The 2016 film and television year is finally at a close, there are plenty of disappointments being foreseen on the horizon as we watch some of our favorites get overlooked. However, it has been an overall exceptional year for some immensely diverse and riveting tales. Before Jimmy Fallon graces the stage this Sunday for the Golden Globes, let us check out the favorites likely to be walking away with trophies.
Best Supporting Actress In A Series, Miniseries, Or Television Film
(Olivia Colman — The Night Manager, Lena Headey — Game of Thrones, Chrissy Metz — This Is Us, Mandy Moore — This Is Us, Thandie Newton — Westworld)
Thandie Newton steals the show with her independently sultry performance as the provocatively experienced brothel madam Maeve. This is, of course, saying a lot since the show is chock full of complex characters and twisted motives.
Should Have Been Nominated: Sophie Turner — Game of Thrones
Best Supporting Actor In A Series, Miniseries, Or Television Film
(Sterling K. Brown — The People vs. O.J. Simpson, Hugh Laurie — The Night Manager, John Lithgow — The Crown, Christian Slater — Mr. Robot, John Travolta — The People vs. O.J. Simpson)
I don’t think any of us should be surprised if The People vs. O.J. Simpson were to clean up in the acting categories. If anything we can expect John Lithgow to own the stage for his divisive rendition of Prime Minister Winston Churchill while it is still fresh in everyone’s minds. For now, however, Sterling K. Brown’s emotionally charged black token and inexperienced attorney is the favorite.
Should Have Been Nominated: Kit Harington — Game of Thrones
Best Actress In A Miniseries Or Television Film
(Felicity Huffman — American Crime, Riley Keough — The Girlfriend Experience, Sarah Paulson — The People vs. O.J. Simpson, Charlotte Rampling — London Spy, Kerry Washington — Confirmation)
Sarah Paulson gives a gut-wrenching portrayal in a miniseries where there are no few. Underestimated, exhausted in both physical and emotional states, and most importantly, determined.
Should Have Been Nominated: Audra McDonald — Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Best Actor In A Miniseries Or Television Film
(Riz Ahmed — The Night Of, Bryan Cranston — All the Way, Tom Hiddleston — The Night Manager, John Turturro — The Night Of, Courtney B. Vance — The People vs. O.J. Simpson)
While it is awesome to see that Riz Ahmed and John Turturro both received nominations instead of canceling each other out for their performances in the slowly suspenseful The Night Of, it will be Courtney B. Vance’s now iconic Johnny Cochran that will conquer.
Should Have Been Nominated: Idris Elba — Luther
Best Actress In A Television Series — Musical Or Comedy
(Rachel Bloom — Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss — Veep, Sarah Jessica Parker — Divorce, Issa Rae — Insecure, Gina Rodriguez — Jane the Virgin, Tracee Ellis Ross — Black-ish)
The Golden Globes has a long history of nominating first time nominees like Transparent, The Affair, Mozart in the Jungle, Mr. Robot ect… so expect the likes of Issa Rae or Sarah Jessica Parker to walk off with the prize, but we think leaning towards Issa Rae is probably the safer bet for her relevant millennial dating series.
Should Have Been Nominated: None really there’s already six nominees, but why isn’t Ellie Kemper one of them for her lively Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt performance?
Best Actor In A Television Series — Musical Or Comedy
(Anthony Anderson — Black-ish, Gael García Bernal — Mozart in the Jungle, Donald Glover — Atlanta, Nick Nolte — Graves, Jeffrey Tambor — Transparent)
The Golden Globes sure do like to get there first so while Jeffrey Tambor should be the clear winner we can go ahead and expect Donald Glover to get between Tambor and his second Golden Globe.
Should Have Been Nominated: Thomas Middleditch — Silicon Valley
Best Actress In A Television Series — Drama
(Caitriona Balfe — Outlander, Claire Foy — The Crown, Keri Russell — The Americans, Winona Ryder — Stranger Things, Evan Rachel Wood — Westworld)
The robotic southern belle with a tendency for unflinching violence is way too hard to pass up, not to mention the series will not be coming back until 2018. If an upset happens expect it to come from Claire Foy for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II.
Should Have Been Nominated: Millie Bobby Brown — Stranger Things
Best Actor In A Television Series — Drama
(Rami Malek — Mr. Robot, Bob Odenkirk — Better Call Saul, Matthew Rhys — The Americans, Liev Schreiber — Ray Donovan, Billy Bob Thornton — Goliath)
It'd be lying if I said I've seen the show, but keeping in the fashion of awarding the new— Billy Bob Thornton is just too tempting to pass up since he is already a Golden Globes favorite with six nominations in his career.
Should Have Been Nominated: Dominic West — The Affair
Best Miniseries Or Television Film
(American Crime, The Dresser, The Night Manager, The Night Of, The People vs. O.J. Simpson)
It will be the night of one Orenthal James Simpson come Golden Globes night as the series, which premiered back in February, is something that still remains in our minds.
Should Have Been Nominated: Roots
Best Television Series — Musical Or Comedy
(Atlanta, Black-ish, Mozart in the Jungle, Transparent, Veep)
Veep has never won and it could very well be its night, but Atlanta seems to be the most pertinent selection on this list given its ambitiousness and originality.
Should Have Been Nominated: Silicon Valley
Best Television Series — Drama
(The Crown, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, This Is Us, Westworld)
This one is a mere popularity contest. While Game of Thrones would normally win that hands down, Stranger Things really took the world by storm over the summer and the Golden Globes would just love to be one of the first to award it.
Should Have Been Nominated: The Affair
Best Foreign Language Film
(Divines (France), Elle (France), Neruda (Chile), The Salesman (Iran/France), Toni Erdmann (Germany))
While I have a sentimental favorite in the form of Toni Erdmann, which very well could possibly win, I think we can expect Elle to be awarded for this.
Should Have Been Nominated: The Handmaiden (South Korean)
Best Animated Feature Film
(Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, My Life as a Zucchini, Sing, Zootopia)
The clear favorites are Zootopia and Moana, but I feel that the critical darling Kubo and the Two Strings will prevail.
Should Have Been Nominated: Tower
(Damien Chazelle — La La Land, Tom Ford — Nocturnal Animals, Barry Jenkins — Moonlight, Kenneth Lonergan — Manchester by the Sea, Taylor Sheridan — Hell or High Water)
Four of the five directors nominated are also nominated for their screenplays so Taylor Sheridan could be the odd man out and be the one to walk away with the prize, but it will likely come down to Barry Jenkins reserved writing and Kenneth Lonergan’s sensitive American drama with Lonergan as the probable choice.
Should Have Been Nominated: Park Chan-Wook & Chung Seo-Kyung — The Handmaiden
Best Supporting Actress
(Viola Davis — Fences, Naomie Harris — Moonlight, Nicole Kidman — Lion, Octavia Spencer — Hidden Figures, Michelle Williams — Manchester by the Sea)
Is there anyone who stands a chance towards Viola Davis. Ever since she was bumped from leading to supporting there’s pretty much no one who stands a chance.
Should Have Been Nominated: Helen Mirren — Eye and the Sky
Best Supporting Actor
(Mahershala Ali — Moonlight, Jeff Bridges — Hell or High Water, Simon Helberg — Florence Foster Jenkins, Dev Patel — Lion, Aaron Taylor-Johnson — Nocturnal Animals)
Mahershala Ali has been slowly filling his collection of awards for his sincere performance as the guilty drug dealer but patient father figure.
Should Have Been Nominated: Issei Ogata — Silence
Best Actress In A Musical Or Comedy
(Annette Bening — 20th Century Women, Lily Collins — Rules Don’t Apply, Hailee Steinfeld — The Edge of Seventeen, Emma Stone — La La Land, Meryl Streep — Florence Foster Jenkins)
While Annette Bening is certainly the sentimental favorite after a handful of memorable performances throughout her career, but little award recognition to counterbalance it, however, she is unlikely to steal the Golden Globe from Emma Stone’s searingly deep performance. (Plus it doesn’t help that she can sing and dance too).
Should Have Been Nominated: Sandra Huller — Toni Erdmann
Best Actor In A Musical Or Comedy
(Colin Farrell — The Lobster, Ryan Gosling — La La Land, Hugh Grant — Florence Foster Jenkins, Jonah Hill — War Dogs, Ryan Reynolds — Deadpool)
The triple threat of acting, dancing, and singing is likely to get Ryan Gosling recognized, but the Golden Globes is just as likely to go with the much more trendy comic book role played by the only actor who could have ever played Deadpool.
Should Have Been Nominated: Ryan Gosling — The Nice Guys
Best Actress In A Drama
(Amy Adams — Arrival, Jessica Chastain — Miss Sloane, Isabelle Huppert — Elle, Ruth Negga — Loving, Natalie Portman — Jackie)
While most of us would love to see Isabelle Huppert be awarded with every trophy for one of the best performances of the year, it is damn near impossible to ignore a real life performance as big and as subtle as Natalie Portman’s.
Should Have Been Nominated: Sasha Lane — American Honey
Best Actor In A Drama
(Casey Affleck — Manchester by the Sea, Joel Edgerton — Loving, Andrew Garfield — Hacksaw Ridge, Viggo Mortensen — Captain Fantastic, Denzel Washington — Fences)
Well it comes down to who is more conflicted Casey Affleck or Denzel Washington. One is a patriarch with a habit of tough love and the other does not want anything to do with being the patriarch. It is truly a tough call, but we're going to go ahead and lean towards Casey Affleck’s nuanced-induced performance.
Should Have Been Nominated: Adam Driver — Paterson
(Damien Chazelle — La La Land, Tom Ford — Nocturnal Animals, Mel Gibson — Hacksaw Ridge, Barry Jenkins — Moonlight, Kenneth Lonergan — Manchester by the Sea)
While Barry Jenkins could very well steal the top prize for his unapologetic film Moonlight, they just don’t make movies like Damien Chazelle’s La La Land anymore, and the Golden Globes is likely to award him for giving it a try.
Should Have Been Nominated: Martin Scorsese — Silence (cause never such a thing as too many awards)
Best Picture — Musical Or Comedy
(20th Century Women, Deadpool, Florence Foster Jenkins, La La Land, Sing Street)
While it is great to see Sing Street and Deadpool get recognized there is only one winner… LA LA LAND!
Should Have Been Nominated: Toni Erdmann
Best Picture — Drama
(Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight)
It is not by coincidence that so many consider Moonlight one of the best films of the years. The film has all of the hallmarks of a classic through and through and will hopefully be called upon come Oscar night.
Should Have Been Nominated: Silence
The Golden Globes is on Sunday Jan. 8. Who do you think will win?