Wednesday, December 7, 2022

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

I’ve been predicting the Golden Globe nominations for more than fifteen years, and even if the group doesn’t have the same industry relevance as in the past, it’s still helpful and fun to see what films and performances get honored. Here’s my assessment of the contenders in this category.

Last year’s nominees:
Leonardo DiCaprio (Don’t Look Up)
Peter Dinklage (Cyrano)
Andrew Garfield (tick, tick…BOOM!)
Cooper Hoffman (Licorice Pizza)
Anthony Ramos (In the Heights)

This category has a ton of contenders, though there are a few distinctly at the head of the pack. Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) is the only one with serious Oscar buzz, and he’s likely to be joined here by Daniel Craig (Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery), reprising a previously Globe-nominated performance, Diego Calva (Babylon), a strong element of a film that’s likely to be divisive, and Billy Eichner (Bros), delivering a truly and unapologetically comedic turn. For slot number five, there are plenty of options. Adam Driver (White Noise), Ralph Fiennes (The Menu), Adam Sandler (Hustle), Will Ferrell (Spirited), and Ryan Reynolds (Spirited) all have previous nominations in this category. Tom Hanks (A Man Called Otto), George Clooney (Ticket to Paradise), and Brad Pitt (Bullet Train), which may or may not be eligible here, all have long histories of being rewarded, while Sterling K. Brown (Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul) and Jim Parsons (Spoiler Alert) may be able to translate TV wins to film nominations. There may also be room for four younger actors turning in worthwhile performances: Cooper Raiff (Cha Cha Real Smooth), Daryl McCormack (Good Luck to You, Leo Grande) and Harris Dickinson (Triangle of Sadness).

Current predictions:
Diego Calva (Babylon)
Daniel Craig (Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery)
Adam Driver (White Noise),
Billy Eichner (Bros)
Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin)

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