Golden Globe predictions: Who are the favorites this year to win it all?

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Ki-jung Kim (So-dam Park) and Ki-woo Park (Woo-sik Choi) in Parasite
Ki-jung Kim (So-dam Park) and Ki-woo Park (Woo-sik Choi) in Parasite /

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

Pick: Parasite

Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite is one of the best films of the year, and the fact that it didn’t receive a nomination for Best Motion Picture Drama is a tragedy in every sense of the word. But the silver lining to this unconscionable snub is that it will be the undisputed favorite in the foreign-language category. The black comedy-drama film from the acclaimed director is a gorgeously structured balance of beauty and chaos that leaves the viewer eerily satisfied once the credits roll.

Audiences quickly become hooked to the blisteringly enticing affair from the opening moments of the nerve-racking family drama and are inexplicably unable to look away. Parasite is one of those rare films that doesn’t happen often, and many will definitely not want to miss out on this spectacular cinematic experience.

Best Motion Picture – Animated

Pick: Frozen 2

Frozen 2 was one of only three female-directed films that received nominations at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The sequel to the highest-grossing animated film of all time is just as good, if not better than its predecessor, and while the competition in the animated category is stacked to the brim with breathtaking features, Frozen 2 is the one that will win on awards night.

Disney dominated the category this year with Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, and the live-action remake of the Lion King. All of these were box office hits and are international sensations each in their own right. But Toy Story and Lion King are remnants of the past while Frozen still has a ton of heat. Its time for a changing of the guard at Disney when it comes to animation, and the best way to do that is with a Golden Globe win over the two infamous franchises.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Pick: Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

There are a lot of great screenplays to choose from this year when deciding who will take home the Golden Globe. But the one that has to be a standout amongst the rest is the one that hits home like no other for everyone. Noah Baumbach’s contemplation of love and loss is easily one of the best scripts of the year, if not the decade, and when compared to the competition, it stands out as the heavy favorite.

Marriage Story’s screenplay is gorgeously structured on two characters and allows for its stars to truly shine on screen. Baumbach brings audiences into Charlie and Nicole’s world by relying heavily on their own imagination. From the character development and the dialogue, everything is in service of the story above all else. His precision for emotion and authenticity are some of the crucial factors in what makes Marriage Story one of the most talked-about films of the year.

Best Director – Motion Picture

Pick: Todd Phillips, Joker

When people first heard there was going to be a standalone Joker origin story that was set to be directed by the guy from The Hangover, let’s just say a lot of people rolled their eyes at the notion. But boy were they wrong. Director Todd Phillips silenced the haters and defied all expectations with Joker. His dark, gritty take on how the Clown Prince of Crime becomes the maniacal murdering villain has garnered several distinguished accolades and is poised to take home the Globe for Best Director of a Drama Motion Picture.

Phillips’ divisive comic book adaptation has really been a turning point for the director’s career. After three Hangover movies and some awards attention with War Dogs, the filmmaker is ready to move up into the higher echelon of accomplished auteurs of cinema thanks to Joker.