By Caroline Shannon-Karasik
Nov 28, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Focus Features

If you’re a fan of awards season, then the Golden Globes is probably your sweet spot. After all, it’s like the perfect mashup of the Oscars and Emmys, with its all-encompassing awards categories for both film and television.

2019 will mark the 76th year of the Golden Globes, and the nominations won’t be announced until December 6, 2018. But you can get a jump on the noms with this list of Golden Globes 2019 predictions in the top film and television categories.

Universal Studios

Best Motion Picture (Drama)

This category is bound to deliver some exciting nominations, with First Man clocking in as a top contender. NPR says that Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic is immersive, giving viewers a sense of what it felt like when Armstrong (played by Ryan Gosling) took the historic Apollo 11 flight.

Predicted winner:

  • First Man

Possible contenders:

  • BlackkKlansman
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Vice
  • Widows
  • Beautiful Boy
  • Boy Erased
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Mary Queen Of Scots
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)

Bradley Cooper’s spin on the age-old tale of “one star rising while another dims” in A Star Is Born is notable, according to Vox, which predicts a nomination for this film in this category. Popular films like Crazy Rich Asians and Eighth Grade could also fall into this category.

Predicted winner:

  • A Star Is Born

Possible contenders:

  • Green Book
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • The Favourite
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • The Old Man & the Gun
  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Eighth Grade
Focus Features

Best Director (Motion Picture)

Nominations in this category tend to mirror those in either of the Golden Globes best motion picture categories and this year is no exception. A top contender is Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, a film that The Guardian said is, “the director’s best work since his Oscar-nominated 1997 documentary 4 Little Girls.”

Predicted winner:

  • Spike Lee

Possible contenders:

  • Damien Chazelle – First Man
  • Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
  • Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Steve McQueen – Widows
  • Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
  • Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
  • Peter Farrelly – Green Book
  • Adam McKay – Vice
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Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama)

Christian Bale is being hailed as a contender in this category for his transformative role as Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s Vice. Variety called Bale’s performance “a true immersion.”

Predicted winner:

  • Christian Bale

Possible contenders:

  • Ryan Gosling – First Man
  • Hugh Jackman – The Front Runner
  • Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased
  • Steve Carell – Beautiful Boy
  • John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman
  • Jake Gyllenhaal – Wildlife
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy Or Musical)

Yes, there’s a chance he will win Best Director, but critics also laud Bradley Cooper’s acting role as singer Jackson Maine in his directorial debut A Star is Born. The Guardian said that while Cooper did a stellar job guiding Lady Gaga in the film, “his own performance isn’t merely holding up his end of the bargain: it’s pretty damn spectacular in itself.”

Predicted winner:

  • Bradley Cooper

Possible contenders:

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda – Mary Poppins Returns
  • Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Robert Redford – The Old Man & the Gun
  • Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
  • Steve Carrell – Welcome to Marwen
  • Ewan McGregor – Christopher Robin
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama)

Count on a nomination for Melissa McCarthy, who traded her usual comedy for a serious role in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Film critic Richard Brody said in The New Yorker that it is “finally” the dramatic part McCarthy deserves.

Viola Davis will also likely see a nomination for her performance in Steve McQueen’s Widows, of which The Atlantic noted: “Davis’s superstar performance drives the film.”

Predicted winner:

  • Viola Davis

Possible contenders:

  • Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Viola Davis – Widows
  • Saoirse Ronan – Mary Queen of Scots
  • Glenn Close – The Wife
  • Nicole Kidman – Destroyer
  • Kiki Layne – If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Yalitza Aparacio – Roma
  • Julia Roberts – Ben is Back
  • Amandla Stenberg – The Hate U Give
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy Or Musical)

Lady Gaga is getting some serious buzz for her role in Cooper’s A Star Is Born. USA Today called her performance “electrifying,” noting that “she’s as much an acting powerhouse as she is a musical standout.” If “Shallow,” the song she co-wrote for the film, is nominated in the best song category, there’s a chance Gaga could snag two Golden Globes this year.

Predicted winner:

  • Lady Gaga

Possible contenders:

  • Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
  • Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns
  • Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians
  • Olivia Colman – The Favourite
  • Charlize Theron – Tully
Sophie Mutevelian Photography

Best Television Series (Drama)

The Guardian dubbed Killing Eve “the spy series that has it all” and with talent like Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh, the description certainly sounds spot on. On top of the star power and storyline, the publication notes, is “the snapping, crackling script.” Adapted from Luke Jennings’ novels, Killing Eve is a sure thing in this category.

Predicted winner:

  • Killing Eve

Possible contenders:

  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The Americans
  • Homecoming
  • This Is Us
  • Pose
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Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series (Drama)

Milo Ventimiglia wasn’t nominated in this category last year for his role as family man Jack Pearson in This Is Us, but the show did see one of its actors nab a Globe – Sterling K. Brown. Could this be Ventimiglia’s year?

Predicted winner:

  • Milo Ventimiglia – This Is Us

Possible contenders:

  • John Krasinski – Jack Ryan
  • Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us
  • Matthew Rhys – The Americans
  • Kevin Costner – Yellowstone
  • Billy Porter – Pose
Netflix

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series (Drama)

There are some killer possible nominations in this category, but Robin Wright stands out as a frontrunner. After all, she stepped in as commander in chief on Netflix’s House Of Cards after Kevin Spacey (who played Frank Underwood) was axed following allegations of sexual misconduct. “Wright certainly provides a commanding presence at the center of the maelstrom, again demonstrating a mix of grit and ruthlessness that made Claire every bit Frank's match,” CNN said.

Predicted winner:

  • Robin Wright – House Of Cards

Possible contenders:

  • Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
  • Julia Roberts – Homecoming
  • Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
  • Mandy Moore – This Is Us
  • Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Jodie Comer – Killing Eve
Michele K. Short/Netflix

Best Television Series (Comedy or Musical)

Netflix’s Maniac is garnering plenty of buzz, and with Emma Stone and Jonah Hill carrying it, it’s no surprise. “The bold ten-episode series, one of the fall season’s best, repeatedly bounces in and out of its characters’ brains and hop-skips from genre to genre, yet somehow avoids spiraling out of control even when what transpires detours further into WTF-ville,” Vulture noted. But it has some strong competition, including Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the winner in this category last year.

Predicted winner:

  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Possible contenders:

  • Atlanta
  • Maniac
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Will & Grace
  • Black-ish
  • Barry
  • The Good Place
  • GLOW
FX Networks

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series (Comedy or Musical)

Donald Glover’s FX series Atlanta is a sure thing in this category due to what Vulture called a miracle season, “that only happens when every artist involved is on the same creative page and operating at the peak of their powers.”

Predicted winner:

  • Donald Glover – Atlanta

Possible contenders:

  • Jonah Hill – Maniac
  • Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method
  • Jim Carrey – Kidding
  • Eric McCormack – Will & Grace
  • Bill Hader – Barry
  • Ted Danson – The Good Place
Nicole Rivelli

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series (Comedy or Musical)

Rachel Brosnahan, who won this category last year, continues to delight in her role as Miriam 'Midge' Maisel in Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, making her a top contender this year. Also deserving of a nomination is Emma Stone for her role as Annie Landsberg in Netflix’s Maniac, a part NPR said she is “built for.”

Predicted winner:

  • Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Possible contenders:

  • Alison Brie – GLOW
  • Debra Messing – Will & Grace
  • Emma Stone – Maniac
  • Maya Rudolph – Forever
  • Jennifer Garner – Camping
HBO

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

HBO’s Sharp Objects (based on Gillian Flynn’s novel) boasts a talented cast, including Amy Adams, Chris Messina, and Patricia Clarkson, and is a clear favorite. “I can’t remember the last time I watched a series where every episode left me feeling anxious and depressed to the point of emotional paralysis, yet also eager to immediately revisit the fictional space that the actors and filmmakers had so obsessively brought to life,” Vulture’s Matt Zoller Seitz wrote.

Predicted winner:

  • Sharp Objects

Possible contenders:

  • Maniac
  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Howards End
  • Better Call Saul
  • A Very English Scandal
  • Patrick Melrose
  • Paterno