The Golden Globes – 2020 Edition

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So I might not have all the reviews up, but I’ve made good work of the nominated films this year. Here is a very quick breakdown of the nominees, who I think should win, and who I think will win.

I have decided not to weigh in on television since I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface with some of the nominees.


  • 1917
  • The Irishman
  • Joker
  • Marriage Story
  • The Two Popes

Should win: The Irishman

Will win: The Irishman

UPDATE: WINNER: 1917 took it home! It’s hard to be surprised when you’re talking about five great films. The Oscars just got a lot more interesting.


  • Dolemite Is My Name
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Knives Out
  • Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
  • Rocketman

Should win: Jojo Rabbit

Will win: Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood

UPDATE: WINNER: Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood is an excellent film. I liked Jojo Rabbit as a comedy more than this one. Still, it’ll be more interesting when the category is Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
  • Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
  • Charlize Theron – Bombshell
  • Renee Zellweger – Judy
  • Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Should win: Saoirse Ronan

Will win: Scarlett Johansson

UPDATE: WINNER: This isn’t a huge surprise when you look at the performances nominated. Still, I don’t think Zellweger was the best.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Christian Bale – Ford V. Ferrari
  • Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory
  • Adam Driver – Marriage Story
  • Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
  • Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Should win: Joaquin Phoenix

Will win: Joaquin Phoenix

UPDATE: WINNER: Joaquin Phoenix nailed his performance and I don’t think it’s even close. The other nominees were all great, but he delivered something special.

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

  • Ana de Armas – Knives Out
  • Awkwafina – The Farewell
  • Cate Blanchett – Where’d You Go, Bernadette
  • Beanie Feldstein – Booksmart
  • Emma Thompson – Late Night

Should win: Awkwafina

Will win: Ana de Armas

UPDATE: WINNER: I’m glad to see Awkwafina take this award home. That was possibly the most surprisingly good movie of the year for me.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – 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 – My Name Is Dolemite

Should win: Eddie Murphy

Will win: Leonardo DiCaprio

UPDATE: WINNER: Taron Egerton did good work with Rocketman. I’m a little surprised given the overall reception of that film when compared to some of the other nominated works.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

  • Annette Bening – The Report
  • Laura Dern – Marriage Story
  • Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers
  • Margot Robbie – Bombshell
  • Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell

Should win: Laura Dern

Will win: Laura Dern

UPDATE: I’m so glad she won. She’s incredibly talented, and this movie showcases just how good she can be.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

  • Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
  • Al Pacino – The Irishman
  • Joe Pesci – The Irishman
  • Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood

Should win: Joe Pesci

Will win: Joe Pesci

UPDATE: WINNER: Brad Pitt was great in Once Upon a Time…, but I’m not sure that he was better than Pesci. Still, great performances aren’t separated by much. Good win for a good film.

Best Director – Motion Picture

  • Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
  • Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
  • Bong Joon Ho – Parasite
  • Sam Mendes – 1917
  • Todd Phillips – Joker

Should win: Bong Joon Ho

Will win: Martin Scorsese

UPDATE: WINNER: Sam Mendes. I didn’t see this coming, but it’s not a huge upset. Great win for a talented director.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

  • Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story
  • Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won – Parasite
  • Anthony McCarten – The Two Popes
  • Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
  • Steve Zaillian – The Irishman

Should win: Steve Zaillian

Will win: Noah Baumbach

UPDATE: WINNER: Quentin Tarantino. Another miss, but once again it’s hard to be upset. These are all excellent nominees and all very deserving screenwriters.

Best Motion Picture – Animated

  • Toy Story 4
  • Frozen 2
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • The Lion King
  • Missing Link

Should win: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Will win: Toy Story 4

UPDATE: WINNER: Missing Link surprised me a lot with this win.

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

  • The Farewell
  • Les Miserables
  • Pain and Glory
  • Parasite
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Should win: Parasite

Will win: Parasite

UPDATE: WINNER: Parasite shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone. On to the Oscars for this one.

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

  • Alexandre Desplat – Little Women
  • Hildur Guðnadóttir – Joker
  • Randy Newman – Marriage Story
  • Thomas Newman – 1917
  • Daniel Pemberton – Motherless Brooklyn

Should win: Daniel Pemberton

Will win: Alexandre Desplat

UPDATE: WINNER: Joker composer Hildur Guðnadóttir did great work. I wasn’t sure how much the bigger names might dominate the category. I’m glad to see someone like her win this award.

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

  • Elton John, Bernie Taupin – I’m Gonna Love Me Again – Rocketman
  • Kristen Anderson Lopez, Robert Lopez – Into the Unknown – Frozen 2
  • Timothy McKenzie, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Beyoncé – Spirit – The Lion King
  • Joshuah Brian Campbell, Cynthia Erivo – Stand Up – Harriet
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber, Taylor Swift – Beautiful Ghosts – Cats

Should win: Rocketman

Will win: Rocketman

UPDATE: WINNER: Rocketman’s song was a clear leader going into the Golden Globes thanks to the incredible duo of Elton John and Bernie Taupin.  I think they have an Oscar coming soon.


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