77th Golden Globe Predictions: The Sacred Wall’s Beat The Guru Golden Globe Competition

It’s time once again, boys and girls, for the Golden Globe Awards! Brought to you by Ricky Gervais for the fifth time, the Golden Globes are well known for a variety of reasons: they’re the official start to Oscar season, they bribe a litany of celebrities to show up, everyone gets drunk, and Ricky Gervais says horribly offensive things and yet somehow keeps a career. But above all, the Golden Globes are known for the greatest rivalry in the history of the universe: the 4th Annual Sacred Wall Beat The Guru Golden Globe Predictions. For the sixth time, and the fourth since I started this site, I am bringing back the Rey P******** to my Kylo Ren, Lena Smith, for our annual battle between book smarts and street smarts. For those of you new to this competition, Lena Smith was my college protégé who just happens to be ten days older than me, whom I spent years training like Yoda on Dagobah until she eventually surpassed me in award prognosticating. Last year, Lena surpassed me once again to bring the series count to 3-2, and I cannot let Darth Lena become a reality (I’m mixing metaphors here, but at least I’m less muddled than The Rise of Skywalker). So I’m here to prevent either of us from taking a two-film lead and restore order to the universe. And this is a very special Golden Globes race, because this is (I believe) the last time I will competing with Lena Smith. This time next year, there will be a new last name/hyphenate involved! Congrats, Lena! And thanks for the invite – now I don’t have to publically shame you on my website! With all that being said, let’s take a look at our predictions for the 77th Golden Globe Awards!


Best Film – Drama

Travis: Best Drama is somehow relatively easy and surprisingly difficult to predict this year. It’s hard to imagine anything beating Martin Scorsese in this category, considering the Globes’ fascination with big-time celebrities and directors. But there’s also some stiff competition from its competitors. Marriage Story has the most nominations and will likely win more awards. And Lord knows that after Bohemian Rhapsody won last year, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Joker win here as well. I’m not going to risk it, but make no mistake: with a wide-open Best Picture race coming up, look for this category to tell you the frontrunner.
Prediction: The Irishman

Lena: The Irishman

Best Film – Musical or Comedy

Travis: Listen, let’s not overthink things. Jojo Rabbit could upset here on the way to a Best Picture win, but Quentin Tarantino’s historical comedy-drama epic is clearly poised for a big night. Look for a victory here to kick things off.
Prediction: Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood

Lena: Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood 

Best Actor – Drama 

Travis: Here’s where things get tricky. We know that Adam Driver and Joaquin Phoenix are the only locks for Best Actor going forward. The only question is who will win here, and can they keep winning down the road? Joaquin is the showier performance, and it is incredibly difficult to bet against him. But Driver is such a charismatic actor, and his film is beloved by the Globes. I’ve gotta give the edge to Driver here.
Prediction: Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Lena: Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Best Actress – Drama

Travis: There’s really not much of a contest here, frankly. While Bombshell has some momentum, and could net Theron another Golden Globe, let’s not mince words. Renée Zellweger has this one locked up. She’s a huge star, she’s great in the film, and she’s playing a real life celebrity. This is a done deal, start engraving Zellweger’s name on that Golden Globe now.
Prediction: Renée Zellweger – Judy

Lena: Gotta stay true to my Wizard of Oz roots!
Prediction: Renée Zellweger – Judy

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy

Travis: Honestly, Best Actor – Musical or Comedy might be the toughest category of the night. There are three actors who will likely be competing for a win not only at the Globes, but at the Oscars as well. We have Taron Egerton for his turn as Elton John in Rocketman (HUGE Globes bait), Leonardo DiCaprio for Hollywood, and Eddie Murphy for his comeback role in Dolemite Is My Name (also huge Globes bait). I’m eliminating DiCaprio for now, because I think the “young vs. old” narrative will be more interesting for Globes voters. This leaves Taron Egerton and Eddie Murphy. Here’s where things get tricky. A part of me is very much convinced that the Globes will want to start the Rami Malek narrative they did last year and pick Egerton. And it would make sense – he’s been playing the game all year, and it is finally paying off for a terrific performance. But…it’s Eddie. Eddie being Eddie! Fun, charismatic, Gumby-dammit Eddie! I’m sticking with Dolemite, just know that I’ve gotten my Egerton surprise prediction on the record
Prediction: Eddie Murphy – Dolemite Is My Name

Lena: Eddie Murphy – Dolemite Is My Name

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy

Travis: Man, what a hilariously bad year for this category. In a year this bad for women in comedy, it could really go to any of the five. However, only one actress of this bunch has Oscar hopes, and that’s what the Globes looks for. Besides, I just rewatched The Farewell this past week – Awkwafina is excellent in it. Put your money on Awkwafina now, unless the Globes suddenly get nostalgic for Emma Thompson.
Prediction: Awkwafina – The Farewell 

Lena: Awkwafina – The Farewell

Best Supporting Actor 

Travis: If The Irishman can win here for either Pesci or Pacino, look for the Best Picture narrative to change, and for the film to become a lock for Best Drama. But don’t expect too much of a shakeup – Brad Pitt’s been the frontrunner since July, and I don’t expect things to change too much Sunday.
Prediction: Brad Pitt – Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood

Lena: Brad Pitt – Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress

Travis: In theory, this shouldn’t be that difficult a category. I mean, you can instantly write off Annette Bening, Kathy Bates, and Margot Robbie. It’s just that things get tricky when you get to Jennifer Lopez vs. Laura Dern. On the one hand, when you have a star as big as Lopez, who’s as good in their film as Lopez is in hers, the Globes usually treat this as a cakewalk. But Laura Dern is also a Golden Globes favorite – she’s been nominated eight times between her film and television career, and has won four overall, albeit none for her cinematic acting. I have truly gone back and forth between these two for weeks now, and had even did a write-up for my Laura Dern pick (every time I bet on the star, I lose big). But…Dern already has four Globes. Lopez has none. And that’s a bigger headline. I’m switching back to Lopez at the last minute, and will just kick myself on the couch Sunday night when I find out I had it right originally. Go big or go home, I guess.
Prediction: Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Lena: Woohoo! The Wedding Planner is my favorite movie! Go J. Lo!
Prediction: Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers

Best Director 

Travis: I can’t imagine Todd Phillips winning this, so you can rule him out immediately. I also think Sam Mendes and Bong Joon Ho are “too good to pass up, but we won’t give you the win” nominees, so you can cut them out too. Basically, your choice is between Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese. I’m giving the nod to the one who’s never won, but if The Irishman is winning Best Drama, it’s gonna be a bloodbath.
Prediction: Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood

Lena: No women noms? Seriously?
Prediction: Bong Joon Ho – Parasite

Best Screenplay 

Travis: Here’s where things get tricky. Screenplay is Marriage Story’s to lose, while the Globes love Quentin Tarantino – he’s won twice already. In fact, I’d be hard pressed to choose anyone outside that duo. But if The Irishman is winning Best Drama, it needs a win somewhere else. So unless Scorsese wins Best Director for either of the other auteurs to win here, look for this to be the sole sign that The Irishman is winning at the end of the night.
Prediction: The Irishman

Lena: Marriage Story

Best Original Score 

Travis: Here’s a troubling statistic for you: Randy Newman has never won a Golden Globe. Not for a Toy Story song, not for a score, not for anything. You can keep your 1917s and your Jokers and your Little Women, I’m giving the edge to the world’s silliest great writer.
Prediction: Marriage Story

Lena: Joker

Best Original Song

Travis: This is a mess of a category. There’s an ineligible Cats song by Taylor Swift that absolutely could end up winning with this crazy dumb group, and a three-way battle between Beyoncé, Elton John, and Frozen II. The Elton song is better, and I wouldn’t be surprised for the Globes to give the award to Beyoncé, especially if she shows up. But why risk it? Frozen II is right there, and the Globes will want to continue their streak from “Let It Go.”
Prediction: “Into The Unknown” – Frozen II

Lena: I am in agony, because I have a sneaking suspicion they want Taylor up on that stage. (Ed. Note: Me too, but to be fair, have you SEEN Cats?)
Prediction: “Into The Unknown” – Frozen II

Best Animated Feature

Travis: Hahahaha I still can’t get over The Lion King getting nominated her in spite of Disney’s insistence that it’s “live action.” If I had my druthers, this award would go to How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, one of the year’s best films, and most poignant finales (looking at you, Star Wars). And I wouldn’t be surprised to see Frozen II here either. But the Globes love Pixar, and it’s hard to think of a better film than Toy Story 4. So I’ll bet on the obvious and pick Toy Story 4.
Prediction: Toy Story 4

Lena: Toy Story 4

Best Foreign Language Film 

Travis: It’s Parasite. Don’t overthink it. It’s Parasite.
Prediction: Parasite

Lena: Parasite


Best Drama Series

Travis: With heavy hitters like Game of Thrones and Watchmen, you’re going to have to cut this category down to two shows with consistent support that took radical swings this past season. The Globes love The Crown, and it should perform well with the Hollywood Foreign Press. But at the end of the day, I’m giving the edge to the insanely great second season of Succession, which will allow the group to claim “first” status as it marches to victory for its glorious second outing. Here’s hoping the Globes do the right thing and reward the best show of the year – unless, you know, they decide to completely go crazy and pick The Morning Show (not as much a joke as you might think).
Prediction: Succession

Lena: Succession 

Best Comedy Series 

Travis: Reigning champion The Kominsky Method has a decent shot of repeating here. After all, it has a proven track record against Maisel and Barry, and The Politician is just lucky to be here. But the Globes love new shows, and if they’ve only got one chance to reward the marvelous Fleabag, they’re gonna do it. I am here for the Fleabag Empire, and it will win Best Comedy Series at the Globes this Sunday.
Prediction: Fleabag 

Lena: Fleabag

Best Actor – Drama Series 

Travis: You know, there was once a time I could just pick Bryan Cranston or Jon Hamm and call it a day. We haven’t had a true frontrunner in four years or so, and with past winners Sterling K. Brown and Richard Madden not nominated, we’re left with a wide open field. We can cross off Tobias Menzies and Kit Harrington – their nominations are due to the show itself, not the actual performer. There’s a chance Rami Malek could win – after all, we know that the Globes love Malek. But it’s mostly a two-way battle between Brian Cox and Billy Porter. Now, I love Cox on Succession. He’s great, and he has turned “f*ck off” into a Shakespearean quotation. But I think Porter’s Emmys speech, not to mention his well-worn history with the Globes (he’s worked the Red Carpet the last few years and built up a rapport with the voters) should help give the flamboyant EG-T winner (he just needs an Oscar) a Globe for his trophy room.
Prediction: Billy Porter – POSE

Lena: Brian Cox – Succession

Best Actress – Drama Series

Travis: Listen, there are lots of hypotheticals for how this race could go. They could match the Emmys and award Jodie Comer. They could resort to history and reward Nicole Kidman yet again. They could even go with their hearts and choose Jenifer Aniston. But they’re not going to do any of that. They love The Crown, and The Crown is great because of Olivia Colman. Colman is going to win this Globe in a cakewalk, and hopefully she’ll give another drunken speech.
Prediction: Olivia Colman – The Crown

Lena: Olivia Colman – The Crown 

Best Actor – Comedy

Travis: I loathe the Best Actor – Comedy Series category. It’s always a clusterf*ck between a bunch of deserving nominees before the least deserving ends up winning. This year is no exception, as the likes of Bill Hader on Barry competes with Paul Rudd on Living With Yourself and Ramy Youssef for Ramy, as well as the critically mixed works of Michael Douglas and Ben Platt. Platt’s show is new and fresh, which has the edge at the Globes, but I’m going to hold out faith that the HFPA will make right for last year by rewarding Hader. Don’t let me down, Globes.
Prediction: Bill Hader – Barry

Lena: Ben Platt – The Politician

Best Actress – Comedy

Travis: It’s gonna be Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Don’t overthink it. Dunst and Applegate aren’t winning, Russian Doll has fallen off the face of the Earth, and Rachel Brosnahan most likely won’t win again. The Globes will love Fleabag as much as everyone else has, and its creator will win yet another award on her quest to dominance.
Prediction: Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag

Prediction: Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag

Best Actor – Miniseries/TV Movie

Travis: It really doesn’t matter who I pick here. This category is a complete bust without Emmy winner Jharrel Jerome amongst the ranks, but why would the Globes want to nominate a black actor? So with him out of the way, it’s a pretty easy choice. I mean, unless the Globes want to starf*ck with Sam Rockwell and Russell Crowe (equally possible), it’s gonna be Jared Harris for his work on Chernobyl.
Prediction: Jared Harris – Chernobyl

Lena: Jared Harris – Chernobyl

Best Actress – Miniseries/TV Movie

Travis: This is probably as close to a lock as you can expect. While it’s possible one of the Unbelievable women pulls off an upset (most likely Merritt Wever), it’s probably going to be Michelle Williams, who already won an Emmy for her incredible work as the indelible Gwen Verdon.
Prediction: Michelle Williams – Fosse/Verdon

Lena: Michelle Williams – Fosse/Verdon

Best Supporting Actor 

Travis: I mean, this category is basically incomplete, as Jake Gyllenhaal is not nominated for his work on John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch. But considering it came out after the nomination process, perhaps he was just ineligible. Otherwise, this category’s a crapshoot. Alan Arkin won last year, and could win again if The Kominsky Method goes big. And Henry Winkler is deserving for Barry. But it’s a three-way race between two comedic stars and one dramatic. Kieran Culkin, the Globes’ favorite part of Succession, could win if the show ends up sweeping. And if the Globes want to be the first to award the Hot Priest, look for Andrew Scott (God willing). But I’m sensing a Chernobyl sweep, so I’m going with Stellan Skarsgård. I’ll just pretend it’s for Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.
Prediction: Stellan Skarsgård – Chernobyl

Lena: Andrew Scott – Fleabag

Best Supporting Actress

Travis: It’s a two-way race between the biggest divas of our time, folks! Helena Bonham Carter vs. Meryl Streep. It’s a tough category, because Streep is both a legend and so good on Big Little Lies. But Bonham Carter’s Princess Margaret on The Crown is the heart and soul of the show – not to mention a favorite amongst Globe voters. I’m going with Carter, thanks to the momentum, but look for this to be one of those few categories I’m wrong in.
Prediction: Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown

Lena: Meryl Streep – Big Little Lies

Best Miniseries/TV Movie 

Travis: Again, because the Globes hate black people and chose not to nominate When They See Us, the race becomes a little easier. Unbelievable is currently untested, and could have success in its upcoming quest for dominance. But just like the Emmys before it, the generally-fine Chernobyl is about to sweep the Globes in glorious fashion. Woohoo.
Prediction: Chernobyl

Lena: Chernobyl

Well, that wraps up this year’s Beat The Guru Golden Globe predictions! Lena and I thank you for your continued readership, and we hope you will tune in on Sunday to see who will win the greatest rivalry that doesn’t involve Boston and New York. Who will win this ancient battle? Tune in on NBC this Sunday at 8:00 PM, or follow along right here on the Sacred Wall. See you then!


Best Drama

  • 1917
  • The Irishman   T L
  • Joker
  • Marriage Story
  • The Two Popes

Best Comedy

  • Dolemite Is My Name
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Knives Out
  • Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood   T L
  • Rocketman

Best Actor in a Drama

  • Christian Bale – Ford v Ferrari
  • Antonio Banderas – Pain & Glory
  • Adam Driver – Marriage Story   T L
  • Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
  • Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Best Actress in a Drama

  • Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
  • Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
  • Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
  • Charlize Theron – Bombshell
  • Renée Zellweger – Judy         T L

Best Actor in a Comedy

  • Daniel Craig – Knives Out
  • Roman Griffin Davis – Jojo Rabbit
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood
  • Taron Edgerton – Rocketman
  • Eddie Murphy – Dolemite Is My Name   T L

Best Actress in a Comedy

  • Ana de Armas – Knives Out
  • Awkwafina – The Farewell   T L
  • Cate Blanchett – Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
  • Beanie Feldstein – Booksmart
  • Emma Thompson – Late Night

Best Supporting Actor

  • Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
  • Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
  • Al Pacino – The Irishman
  • Joe Pesci – The Irishman
  • Brad Pitt – Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood   T L

Best Supporting Actress

  • Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell
  • Annette Bening – The Report
  • Laura Dern – Marriage Story
  • Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers   T L
  • Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Best Director

  • Bong Joon Ho – Parasite   L
  • Sam Mendes – 1917
  • Todd Phillips – Joker
  • Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
  • Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood   T

Best Screenplay

  • Marriage Story   L
  • Parasite
  • The Two Popes
  • Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood
  • The Irishman   T

Best Original Score

  • Little Women
  • Joker   L
  • Marriage Story   T
  • 1917
  • Motherless Brooklyn

Best Original Song

  • “Beautiful Ghosts” – Cats
  • “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” – Rocketman
  • “Into the Unknown” – Frozen II     T L
  • “Spirit” – The Lion King
  • “Stand Up” – Harriet

Best Animated Feature

  • Frozen II
  • How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • The Lion King
  • Missing Link
  • Toy Story 4     T L

Best Foreign Language Feature

  • The Farewell
  • Les Misérables
  • Pain & Glory
  • Parasite   T L
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire


Best Drama Series

  • Big Little Lies
  • The Crown
  • Killing Eve
  • The Morning Show
  • Succession   T L

Best Comedy Series

  • Barry
  • Fleabag   T L
  • The Kominsky Method
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • The Politician

Best Actor in a Drama Series

  • Brian Cox – Succession   L
  • Kit Harrington – Game of Thrones
  • Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
  • Tobias Menzies – The Crown
  • Billy Porter – POSE     T

Best Actress in a Drama Series

  • Jennifer Aniston – The Morning Show
  • Olivia Colman – The Crown   T L
  • Jodie Comer – Killing Eve
  • Nicole Kidman – Big Little Lies
  • Reese Witherspoon – The Morning Show

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method
  • Bill Hader – Barry         T
  • Ben Platt – The Politician   L
  • Paul Rudd – Living With Yourself
  • Ramy Youssef – Ramy

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Christina Applegate – Dead To Me
  • Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Kirsten Dunst – On Becoming A God In Central Florida
  • Natasha Lyonne – Russian Doll
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag   T L

Best Actor in a Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Christopher Abbot – Catch-22
  • Sacha Baron Cohen – The Spy
  • Russell Crowe – The Loudest Voice
  • Jared Harris – Chernobyl         T L
  • Sam Rockwell – Fosse/Verdon

Best Actress in a Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Kaitlyn Dever – Unbelievable
  • Joey King – The Act
  • Helen Mirren – Catherine The Great
  • Merritt Wever – Unbelievable
  • Michelle Williams – Fosse/Verdon     T L

Best Supporting Actor

  • Alan Arkin – The Kominsky Method
  • Kieran Culkin – Succession
  • Andrew Scott – Fleabag         L
  • Stellan Skarsgård – Chernobyl   T
  • Henry Winkler – Barry

Best Supporting Actress

  • Patricia Arquette – The Act
  • Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown   T
  • Toni Collette – Unbelievable
  • Meryl Streep – Big Little Lies     L
  • Emily Watson – Chernobyl

Best Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Catch-22
  • Chernobyl     T L
  • Fosse/Verdon
  • The Loudest Voice
  • Unbelievable

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