2015 GOLDEN GLOBES: Nominees, Expectations and Surprises

By Archie del Mundo

Countdown check: TWO days before Hollywood Foreign Press Association hand down their winners for achievement in film and television. Golden Globes is now on their 72nd year. Considered as the most accurate precursor to the Oscars, and the second most prestigious industry award, GG will be a night of overflowing booze, no-holds barred inside jokes and innuendoes, and awkward winning moments. In the film category, drama and comedy/musical are separated which gives more chances for performances and films that may possibly be snubbed in the upcoming Academy Awards, in case of TV – the Emmys.

Here are the 10 things you can expect, or may surprise you:

10. On their third year of consistent hosting duties, television comedy queens Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will surely open the ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton with bombastic slights on the Sony Pictures online breach, particularly focusing on The Interview. You can actually play a drinking game with your friends. Chug every time James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Kim Jong Un are mentioned for laughs. 

9. Michael Keaton is a shoo-in for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical for his en pointe and tour de force performance in Birdman, but Ralph Fiennes may score an upset by a hair with his performance in The Grand Budapest Hotel. He is still currently campaigning strongly for that elusive last spot on a rather crowded Best Actor nominations come Oscar announcement next week. 

8. Historically, whenever the frontrunner is in the comedy category, the drama counterpart will only figure relevantly as the unannounced runner-up at the Oscars. So far, Jake Gyllenhaal, who has already won 4 regionals, is the expected winner of Best Actor-Drama for his transformative portrayal of an unhinged news footage producer in Nightcrawler. 

7. The strength of Jennifer Aniston’s awards campaign has showed its fangs with nominations from Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes – a feat quite unprecedented regardless of her absence in the 30 critics’ association awards that have been handed out so far. Golden Globes, though not totally oblivious of critics scorecards, have the ability to surprise, particularly in the Best Actress category – both in comedy and drama. In 1996, Madonna edged out would-be Oscar winner Frances McDormand. In 1987, then darkhorse contender Sally Kirkland managed to win over the much expected Glenn Close. Cher, who won in comedy, eventually took the Oscar. 

6. Julianne Moore is a double nominee for Best Actress. One for comedy, in her sharting takedown in Maps To The Stars, and another one for drama, in her regressing render, in Still Alice. Yes. She’s the frontrunner in both categories. If Rosamund Pike’s ultra-transformative bonanza in Gone Girl manages to score a goal over Moore, there’s no reason she will not emerge triumphant at the Oscars. Currently, they are tied at 39 points, according to Metacritic ranking. 

5. The only reason Patricia Arquette (for Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (for Whiplash) will not be announced as Best Supporting winners is an apocalypse. 

4. The Best Film, Comedy/Musical and Drama, categories will of course be divided between Boyhood and Birdman respectively. Current Metacritic ranking, based on the regional wins, reveal that Boyhood’s leading only a few points ahead of Birdman. The latter, of course, is the one with bigger machineries when it comes to larger than life campaigns. Should there be a staggering upset, Selma may win over Boyhood; and UK’s LGBT period comedy Pride may stun Birdman’s expected high soaring night. 

3. Best Director, no doubt, no buts and ifs – will definitely be awarded to Richard Linklater for his 12-year effort in Boyhood. A feat that quite earlier puts some daunting question in the accuracy of film criticism and objectivity of film achievement. Remember that the same confounding cinematic exercise is not world-first. Even the youngish independent arthouse in the Philippines was heralded by the 12-year in the making Lav Diaz film Evolution of a Filipino Family. Same cast. Expanded storyline. And yes, extended running time. 

2. The television categories, as always, will be a parade of expected non-winners in the Emmy derby. But this will be a dress-rehearsal and test of mettle for Viola Davis’ projected victories. You may expect a first-time nominee/first-time winner by way of Keri Russell amendment. So Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin) may have a reason to act surprised, and the buzzed audiences, of course. 

1. With the absence of Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, and Breaking Bad – the Best TV Drama category is up for grabs. Unless, HFPA voters are really not into The Good Wife, House of Cards, and Game of Thrones, The Affair may take away a huge jaw-dropping upset of the night.


For reference, here is the complete list of nominees for this year's Golden Globe Awards:

Best film, Drama

The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best film, Comedy or Musical

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
St. Vincent

Best Actress, Comedy or Musical

Amy Adams - Big Eyes
Emily Blunt - Into the Woods
Helen Mirren - The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore - Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis - Annie

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall - The Judge
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
Edward Norton - Birdman
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
JK Simmons - Whiplash

Best Score

Alexandre Desplat - The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything

Trent Reznor – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez - Birdman

Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

Best Song

Big Eyes – Big Eyes (Lana Del Ray)

Glory – Selma (John Legend, Common)

Mercy Is – Noah (Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye)

Opportunity – Annie

Yellow Flicker Beat – Hunger Games, Mockingjay Pt 1 (Lorde)

Best Director

Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava Duvernay - Selma
David Fincher - Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood

Best Actor, Drama

Steve Carell - Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo - Selma
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
Jessica Chastain - A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game
Emma Stone - Birdman
Meryl Streep - Into the Woods

Best Actress, Drama

Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Actor, Comedy or Musical

Ralph Fiennes - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton - Birdman
Bill Murray - St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix - Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz - Big Eyes

Best Animation

Big Hero 6

The Book of Life

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2 

The LEGO Movie

Best Screenplay

Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo - Birdman

Richard Linklater - Boyhood

Graham Moore - The Imitation Game

Best Foreign Language Film

Force Majeure

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem




Best Series, Drama

The Affair

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

The Good Wife

House of Cards

Best Actress, Drama Series

Claire Danes – Homeland

Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder

Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife

Ruth Wilson – The Affair

Robin Wright – House of Cards

Best Actor, Drama Series

Clive Owen - The Knick

Liev Schreiber - Ray Donovan

Kevin Spacey - House of Cards

James Spader - The Black List

Dominic West - The Affair

Best Series, Comedy or Musical


Jane the Virgin

Orange is the New Black

Silicon Valley


Best Actress, Comedy or Musical Series

Lena Dunham – Girls

Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie

Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin

Julia Louis Dreyfuss – Veep

Taylor Schilling – Orange Is the New Black

Best Actor, Comedy or Musical Series

Don Cheadle – House of Lies

Ricky Gervais – Derek

Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Louis CK – Louie

William H. Macy – Shameless

Best Mini-Series or TV Movie


The Missing

True Detective

The Normal Heart

Olive Kitteridge

Best Actress, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Maggie Gyllenhaal - The Honorable Woman

Jessica Lange - American Horror Story: Freak Show

Frances McDormand - Olive Kitteridge

Frances O’Connor - The Missing

Allison Tolman - Fargo

Best Actor, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Martin Freeman - Fargo
Woody Harrelson - True Detective
Matthew McConaughey - True Detective
Mark Ruffalo - The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton - Fargo

Best Supporting Actress

Uzo Aduba – Orange is the New Black

Kathy Bates – American Horror Story: Freak Show

Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey

Allison Janney – Mom

Michelle Monaghan – True Detective

Best Supporting Actor
Matt Bomer - The Normal Heart
Alan Cumming - The Good Wife
Colin Hanks - Fargo
Bill Murray - Olive Kitteridge
Jon Voight - Ray Donovan

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  1. Would you know if it will be shown live on any local channels? Thanks!

  2. On cable, I think this will be shown via Starworld. Local channels, not sure.



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