natalie Portman for Jackie. 

My prediction: Natalie Portman – “Jackie”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
Colin Farrell – “The Lobster”
Ryan Gosling – “La La Land”
Hugh Grant – “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Jonah Hill – “War Dogs”
Ryan Reynolds – “Deadpool”

Jonah Hill being nominated for War Dogs was definitely a surprise, and I most certainly think there were a numerous amount of better performances this year. Ryan Gosling should have been nominated twice honestly, because his film in The Nice Guys was fantastic. With that being said, I was happy to see Reynolds and Farrell get nominations, but there’s no question who will win this category.

My prediction: Ryan Gosling – “La La Land”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
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”

Again, I wasn’t surprised with the nominations for the actresses. Merly Streep seems to be nominated for something every year, Emma Stone gave possibly the best performance by an actress all year, and Hailee Steinfeld gave a breakout performance for her young career.

My prediction: Emma Stone – “La La Land”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Mahershala Ali – “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges – “Hell or High Water”
Simon Helberg – “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Dev Patel – “Lion”
Aaron Taylor-Johnson – “Nocturnal Animals”

I definitely would have switched out an actor or two from this list, but overall it is solid. I do want to mention John Goodman’s performance in 10 Cloverfield Lane which is so underrated and seems to be forgotten about. I guess because it came out so early in the year. Even though I love Bridges, I think Goodman gave the more memorable performance.

My prediction: Mahershala Ali – “Moonlight”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Viola Davis – “Fences”
Naomie Harris – “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman – “Lion”
Octavia Spencer – “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams – “Manchester by the Sea”

Really any of the actresses from Hidden Figures could have been nominated for this category, but it doesn’t surprise me that they decided to nominate the actress who has already won gold. This category doesn’t have a clear winner with really all of them giving great performances, but Viola Davis sure seemed great in the trailer for Fences. 

My prediction: Viola Davis – “Fences”

Best Director – Motion Picture:
Damien Chazelle – “La La Land”
Tom Ford – “Nocturnal Animals”
Mel Gibson – “Hacksaw Ridge”
Barry Jenkins – “Moonlight”
Kenneth Lonergan – “Manchester by the Sea”

It’s interesting to see Mel Gibson back in the spotlight. If it was up to me I would put Dennis Villeneuve instead of Tom Ford, but I haven’t seen Nocturnal Animals yet, so who knows, Ford might have done a great job. This will probably come down to either Chazelle or Jenkins.

My prediction: Barry Jenkins – “Moonlight”

Best Screenplay:
“La La Land”
“Nocturnal Animals”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Hell or High Water”

This one is very tough to decide from. I would say the best screenplay I have seen all year has to be Kenneth Lonergan’s brilliant original screenplay for Manchester by the Sea. However, I have not seen La La Land yet, so I’m not sure how great it is compared to the other nominees.

My prediction: Manchester by the Sea

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language:
“Divines” – France
“Elle” – France
“Neruda” – Chile
“The Salesman” – Iran/France
“Toni Erdmann” – Germany

I actually don’t watch too many foreign films, and I haven’t seen any of the nominees yet, but I have heard great things about both “Toni Erdmann” and “Elle.” I expect one of those films to win.

My prediction: Toni Erdmann

Best Motion Picture – Animated:
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“My Life as a Zucchini”

I was happy to see what I consider the three best animated movie of the year to all be nominated. Kubo, Moana, and Zootopia were all great in their own ways. Kubo was visually the best, Moana probably had the best music and characters, and Zootopia was probably the best written one. If I had to choose on what the best was, I would probably say Kubo and the Two Strings, but I’m sure the Foreign Press will go with one of the more popular ones.

My prediction: Zootopia

Best Original Song – Motion Picture:
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – “Trolls”
“City of Stars” – “La La Land”
“Faith” – “Sing”
“Gold” – “Gold”
“How Far I’ll Go” – “Moana”

I never seem to agree with this category every year. Sing Street deserved to have been nominated for one of its original songs, and the fact that they nominated the film and not its songs is very puzzling. With that being said, I would have to say either Moana or Trolls‘ songs will win. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” is definitely the most popular, but “How Far I’ll Go” is probably the better written song.

My prediction: “How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

Best Original Score – Motion Picture:
Nicholas Britell– “Moonlight”
Justin Hurwitz – “La La Land”
Johann Johannsson – “Arrival”
Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka – “Lion”
Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch – “Hidden Figures”

And the last category, Best Original Score, is probably the hardest to judge and most challenging to decide from. I have a feeling it will go to the film that is a musical, and relies most on its music, so I will go with…

My prediction: Justin Hurwitz – La La Land

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