By John Messer, E23 Movie Expert

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Golden Globe Awards, and with it the same flaccid enthusiasm the average moviegoer gives such award shows. Perhaps surpassed only by the Academy Awards (the Oscars) in notoriety, the Golden Globes are an acknowledgment by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association of achievement on both the silver and LED screen. Ideally, only the most impressive actors and pictures are selected for nomination, with only the most outstanding actually earning an award. That is unless you’re Pia Zadora. Ba Dum Ching.

The 2018 Golden Globes will be hosted by Seth Meyers of Saturday Night Live fame and will feature a slew of exciting films, TV and actors from the past year.

Starting off with a smaller award prediction, we have Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

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The nominees are:

David Harbour – “Stranger Things”

Alfred Molina – “Feud: Bette and Joan”

Christian Slater – “Mr. Robot”

Alexander Skarsgård – “Big Little Lies”

David Thewlis – “Fargo”

David Harbour in “Stranger Things” is the fan favorite here. It would not be surprising in the slightest if he was the winner, for no better reason than “liking ‘Stranger Things’” is in vogue right now. Although Christian Slater would likewise be an unsurprising pick.

Best Picture – Comedy or Musical continues to be a bit of a weird category, drawing controversy once again for what it defines as a comedy (and why are comedies and musicals still lumped together anyhow?). The nominees are:

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“The Disaster Artist”

“Get Out”

“The Greatest Showman”

“I, Tonya”

“Lady Bird”

“The Disaster Artist” seems like a solid bet; however, the notoriety of “Get Out” makes it a likely winner. Plus, it would be hilarious to see a horror movie win an award for best comedy or musical.

Best Original Score – Motion Picture is, quite frankly, an underappreciated category. Music in a film can be the transition from good to great, or from great to timelessness.  This year’s nominees are:

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Carter Burwell – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Alexandre Desplat – “The Shape of Water”

Jonny Greenwood – “Phantom Thread”

John Williams – “The Post”

Hans Zimmer – “Dunkirk”

For the longest time, most were sure of Zimmer securing a Golden Globe for “Dunkirk” even before nominations were announced. But Desplat’s score is so captivating that it might dethrone Zimmer, and everyone loves an underdog. So this pick goes to “The Shape of Water.”

Another often overlooked award is Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture. The nominees this year:

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Willem Dafoe – “The Florida Project”

Armie Hammer – “Call Me By Your Name”

Richard Jenkins – “The Shape of Water”

Christopher Plummer – “All the Money in the World”

Sam Rockwell – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

None of these performances were by any means subpar, but none of these performances support a film like Richard Jenkins’. His performance in “The Shape of Water” was grounded, subtle and so genuine that it would be an affront to acting to deny him a nomination (denying him the award would just be distasteful). In fact, the performance was so well done that this writer was expecting a turnaround in quality at any moment as some sort of karmic balance, but it never came.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture is one of the big categories at the Globes. Both here and at the Oscars, Best Actor/Actress are the most discussed, alongside Best Picture. This year’s fantastic nominations:

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Jessica Chastain – “Molly’s Game”

Sally Hawkins – “The Shape of Water”

Frances McDormand – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Meryl Streep – “The Post”

Michelle Williams – “All the Money in the World”

All of these performances were marvelous, but undeniable to this writer is Sally Hawkins’ amazing portrayal of Elisa, the mute protagonist of “The Shape of Water.” Her stunning skill at physical acting is hopefully enough to win out against such legends as Jessica Chastain and the Meryl Streep.

Following up Best Actress is Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture. Same as with Actress, there are some fantastic performances to choose from, such as:

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Timothée Chalamet – “Call Me By Your Name”

Daniel Day-Lewis – “Phantom Thread”

Tom Hanks – “The Post”

Gary Oldman – “Darkest Hour”

Denzel Washington – “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Hanks is a tempting easy choice, and based on both his performance and track record, he may win the award. But easily, the best performance on this list has to be Gary Oldman’s portrayal of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” The continued crime of the Globeless Oldman is something that ought to be rectified this year with quite possibly his greatest performance to date.

Before we end with a prediction of Best Picture, let’s discuss Best Director – Motion Picture. This category is this writer’s personal favorite to discuss, as often, the director gets both all the credit and blame for a movie. The nominees:

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Guillermo del Toro – “The Shape of Water”

Martin McDonagh – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Christopher Nolan – “Dunkirk”

Ridley Scott – “All The Money In The World”

Steven Spielberg – “The Post”

A savvy reader might expect this writer to continue a trend of praising “The Shape of Water” by predicting Guillermo del Toro for Best Director. In truth, Nolan’s masterful handling of the complex narrative shown in “Dunkirk” is very likely to come out as the winner, or at least ought to.

Now for the big one, Best Motion Picture (Drama). This is by far the most anticipated and controversial category of the show, and it ought to be, as the award implies that every element of the winning film was the net best of the entire year.  The nominees:

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“Call Me By Your Name”


“The Post”

“The Shape of Water”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

“The Post” is a very likely candidate. “Spotlight” won Best Picture at the Oscars in 2015, and it’s practically the same movie (and “Spotlight” didn’t even have Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep!). But while “The Post” is, in all honesty, the most likely film to win, and may very well deserve to win, this writer would be much more satisfied with the technically impressive “Dunkirk.”  Again, to challenge expectations, this writer also would find it difficult to accept “The Shape of Water” as a winner; even though it houses marvelous performances and an amazing score, “Dunkirk” is, on the whole, a much more fully realized movie.

There are 25 total categories for the Golden Globes, and this writer merely weighed in on a few. If interested, read over the nominees here, make your own predictions and tune into the awards Sunday, January 7th at 7 p.m. CST on NBC.

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