Awards season finally kicks off this coming Sunday with the 2021 Golden Globes! It’s obviously going to be a very different event from previous years, but I fully welcome the opportunity to celebrate some of my favorite films from the year that shall not be named.

One of the films that I’m hoping has a big night is Promising Young Woman, which was at the top of my list of favorites last year. From Carey Mulligan’s commanding performance to the vision of writer-director Emerald Fennell, I would love to see Promising Young Woman sweep its categories. It’s a tall ask considering the film’s fellow nominees, but that’s the energy I’m leaning into.

As there are every year, there were a few glaring omissions among this year’s nominations, including the lack of Best Picture nods for Judas and the Black Messiah and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Delroy Lindo was overlooked for his performance in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods as well as Steven Yeun for his performance in Minari. Additionally, I was a little shocked that Meryl Streep didn’t pick up a nod for The Prom or Steven Soderbergh’s Let Them All Talk.

Personally, I would have loved to have seen Nicole Beharie pick up a nod for her performance in Miss Juneteenth as well as Tracee Ellis Ross, who I really enjoyed in The High Note. I’m genuinely surprised that “Love Myself” from the film’s soundtrack didn’t garner a nomination.

We won’t find out who wins until Sunday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate about the potential winners in the meantime! Below you will find my picks and predictions (best guesses, really) for this year’s nominated films and performances. Please note: Nominated films that I have not seen are denoted with an asterisk (*).

Best Picture – Drama

The Father

Mank

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

The Trial of the Chicago 7

KC pick: Promising Young Woman

Will win: The Trial of the Chicago 7


Best Picture – Musical/Comedy

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Hamilton

Music*

Palm Springs

The Prom

KC pick: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Will win: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.


Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday*

Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

KC pick: Carey Mulligan

Will win: Carey Mulligan


Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Gary Oldman, Mank

Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

KC pick: Chadwick Boseman

Will win: Chadwick Boseman


Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical/Comedy

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Kate Hudson, Music*

Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit

Rosamund Pike, I Care A Lot

Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma.

KC pick: Maria Bakalova

Will win: Maria Bakalova


Best Actor – Motion Picture Comedy/Musical

Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

James Corden, The Prom

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield

Andy Samberg, Palm Springs

KC pick: Sacha Baron Cohen

Will win: Sacha Baron Cohen


Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy*

Olivia Colman, The Father

Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian

Amanda Seyfried, Mank

Helena Zengel, News of the World

KC pick: Amanda Seyfried

Will win: Olivia Colman


Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah

Jared Leto, The Little Things

Bill Murray, On The Rocks

Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami…

KC pick: Daniel Kaluuya

Will win: Daniel Kaluuya


Best Director – Motion Picture

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

David Fincher, Mank

Regina King, One Night in Miami…

Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

KC pick: Emerald Fennell

Will win: Chloé Zhao


Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Jack Fincher, Mank

Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Christopher Hampton & Florian Zeller, The Father

Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

KC pick: Emerald Fennell

Will win: Aaron Sorkin


Best Picture – Animated

The Croods: A New Age*

Onward

Over the Moon*

Soul

Wolfwalkers

KC pick: Wolfwalkers

Will win: Soul


Best Picture – Foreign Language

Another Round

La Llorona

The Life Ahead*

Minari

Two of Us*

KC pick: Minari

Will win: Another Round


Best Score – Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplat, The Midnight Sky*

Ludwig Göransson, Tenet

James Newton Howard, News of the World

Atticuss Ross & Trent Reznor, Mank

Jon Batiste, Atticus Ross & Trent Reznor, Soul

KC pick: Ludwig Göransson

Will win: Jon Batiste, Atticus Ross & Trent Reznor


Best Song – Motion Picture

“Fight For You,” Judas and the Black Messiah

“Hear My Voice,” The Trial of the Chicago 7

“lo Sì (Seen),” The Life Ahead*

“Speak Now,” One Night in Miami…

“Tigress & Tweed,” The United States vs. Billie Holiday*

KC pick: “Fight For You”

Will win: “Speak Now”

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