On January 6, A Star is Born could end a longtime Golden Globes drought.
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will be the ones making it rain if they both win their Best Acting – Drama categories. It’s been 40 years since a pair of lead actors from the same movie have taken home Golden Globes.
A Star is Born is Set to Shine at the Golden Globes
The last he-and-she Globes were awarded in 1978 when John Voight and Jane Fonda won for Coming Home, the romantic drama about a woman who falls in love with a paralyzed Vietnam vet. In 1976, Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway won for Network and Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher were rewarded for their work in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).
Bettors can’t the affect how the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is going to vote but they can get in on the award-season action at several of SBR’s top-rated sportsbooks which are offering odds in several Golden Globe categories.
BetOnline, Intertops, Ladbrokes, SportsBetting and MyBookie are among the sportsbooks posting odds on Best Motion Picture, Best Actor and Actress and Best Director.
Snubs and Successes
For the record, Vice, starring Christian Bale received with six nominations. A Star is Born, Green Book and The Favourite were close behind, each getting five nominations.
There was one notable snub — Ryan Gosling. The actor entered the fall movie season as a frontrunner for Best Actor playing astronaut Neil Armstrong in First Man, now he may as well have been stranded in space. His co-star Claire Foy was nominated in a supporting role.
Also overlooked: Viola Davis as a wife-turned-robber in Widows, director Ryan Coogler who saw his film Black Panther get a nod but not him, last year’s Best TV Drama winner The Handmaid’s Tale, and two-time Best Actor winner Sterling K. Brown.
Surveying the Field
So who will take home the awards? Here are our picks is key categories. Odds may vary depending on which sportsbook you visit:
Best Motion Picture – Drama: A Star is Born -400; If Beale Street Could Talk +500, BlacKkKlansman +1000. Black Panther +1400 and Bohemian Rhapsody +1800
The Pick: No way, no how is the Hollywood Foreign Press going to pick anything other than “Star.” We have no doubts.
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: The Favourite +150, Green Book +175, Vice +200; Mary Poppins Returns +1600, Crazy Rich Asians +1800
The Pick: The odds on this one are tightening into a trifecta – “Favourite,” “Green Book” and “Vice” are in a dead heat heading into the Globes.
Best Actor Drama: Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born) -400, Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) +300, Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate) +1400, Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased) +2000 and John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) +2500
The Pick: We are sticking with the HFPA pushing all its chips to the center of the table and picking Cooper. Everyone else in the category should just be happy with their nomination.
Best Actor- Musical or Comedy: Christian Bale (Vice) +100, Viggo Mortensen (Green Book) +120, Robert Redford (The Old Man and The Gun) +600, John C. Reilly (Stan & Ollie) +1800 and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns) +2000
The Pick: Bale’s transformation into Vice President Cheney is what award voters love. Plus, the actor under the makeup is brilliant as always.
Best Actress – Drama: Lady Gaga (A Star is Born) -130, Glenn Close (The Wife) +100, Nicole Kidman (Destroyer) +1800, Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) +1800, Rosamund Pike (A Private War) +3300
The Pick: The HFPA is ga-ga for Gaga. She will be effusive of her praise for Bradley in her acceptance speech.
Best Actress – Musical or Comedy: Olivia Colman (The Favourite) -200, Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns) +300, Charlize Theron (Tully) +900, Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians) +900, Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade) +1200
The Pick: All hail the Queen played by Olivia Colman!
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron (Roma) -200, Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born) +250. Adam McKay (Vice) +800, Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) +1200, Peter Farrelly (Green Book) +1500
The Pick: Roma is the best bet to win the Oscar, but only eligible at the Globes in the Best Foreign Film category (which it will win). Cuaron will take this award.
The awards, hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, air at 8 p.m. on January 6 on NBC. And be sure to check out our review of A Star is Born after you see the film!
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