“That boastful article I wrote about 100% accurate [predictions], I’m trying to find somebody to blame,” confesses Gold Derby editor-in-chief Tom O’Neil about his Golden Globe forecasts. But Paul Sheehan says, “It was 100-percent accurate in that you prefaced it by saying that it’s very hard to predict.” O’Neil and Sheehan discussed this year’s nominations announcement along with their fellow editors Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon, Joyce Eng, Daniel Montgomery and Susan Wloszczyna. Watch it above.
“I love that ‘Vice’ is the top nominee in film,” says Wloszczyna. That film about infamous Vice President Dick Cheney surprised us by overtaking “A Star is Born” and “The Favourite” as film’s biggest contender with six total bids. And now she believes “Christian Bale is going to win” Best Film Comedy/Musical Actor for playing the title role.
But not so fast! “Even though ‘Vice’ got so many nominations I don’t know if that makes it the favorite in any category. Remember ‘The Post’ last year?” counters Dixon, noting how popular Steven Spielberg‘s journalism drama seemed to be last year when the Globe nominations were announced, only for it to lose all six of its categories.
“[‘Green Book’] got in everywhere it was expected to get in … but I wasn’t predicting it for [Best Film Director],” adds Chris Beachum about the feel-good movie about an unlikely friendship forged during a road trip through the Jim Crow-era South. It’s going head-to-head against “Vice” for Best Film Comedy/Musical, and it earned an unexpected bid for Peter Farrelly‘s direction. “I think that’s a really strong race there … That may be a much more competitive race than drama where ‘A Star is Born’ might be unstoppable.”
“A Star is Born” slightly underperformed relative to expectations with five nominations — it’s missing Best Film Supporting Actor (Sam Elliott) and Best Screenplay — but it still looks like the film to beat for Best Film Drama. And maybe the slight shortfall even works to its advantage. “I think it’s good for them that they didn’t get seven nominations as many people were expecting because then it’s less pressure for them,” Eng says. “If they get three or four it’s an okay amount, it’s not excessive like ‘La La Land’s’ seven-for-seven.”
Our editors also noted some surprises among the actors and films who didn’t make the cut, including Julia Roberts for “Ben is Back,” Yalitza Aparicio for “Roma” and the critically acclaimed Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man.” “Even with separate categories for dramas, Ryan Gosling couldn’t get in,” Montgomery notes. “It kept missing and missing and missing. No Director, no Actor, no Best Picture,” though Claire Foy did earn a supporting nomination.
Which nominees surprised you the most? Which snubs did you think were the most outrageous? Watch our discussion above, and join the discussion on this and more with your fellow movie fans in our forums.