It seems much too soon for awards season to be upon us, but here we are! Following a year filled with myriad controversies, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) will be announcing the winners of the 79th Annual Golden Globes on Sunday, January 9. Unlike previous years, the awards show will not be televised. Instead, the ceremony will be a private event, sans media and celebrities. Winners will be announced via social media and goldenglobes.com beginning at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET.

This year’s nominations are…fine? No big surprises or glaring omissions, really. If I was to nitpick, I would have included The Lost Daughter in Best Picture – Drama. With both Olivia Colman and Maggie Gyllenhaal receiving noms, it’s a little surprising that the film as a whole wasn’t recognized. I would maybe slide Colman Domingo into Supporting Actor as he was the best thing about Zola, and I would have included Tessa Thompson in Actress – Motion Picture Drama for her performance in Passing. In Animated Feature, I would have liked to have seen The Mitchells vs. The Machines receive recognition. But overall, this year’s nominations seem pretty in tune with the current awards season conversation.

Personally, I am thrilled for Andrew Garfield. He probably had the best 2021 with multiple films being released: Mainstream, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, tick, tick…BOOM!, as well as a little Marvel indie. Tick, tick…BOOM! wound up being my favorite film of the year, and I’d love to see it walk away with awards this evening.

We have a few more hours before this year’s Golden Globes winners are announced, so I’ve put together my personal picks and predictions. Please note: I will place an asterisk (*) next to the films that I have yet to see.

Best Picture – Drama

Belfast

CODA

Dune

King Richard

The Power of the Dog

KC pick: CODA

Will win: Belfast

Best Picture – Musical/Comedy

Cyrano*

Don’t Look Up

Licorice Pizza

tick, tick…BOOM!

West Side Story*

KC pick: tick, tick…BOOM!

Will win: West Side Story

Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama

Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter

Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos

Lady Gaga, House of Gucci

Kristen Stewart, Spencer

KC pick: Jessica Chastain

Will win: Olivia Colman

Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

Mahershala Ali, Swan Song

Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog

Will Smith, King Richard

Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth*

KC pick: Will Smith

Will win: Will Smith

Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy

Marion Cotillard, Annette

Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza

Jennifer Lawrence, Don’t Look Up

Emma Stone, Cruella

Rachel Zegler, West Side Story (2021)*

KC pick: Emma Stone

Will win: Rachel Zegler

Best Actor – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy

Leonardo DiCaprio, Don’t Look Up

Peter Dinklage, Cyrano*

Andrew Garfield, tick, tick…BOOM!

Cooper Hoffman, Licorice Pizza

Anthony Ramos, In The Heights

KC pick: Andrew Garfield

Will win: Andrew Garfield

Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

Caitriona Balfe, Belfast

Ariana DeBose, West Side Story (2021)*

Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog

Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard

Ruth Negga, Passing

KC pick: Caitriona Balfe

Will win: Ariana DeBose

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Ben Affleck, The Tender Bar

Jamie Dornan, Belfast

Ciarán Hinds, Belfast

Troy Kotsur, CODA

Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog

KC pick: Jamie Dornan

Will win: Jamie Dornan

Best Director Motion Picture

Kenneth Branagh, Belfast

Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter

Steven Spielberg, West Side Story (2021)*

Denis Villeneuve, Dune

KC pick: Jane Campion

Will win: Kenneth Branagh

Best Screenplay Motion Picture

Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza

Kenneth Branagh, Belfast

Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog

Adam McKay, Don’t Look Up

Aaron Sorkin, Being the Ricardos

KC pick: Belfast

Will win: Don’t Look Up

Best Picture – Animated

Encanto

Flee

Luca

My Sunny Maad*

Raya and the Last Dragon

KC pick: Flee

Will win: Encanto

Best Picture – Non-English Language

Compartment No. 6, Germany/Russia/Finland*

Drive My Car, Japan*

The Hand of God, Italy*

A Hero, Iran/France*

Parallel Mothers, Spain*

KC pick: Abstaining from making a personal pick, as I’ve not yet seen any of the films in the category.

Will win: Drive My Car

Best Score Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplat, The French Dispatch

Germaine Franco, Encanto

Jonny Greenwood, The Power of the Dog

Alberto Iglesias, Parallel Mothers*

Hans Zimmer, Dune

KC pick: Alexandre Desplat, The French Dispatch

Will win: Hans Zimmer, Dune

Best Song Motion Picture

“Be Alive,” King Richard

“Dos Oruguitas,” Encanto

“Down to Joy,” Belfast

“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),” Respect

“No Time To Die,” No Time To Die

KC pick: “No Time to Die,” No Time to Die

Will win: “Be Alive,” King Richard

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