The 2021 Golden Globes awards put up some very interesting movies that were crowned winners at the ceremony on February 28th.
Nomadland and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm won two awards each, and this will set the stage for the expectations regarding the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony.
The first thing for sure is that it will be a tough fight for the best actress award. Frances McDormand (two times Oscar winner), Viola Davis (one time winner) and Carey Mulligan (one time nominee) had some excellent performances for their movies and got nominations for the Golden Globe award.
But then a surprising name came along and won it – singer Andra Day, in her first major movie role. She plays Billie Holiday in the biographical drama The United States vs. Billie Holiday.
McDormand, Davis, Mulligan and Day will most likely be on the shortlist for the Best Actress at the Oscars too – it would be a shock not to.
Then, Chadwick Boseman’s win for the Best Performance as an actor in a drama will have him on the Academy Awards nominee list. He is by far the frontrunner for the Best Actor at the Oscars.
The former Black Panther from the Marvel Cinematic Universe gives his best (and last) performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The actor died exactly six months before winning the Golden Globe. If the Academy will decide the same, he will be the third actor (after Peter Finch in 1977 and Heath Ledger in 2009) to win a posthumous Oscar.
Boseman is viewed by many as having the best chances to win the award. Aged 83, Anthony Hopkins has done a very good role in The Father, but that might not be enough to get him a second Academy Award.
And there’s the Best Picture award. Nomadland was the Golden Globes winner, and it has the best chances to do it again at the Oscars. The film is so good that it ranks first on Metacritic’s 2020 movies.
It is a duo performance from McDormand and director Chloe Zhao, who are basically the only stars of this movie, except Oscar nominee David Strathairn. Zhao won the Golden Globe for Best Director and is the main favorite for the same at the Oscar awards ceremony.
The movie tells the story of an elderly woman (McDormand) who loses everything in the Great Recession, and then she embarks on a journey through the American West. She meets other modern-day nomads, travelling with her van. The film features real-life nomads.
As mentioned, Nomadland has the best odds at winning the Best Picture award. The Oscars odds are already available at Unibet Betting, and Nomadland has -155 odds. It is followed by The Trial of the Chicago 7, with +275. No other movie comes close, so this may as well be a two-horse race.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 won a Golden Globe for the Best Screenplay, out of five nominations (Nomadland had four). It tells the story of seven people on trial for the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The movie stars Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Jeremy Strong, John Carroll Lynch, Mark Rylance and Frank Langella.
The nominations for the Oscars will be announced on March 15, while the ceremony will take place on April 25, two months later than usual.
Some people say that the Golden Globes will show the way for the Oscar winners, while others strongly state that there is no such thing as “Oscar predictions” following the Globes. But there are no reasons to believe that the winners of the Globes won’t be on the nominations’ list for the Oscars too.
The Oscars will be awarded at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and the event will be broadcast on ABC. After last year we had Parasite, Joker, 1917, Ford v Ferrari, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Irishman, the stakes are as high as ever.