The Golden Globes, the first major event of awards season in Hollywood, is considered one of the biggest predictors of who will take home awards at the Oscars in February, but can you predict who will win the Golden Globes? There are over 20 awards for film and TV at the Golden Globes, which premiere Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. We’ve narrowed down the favorites in all of the major categories.
Here is a list of the nominees and our predictions for the biggest awards at 72nd annual Golden Globes:
Best Motion Picture -- Drama
- "The Imitation Game"
- "The Theory of Everything"
Prediction: Usually, summer releases are not able to maintain enough momentum to cash in by the time awards season rolls around, but “Boyhood” is no ordinary movie. The buzz for this groundbreaking coming-of-age story, filmed and told over 12 years with the same actors, has never died down and goes into the Golden Globes Sunday as the expected and deserving winner.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture -- Drama
- Julianne Moore for "Still Alice"
- Rosamund Pike for "Gone Girl"
- Reese Witherspoon for "Wild"
- Felicity Jones for "The Theory of Everything"
- Jennifer Aniston for "Cake"
Prediction: While many people will be pulling for the popular Jennifer Aniston, this is Julianne Moore’s award to win. Her powerful portrayal of a woman succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease cannot be ignored.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama
- Eddie Redmayne for "The Theory of Everything"
- Steve Carell for "Foxcatcher"
- Benedict Cumberbatch for "The Imitation Game"
- David Oyelowo for "Selma"'
- Jake Gyllenhaal for "Nightcrawler"
Prediction: The award could go to anyone here in the most competitive category of the night. Since we have to bet on someone, we’ll take Benedict Cumberbatch’s incredible performance as the tortured-genius code breaker Alan Turing, but don’t be surprised if Oyelowo or Redmayne steal this one.
Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy
- "Into the Woods"
- "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
- "St. Vincent"
Prediction: Falling into that Golden Globes limbo of a comedy that is not really a comedy, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman” -- which is likely to go up against the Golden Globe drama nominees at the Oscars in February -- should take this one easily.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy
- Julianne Moore for "Maps to the Stars"
- Amy Adams for "Big Eyes"
- Emily Blunt for "Into the Woods"
- Helen Mirren for "The Hundred-Foot Journey"
- Quvenzhané Wallis for "Annie"
Prediction: – Amy Adams won this category last year for her role in “American Hustle” and fans can expect her to repeat for her portrayal of artist Margaret Keane in Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes.”
Best Actor in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy
- Michael Keaton for "Birdman"
- Bill Murray for "St. Vincent"
- Ralph Fiennes for "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
- Christoph Waltz for "Big Eyes"
- Joaquin Phoenix for "Inherent Vice"
Prediction: Michael Keaton is experiencing a career renaissance with the buzz about his performance in “Birdman.” In the film he plays a former blockbuster actor trying to regain notoriety and prestige. In real life, Sunday, he will potentially do just that.
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
- Jessica Chastain for "A Most Violent Year"
- Keira Knightley for "The Imitation Game"
- Patricia Arquette for "Boyhood"
- Meryl Streep for "Into the Woods"
- Emma Stone for "Birdman"
Prediction: Patricia Arquette all but has this locked up for her decade long performance in the marvelous “Boyhood.”
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
- Ethan Hawke for "Boyhood"
- Robert Duvall for "The Judge"
- Edward Norton for "Birdman"
- J.K. Simmons for "Whiplash"
- Mark Ruffalo for "Foxcatcher"
Prediction: J.K. Simmons is perhaps best known for his comedic character acting in films like “Juno,” “Spiderman,” and “Jennifer’s Body,” but there is nothing funny about his menacing turn as jazz conductor Terence Fletcher in the thrilling “Whiplash.” He should also be taking home a very serious award Sunday.
Best Director -- Motion Picture
- Ava DuVernay for "Selma"
- Wes Anderson for "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
- Alejandro González Iñárritu for "Birdman"
- David Fincher for "Gone Girl"
- Richard Linklater for "Boyhood"
Prediction: Richard Linklater’s 12-year steering of “Boyhood” is an unprecedented achievement and he should be honored accordingly, though Iñárritu has a chance to steal here.
Best Screenplay -- Motion Picture
- Wes Anderson for "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
- Gillian Flynn, "Gone Girl"
- Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo for "Birdman"
- Richard Linklater for "Boyhood"
- Graham Moore for "The Imitation Game"
Prediction: Best Screenplay for “Birdman,” which unfolds like a surrealist play, will likely be the consolation prize for Iñárritu losing out to Linklater for directing.
Best TV Series -- Drama
- "Downton Abbey"
- "The Affair"
- "Game of Thrones"
- "House of Cards"
- "The Good Wife"
Prediction: With “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men” and “Homeland” out of the way this year it should finally be time for “Game of Thrones” to take the big prize. It doesn’t hurt that the show is coming off perhaps its strongest season yet.
Best Actress in a TV Series -- Drama
- Viola Davis for "How to Get Away With Murder"
- Claire Danes for "Homeland"
- Julianna Margulies for "The Good Wife"
- Robin Wright for "House of Cards"
- Ruth Wilson for "The Affair"
Prediction: The Hollywood Foreign Press has shown a lot of love for “Homeland” in the past and may very well give Claire Danes the nod here, but don’t overlook newcomer to the category Viola Davis.
Best Actor in a TV Series -- Drama
- Kevin Spacey for "House of Cards"
- Clive Owen for "The Knick"
- James Spader for "The Blacklist"
- Dominic West for "The Affair"
- Liev Schreiber for "Ray Donovan"
Prediction: Clive Owen, Dominic West and James Spader make this a fresh and interesting race this year, but none should be able to overtake Kevin Spacey and his charmingly sinister portrayal of Frank Underwood in the darkly addicting “House of Cards.”
Best TV Series -- Musical or Comedy
- "Orange Is the New Black"
- "Jane the Virgin"
- "Silicon Valley"
Prediction: This should be the year for “Orange is the New Black.” The Netflix original came back stronger than ever in its second season and should rise to the top of a particularly strong batch of nominees in this character.
Best Actress in a TV Series -- Musical or Comedy
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus for "Veep"
- Edie Falco for "Nurse Jackie"
- Gina Rodriguez for "Jane the Virgin"
- Lena Dunham for "Girls"
- Taylor Schilling for "Orange Is the New Black"
Prediction: Julia Louis-Dreyfus is an awards machine and rightly so. Expect her take the top prize this year for her role as the biting and vain Selena Meyer in HBO’s “Veep.”
Best Actor in a TV Series -- Musical or Comedy
- Don Cheadle for "House of Lies"
- William H. Macy for "Shameless"
- Ricky Gervais for "Derek"
- Jeffrey Tambor for "Transparent"
- Louie C.K. for "Louie"
Prediction: Amazon Prime has made its mark this year with “Transparent” scoring a nomination for Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy, but its Tambor who seems primed to give the network its first win for his gender-bending role.
Best TV Movie or Miniseries
- "Olive Kitteridge"
- "The Missing"
- "True Detective"
- "The Normal Heart"
Prediction: Few things on TV in 2014 caused as much buzz as HBO’s “True Detective.” The acclaimed crime epic lost out to the final season of “Breaking Bad” at the Emmys while nominated as a drama series, but it should be redeemed here with a win as a miniseries.
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
- Jessica Lange for "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
- Maggie Gyllenhaal for "The Honourable Woman"
- Frances McDormand for "Olive Kitteridge"
- Allison Tolman for "Fargo"
- Frances O'Connor for "The Missing"
Prediction: “Fargo” might be in for a rough go of things going up against “True Detective,” but it has its best shot to win here for Allison Tolman’s role as police officer Molly Solverson.
Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
- Martin Freeman for "Fargo"
- Matthew McConaughey for "True Detective"
- Woody Harrelson for "True Detective"
- Billy Bob Thornton for "Fargo"
- Mark Ruffalo for "The Normal Heart"
Prediction: Matthew McConaughey’s role as Rust Cohle was one for the ages. Without Bryan Cranston in his way – McConaughey was another victim of the “Breaking Bad” farewell tour at the Emmys – he should finally be rewarded for creating one of TV’s most unforgettable characters.
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
- Kathy Bates for "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
- Uzo Aduba for "Orange Is the New Black"
- Joanne Froggatt for"Downton Abbey"
- Michelle Monaghan for "True Detective"
- Allison Janney for "Mom"
Prediction: It’s amazing that in an ensemble as impressive as that of “Orange is the New Black” that any one performance could stand out as much as Uzo Aduba’s portrayal of Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in the show’s first two seasons. It’s a testament to the heart and unpredictability that Aduba brings to the character and it should win her the award here.
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
- Bill Murray for "Olive Kitteridge"
- Jon Voight for "Ray Donovan"
- Matt Bomer for "The Normal Heart"
- Alan Cumming for "The Good Wife"
- Colin Hanks for "Fargo"
Prediction: Legendary actor Jon Voight has been riveting in the underrated “Ray Donovan” playing criminal patriarch Mickey Donovan. Expect Voight to pick up yet another award for the role Sunday.
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