Sunday night the Golden Globe Awards will be announced in front of a worldwide audience where the rich and famous get to mix and mingle while the rest of us sit and ogle. But we’re here to do more than cheer; we want to celebrate as well by making money with our special picks.
Best Motion Picture Drama
Manchester By The Sea -170
Hacksaw Ridge +1300
Hell or High Water +2500
Manchester by the Sea has captured the attention of the critics as well as the Golden Globes odds makers. A riveting, albeit unexpected, performance by Ben’s little brother Casey Affleck took this film to an entirely new level. Perhaps it was in part due to the film’s locale in the tony little enclave 40 minutes north of Boston that made this Massachusetts native so at home. Regardless, the buzz is all about Affleck and Manchester by the Sea, and though we wince when laying the lumber, we have no choice.
Free Golden Globe Pick: Manchester by the Sea -170
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama
Casey Affleck -260
Denzel Washington +250
Andrew Garfield +1300
Joel Edgerton +1500
Viggo Mortensen +1800
Though Casey Affleck’s star shone more brightly than most could have imagined in Manchester by the Sea, we are hitching our wagon to another star. Simply put, there are too many other phenomenal performances that will render a better return on our Golden Globes picks this year. Denzel may be a sentimental favorite but I am putting my money on a supremely talented Aussie named Joel Edgerton. Edgerton carries a quiet poignancy coupled with a script in Loving about an interracial couple battling Virginia law back in the 50’s. The subject matter should resonate with the voters and so too should Edgerton’s performance.
Free Golden Globe Pick: Joel Edgerton +1500
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama
Natalie Portman -425
Isabelle Huppert +500
Amy Adams +800
Ruth Negga +1400
Jessica Chastain +2500
Yet another stone cold favorite that I wish I could bet without remorse but Natalie Portman was not the only killer performance in this talented category. Portman resurrected Jackie Kennedy in a way few others could, but haven’t we had enough of Camelot over the past 50 years? I am going with another stellar veteran of film and stage in Amy Adams. The 42-year-old former army brat has two Golden Globes on her mantle and her portrayal of Louise Banks, a linguistics professor who has been tapped by the military to communicate with aliens, was nuanced and contemplative in what was more than just a sci-fi thriller in Arrival.
Free Golden Globe Pick: Amy Adams +800