For Your Consideration: Our 2015 Golden Globes Predictions

We cast our ballot for this year's ceremony.

On Sunday, your favorite (and hands-down The Most Entertaining) film and television awards show, The Golden Globes (aka the one headed by a mysterious board of foreign press members that lets the celebs drink all they can during the telecast), will air on NBC, hosted by hilarious and talented lady friends Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (hosts so nice, they’ve done it thrice).

This year’s nominations reflect the very best* of the year past in television (True Detective! Transparent! …Downton Abbey?) and film (Boyhood! Ralph Fiennes! Lego Batman!). Some of the nominees are familiar sights from our own best film and television of 2014 lists, but there were also a few surprises not to mention a couple of “er…really?”s.

Let’s take a prognosticatory peek at what may or may not go down come Sunday.

Cheers!

*up for debate


BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

What Should Win: It’s a great field of dramatic contenders, but it’s gotta be Linklater’s landmark Boyhood
What Will Win: Boyhood

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

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

Who Should Win: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Who Will Win: Reese Witherspoon, Wild

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

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

Who Should Win: Tough call in a biopic-heavy field of impressive portrayals of real-life icons, plus career-topping performances from Carrell and Gyllenhaal, but we gotta go Cumberbatch
Who Will Win: Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into The Woods
Pride
St. Vincent

What Should Win: Birdman or The Grand Budapest Hotel
What Will Win: Into the Woods

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – 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

Who Should Win: Julianne Moore, Maps To The Stars
Who Will Win: Emily Blunt, Into The Woods

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

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

Who Should Win: We loved Keaton’s big, fantastic mental breakdown comeback and Phoenix’s drugged-out Doc, but no one did their genre better than Ralph Fiennes
Who Will Win: Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

What Should Win: The Lego Movie
What Will Win: The Lego Movie

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Force Majeure Turist (Sweden)
Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem Gett (Israel)
Ida (Poland/Denmark)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines Mandariinid (Estonia)

What Should Win: Ida or Force Majeure Turist
What Will Win: Ida (Poland/Denmark)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

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

Who Should Win: Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Who Will Win: Meryl Streep, Into The Woods

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Who Should Win: Ruffalo is our favorite out of the pack, but both Simmons and Norton outdid themselves in two outstanding films.
Who Will Win: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE

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

Who Should Win: Don’t make us choose! Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Who Will Win: Richard Linklater, Boyhood

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

What Should Win: Birdman, Gillian Flynn’s screen adaptation of her own novel, or The Grand Budapest Hotel (Anderson’s screenplays are usually second-to-none)
What Will Win: Birdman

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE

Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory Of Everything
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar

Who Should Win: Sanchez’s Oscar-denied score for Birdman gave the film its beating heart.
Who Will Win: Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE

“Big Eyes” — Big Eyes
Lana Del Rey

“Glory” — Selma
John Legend, Common

“Mercy Is” — Noah
Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye

“Opportunity” — Annie
Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck

“Yellow Flicker Beat” — The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Lorde

What Should Win: It’d be cool to see Patti Smith give a speech.
What Will Win: “Glory” — Selma (John Legend, Common)

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

The Affair
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards

What Should Win: The AffairGame of Thrones, and House of Cards were just a few of the heavy-hitters last year that make some television better than going to the movies.
What Will Win: The Good Wife

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

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

Who Should Win: Robin Wright, House of Cards
Who Will Win: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

Clive Owen, The Knick
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist
Dominic West, The Affair

Who Should Win: Clive Owen’s drug-addled, brilliant Dr. Thackery was one of our favorite performances last year, but Kevin Spacey is a master at work
Who Will Win: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Girls
Jane the Virgin
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Transparent

What Should Win: It’d be nice to see the sweet and smart Jane the Virgin take home a Globe on its first time out
What Will Win: Orange Is the New Black

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black

Who Should Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Who Will Win: It’s tough to deny Louis-Dreyfus, but the HFP loves a “moment,” nonetheless a deserved one: Gina Rodriguez, Jane The Virgin

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Louis C. K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Who Should Win: Louis C. K. or Jeffrey Tambor
Who Will Win: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Fargo
The Missing
The Normal Heart
Olive Kitteridge
True Detective

What Should Win: Wait…someone explain how these are dubbed “mini-serieses”? Fargo was great, but True Detective took us to Carcosa and back
What Will Win: Fargo

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story:Freak Show
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Frances O’Connor, The Missing
Allison Tolman, Fargo

Who Should Win: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Who Will Win: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

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

Who Should Win: We loved Freeman and Woody, but the trophy belongs to McConaughey
Who Will Win: Matthew McConaughey, True Detective

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

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

Who Should Win: Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Who Will Win: Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

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

Who Should Win: Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
Who Will Win: Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge

The Golden Globes will air on this Sunday, January 11 on NBC at 8 p.m. EST.

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