‘Golden Globes Awards’ Preview

Late Night star Seth Meyers has signed on the dotted line to host the 75th annual Golden Globes on January 7 and excitement is now growing among fans. The awards recognise excellence in film and television through 2017, covering domestic and international films and shows. They are bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and often give a strong indication as to who will go on to win at the Oscars, so they generate a huge amount of buzz.

Meyers follows in the footsteps of NBC neighbour Jimmy Fallon, who took over hosting duties from Ricky Gervais in January 2017. His appointment has set tongues wagging as he has courted controversy all year by remaining a vocal critic of the Trump administration, and we can expect some ruthless skewering of the president on the night. The industry is currently being swept by sexual abuse and harassment scandals and all eyes will be on Meyers and the producers to see how they handle the scandal. Meyers has previously hosted the 2014 Emmys and brings a certain level of star quality to the 2018 Globes, which typically enjoys strong viewing figures and sets the tone for the awards season. It will air on NBC live from the Beverley Hilton.

Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic Dunkirk is heavily tipped to be named Best Film – Drama. The critics have heaped praise on the film, it performed extremely well at the box office and if you check out Check out Betonline for odds on the event you will see it is the favourite to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. However, it faces stiff competition from The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro’s genre-bending otherworldly fairy-tale horror, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962 and featuring inter-species romance. It has the technical marvels to match the big budget Dunkirk and also features some magnificent performances. Another contender is The Post, which brings together an award-winning dream team of Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. It focuses on the first female publisher of The Washington Post and its race to expose a scandalous government cover up and is tipped to be a real heavyweight during awards season. An interesting outsider will be Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a foul-mouthed enfant terrible starring Frances McDonald and helmed by In Bruges maestro Martin McDonagh.

Best Film – Comedy or Musical looks like a straight fight between Get Out and Lady Bird. The former has been described by critics as a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride that also manages to address myriad levels of racism. The latter stars Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf and analyses a high school senior’s turbulent relationship with her mother. It received a standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival and has also enjoyed strong reviews across the board.

Streep, McDormand and The Shape of Water’s Sally Hawkins are the frontrunners for best actress in a drama, while Gary Oldman is tipped to pip Daniel Day-Lewis in a battle of the Brits for best actor in a drama. Oldman gives a complex, multi-layered portrayal of Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour, while Day-Lewis is as captivating as ever in Phantom Thread. Ronan and Margot Robbie, who gives a career best performance in I, Tonya, are in the mix for best actress in a comedy/musical, while the leading male in a comedy/musical this year is thought to be James Franco for his role in The Disaster Artist.

In the television stakes, one hotly contested category will see Elizabeth Moss and Claire Foy go head to head in best drama actress. Moss is superb as the lead in the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale, but Foy puts in a superb performance in The Crown. Both Moss and Foy have won the award in the past and that category looks really stacked with superstars.

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