Michelle and Lane share (and justify) their 2017 Golden Globes predictions.

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Films

Category Lane’s Picks Michelle’s Picks
Best Motion Picture – Drama Manchester by the Sea Moonlight
Best Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy La La Land La La Land
Best Actress – Drama Amy Adams, Arrival Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane
Best Actor – Drama Denzel Washington, Fences Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Best Actor – Musical or Comedy Ryan Gosling, La La Land Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool
Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Emma Stone, La La Land Emma Stone, La La Land
Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali, Moonlight Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Best Supporting Actress Viola Davis, Fences Viola Davis, Fences
Best Animated Feature Moana Zootopia
Best Director Damien Chazelle, La La Land Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best Screenplay Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Best Original Score La La Land La La Land
Best Original Song “City of Stars” – La La Land “City of Stars” – La La Land
Best Foreign Language Film Elle – France Elle – France

Television

Category Lane’s Picks Michelle’s Picks
Best Series – Drama Stranger Things Game of Thrones
Best Actor – Drama Rami Malek, Mr. Robot Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Best Actress – Drama Winona Ryder, Stranger Things Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld
Best Series – Musical or Comedy Atlanta Atlanta
Best Actor – Musical or Comedy Donald Glover, Atlanta Donald Glover, Atlanta
Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Issa Rae, Insecure
Limited Series/Motion Picture The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Best Actor in Limited Series/Motion Picture John Turturro, The Night Of Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Best Actress in Limited Series/Motion Picture Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J.
Best Supporting Actor in Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Sterling K Brown, The People v. O.J. Sterling K Brown, The People v. O.J.
Best Supporting Actress in Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Thandie Newton, Westworld Thandie Newton, Westworld

Justifying Our Choices

Lane: To be honest, I haven’t seen most nominated films/TV shows. That being said, I’m feeling more confident with my picks purely based on media buzz… it is a group of 91 voters from the “Hollywood Foreign Press” that determine Golden Globe winners.

Michelle: I was lucky this season to catch a majority of the frontrunners through advance screenings and some more downtime in my schedule. The only film nominated I haven’t had a chance to see (due to limited screenings) is 20th Century Women. My picks are a combination of safe bets and loyalty (I’m looking at you Jessica Chastain!).

L: Best Drama film-wise may be tough with the Casey Affleck drama. I’m probably most tentative in that category, especially since I’ve only seen Moonlight out of the five – and that film deserves to win.

M: I think the safest decision when casting a ballot would be Manchester By the Sea, but the reason I went with Moonlight is because I believe the Golden Globes is the most progressive of the award shows and might lean towards a film that resonates with the climate of the country. Both are deserving and the way this season of awards has been going, it’s anyone’s Globe.

L: For both La La Land and The People v. O.J. I went with the sound strategy that they are both likely to win multiple awards, so if it’s nominated, it may win, so easy choice.

M: I agree with Lane on these two picks, because they’ve been virtually unstoppable in their categories. It’s a good thing the Globes separate Musical/Comedy from Drama in the Best Film categories, because La La Land will sweep that and it won’t add any more difficulty to the decision between Manchester By the Sea and Moonlight. The People v. O.J. is coming off of multiple wins across the Emmys, Critics’ Choice, etc. and the categories to beat are Best Performance-Actress (Sarah Paulson) and Best Performance-Supporting Actor (Sterling K. Brown).

L: But, Michelle, I see you didn’t choose Ryan Gosling to win best actor but RIVAL RYAN, Ryan Reynolds. This is totally going against the La La Land sweeping the awards logic! I liked Deadpool as much as then next gal but can you imagine hearing “Golden Globe winning film, Deadpool?!”

M: Ok, Lane…throwing out some fighting words to keep the fire alive in the BATTLE OF THE RYANS! I’ll justify this pick, even though I think it’s going to Gosling (still keeping the sweep in mind). I chose Reynolds against my intuition, because I think this is his year. He just received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Deadpool did incredibly well at the Critics’ Choice Awards, and was named in quite a few Best of 2016 lists. Gosling is the safe and sure bet, but I really think it could go to Reynolds. This was a project he put a decade into and it really paid off for his career. Ryan Reynolds is back, and he’s coming for the Golden Globe!

L: I went with my heart for Amy Adams winning best actress. I love Arrival, but that category is stacked with Natalie Portman too. Award shows love biographical/historical performances. Also, Isabelle Huppert for Elle could possibly upset that category.

M: This is going to be a tough category throughout the entire season, but I think this will be a tough match between Natalie Portman and Amy Adams. There should honestly just be a tie, because I can’t justify enough why one should win over the other when they gave stellar performances. However, this is where I pull away from the logistics of picking and go with Chastain. I’m a loyal Chastainiac, this is no secret, but I really do believe Miss Sloane was one of her best roles and was an award-winning performance. She is just unfortunately playing in a stacked field of incredible performances that have cast a shadow on hers. (I’m still bitter about the 2013 Academy Awards where she was robbed of the Oscar).

L: I think voters will welcome back Winona Ryder with an award for her performance in Stranger Things. Voters can be swayed by the history of the actor/actress. I just binged Outlander though and would freak out if Caitriona Balfe won. Sam Heughan deserves a nomination for best actor at some point too.

M: I would love it if Winona Ryder took this win. WINONA FOREVER! I loved Stranger Things dearly and of course could not get enough of Joyce Byers. The reason I went with Evan Rachel Wood is based on her Critics’ Choice award that she took for Westworld. Do I think the Globes will follow suit? Probably not, but they’ve also been notorious over the last three to four years with surprise winners, so it could honestly go to Wood or Caitriona Balfe for the upset.

L: While I placed my bet on Rachel Bloom winning for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, it would be interesting if Julia Louis-Dreyfus took it for Veep, just based on the current political climate!

M: Julia Louis-Dreyfus has dominated this category at other award shows, and Bloom took home the upset last year, so I really feel like this category could go to anyone. Because of that chance, I went with the bold choice, the underdog, Issa Rae for Insecure. This could be a similar path to the debut season of Girls and the critical reception could mean wins.

L: I’m looking forward to the award show and red carpet because I love that crap. The Golden Globes are great for Instagram/Twitter since the actors will be hanging out together, drinking champagne at those crazy round tables. I will be drinking champagne and cringing at Jimmy Fallon’s enthusiasm. But, you know I’m most looking forward to Donald Glover’s acceptance speeches!

M: Jimmy Fallon is so extra! This should be an interesting three hours of television with him as the host, but of course, the red carpet and the post-show tweets and Instagram posts are my favorite. Last year, Katy Perry brought In-N-Out to the table that she shared with Golden Globe winner Brie Larson, so I’ll be curious to see what we get this year! I hope there are some upsets, some first time nominees winning, a shift from the safety blanket voting the HFP might rely on, and just a night of fun. I’m also not ready for the In Memoriam, because I’m still recovering from that shit year we just had (Piss off, 2016!) Anyways, this is setting up to be a great year for awards and recognition for one of the best years in television and film we’ve seen.