TIME awards

Here’s Who Will Win at the Golden Globes

The 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards take place on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. ET. In a field of nominees stacked with newbies and veterans alike, here’s who we expect to take home the prizes.

  • Best Picture, Drama

    Kerry Hayes—Open Road Films Spotlight.

    Carol | Mad Max: Fury Road | The Revenant | Room | Spotlight

    Though the splashier choice would be Mad Max: Fury Road, Spotlight has the near unanimous backing of critics and audiences alike for its assured, no-frills filmmaking and its brilliant ensemble performance.

    Read More: Review: Spotlight Is an Emotional Tour de Force

  • Best Picture, Comedy or Musical

    The Big Short.
    Paramount Pictures The Big Short.

    The Big Short | Joy | The Martian | Spy | Trainwreck

    Though it’s really only half comedy—the reality of unemployment and foreclosures looms close behind Ryan Gosling’s cocky Wall Street bravado—Adam McKay’s financial crisis flick is fresh, energetic and, like our prediction for Best Drama, in possession of a stellar ensemble cast.

    Read More: What to Know About the Housing Bubble Before You See The Big Short

  • Best Actress, Drama

    Brie Larson in Room.
    A24 Films Brie Larson in Room.

    Cate Blanchett, Carol | Brie Larson, Room | Rooney Mara, Carol | Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn | Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

    This is a stacked category, but Larson’s turn as a kidnapped mother who creates a world for her son in a 10-by-10-ft. shed is a harrowing breakthrough performance, and a Globe would cement her as one to watch in the years to come.

    Read More: Brie Larson Finds a Room of Her Own

  • Best Actor, Drama

    Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant.
    Kimberley French—20th Century Fox Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant.

    Bryan Cranston, Trumbo | Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant | Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs | Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl | Will Smith, Concussion

    This race is a close one—2015 winner Eddie Redmayne delivered the kind of performance in The Danish Girl that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association might be tempted to single out—but what use is eating bison liver if it doesn’t at least yield a Golden Globe?

    Read More: The True Story Behind The Revenant, as Told in 1939

  • Best Actress, Comedy or Musical

    Lily Tomlin, Grandma
    Sony Pictures Classics Lily Tomlin in Grandma.

    Jennifer Lawrence, Joy | Melissa McCarthy, Spy | Amy Schumer, Trainwreck | Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van | Lily Tomlin, Grandma

    Choosing Tomlin over three of comedy’s current leading ladies may not be a popular choice, but it’s much deserved for the actress—who, it’s worth mentioning, has never won a Golden Globe—as her turn as a tough-on-the-outside, marshmallow-on-the-inside matriarch was masterful in bringing out all the feels.

    Read More: New Tricks for Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda

  • Best Actor, Comedy or Musical

    Matt Damon in The Martian.
    20th Century Fox Matt Damon in The Martian.

    Christian Bale, The Big Short | Steve Carell, The Big Short | Matt Damon, The Martian | Al Pacino, Danny Collins | Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

    Perform a textual analysis of reviews of Damon’s performance as a botanist stuck on Mars, and the words charismatic and exuberant are likely to be the top hits. In the company of two nominees who represent a larger ensemble cast (Carell and Bale) and two whose films were softer blips on the radar (Ruffalo and Pacino), Damon stands a good chance of taking home his second Globe, and his first for acting.

    Read More: What The Martian Gets Right (and Wrong) About Science

  • Best Director

    Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road.
    Jasin Boland—Warner Bros. Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road.

    Todd Haynes, Carol | Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant | Tom McCarthy, Spotlight | George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road | Ridley Scott, The Martian

    Assuming Mad Max: Fury Road doesn’t take home the night’s big prize, recognizing Miller is a fitting way for the HFPA to honor the major mark the movie made on cinema in 2015, from its feminist bent to its unusual approach to exploring trauma.

    Read More: Why It Matters That Mad Max Was Named Best Movie by the National Board of Review

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina
    A24 Films Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina

    Jane Fonda, Youth | Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight | Helen Mirren, Trumbo | Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina | Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

    Vikander crept into 2015 virtually anonymous and waltzed out a bright new star—she’s the only actress to nab two nominations this year—and recognizing her arrestingly human turn as an android in Ex Machina also allows the HFPA to acknowledge her fierce performance in The Danish Girl.

    Read More: Ex Machina: Can Two Wily Men Outsmart a Gorgeous Robot?

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Michael Shannon in 99 Homes.
    Broad Green Pictures Michael Shannon in 99 Homes.

    Paul Dano, Love & Mercy | Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation | Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies | Michael Shannon, 99 Homes | Sylvester Stallone, Creed

    Though there’s still room for a last-minute knockout by Stallone, Shannon’s shady real estate broker in 2015’s other housing crisis film is both chilling and emotionally complex, not to mention much lauded by critics.

    Read More: Director Ramin Rahrani on His Housing Drama 99 Homes: ‘It’s a Thriller With a Humanist Heart’

  • Best Animated Film

    Inside Out.
    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Inside Out.

    Anomalisa | The Good Dinosaur | Inside Out | The Peanuts Movie | Shaun the Sheep Movie

    Pixar’s examination of the inner workings of a child hurtling headlong toward adolescence was an instant classic, equally beloved by children and adults, and is likely to nab the award barring an unexpected preference for the bleaker, more adult fare of Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa.

    Read More: Why It Matters That Inside Out’s Protagonist Is a Girl—Not a Princess

  • Best Foreign Language Film

    Son of Saul.
    Sony Pictures Classics Son of Saul.

    The Brand New Testament | The Club | The Fencer | Mustang| Son of Saul

    Hungarian director László Nemes’ portrait of a man during the Holocaust has generated ample buzz since debuting at Cannes—lapping up honors left and right on its way to likely wins at the Globes and perhaps the Oscars, with perhaps only France’s Mustang standing a chance of edging it out.

  • Best Screenplay

    spotlight film
    Open Road Films Spotlight.

    Emma Donoghue, Room | Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, Spotlight | Charles Randolph & Adam McKay, The Big Short | Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs | Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

    McCarthy and Singer’s collaboration on Spotlight’s screenplay involved a hefty amount of rewriting even on set, and their dogged perfectionism shows in the finished product—which has also earned honors from the National Society of Film Critics, the Gotham Awards and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

    Read More: National Society of Film Critics Names Spotlight as Best Picture

  • Best Original Song

    Columbia Pictures Spectre.

    “Love Me Like You Do,” Fifty Shades of Grey | “One Kind of Love,” Love & Mercy | “See You Again,” Furious 7 | “Simple Song #3,” Youth | “Writing’s on the Wall,” Spectre

    Sam Smith’s sonically swanky, dramatic—in a word, Bond-ish—theme song for the most recent 007 movie is a more solid bet than some of the poppier choices in this field, unless the HFPA decides to get even classier with the classical opus from Youth, “Simple Song #3,” sung by soprano Sumi Jo.

    Read More: Watch Sam Smith’s Video for Spectre Theme ‘Writing’s on the Wall’

  • Best Original Score

    The Weinstein Company Carol.

    Carter Burwell, Carol | Alexander Desplat, The Danish Girl | Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight | Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs | Ryuchi Sakamoto, The Revanant

    Carol is a beautiful movie, not just visually but sonically, and Burwell, who has scored nearly every Coen Brothers film ever made, is an instrumental part of delivering the emotional drama that courses through the love story.

    Read More: How Carol Went From Long-Shot Love Story to Awards-Season Favorite

  • Best Television Series, Drama

    Mr. Robot - Season 1
    Virginia Sherwood—USA Network Mr. Robot.

    Empire (Fox) | Game of Thrones (HBO) | Mr. Robot (USA) | Narcos (Netflix) | Outlander (Starz)

    The Golden Globes loves to surprise viewers by awarding new shows (like last year’s The Affair and Brooklyn Nine-Nine in 2014). While Empire may have been the breakout drama of 2015, Mr. Robot should steal the win as the prestige show to watch going forward.

    Read More: Mr. Robot Is the Antidote to Your True Detective Blues

  • Best Television Series, Comedy

    HBO Veep.

    Casual (Hulu) | Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon) | Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) | Silicon Valley (HBO) | Transparent (Amazon) | Veep (HBO)

    Veep has never won a Golden Globe for best comedy. Coming off an Emmys win, this will be its year to beat out reigning champ Transparent for the Golden Globe, in part as a nod to the brilliance of creator Armando Iannucci, who won’t return next season.

    Read More: Anna Chlumsky Explains How Veep‘s Amy Came to Her Breaking Point

  • Best Actress, Television Drama

    Taraji P. Henson in Empire.
    FOX/Getty Images Taraji P. Henson in Empire.

    Caitriona Balfe, Outlander | Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder | Eva Green, Penny Dreadful | Taraji P. Henson, Empire | Robin Wright, House of Cards

    Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis face off in the best actress category again. Davis deservedly won the Emmy, and now it’s Henson’s time to shine for her now-iconic Cookie character.

    Read More: Taraji P. Henson on Hollywood’s Racial Biases: ‘I Know the Struggle’

  • Best Actor, Television Drama

    Rami Malek in Mr. Robot.
    Virginia Sherwood—USA Network Rami Malek in Mr. Robot.

    Jon Hamm, Mad Men | Rami Malek, Mr. Robot | Wagner Moura, Narcos | Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul | Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

    Jon Hamm already won the Emmy he so deserved. The Golden Globes have a long history of rewarding newcomers (last year’s Gina Rodriguez in Jane the Virgin, for instance) and Rami Malek deserves an award for his complex portrayal of a coder who may just be losing his mind.

    Read More: Rami Malek: ‘I Hope It’s Not Just This Year That Diversity is a Touchstone’

  • Best Actress, Television Comedy

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep.
    Patrick Harbron—HBO Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep.

    Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend | Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens | Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep | Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin | Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

    Rachel Bloom’s delightfully erratic performance on Crazy Ex-Grilfriend and last year’s winner Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) are both strong contenders. They could only be beat by the Commander-in-Chief.

    Read More: Watch Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Having a Mini Seinfeld Reunion

  • Best Actor, Television Comedy

    Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent.
    Amazon Studios Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent.

    Aziz Ansari, Master of None | Gael García Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle | Rob Lowe, The Grinder | Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk | Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

    Master of None was a tour de force, but Aziz Ansari deserves more credit for his work as a creator on the highly conceptual show than he does as an actor. When it comes to compelling performances, Tambor out-acts everyone in the category.

    Read More: Jeffrey Tambor Dedicated His Golden Globe to the Transgender Community

  • Best Television Limited Series

    Chris Large—FX Fargo.

    American Crime (ABC) | American Horror Story: Hotel (FX) | Fargo (FX) | Flesh and Bone (Starz) | Wolf Hall (PBS)

    Fargo surprised many by upsetting True Detective in this category last year. And you betcha it’ll win again this year: the second season was even better than the first.

    Read More: The Fargo Finale Proved It’s One of TV’s Great Shows

  • Best Actress, Limited Series

    Kirsten Dunst, left, in Fargo.
    Chris Large—FX Kirsten Dunst, left, in Fargo.

    Kirsten Dunst, Fargo | Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel | Sarah Hay, Flesh and Bone | Felicity Huffman, American Crime | Queen Latifah, Bessie

    Kirsten Dunst’s comeback has begun. She stands to beat odds-on favorite Lady Gaga with one of the most compelling performances of the year as the underestimated Peggy.

    Read More: Kirsten Dunst Proves She Still Knows the Cheers From Bring It On

  • Best Actor, Limited Series

    Idris Elba in Luther.
    Steffan Hill—BBC Idris Elba in Luther.

    Idris Elba, Luther | Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero | David Oyelowo, Nightingale | Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall | Patrick Wilson, Fargo

    This category is really a toss-up, but Elba will edge out his competition because his return as Luther was so eagerly anticipated by fans. Plus, a win would be a nod to his incredible performance in the Netflix movie Beasts of No Nation, which got snubbed by the Globes.

    Read More: Idris Elba Lands First Male ‘Maxim’ Cover

  • Best Supporting Actress, Television Series

    Uzo Aduba in Orange is the New Black.
    JoJo Whilden—Netflix Uzo Aduba in Orange is the New Black.

    Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black | Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey | Regina King, American Crime | Judith Light, Transparent | Maura Tierney, The Affair

    Aduba is an awards show darling and will take the statue, though repeat-winner Joanne Froggatt and Emmy-winner Regina King will both put a good fight.

    Read More: Uzo Aduba: Orange Is the New Black Has Not Single-Handedly Solved TV’s Diversity Problem

  • Best Supporting Actor, Television Series

    Ben Mendelsohn (Danny Rayburn) in the Netflix Original Series BLOODLINE.  Photo credit: Saeed Adyani.
    Saeed Adyani—Netflix Ben Mendelsohn in Bloodline

    Alan Cumming, The Good Wife | Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall | Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline | Tobias Menzies, Outlander | Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

    Mendelson earned critical raves for his turn as the black sheep brother in Bloodline, and he’ll get the recognition the Emmys wouldn’t give him at the Globes.

    Read More: Review: On Netflix’s Bloodline, a Family That Preys Together

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com


Dear TIME Reader,

As a regular visitor to TIME.com, we are sure you enjoy all the great journalism created by our editors and reporters. Great journalism has great value, and it costs money to make it. One of the main ways we cover our costs is through advertising.

The use of software that blocks ads limits our ability to provide you with the journalism you enjoy. Consider turning your Ad Blocker off so that we can continue to provide the world class journalism you have become accustomed to.

The TIME Team