Let’s Talk About the 2018 Golden Globes: Predictions in Major Categories

The 75th annual Golden Globes award ceremony is almost here, the 2018 live broadcast airing on Sunday, January 7th on NBC. The 2017 film and TV season had some seriously strong contenders, but several of the more notable ones (that I was personally SO SURE would get recognition) didn’t. I won’t call it a ‘snub’, but it’s super disappointing.

That said, there are several well-deserving nominations in the categories to be had. Maybe not always ‘the best’, but the thing (performance, presentation, art) that leaves the audience with a strong reaction.

Let’s take a look at each main category — I’ll surmise which seems the most likely to win, and maybe which I think should:

Photo of the Golden Globe award statues, per NBC

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

David Harbour, “Stranger Things”

Alfred Molina, “Feud: Bette and Joan”

Christian Slater: “Mr. Robot”

Alexander Skarsgard: “Big Little Lies”

David Thewlis: “Fargo”

Prediction: David Harbour. It was another trail blazing season for the Netflix original drama, and Harbour (who is taking up the horns and playing Big Red in the new Hellboy film) was at the forefront. He delivered a steady performance, and will more than likely walk away with the statue.

Runner up: Christian Slater.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”

Jude Law, “The Young Pope”

Kyle MacLachlan, “Twin Peaks”

Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”

Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”

Prediction: Kyle MacLachlan. Even though my colleagues here at Bleeding Cool placed the Twin Peaks revival as one of their worst shows of 2017, the majority of TV critics did not. It isn’t easy to return to a role 25 years after the fact, but Kyle did that, and brought something new to the strange and outlandish world of David Lynch’s creation. (Normally I would totally put Geoffrey Rush as my pick, but considering all the hullabaloo around him during the Weinstein collapse, I would be really surprised if he ended up with the prize.)

Runner up: Ewan McGregor.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy

Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”

Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”

Kevin Bacon, “I Love Dick”

William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Eric McCormack, “Will & Grace”

Prediction: Aziz Ansari. It seems like the modern American audiences like their truths presented best with an edge of comedy.

Runner up: William H. Macy. Nominated several times over from multiple awards shows for this role, maybe it’s finally Frank Gallagher’s time.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama

Jason Bateman, “Ozark”

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

Freddie Highmore, “The Good Doctor”

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”

Prediction: Sterling K. Brown. This Is Us was another one of those shows that captured audiences from the get-go, and it stands to reason that K. Brown would be the recipient in this category for his work.

Runner Up: Bob Odenkirk.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”

Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Chrissy Metz, “This Is Us”

Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of Lies”

Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies”

Prediction: Laura Dern.

Runner Up: Ann Dowd.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”

Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”

Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette and Joan”

Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette and Joan”

Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”

Prediction: To be fair, I really do think it’ll be either Jessica Lange or Susan Sarandon for their work in Bette And Joan. While again maybe not the ‘best’ performances, they certainly sold the idea.

Runner up: Reese Witherspoon.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy

Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”

Alison Brie, ”Glow”

Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Issa Rae, “Insecure”

Frankie Shaw, “Smilf”

Prediction: Alison Brie.  Yeah, okay, okay, I really do think this is an unlikely result, but I LOVED GLOW, and Alison really delivered within the role.

Runner up: Rachel Brosnahan

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama

Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”

Claire Foy, “The Crown”

Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Deuce”

Katherine Langford, “13 Reasons Why”

Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Prediction: Elisabeth Moss. Under his eye.

Runner up: Claire Foy. I adore The Crown, but this is really Moss’s year.

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

“Big Little Lies,” HBO

“Fargo,” FX

“Feud: Bette and Joan,” FX

“The Sinner,” USA Network

“Top of the Lake: China Girl,” SundanceTV

Prediction: Big Little Lies.

Runner up: Feud: Bette and Joan.

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy

“black-ish,” ABC

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Amazon

“Master of None,” Netflix

“Smilf,” Showtime

“Will & Grace,” NBC

Prediction: Master of None. Wouldn’t that be something, more awards for streaming service giant Netflix.

Runner up: Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Best Television Series, Drama

“The Crown,” Netflix

“Game of Thrones,” HBO

“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu

“Stranger Things,” Netflix

“This Is Us,” NBC

Prediction: The Handmaid’s Tale.

Runner up: Stranger Things.

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language

“A Fantastic Woman”

“First They Killed My Father”

“In the Fade”


“The Square”

Prediction: Loveless

Best Motion Picture, Animated

“The Boss Baby”

“The Breadwinner”



“Loving Vincent”

Prediction: Coco. No, really, it had BETTER be Coco. 

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

“Home” , “Ferdinand”

“Mighty “River”,  “Mudbound”

“Remember Me”,  “Coco”

“The Star”,  “The Star”

“This is Me”,  “The Greatest Showman”

Prediction: “This Is Me”, even though I personally detested Greatest Showman to the same extent as La La Land.

Runner up: “Remember Me” from Coco.

Best Original Score, Motion Picture

Carter Burwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water”

Jonny Greenwood, “Phantom Thread”

John Williams, “The Post”

Hans Zimmer, “Dunkirk”

Prediction: Zimmer for Dunkirk. It’s a shame there wasn’t a nomination for Blade Runner 2049, but the almost minimalist work on this WWII film should be celebrated — it’s definitely a factor in what made the film so special.

Runner up: Alexandre Desplat.

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water”

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”

Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, “The Post”

Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Aaron Sorkin, “Molly’s Game”

Prediction: Greta Gerwig.

Runner up: Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”

Armie Hammer, “Call Me by Your Name”

Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”

Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”

Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Prediction: Armie Hammer.

Runner up: Sam Rockwell. He already got the AFI award for this role, so perhaps this’ll be his year.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”

Ansel Elgort, “Baby Driver”

James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”

Hugh Jackman, “The Greatest Showman”

Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Prediction: James Franco.

Runner up: Daniel Kaluuya.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”

Tom Hanks, “The Post”

Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel Esq.”

Prediction: GARY. FREAKING. OLDMAN. It really should be Gary; his performance as Prime Minister Winston Churchill is one of the best and well rounded of the actor’s career.

Runner up: Daniel Day-Lewis. This is Day-Lewis’s farewell film, as the actor announced last year he was retiring.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”

Hong Chau, “Downsizing”

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”

Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

Prediction: Allison Janney. Not the most showy of the bunch, Janney’s chilling performance is lightyears away from most of her roles.

Runner up: Laurie Metcalf.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”

Helen Mirren, “The Leisure Seeker”

Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”

Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Emma Stone, “Battle of the Sexes”

Prediction: Margot Robbie.

Runner up: Saoirse Ronan.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Jessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game”

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”

Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Michelle Williams, “All the Money in the World”

Prediction: Frances McDormand.

Runner up: Sally Hawkins.

Best Director, Motion Picture

Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”

Ridley Scott, “All the Money in the World”

Steven Spielberg, “The Post”

Prediction: Christopher Nolan. Nolan loves his time dilation, and once you get how the time blocks line up, the film unfolds around you. Vision, emotion, a strong strong contender for best motion picture, too.

Runner up: Sir Ridley Scott for pure balls alone. Replacing your lead actor by reshooting his scenes within eight days is madness — pure, brilliant madness.

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

“The Disaster Artist”

“Get Out”

“The Greatest Showman”

“I, Tonya”

“Lady Bird”

Prediction: The Disaster Artist. I’m also basing my Oscar predictions on how well this film does at the Globes. I understand why so many people love the premise and performances, a passion project from the original base material up to this film.

Runner up: Get Out.

Best Motion Picture, Drama

“Call Me by Your Name”


“The Post”

“The Shape of Water”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Prediction: Dunkirk.

Runner up: The Shape of Water.


Needless to say, I could be WAY off on all my predictions, and I look forward to seeing who takes home the statues. Based on the results of the awards from The Globes, I’ll have a good idea of where I think the Emmys and the Oscars will end up.

What do you think?

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

twitter   facebook square   instagram   envelope