The 78th Golden Globe Awards will take place this weekend, a little later than in past years. The unofficial kickoff to the “awards season,” they are still a good early warmup for this year's upcoming's 93rd Academy Awards, as the Oscars also have been pushed back, to April 25.
Here's a guide to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association film and television honors, from how to watch the Golden Globes to other information you need to help you dominate your first awards pool of 2021.
What time are the Golden Globes on in 2021?
- Date: Sunday, Feb. 28
- Start time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
The Golden Globes will run three hours in prime time on Sunday, live with bi-coastal, dual coverage from The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles and The Rainbow Room from 30 Rockefeller Center in New York.
What channel are the Golden Globes on in 2021?
- TV channel: NBC
- Live stream: NBC.com
Before the main show, NBC will air a one-hour special, “Golden Globe Awards Pre-Show”, starting at 7 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT. Earlier Golden Globes red carpet coverage can be seen starting at 4 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. PT on E! with “Live From E!: Countdown to the Golden Globes.”
Who's hosting the Golden Globes in 2021?
2021 Golden Globes nominations, predictions
Below is a complete list of film and individual nominees for the 78th Golden Globe Awards, along with Sporting News' predictions for all 27 categories.
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Best Director: Motion Picture
- David Fincher, “Mank”
- Regina King, “One Night in Miami”
- Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
- chloe zhao, “Nomadland”
- Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”
SN prediction: Zhao. Before she dips into her first Marvel superhero experience with the much-anticipated “The Eternals”, Zhao, who is Chinese, should become the first Asian woman to win best director at the Globes. This is a strong category with two other strong women, King and Fennell, vs. two veterans in Fincher and Sorkin, but no eligible film has as much buzz as “Nomadland.”
- Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”
- Jack Fincher, “Mank”
- Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
- Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton, “The Father”
- Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland”
SN prediction: Zhao. This is much like Best Director, only with Sorkin being her biggest competition. The documentary-style story of “Nomadland” is a brilliant original story featuring real people who live that life.
Best Animated Feature Film
- “The Croods: A New Age”
- “Over the Moon”
SN prediction: “Soul.” The unique Pixar story about a jazz musician in the afterlife is fueled by a strong lead performance by Jamie Foxx.
Best Foreign Language Film
- “Another Round,” Denmark
- ”La Llorona,” Guatemala/France
- ”The Life Ahead,” Italy
- ”Minari,” USA
- ”Two of Us,” France/USA
SN prediction: “Minari”. The story of a South Korean family emigrating to 1980s Arkansas is getting the most buzz going into the awards.
Best Original Score
- Alexandre Desplat, “The Midnight Sky”
- Ludwig Goransson, “Tenet”
- James Newton Howard, “News of the World”
- Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor, “Mank”
- Jon Batiste, Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor, “Soul”
SN prediction: Batiste, Ross and Reznor. Batiste, the bandleader on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and Reznor, the former lead singer of Nine Inch Nails, made for a perfect combination on “Soul.” Reznor and Ross won here for “The Social Network” in 2011 and also just won an Emmy for HBO's “Watchmen.”
Best Original Song
- “Fight for You,” “Judas and the Black Messiah”
- “Hear My Voice,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7″
- “Io Si (Seen),” “The Life Ahead”
- “Speak Now,” “One Night in Miami”
SN prediction: “Speak Now.” It's a powerful song that captures the spirit of the movie, also performed by Aaron Burr in “Hamilton” himself, Leslie Odom Jr., who also shines as the legendary Sam Cooke.
Best Motion Picture: Drama
- “The Father”
- “Promising Young Woman”
- “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
SN prediction: “Nomadland.” The Trial of the Chicago 7 and “Mank” are well-received Netflix entries, but Zhao's two individual wins should bring home the favorite here, too.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
- Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”
- Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom”
- Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”
- Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”
- Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”
SN prediction: McDormand. This one is tough to call, as Mulligan, once nominated for “An Education” in 2009, has become the slight favorite and Davis, who won for “Fences” in a supporting role in 2016, always is a strong contender. But McDormand, a Globes winner for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” in 2018 and an Academy Award winner for “Fargo” in 1997, turns in arguably the greatest performance of her long, still underrated career.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
- Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom”
- Riz Ahmed, “The Sound of Metal”
- Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”
- Gary Oldman, “Mank”
- Tahar Rahim, “The Mauritanian”
SN prediction: Boseman. The late actor gone too soon isn't just a worthy sentimental favorite after giving us lasting memorable performances as Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Thurgood Marshall and “Black Panther.” In his final big role, Boseman was an absolute powerhouse starring in the film adaptation of August Wilson's play.
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
- “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”
- “Palm Springs”
- “The Prom”
SN prediction: “Borat”. Although “Palm Springs”, with Cristin Milioti and Andy Samberg, is a personal favorite and the filmed version of “Hamilton” captures the musical sensation to a tee, Sacha Baron Cohen's long-awaited second film turn as the eponymous Kazakhstani TV personality came at the perfect time to win over the HFPA.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
- Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”
- Kate Hudson, “Music”
- Michelle Pfeiffer, “French Exit”
- Rosamund Pike, “I Care A Lot”
- Anya Taylor-Joy, “Emma”
SN prediction: Bakalova. Pike brings it per usual and Taylor-Joy is having a big year, but there's no doubt the portrayer of Borat's fictional daughter was a scene-dominating breakout star.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
- Sacha Baron Cohen, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”
- James Corden, “The Prom”
- Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”
- Dev Patel, “The Personal History of David Copperfield”
- Andy Samberg, “Palm Springs”
SN prediction: Baron Cohen. That's “Borat” thrice. As he might say, “very nice.” Miranda needs the Oscar, not the Golden Globe, to complete EGOT. Samberg is a longshot, but he would be worthy, too.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
- Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
- Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah”
- Jared Leto, “The Little Things”
- Bill Murray, “On the Rocks”
- Leslie Odom, Jr., “One Night in Miami”
SN prediction: Kaluuya. Look, those four other guys of various talents were good, too. But Kaluuya, miscast in the wrong category, was an amazing co-lead as Fred Hampton, the betrayed chairman of Black Panther Party's Chicago chapter.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
- Glenn Close, “Hillbilly Elegy”
- Olivia Colman, “The Father”
- Jodie Foster, “The Mauritanian”
- Amanda Seyfried, “Mank”
- Helena Zengel, “News of the World”
SN prediction: Seyfried. The Globes will want to give “Mank” something and this is it. Zengel, the 12-year-old German who co-starred with Tom Hanks, is the Anna Paquin- and Tatum O'Neal-like sleeper.
Best TV Series, Comedy
- “Emily in Paris”
- “The Flight Attendant”
- “The Great”
- “Schitt's Creek”
- “Ted Lasso”
SN prediction: “Schitt's Creek.” SN loves and will be rooting for “Ted Lasso” most (by far) and “Emily in Paris” least (by far). “The Great” is naughty historical fun and “The Flight Attendant” is a fast-paced dark comedy. But for one last time, for the first time at the Globes, let's pour one out for Moira, Johnny, David and Alexis and everyone's favorite Canadian feel-good sensation.
Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
- Lily Collins, “Emily in Paris”
- Kaley Cuoco, “The Flight Attendant”
- Elle Fanning, “The Great”
- Jane Levy, “Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist”
- Catherine O'Hara, “Schitt's Creek”
SN prediction: Fanning. Cuoco broke out from “The Big Bang Theory” in a big way and there will be some sentiment toward O'Hara. But there's no doubt Fanning was exceptional as Catherine the Great and deserves this. Levy is a deep sleeper.
Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy
- Don Cheadle, “Black Monday”
- Nicholas Hoult, “The Great”
- Eugene Levy, “Schitt's Creek”
- Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”
- Ramy Youssef, “Ramy
SN prediction: Sudeikis. This is another strong category with a different strong Levy, but let's hope the Globes realize and recognize how brilliantly funny the “Ted Lasso” star is.
Best TV Series, Drama
- “The Crown”
- “Lovecraft Country”
- “The Mandalorian”
SN prediction: “The Crown.” HFPA loves its royals, even though the winning combination of Din Djarin and Grogu can't be ruled out for a major “Mandalorian” upset.
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
- Olivia Colman, “The Crown”
- Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”
- Emma Corrin, “The Crown”
- Laura Linney, “Ozark”
- Sarah Paulson, “Ratched”
SN prediction: Corrin. It's time for the late Lady Diana to dethrone Queen Elizabeth.
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
- Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
- Josh O'Connor, “The Crown”
- Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
- Matthew Rhys, “Perry Mason”
- Al Pacino, “Hunters”
SN prediction: Bateman. Here's how “Ozark” gets on the board. Don't sleep on Rhys, “The Americans” veteran, from pulling the upset over Bateman, O'Conner and Odenkirk. Pacino will just settle for remaining a legendary modern actor. (Ooh aah!)
Best TV Movie or Limited-Series
- “Normal People”
- “The Queen's Gambit”
- “Small Axe”
- “The Undoing”
SN prediction: “The Queen's Gambit.” Let's hope it's a big Knight for the SN and fan favorite, reigning as both King and Queen as the best fictional chess story ever told. Checkmate to the rest of the pawns on the board. Related: “The Undoing” should be called “The Overdone.”
Best Actress in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie
- Cate Blanchett, “Miss America”
- Daisy Edgar-Jones, “Normal People”
- Shira Haas, “Unorthodox”
- Nicole Kidman, “The Undoing”
- Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Queen's Gambit”
SN prediction: Taylor-Joy. There's no “The Queen's Gambit” without its young Queen. You also have to be kidding me with another Kidman HBO performance of playing a rich person involved in a mysterious death involving her husband.
Best Actor in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie
- Bryan Cranston, “Your Honor”
- Jeff Daniels, “The Comey Rule”
- Hugh Grant, “The Undoing”
- Mark Ruffalo, “I Know This Much is True”
- Ethan Hawke, “The Good Lord Bird”
SN prediction: Ruffalo, who should be given two Globes for playing twins. We would not love it if actually Grant won. OK, now we're coming “Undone.”
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie
- Gillian Anderson, “The Crown”
- Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”
- Julia Garner, “Ozark”
- Annie Murphy, “Schitt's Creek”
- Cynthia Nixon, “Ratched”
SN prediction: Anderson. The truth is out there that “The Crown” will double up with Margaret Thatcher. It's also bad and lazy that HFPA still can't separate drama from comedy here. As Murphy might say as Alexis, “Ew!” to that.
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie
- John Boyega, “Small Axe”
- Brendan Gleeson, “The Comey Rule”
- Daniel Levy, “Schitt's Creek”
- Jim Parsons, “Hollywood”
- Donald Southerland, “The Undoing”
SN prediction: Gleeson. He plays the right former president at the right time and that's all we need to know about that. This Levy is also stuck in a comedic no-win situation like Murphy.