Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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

Golden Globe nominations for this year will be announced shortly, 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:
Christian Bale (Vice)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns)
Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)
Robert Redford (The Old Man and the Gun)
John C. Reilly (Stan and Ollie)

This category has some heavyweights competing here who should almost definitely be included. Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) is one, and Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name) is another. Taron Egerton (Rocketman), while not as well-known, will likely be here too, and hopefully child actor Roman Griffin Davis (Jojo Rabbit) will earn enough votes to merit a nomination. Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems) should be able to score a lot for his latest effort and, beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess. Daniel Craig (Knives Out) might be able to stand out from his ensemble, or maybe Antonio Banderas (The Laundromat) and Gary Oldman (The Laundromat) can impress voters. Shia LaBeouf (The Peanut Butter Falcon) might also contend, though probably for his supporting role in a different film, and someone like Seth Rogen (Long Shot), while deserving in this prognosticator’s mind, is likely too silly a choice for Globe voters.

Current predictions:
Roman Griffin Davis (Jojo Rabbit)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Taron Egerton(Rocketman)
Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name)
Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems)

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