Here's Who's Going to Win a Golden Globe This Year

Plus, who *should* win.

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The Golden Globes air this Sunday night on NBC, and promise to be a magical adventure full of gif-able celebrity reactions, awkward jokes, and—oh yeah—awards. This year's contenders are ridiculously strong (seriously, go see Moonlight), and the race will be tight. That said, we've placed our bets on who will go home with awards, and who won't—but definitely should.

Best Picture, Drama

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water


Manchester by the Sea


Will win: Moonlight

Should win: Moonlight

In conclusion: Moonlight is the best, everyone go see it, the end, goodbye.

Best Picture, Comedy or Musical

20th Century Women


Florence Foster Jenkins

La La Land

Sing Street

Should win: 20th Century Women

Will win: La La Land

In conclusion: While La La Land is romance and pure loveliness wrapped up in a musical bow20th Century Women *might* (just might!) be more worthy of an award.

Best Director

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Should win: Damien Chazelle

Will win: Damien Chazelle

In conclusion: The innovation and creative direction Damien Chazelle brought to La La Land is truly like no other. He deserves all the awards, but especially this one.

Best Actor, Drama

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Joel Edgerton, Loving

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

Should win: Denzel Washington

Will win: Casey Affleck

In conclusion: Denzel Washington was absolutely genius in Fences, but Casey Affleck's performance in Manchester by the Sea has been generating much more buzz—which indicates that he'll likely win over Washington.

Best Actress, Drama

Amy Adams, Arrival

Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Should win: Ruth Negga

Will win: Natalie Portman

In conclusion: There is literally no way Natalie Portman won't nab this Globe—she's an awards show darling, and her win is a forgone conclusion. But it should be noted that Ruth Negga's performance in Loving was equally if not more impressive.

Best Actor, Comedy

Colin Farrell, The Lobster

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins

Jonah Hill, War Dogs

Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

Should win: Ryan Reynolds

Will win: Colin Farrell

In conclusion: Colin Farrell is more than worthy of this award, but doesn't a small part of you wish we lived in a world where Deadpool won everything? Same.

Best Actress, Comedy

Annette Bening, 20th Century Women

Lily Collins, Rules Don't Apply

Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Should win: Annette Benning

Will win: Emma Stone

In conclusion: Benning is outstanding in 20th Century Women and *might* get the win, but Emma Stone has that edgy appeal voters love.

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins

Dev Patel, Lion

Aaron Taylor Johsnon, Nocturnal Animals

Should win: Mahershala Ali

Will win: Dev Patel

In conclusion: Both performances were award-worthy, and while Ali is perhaps slightly more mind-blowing, Patel will likely take this one home.

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Should win: Viola Davis

Will win: Viola Davis

In conclusion: If Viola Davis doesn't win, we give up.

Best Screenplay

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

Should win: Kenneth Lonergan

Will win: Kenneth Lonergan

In conclusion: Manchester by the Sea had a really, really good script. But definitely look out for Tom Ford proving us wrong and taking the win.

Best Original Score


La La Land



Hidden Figures

Should win: La La Land

Will win: La La Land

In conclusion: Sorry, have you heard the La La Land soundtrack? It's basically the only redeeming thing about the year 2016.

Best Original Song

"Can't Stop the Feeling," Trolls

"City of Stars," La La Land

"Faith," Sing

"Gold," Gold

"How Far I'll Go," Moana

Should win: "How Far I'll Go"

Will win: "How Far I'll Go"

In conclusion: The power of Lin-Manuel Miranda is unbeatable.

Best Animated Feature Film

Kubo and the Two Strings


My Life as a Zucchini



Should win: Moana

Will win: Moana

In conclusion: It's not Disney's best film of all time (that would be Beauty and the Beast), but it's up there—and probably has the edge on this year's fellow contenders.

Best Foreign Language Film




The Salesman

Toni Erdmann

Should win: Elle

Will win: Elle

In conclusion: PSA to literally everyone: please go see Elle before the Golden Globes so you can 👏 👏 👏 when it wins.

Best TV Series, Drama

The Crown

Game of Thrones

Stranger Things

This Is Us


Should win: Westworld

Will win: The Crown

In conclusion: Don't get us wrong, The Crown is really, really, really good. But does it have the nuance, intellectualism, and cult-watchability that Westworld has? Did it unite the internet in one singular obsession? No.

Best TV Series, Comedy/Musical



Mozart in the Jungle



Should win: Black-ish

Will win: Veep (or Transparent)

In conclusion: Black-ish is more than worthy, but this is Veep's year. Though, if history repeats itself it might end up being Transparent's year.

Best TV Miniseries or Movie

American Crime

The Dresser

The Night Manager

The Night Of

The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Should win: People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Will win: People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

In conclusion: Maybe we're in denial (some say The Night Manager will slay this category), but People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story is so good it's hard to think about the possibility that it won't win.

Best Actor, Drama

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath

Should win: Rami Malek

Will win: Bob Odenkirk

In conclusion: We love ourselves some Odenkirk but Rami Malek has our hearts.

Best Actress, Drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Claire Foy, The Crown

Keri Russell, The Americans

Winona Ryder, Stranger Things

Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Should win: Caitriona Balfe

Will win: Claire Foy

In conclusion: Ugh, this category is so hard to call. While Winona Ryder might best Claire Foy, we predict the English actress will take home the Globe—which really should go to the brilliant Caitriona Balfe. That said, everyone is amazing, CAN'T IT BE A TIE?!

Best Actor, Comedy

Anthony Anderson, Blackish

Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Nick Nolte, Graves

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Should win: Donald Glover

Will win: Jeffrey Tambor

In conclusion: We'd love to see Donald Glover win. But that dream probably won't become a reality.

Best Actress, Comedy

Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Sarah Jessica Parker, Divorce

Issa Rae, Insecure

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Tracee Ellis Ross, Blackish

Should win: Issa Rae

Will win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

In conclusion: It would be amazing to see Issa Rae take home this award for her brilliant work in Insecure, but it's a known fact that awards shows love themselves some Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Best Supporting Actor

Sterling K. Brown, The People vs. O.J. Simpson

Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager

John Lithgow, The Crown

Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

John Travolta, The People vs. O.J. Simpson

Should win: John Travolta

Will win: John Lithgow

In conclusion: This is also a tough category, as most performances were knock-outs. But as much as we want Travolta to win, the award will probably go to Lithgow for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in The Crown.

Best Supporting Actress

Olivia Colman, The Night Manager

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Chrissy Metz, This Is Us

Mandy Moore, This Is Us

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Should win: Olivia Coleman

Will win: Lena Headey

In conclusion: Olivia Coleman is one of the best actresses in the game and deserves recognition across the pond (AKA in America—she's British), but to be fair, Lena Headey does have more screen-time, and thus a more developed character arc.

Best Actor, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of

Bryan Cranston, All the Way

Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager

John Turturro, The Night Of

Courtney B. Vance, The People vs. O.J. Simpson

Should win: Riz Ahmed

Will win: Bryan Cranston

In conclusion: Bryan Cranston is great, etc, but he's so accomplished would be nice to see Ahmed take this Globe home, that's all we're saying.

Best Actress, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Riley Keough, The Girlfriend Experience

Sarah Paulson, The People vs. O.J. Simpson

Charlotte Rampling, London Spy

Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Should win: Sarah Paulson

Will win: Sarah Paulson

In conclusion: Sarah Paulson is everything. No further explanation necessary.

The Golden Globes airs Sunday, January 8 on NBC.

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Mehera Bonner
Entertainment Editor

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.