The 2016 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 73rd annual Golden Globes:
Best Motion Picture -- Drama
- "Mad Max: Fury Road"
- "The Revenant"
Prediction: There is no clear front runner here, nor is there the one-on-one showdown viewers have seen in previous years, such as last year's heavyweight contest between "Boyhood" and "Birdman." Given that, "Spotlight" seems to be the safest bet. The near flawless drama about the Boston Globe's reporting on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church should play well with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who are, after all, journalists. However, do not be surprised if the HFPA decides to ride the zeitgest and name "Mad Max" the winner.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture -- Drama
- Saoirse Ronan for "Brooklyn"
- Cate Blanchett for "Carol"
- Rooney Mara for "Carol"
- Brie Larson for "Room"
- Alicia Vikander for "The Danish Girl"
Prediction: With the two "Carol" nominees potentially stealing votes from each other, Brie Larson, who has a lot of momentum for her peformance in "Room," should end up on stage Sunday. It will not be undeserved.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama
- Will Smith for "Concussion"
- Michael Fassbender for "Steve Jobs"
- Eddie Redmayne for "The Danish Girl"
- Leonardo DiCaprio for "The Revenant"'
- Bryan Cranston for "Trumbo"
Prediction: Eddie Redmayne will be looking to repeat in this category and he has a chance, but everything is pointing to this being DiCaprio's year. He already has a pair of Golden Globes for "The Aviator" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," but expect his campaign for that long overdue Oscar to begin Sunday with a win for his harrowing performace as fur trapper Hugh Glass in "The Revenant."
Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy
- "The Big Short"
- "The Martian"
Prediction: In a category always shrouded in controversy, it will be the two not-really-that-much-of-a-comedy films, "The Martian" and "The Big Short," fighting it out for the top spot here. "The Martian" has lost a lot of momentum since its early box office success had a lot of people talking Oscars, but it should still have enough left in the tank to take this category.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy
- Lily Tomlin for "Grandma"
- Jennifer Lawrence for "Joy"
- Melissa McCarthy for "Spy"
- Maggie Smith for "The Lady in the Van"
- Amy Schumer for "Trainwreck"
Prediction: – Jennifer Lawrence is always a threat to win any category in which she is nominated, but does the lukewarm critical reception of "Joy" hurt her chances? If so, the HFPA might be inclined to make a statement and reward Amy Schumer for her huge, breakout year in 2015.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy
- Al Pacino for "Danny Collins"
- Mark Ruffalo for "Inifinitely Polar Bear"
- Christian Bale for "The Big Short"
- Steve Carell for "The Big Short"
- Matt Damon for "The Martian"
Prediction: This is one of the more predictable categories of the night. Matt Damon basically carries "The Martian" all on his own and his performance is deserving of the trophy. The fact that he has a lot of good will with the HFPA will not hurt.
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
- Kate Winslet for "Steve Jobs"
- Jennifer Jason Leigh for "The Hateful Eight"
- Helen Miren for "Trumbo"
- Jane Fonda for "Youth"
- Alicia Vikander for "Ex Machina"
Prediction: Helen Miren steals every single scene in which she is onscreen in "Trumbo." Her turn as the delightfully devious, communist witch hunter Hedda Hopper brought out the best in co-star Bryan Cranston's performance as Dalton Trumbo and should earn her the Golden Globe here.
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
- Michael Shanoon for "99 Problems"
- Idris Elba for "Beasts of No Nation"
- Mark Rylance for "Bridge of Spies"
- Sylvester Stallone for "Creed"
- Paul Dano for "Love & Mercy"
Prediction: This is another category that is not much of a competition. Paul Dano has had this award, as well as a likely Oscar, locked up since "Love & Mercy" premiered in June. There has been nothing but "Good Vibrations" since.
Best Director -- Motion Picture
- Todd Hanyes for "Carol"
- George Miller for "Mad Max: Fury Road"
- Tom McCarthy for "Bridge of Spies"
- Ridley Scott for "The Martian"
- Alejandro Iñárritu for "The Revenant"
Prediction: "Mad Max" is a long shot to win the Best Picture Golden Globe, so this might be the consolation prize. Director George Miller's "Fury Road" is the most detailed, intelligent, progressive action movie in years. There is nothing else like it on the big screen and he deserves all the recognition he can get.
Best Screenplay -- Motion Picture
- Emma Donoghue for "Room"
- Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer for"Carol"
- Aaron Sorkin for "Steve Jobs"
- Charles Rudolph, Adam McKay for "The Big Short"
- Quentin Tarantino for "The Hateful Eight"
Prediction: The field is open here, but the safe money is on one of the rock star writers, Sorkin or Tarantino, edging the other one out by a hair. For argument's sake, let's say Sorkin takes it for his mammoth (180-page) reimagining of tech giant Steve Jobs in "Steve Jobs."
Best TV Series -- Drama
- "Game of Thrones"
- "Mr. Robot"
Prediction: "Empire" scored a lot of love in the Golden Globe nominations. That bodes well for the series. Surrounded by a sea of newcomers ("Game of Thrones" aside), this should be a big win for network TV after a year of incredible output in 2015 from cable and streaming services.
Best Actress in a TV Series -- Drama
- Taraji P. Henson for "Empire"
- Robin Wright for "House of Cards"
- Viola Davis for "How to Get Away with Murder"
- Caitriona Balfe for "Outlander"
- Eva Green for "Penny Dreadful"
Prediction: 2015's winner, Ruth Wilson of "The Affair," is not here this year. Expect this category to come down to network giants Henson and Davis. "Empire" seems primed to be a Golden Globe darling, but it is hard to bet against Viola Davis after her momentous Emmy victory in the fall.
Best Actor in a TV Series -- Drama
- Bob Odenkirk for "Better Call Saul"
- Jon Hamm for "Mad Men"
- Rami Malek for "Mr. Robot"
- Wagner Moura for "Narcos"
- Liev Schreiber for "Ray Donovan"
Prediction: It may be anti-climactic, but Jon Hamm will say one more goodbye to "Mad Men" and ad man Don Draper with another well deserved win here.
Best TV Series -- Musical or Comedy
- "Mozart in the Jungle"
- "Orange is the New Black"
- "Silicon Valley"
Prediction: "Transparent" shocked the world with a win here in 2015. Then, Season 2 was even better. There is no reason for the HFPA to change their tune in 2016.
Best Actress in a TV Series -- Musical or Comedy
- Rachel Boom for "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"
- Lily Tomlin for "Grace & Frankie"
- Gina Rodriguez for "Jane the Virgin"
- Jamie Lee Curtis for "Scream Queens"
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus for "Veep"
Prediction: Julia Louis-Dreyfus is an awards machine and rightly so. Rodriguez won this award in 2015, but "Veep" was perhaps the best comedy on television this past year. Expect Louis-Dreyfus to take the top prize for her role as the biting and vain President Selena Meyer
Best Actor in a TV Series -- Musical or Comedy
- Aziz Ansari for "Master of None"
- Gael García Bernal for "Mozart in the Jungle"
- Rob Lowe for "The Grinder"
- Jeffrey Tambor for "Transparent"
- Patrick Stewart for "Blunt Talk"
Prediction: Aziz Ansari may have a chance to steal this category with all the praise that has come his way for Netflix's "Master of None," but the HFPA loves "Transparent" and Jeffrey Tambor just keeps getting better. Expect a repeat of his 2015 win here.
Best TV Movie or Miniseries
- "American Crime"
- "American Horror Story: Hotel"
- "Flesh & Bone"
- "Wolf Hall"
Prediction: Much like the "Transparent" situation, "Fargo" won this category last year and then got better. Two in a row sounds pretty good, eh?
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
- Lady Gaga for "American Horror Story: Hotel"
- Queen Latifah for "Bessie"
- Kirsten Dunst for "Fargo"
- Sarah Hay for "Flesh & Bone"
- Felicity Huffman for "American Crime"
Prediction: "Fargo" Season 2 may have been the best show of 2015, limited series label aside, and of all the great performances in the ensemble show, Kirsten Dunst's overwhelmed, dillusionally optimistic Peggy shined the brightest.
Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
- Patrick Wilson for "Fargo"
- Idris Elba for "Luther"
- David Oyelowo for "Nightingale"
- Oscar Isaac for "Show Me a Hero"
- Mark Rylance for "Wolf Hall"
Prediction: "Star Wars" fans might be hoping to see Isaac take the stage here, but "Fargo" should dominate the limited series categories and Patrick Wilson looks like the favorite.
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
- Regina King for "American Crime"
- Uzo Aduba for "Orange Is the New Black"
- Joanne Froggatt for "Downton Abbey"
- Maura Tierney for "The Affair"
- Judith Light for "Transparent"
Prediction: Aduba and Froggatt have already won here, but Judith Light, who has nabbed an Emmy already for her role in "Transparent," might steal the award out from both of their noses with her first nomination in the category.
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
- Ben Mendelsohn for "Bloodline"
- Chrsitian Slater for "Mr. Robot"
- Tobias Menzies for "Outlander"
- Alan Cumming for "The Good Wife"
- Damian Lewis for "Homeland"
Prediction: Ben Mendselsohn is the best performance to come out of this category, but the HFPA will likely want to give a little love to USA's sleeper hit "Mr. Robot' and here, with Christian Slater, is the most obvious spot to do so. It helps that Slater was fantastic in the role of the titular Mr. Robot.