This is the Beverly Hilton crasher’s guide to the Golden Globes. Lawd knows I’ve done it enough times. Just trying to get access to the hottest award show of the year.  The Golden Globes is a fun party. And I love the people that run it. They cool. I’ve actually hung out with a few of the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. So the following information is based off of my knowledge of film mixed with hearsay and some lightweight eavesdropping. Take that straight to Las Vegas. Below, you’ll find what I like to call professional guessing. A showy attempt to prove that I can read the minds of 90-plus people. The Globes air Sunday, January 8 at eight P.M. E.T. on NBC.


Best Picture, Drama
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Manchester by the Sea

This is a tough choice for the H.F.P.A. I personally know members who love “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight.” This the split will allow “Hacksaw Ridge” to be standing tall Sunday night.

Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge.”

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy
20th Century Women
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land
Sing Street

This is the easiest category to predict. Sorry “Deadpool” fans. I know and you know that it’s a much better movie than “La La Land” but it happening. “La La Land” is this year’s clone choice. There is a reason people like eating Twinkies. They taste good and are fun to gobble down. But in the end have no nutritional value.

Best Actor, Drama
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Joel Edgerton, Loving
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea.”

Casey Affleck’s is dope in “Manchester by the Sea” even if the movie is a drab bore. Denzel Washington be like Yoda when it comes to acting especially in “Fences.” He’s the G.OA.T. Casey ain’t Nate Parker so his record of sexual misconduct won’t hurt him like it did Parker. This is a close race. Would love to see the actual vote count on this one. But it’s Casey with the slight edge.

Best Actress, Drama
Amy Adams, Arrival
Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie

Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in “Jackie.”

Natalie Portman got this on lock with her performance in “Jackie.” With Emma Stone riding shotgun in the cupcake division makes it even more likely that Portman walks away with the win.

Best Actor, Comedy
Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Colin Farrell, The Lobster
Jonah Hill, War Dogs

What’s the fun of doing this if we don’t take some chances and mix it up a little. This is the perfect time to honor “Deadpool” and have people talking about this show for years to come. Besides, Ryan Gosling is nominated for the wrong movie. He was much funnier and better in “The Nice Guys.”

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in Marvel’s “Deadpool.”

Best Actress, 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

Cupcakes for everyone. Courtesy Emma Stone with the easiest win of the night.

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

This category is loaded with talent. Not a weak performance in the bunch. All five arguably deserve to win. But the Globe will go to Mahershala Ali for “Moonlight.” It was a once in a lifetime performance that ignored so many of the stereotypes that have plagued black men on screen since the inception of the motion picture business.

Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight.”

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

If I were voting I’d rock with Naomie Harris for “Moonlight.” But Viola Davis ‘Streeps’ it in “Fences.” And it’s her ‘time.’ Game over!

Best Director
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

It’s a long shot but wouldn’t it be fun if Mel Gibson won for “Hacksaw Ridge.” It’s not out of the question. Remember the H.F.P.A can get wacky. Let’s hope!

Best Screenplay
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

This is actually a pretty competitive category. There are some serious wordsmiths in this group. The weakest is the “La La Land” script. That movie is a lot of things but it’s strong point is not the script. The strongest is “Manchester by the Sea.” The most moving is ‘Moonlight.” And the most heartfelt is “Hell or High Water” but the winner will be Tom Ford for his bizarre but brilliant script for “Nocturnal Animals.” Why? He sent the H.F.P.A. perfume and cologne. And have you smelled his stuff? It’s expensive and delicious!


Best Series, Drama
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
This Is Us

“Game of Thrones’ has the fan base. “Stranger Things” has the love. “Westworld” has the hype. But these are the Globes and they love glitzy costume dramas. So sit back and watch the soapy  “The Crown” walk away victorious.

Netflix’s “The Crown.”

Best Series, Comedy/Musical
Mozart in the Jungle

There are some good shows in this category. But everyone wants to feel hip-hop cool if even just briefly. The H.F.P.A. is no different. So they will choose “Atlanta” and it’s the right choice.

Best Mini-Series or TV Movie
American Crime
The Dresser
The Night Manager
The Night Of
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

It would be a real shock if People v. O.J. didn’t win in this category. This show has won everything the past few months from multiple EMMYS to a gang of Critic’s Choice Awards. Nothing is stopping the O.J. train. Too LA, to fascinating, too salacious.

Best Actress, Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Claire Foy, The Crown
Keri Russell, The Americans
Winona Ryder, Stranger Things
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Winona Ryder deserves the win for “Stranger Things.” However, the Globes love costume dramas which is good news for Claire Foy who stars in “The Crown.” But it’s time to start a new catchphrase. ‘Netflix and win.”

Winona Ryder in “Stranger Things.”

Best Actor, Drama

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath

This is Rami Malek’s to loose for “Mr. Robot.” if anything shocking happens it will be becasue they called Billy Bob Thorton’s name for the win for his work in “Goliath.”

Rami Malek in “Mr. Robot.”

Best Actress, Comedy

Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Sarah Jessica Parker, Divorce
Issa Rae, Insecure
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Tracee Ellis Ross, Blackish

First-time nominee Issa Rae the front runner. Mostly because a win for her means the H.F.P.A. can chack a few boxes. Rae is funny. She created her show. And the diversity thing is real.

Issa Rae stars in and created “Insecure” for HBO.

Best Actor, Comedy

Anthony Anderson, Blackish
Gael García Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Nick Nolte, Graves
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Ditto what I just said about Best Actress in a Comedy. same thing applies here.

Donald Glover (right) stars in and created “Atlanta” for F/X.

Best Actor, Mini-Series or TV Movie

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 v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Nothing is beating anything O.J. affiliated. Congrats Courtney B. Vance.

Best Actress, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Riley Keough, The Girlfriend Experience
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Charlotte Rampling, London Spy
Kerry Washington, Confirmation

This is getting really easy. Nothing is beating anything O.J. affiliated congrats Sarah Paulson.

Best Supporting Actor

Sterling K. Brown, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
John Lithgow, The Crown
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
John Travolta, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

“The People vs. O.J. Simpson” is unstoppable and John Travolta is a huge star.

Best Supporting Actress

Olivia Colman, The Night Manager
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld

This may be the toughest television category. But in the end Thandie Newton is a revelation on “Westworld.” and the show deserves some love. But watch out for any of the two actresses in the very popular “This Is Us.”