Friday, November 24, 2017

Golden Globe Musings: Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical

Golden Globe nominations for this year will be announced in just a few weeks, so here’s a survey of the contenders and the most likely predictions at this time. Weigh in with your thoughts, and let me know if I’ve left off anything important. A reminder that the Globes are wildly unpredictable and that it is still a bit early to gauge the reception or awards potential of a number of the so-called “contenders” at this point.

Last year’s nominees:
Colin Farrell (The Lobster)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins)
Jonah Hill (War Dogs)
Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)

This category has a whole bunch of contenders, some of which have been out for a long time and others that have yet to be seen by a wide audience. Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) and Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) are the stars of two very different early releases expected to do well and both are likely to show up here. Steve Carell (Battle of the Sexes) is a good bet, though he could also contend for a much less impressive performance in “Last Flag Flying.” James Franco (The Disaster Artist), Matt Damon (Downsizing), Hugh Jackman (The Greatest Showman on Earth) are high-profile contenders whose films will also likely do well. Adam Sandler (The Meyerowitz Stories) and Sam Elliott (The Hero) are sure to garner votes and could easily break through too.

Current predictions:
Steve Carell (Battle of the Sexes)
James Franco (The Disaster Artist)
Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)
Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick)
Adam Sandler (The Meyerowitz Stories)

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