Thursday, December 6, 2018

Golden Globe Nominees: Best Motion Picture – Drama

My predictions: 3/5, missing “Black Panther” and “Bohemian Rhapsody
Who’s missing? First Man, Widows, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, First Reformed

These nominees aren’t all that surprising, and it’s not as if “First Man” or “Widows” ever had much of a shot. Their Oscar hopes aren’t completely dashed, but they would have both needed to show up here to have a major chance. Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody both scored in a big way by showing up without any other unexpected nominations, just score and song bids for the former and a best actor mention for Rami Malek for the latter. The former is much likelier to earn a Best Picture Oscar bid, but maybe the latter is in the race too. I’m a fan of it even those most aren’t. BlacKkKlansman needed this nomination to cement its awards season status, and it got it along with a Best Director bid for Spike Lee and two acting nominations. If Beale Street Could Talk did well enough, earning screenplay and supporting actress mentions. And A Star is Born cleaned up pretty well, with directing, song, actor, and actress nominations. This is a good list to be sure.

Who will win? Based on other nominations and general popularity, A Star is Born still feels like the frontrunner.

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