The beautiful people will descend upon the Beverly Hills Hotel to congratulate each other and hand out shiny gold trophies in front of a worldwide audience. Who will enter our Golden Globe picks?
Best Motion Picture – Drama:
The Revenant: +250
Mad Max: Fury Road: +1500
I cannot imagine the most recent itineration of the post-apocalyptic world of the Mad Max series will get the nod from the esteemed panel who vote on such things. It is all too crashy and burny to be validated with cinematic greatness. Therefore, we will turn our starry-eyes to Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest project The Revenant. Director and filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu came up short last year with Birdman, thus this could be a bit of redemption and when coupled with the blinding star power of DiCaprio, it makes The Revenant the choice to include in your sports betting picks. Find the sportsbooks of your choice and lock this play right away.
Golden Globe Pick: The Revenant +250
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Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama:
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant): +185
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs): +400
Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl): +500
Bryan Cranston (Trumbo): +700
Will Smith (Concussion): +900
This season’s Best Actor (Drama) is jam-packed with actual ac-tors as opposed to celebrities masquerading as master thespians. Leonardo DiCaprio already has a few Golden Globes on his mantle, so his status on the betting odds board- as the odds-on- favorite is understandable not to mention his gripping performance.
But this pretty boy turned Hollywood titan is almost too easy a reach for those voting, who like nothing better than to be different. In that case, we will go for way different, which is why Eddie Redmayne could very easily cop his second consecutive Golden Globe after last year’s stunning transformation as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. This year, Redmayne does she-male (is that too offensive?) better than Bruce does Caitlyn. It is an identity overhaul as Redmayne captivates the audience with a gender-bending metamorphosis that will leave not only the audience spellbound but the judges as well.
Golden Globe Pick: Eddie Redmayne +500
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Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama:
Brie Larson (Room): -250
Cate Blanchett (Carol): +350
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn): +400
Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl): +700
Rooney Mara (Carol): +800
The fact that the incomparable Cate Blanchett and the sublime Rooney Mara share the screen in the same movie will unfortunately cancel each other out for the running in this category. Therefore the Golden Globe will be presented to the richly deserving Brie Larson who is receiving universal acclaim for her portrayal of Joy “Ma” Newsome in Room.
Golden Globe Pick: Brie Larson -250
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Best Director – Motion Picture:
Tom McCarthy (Spotlight): +200
Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant): 3/1
Ridley Scott (The Martian): 4/1
Todd Haynes (Carol): 7/1
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road): 10/1
This category never ceases to confound me. How are we to know which one of these directors made the most profound suggestions to their players, extracting every piece of raw emotion while revealing the full potential and dexterity of the actor and by default the character itself? I wrestle with the very same question when it comes to a coach of the year award in the sport of your choice. I cannot peer inside the locker room nor do I attend practices; therefore, I pretty much give the nod to the guy whose team exceeded expectations. But at least in that scenario I can watch a season’s worth of games, deliberate on the quality of the players at the coach’s disposal and make an educated guess that he must have been doing something right. I have no such luxury in this case nor do members of the voting committee.
With that off my chest, I will cast my lot with veteran Ridley Scott whose stark departure from dramas to a more comedic genre in Martian should illustrate his versatility and pliability. Of course Alejandro G. Iñárritu could get the nod here as a make-up call from Birdman last year, but Ridley Scott would be the more interesting choice and there’s nothing Hollywood likes more than interesting - except for money, fame, power and celebrity.
Golden Globe Pick: Ridley Scott +137
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