New Years celebrations end, holidays seasons become simply memories, and winter grinds on. But the festivities have simply just begun, and our filmmaking appetites have nearly been whetted by gifts and food. The true meal sits before us. Awards Season.

Being that Wrapal is composed of entirely people who work in the entertainment industry, it’s only natural that we do some speculating about who will be taking home awards this Sunday! So without any further ado, here are the 2019 Golden Globes predictions, brought to you by Wrapal!


Best Motion Picture – Drama

“Black Panther” “Bohemian Rhapsody” “A Star Is Born”
“BlacKkKlansman” “If Beale Street Could Talk”

There really is no surprise here. 2018 had many great films, but few of them could top the “Awards Darlingness” of Bradley Cooper’s directorial flagship musical. Any other winner would be a major upset and although the HFPA is known to have some out-of-left-field picks, this shouldn’t be one.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Glenn Close (“The Wife”) Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”) Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”)

A Star is Born could most likely be this year’s La La Land, which took home almost every award it was nominated for at the 2017 Globes. It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see Lady Gaga receive her second Globe and maybe we will get another entertaining Leo DiCaprio gif again.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”) Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”) Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”)
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”)

Even though Rami Malek and John David Washington put on career defining performances to many in their entries, they could be caught up in the flood of A Star is Born as it goes for the clean sweep. I see this category going the way of Cooper but wouldn’t be shocked if it went to either Mr. Malek or Mr. Washington in the end.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

“Crazy Rich Asians” “The Favourite” “Green Book”
“Mary Poppins Returns” “Vice”

Finishing the early awards season, which comes with some big wins for both the film and main actor Christian Bale, Vice is poised to take home the award for Musical Comedy. Unlike previous strange winners like The MartianVice is actually a comedy! Hooray for progress!

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”) Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”)
Charlize Theron (“Tully”) Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”)

This is a tough category. It is most likely between Emily Blunt and Olivia Colman. As much as want Elsie Fisher to win, Emily is the bell of the ball per-se and is coming in to the awards season on a strong release and reviews for Marry Poppins Returns. The only one who could give her a run for her money is Olivia Colman, who has also received praise for her portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite. 

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Christian Bale (“Vice”) Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”) Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”)
Robert Redford (“The Old Man & the Gun”) John C. Reilly (“Stan & Ollie”)

Everything I said for Vice winning Best Picture Comedy/Musical apples here too. Even though it has only been out for a short while, Vice, and by association Mr. Bale, have been receiving much more awards and praise than any of the other actors in this category.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Amy Adams (“Vice”) Claire Foy (“First Man”) Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Emma Stone (“The Favourite”) Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)

Amy Adams should take home the Globe this year. Now I’m not saying she is the most deserving. If it were me personally, I would have chosen Emma Stone or Regina King, but all signs point towards Mrs. Adams, and who am I to ignore such tidings?

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”) Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) Sam Rockwell (“Vice”)

Mahershala Ali, after his breakout performance in Moonlight, has quickly become one of the hottest actors in Hollywood. Previously, the Globes blundered and didn’t award Mr. Ali for his Oscar-award winning performance and surely they wouldn’t repeat that mistake twice? With his strong and stern portrayal of pianist Don Shirley in Green Book, Golden Globes will surely be a welcome addition to his trophy shelf.

Best Motion Picture – Animated

“Incredibles 2” “Isle of Dogs” “Mirai”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

This is Pixar’s year to lose. Although Pixar has the most decorated record in modern history, the late-comer Sony has put a big foot in the ring with the much-loved newest addition to the Spider-Man universe alongside Wes Andersson’s second foray into stop-motion animation. Both Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Isle of Dogs  garnet huge accolades this year and could be the David’s to take down Pixar’s Goliath.

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

“Capernaum” “Girl” “Never Look Away”
“Roma” “Shoplifters”

I mean…come on. This isn’t even remotely close. No insult to the other nominees but this is not your year. Cuaron’s touching and heartbreaking black-and-white film about growing up in Mexico City in the 1970’s is an incredible tour-de-force of storytelling and deserves all the awards it has already gained and all the awards it has yet to gain. 

Best Director – Motion Picture

Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”) Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”) Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”)
Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”) Adam McKay (“Vice”)

A win for Bradley Cooper, not only winning in the Best Actor – Drama category but ALSO winning Best Director would be a historic award similar to Matthew McConaughey’s back-to-back wins for Best Television Actor – Drama at the Globes and Best Actor at the Oscars a just a short while ago. I can also see Cuaron winning for his critically acclaimed foreign film, which would be a first for foreign-language films and a big win for his partner Netflix. Cuaron has been hoarding awards so far as the season has gone on and it wouldn’t be surprising if he got to toss another Globe onto his winnings pile.


Best Television Series – Drama

“The Americans” “Bodyguard” “Homecoming”
“Killing Eve” “Pose”

Sadly, I do not see The Americans winning this category. Even though it’s their last season, the HFPA really enjoys picking the “new hot thing” in the non-comedy categories and in addition to their love of Julia Roberts, it will be tough for The Americans to overcome their disadvantage in this category. Also, The Americans has never been nominated in this category so that also doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”) Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”) Keri Russell (“The Americans”)

Keri Russell deserves to take this home for her years of un-honored performance in The Americans, but it will most likely go to Mrs. Roberts for all the reasons stated in the Best Television Series predictions. It’s just too hard to overlook the love of Julia Roberts that the HFPA has.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) Stephan James (“Homecoming”) Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”)
Billy Porter (“Pose”) Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)

Now they will give The Americans the award it deserves. Sadly the show will most likely only take home one award but Matthew Rhys put on an incredible performance every episode for 5 years now. It is not unheard of for the HFPA to give a Globe to honor an actor at the end of their show’s run (see Jon Hamm) so I think that they will give Matthew Rhys the praise they denied for so long and wish him happy trails on his future adventures.

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

“Barry” (HBO) “The Good Place” (NBC) “Kidding” (Showtime)
“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix) “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

It should be The Good Place. Do I think The Good Place will win? Not exactly. This category is pretty up in the air to be honest with strong contenders in Barry and The Kominsky Method, it’s shaping up to be a toss up between 4 shows. Honestly, with such a close race who knows who will take home the prize?! Remember when Mozart in The Jungle won?

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

Kristen Bell (“The Good Place”) Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”) Alison Brie (“Glow”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”)

Honestly, I’m not sure who will win this category but I enjoy Kristen Bell so much in The Good Place that I have to send her some good luck.

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

Sacha Baron Cohen (“Who Is America?”) Jim Carrey (“Kidding”) Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) Bill Hader (“Barry”)

This category is between Mr. Hader and Mr. Douglas. Jim Carrey could have a case made for him but between the praise of Barry and the history that Michael Douglas shares with the HFPA (5 time winner/12 time nominee), in addition to his recent winning of the Cecil B. DeMille award, it will be tough for Carrey and Hader to overcome the laurels of Mr. Douglas.

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

“The Alienist” (TNT) “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX) “Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime)
“Sharp Objects” (HBO) “A Very English Scandal” (Amazon)

Finishing out our coverage and predictions is Best Limited Series. Honestly I have no idea who will win this so I picked my favorite show listed. Every show but The Alienist could make a very strong case for winning and they would each rightfully deserve the Globe.


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