Golden Globes 2020: Who Should Win, Who Will Win in the Film Categories

Golden Globes 2020 is tonight, and with this season's abbreviated awards season, they have more importance than in a long time. Oscar ballots are out, due on January 7th, so hitting big at this Sunday's show could keep certain hopefuls fresh in voters minds right at the deadline. There are some real tough races this year, and part of the fun of the Golden Globes is that they can throw a serious wrench in an Oscar campaign. Let's take a look at all of the film categories and go over who we think will win, and who should win.

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Best Supporting Actor 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")

Who Will/Should Win: Brad Pitt was great in Quentin Tarantino's latest, and the Hollywood Foreign Press loves them some movie stars. Pitt will take this one home.

Best Supporting Actress in Any Motion Picture

Kathy Bates ("Richard Jewell")
Annette Bening ("The Report")
Laura Dern ("Marriage Story")
Jennifer Lopez ("Hustlers")
Margot Robbie ("Bombshell")

Who Will Win: Jennifer Lopez, for the same reasons as Pitt. That being said, she deserves it for her amazing turn in Hustlers. She hasn't been this good since Out of Sight, and should be rewarded.

Who Should Win: Laura Dern is a force to be reckoned with in Marriage Story. One of these two will win the Oscar, and both deserve it.

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Best Director- Motion Picture

Bong Joon Ho ("Parasite")
Sam Mendes ("1917")
Todd Phillips ("Joker")
Martin Scorsese ("The Irishman")
Quentin Tarantino ("Once Upon a Time in Hollywood")

Who Will/Should Win: Bong Joon Ho's Parasite is incredible, and riding a huge wave of momentum right now. Expect him to win this and Best Foreign Language Film as well, just like last year with Alfonso Cuarón with Roma.

Best Screenplay

Noah Baumbach ("Marriage Story")
Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won ("Parasite")
Anthony McCarten ("The Two Popes")
Quentin Tarantino ("Once Upon a Time in Hollywood")
Steven Zaillian ("The Irishman")

Who Will/Should Win: Noah Baumbach was not nominated for Best Director, which is a crime. He win win this as a consolation prize.

Best Motion Picture- Animated

"How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" (Universal)
"The Lion King" (Disney)
"Missing Link" (United Artists)
"Toy Story 4" (Disney)
"Frozen 2" (Disney)

Who Will Win/Should Win: Pixar has won this award every time it has been given except for twice. Toy Story 4 is the pick here.

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Best Original Score — Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplat ("Little Women")
Hildur Guðnadóttir ("Joker")
Randy Newman ("Marriage Story")
Thomas Newman ("1917")
Daniel Pemberton ("Motherless Brooklyn")

Who Will Win: Thomas Newman is being praised for his score to the Sam Mendes war film 1917, and rightfully so. It adds so much to the film, it would feel naked without it.

Who Should Win: Randy Newman's Marriage Story score is one for the ages. In a carreer full of highlights, this one stands out.

Best Original Song — Motion Picture
"Beautiful Ghosts" ("Cats")
"I'm Gonna Love Me Again" ("Rocketman")
"Into the Unknown" ("Frozen 2")
"Spirit" ("The Lion King")
"Stand Up" ("Harriet")

Who Should Win: "I'm Gonna Love Me Again" was a perfect capper to the Elton John biopic, and Rocketman deserves some love somewhere.

Who Will Win: Again, the Golden Globes love rewarding huge stars, so Taylor Swift is the safe pick here for here for her contribution to the CATS soundtrack. God help us, that means CATS will WIN AN AWARD.

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 Hollywood")
Taron Egerton ("Rocketman")
Eddie Murphy ("Dolemite Is My Name")

Who Will Win: Eddie Murphy returned in a big way this fall, and Dolemite is My Name is fantastic. His return to SNL right before voting for the awards closing and riding that momentum will get him the win here.

Who Should Win: Daniel Craig was brilliant in Knives Out, accent and all. He deserves it.

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Best 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")

Who Will Win/Who Should Win: While I love Booksmart as much as anyone, Ana de Armas is having a moment here, and if there is anything that the Golden Globes love more than courting huge stars, it is being the first to anoint them. Her perfromance in Knives Out was as brilliant as Craig's and that will get here the statue here.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Cynthia Erivo ("Harriet")
Scarlett Johansson ("Marriage Story")
Saoirse Ronan ("Little Women")
Charlize Theron ("Bombshell")
Renée Zellweger ("Judy")

Who Will Win: Zellweger is expected to sweep the awards season for her portrayal of Judy Garland. That run begins here.

Who Should Win: Johansson has never been better than she is in Marriage Story. If Zellweger is to lose, this would be who she loses to.

Best 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")

Who Will Win: Call me crazy, but I think the Golden Globes and the foreign press want to give Joker a bunch of awards. While I do not see it winning any Oscars, I think the Hollywood Foreign Press will give Joaquin Phoenix the nod here, bolstering his chances at getting a nomination for the ultimate prize in February.

Who Should Win: Adam Driver. That is all that needs said.

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Photo of the Golden Globe award statues, per NBC

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
"Dolemite Is My Name" (Netflix)
"Jojo Rabbit" (Fox Searchlight)
"Knives Out" (Lionsgate)
"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" (Sony)
"Rocketman" (Paramount)

Who Will Win: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will almost by default, and it is well deserved. It might have been a bit closer in the drama category, but thats not how they do things here.

Who Should Win: Knives Out is a near-perfect film. It deserves to be recognized, but sadly here just being nominated is its reward. Fingers crossed that the Academy decides to honor it with many nominations in a couple weeks.

Best Motion Picture — Drama
"The Irishman" (Netflix)
"Marriage Story" (Netflix)
"1917" (Universal)
"Joker" (Warner Bros.)
"The Two Popes" (Netflix)

Who Will Win: The Irishman. The Hollywood Foreign Press loves Marty. It is as simple as that. Do not be shocked if Joker's name is called either.

Who Should Win: Marriage Story

 

What do you think? Will this Golden Globes go the way everyone thinks or will the Hollywood Foreign Press surprise us all yet again and go outside the box? Let us know below.

 

About Jeremy Konrad

Jeremy Konrad has written about collectibles and film for almost ten years. He has a deep and vast knowledge of both. He resides in Ohio with his family.

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