This Sunday / Monday morning sees the official start of Awards Season with the annual Golden Globes.

We'll have all the coverage, photos and analysis on Monday morning, but for now, we've got our annual tea-leaf reading and predictions. As we know, Deadpool is the upset in the Comedy / Musical category whilst Ruth Negga is now head-to-head with Amy Adams for Best Actress (Drama).

Here's our predictions in the film categories for this year.


Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water


Manchester by the Sea


If there was justice in the world, it'd be handed over to Hell Or High Water without question. Granted, we've yet to see Moonlight and the word is very, very positive and there's a good chance the HFPA might spring for it. Manchester by the Sea could also win, but it's more likely to scoop up something in the acting categories than anything else. Hacksaw Ridge, again, we haven't seen but if the Don't Call It A Comeback of Mel Gibson continues apace, he could really win here. Most likely winner? Probably Hacksaw Ridge or Manchester by the Sea.




20th Century Women


Florence Foster Jenkins

La La Land

Sing Street

It's fantastic to see both Deadpool and Sing Street get a look in this category, but La La Land has this sewn up to a tee. Not only that, La La Land is actually making money at the US box office and there's an incredible amount of goodwill out there for the film and musicals in general. La La Land's the clear winner here. If it doesn't, it'll be a huge upset.




Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Joel Edgerton, Loving

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

Unlike the Comedy / Musical category, this is a much tougher race to call. Casey Affleck's sexual harrassment cases are making headlines again and it's entirely possible that this could influence HFPA's voting here. Denzel Washington wasn't nominated for Best Director for Fences, but he's definitely a strong choice for Best Actor here. Andrew Garfield is next in line, however many were surprised that he wasn't nominated for Silence instead of Hacksaw Ridge. Sadly, Viggo Mortensen and Joel Edgerton are the two least likely candidates to win. Like we said, it's a tough race to call, but it's a split between Affleck and Washington in our mind.



Amy Adams, Arrival

Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Amy Adams is having a banner year, what with Arrival and Nocturnal Animals featuring heavily in many end-of-year lists and her performance in both being praised to the hilt. Meanwhile, Natalie Portman's performance in Jackie essentially made the film, so there's an equal chance here. Our own Ruth Negga, however, seems to be the favourite. Her work in Loving really is that strong, understated and memorable that she really does deserve to win. Granted, Adams has been nominated more than a few times - six nominations to be precise, not including this year - so there's a good chance she win it here. Essentially, it's between Negga and Adams. If you're putting money down, split it between these two.



Colin Farrell, The Lobster

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins

Jonah Hill, War Dogs

Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

Ryan Reynolds, step forward and claim your prize as Most Deserving Nomination. What a year's it been for that guy, eh? Does he have a chance of winning here? Not on your life. Ryan Gosling is the man to beat here. Colin Farrell definitely deserves to be nominated, as does Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins. Jonah Hill, however, definitely did not deserve anything close to a nomination for War Dogs. It was a plain, by-the-numbers crime dramedy and the most obvious example of category padding we've seen in quite a while.




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

Hailee Steinfeld was fantastic in Edge Of Seventeen and it's truly heartening to see her get nominated her. If by some miraculous occurrence that Emma Stone DOESN'T win for La La Land, Steinfeld should take the win here. Meryl Streep, sure, she's one of our greatest living talents, but Florence Foster Jenkins is unlikely to make any kind of an impact here. What's most surprising, however, is how Kate Beckinsale didn't feature for Love & Friendship. In any case, were she nominated, she wouldn't stand a chance against Emma Stone. This one's in the bag.




Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

The three most likely winners here are Mel Gibson, Damien Chazelle and maybe Kenneth Lonergan. Gibson could win here, cementing the Don't Call It A Comeback hype train that's been chugging away for the past few months. Chazelle wasn't nominated for Whiplash, so it's quite possible that HFPA might correct this egregious mistake with La La Land. That's not to say he's only getting it on that basis - absolutely not. Chazelle's work on La La Land was incredible, so he definitely deserves to win. Tom Ford, it's great to see him nominated, but he's unlikely to win here. Barry Jenkins, it's hard to say as we haven't seen Moonlight. The safe money would split between Chazelle and Gibson. Lonergan's the third option.



Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins

Dev Patel, Lion

Aaron Taylor Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

Jeff Bridges was fantastic in Hell Or High Water and really sold the film for us. Aaron Taylor Johnson, meanwhile, was not his usual bland and unremarkable self so that alone is worthy of note. Is it worthy of him getting a win here? No, not at all. Mahershala Ali could win here, to be honest, as a lot of the talk around Moonlight has centred on his performance. Dev Patel and Simon Helberg are outsiders. All going well, Jeff Bridges will win here - but don't surprised if Mahershala Ali also scoops it up.



Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Viola Davis is the heavy favourite to win here. She's well versed in both the play and the character, having done runs on Broadway for it with Denzel Washington. If Washington doesn't win in the Best Actor category, Davis is even more of a cert here. The only other contender in this race is Michelle Williams for Manchester by the Sea, but there's a big gap between her and Davis. She's got this.



Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

Taylor Sheridan wasn't nominated for Sicario and that, to be honest, is a crime. That he's been nominated here is definitely good to see, but he's not the likely winner here. It's either between Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea or Chazelle for La La Land. Tom Ford is doubtful, as it's an adaptation and so to is Barry Jenkins. Typically speaking, the Golden Globes / HFPA doesn't favour adaptations all that much.







The Salesman

Toni Erdmann

It's great to see Paul Verhoeven back on our radar again and, hopefully, he'll make a deeply satirical Hollywood film that'll warp us all again and again. Toni Erdman has been picking up a lot of buzz so odds are this'll win out here. There's no clear winner unlike last year's Son Of Saul, but if Elle wins, that'd be really something.



Kubo and the Two Strings


My Life as a Zucchini



It's really been a banner year for animated films, with Moana and Zootopia scoring big for the House of Mouse both critically and commercially. Kubo And The Two Strings was a beautiful, thoughtful, emotional animated film that sadly couldn't connect with audiences in the same way as Zootopia and Moana did. Any other year, Kubo would be the clear and outright winner. However, it's between Moana and Zootopia to lose. Odds are Zootopia will take home the gong here.