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2021 GOLDEN GLOBE PREDICTIONS:
BEST MOTION PICTURE (COMEDY OR MUSICAL)
UPDATED: Jan. 1, 2021
The HFPA loves European stories and there is talk that they love “The Personal History of David Copperfield” while something like “Emma.” may also be able to crack the lineup. Even though it won’t be eligible for the Oscars, Disney Plus will be pushing “Hamilton” forward and it could do very well with the group. Amazon Prime Video is also submitting “Sylvie’s Love” for the film side of the house, hoping to find some wiggle room into this unconventionally competitive category.
AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:
"The Prom" (Netflix)
DIRECTOR: Ryan Murphy
SYNOPSIS: A troupe of hilariously self-obsessed theater stars swarm into a small conservative Indiana town in support of a high school girl who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom..
STARRING: Meryl Streep, Jo Ellen Pellman, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Ariana DeBose, Kerry Washington, Keegan-Michael Key, Andrew Rannells. Tracey Ullman
"On the Rocks" (A24/Apple TV Plus)
DIRECTOR: Sofia Coppola
SYNOPSIS: A young mother reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father on an adventure through New York.
STARRING: Rashida Jones, Bill Murray, Marlon Wayans, Jessica Henwick, Jenny Slate
"Palm Springs" (Hulu/Neon)
DIRECTOR: Max Barbakow
SYNOPSIS: When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honor Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated as they are unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.
STARRING: Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons, Peter Gallagher, Meredith Hagner, Camila Mendes, Tyler Hoechlin
"Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" (Amazon Studios)
DIRECTOR: Jason Woliner
SYNOPSIS: A satire on Trump’s America that follows a Kazakh journalist who’s sent to America to deliver a gift from his government to Vice President Mike Pence. Along the way, his worldview is turned upside down and steadfast beliefs are challenged by his teenage daughter.
STARRING: Sacha Baron Cohen, Maria Bakalova
"The Personal History of David Copperfield" (Searchlight Pictures)
DIRECTOR: Armando Iannucci
SYNOPSIS: A modern take on Charles Dickens's classic tale of a young orphan who is able to triumph over many obstacles.
STARRING: Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi, Gwendoline Christie
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"Hamilton" (Disney Plus)
DIRECTOR: Thomas Kail
SYNOPSIS: The real life of one of America's foremost founding fathers and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Captured live on Broadway from the Richard Rodgers Theater with the original Broadway cast.
STARRING: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr., Phillipa Soo, Daveed Diigs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Ariana DeBose
"Emma." (Focus Features)
DIRECTOR: Autumn de Wilde
SYNOPSIS: In 1800s England, a well meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends.
STARRING: Anya Taylor-Joy, Angus Imrie, Letty Thomas, Gemma Whelan, Bill Nighy
"Wild Mountain Thyme" (Bleecker Street)
DIRECTOR: John Patrick Shanley
SYNOPSIS: Rosemary is set on winning Anthony’s love. Anthony, stung by his father’s plan to sell the farm in Ireland to his American cousin, is finally jolted into pursuing his dreams.
STARRING: Jamie Dornan, Emily Blunt, Christopher Walken, Jon Hamm
"French Exit" (Sony Pictures Classics)
DIRECTOR: Azazel Jacobs
SYNOPSIS: An aging Manhattan socialite living on what's barely left of her inheritance moves to a small apartment in Paris with her son and cat.
STARRING: Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges, Tracy Letts, Valerie Mahaffey, Susan Coyne, Imogen Poots, Danielle Macdonald, Daniel di Tomasso
"The Forty-Year-Old Version" (Netflix)
DIRECTOR: Radha Blank
SYNOPSIS: Radha is a down-on-her-luck NY playwright, who is desperate for a breakthrough before 40. Reinventing herself as rapper RadhaMUSPrime, she vacillates between the worlds of Hip Hop and theater in order to find her true voice.
STARRING: Radha Blank, Peter Kim, Oswin Benjamin, Imani Lewis, Antonio Ortiz, Haskiri Velazquez, T.J. Atoms
ALSO IN CONTENTION:
"An American Pickle"(HBO Max) – Brandon Trost
"Bad Hair"(Hulu) – Justin Simien
"Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)" (Warner Bros.)"(Warner Bros.) – Cathy Yan
"The Climb"(Sony Pictures Classics) – Michael Angelo Covino
"Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga"(Netflix) – David Dobkin
"The Gentlemen"(STXfilms) – Guy Ritchie
"Happiest Season"(Hulu) – Clea DuVall
"The High Note"(Focus Features) – Nisha Ganatra
"Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey"(Netflix) – David E. Talbert
"The King of Staten Island"(Universal Pictures) – Judd Apatow
"Let Them All Talk"(HBO Max) – Steven Soderbergh
"Save Yourselves!"(Bleecker Street) – Alex Huston Fischer, Eleanor Wilson
"Sylvie's Love"(Prime Video) – Eugene Ashe
"The Trip to Greece"(IFC Films) – Michael Winterbottom
"The Witches"(HBO Max) – Robert Zemeckis
2021 Golden Globes Predictions (Film)
- Best Motion Picture – Drama
- Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
- Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
- Best Motion Picture – Animated
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama)
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical)
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama)
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical)
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
- Best Director – Motion Picture
- Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
- Best Original Score – Motion Picture
- Best Original Song- Motion Picture
- Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement in Motion Pictures
2020-2021 Golden Globes Awards Timeline
- Deadline for submission of Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entry forms – Nov. 30, 2020
- Deadline for Television nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young – Dec. 30, 2020
- Deadline for receipt of Television nomination ballots by Ernst & Young at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT – Jan. 12, 2021
- Deadline for Motion Picture nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT – Jan. 13, 2021
- The final screening date for Motion Pictures – Jan. 26, 2021
- The final date for Motion Picture press conferences – Jan. 27, 2021
- Deadline for receipt of Motion Picture nomination ballots by Ernst & Young at 3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT – Jan. 30, 2021
- Nominations for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards announced at 8:00 a.m. ET / 5:00 a.m. PT – Feb. 3, 2021
- Final ballots mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young – Feb. 23, 2021
- 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live coast to coast at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on NBC from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California – Feb. 28, 2021
2021 Academy Awards Predictions
About the Golden Globes
The Golden Globes Awards, hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is held annually with 93 members since 1944. The group recognizes excellence in film and television, across drama and comedy or musical categories. Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” holds the record for the most awards won by a single film with seven. Milos Forman’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and Alan Parker’s “Midnight Express” is next in line with six each. Robert Altman’s “Nashville” has the record for most nominations received by a film with 11 while Colin Higgins’ “Foul Play,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather Part III” and Mike Nichols’ “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” share the record for receiving the most nominations and not winning a single award at seven.