Five reasons to watch the Golden Globes 2019
Will Lady Gaga win big for 'A Star Is Born'? Will 'Roma' get the credit it deserves? Here's our guide to the annual star-studded ceremony on January 6
Hollywood's brightest stars will hit the red carpet on Sunday (January 6, 2019) for the first major awards show of the year: the Golden Globes, which will honour the best in film and television.
Tens of millions of viewers are expected to tune in, but what should you be watching for? Here is our quick guide to the event, taking place in Beverly Hills, California.
Will Gaga's 'Star' turn lead to Oscar?
One of the big stories of Sunday night is sure to be the success of A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper's remake of the popular music romance that has five nominations including best drama film and best actress for Lady Gaga.
The pop diva could even take home two trophies, as she is also up for best song honours for Shallow, the runaway hit from the soundtrack.
The film – which stars Gaga as an unknown singer who rises to fame with the help of Cooper's fading, alcohol-addled rocker – could be the singer-songwriter's ticket to an Oscar.
A Globes win would only boost her chances of an Academy Award nomination – voting begins the day after the Globes gala, closes on January 14, and nominations are announced on January 22.
'Vice': will mixed reviews sink it?
Vice, Adam McKay's quirky biopic about former US vice president Dick Cheney, received an unbeatable six nominations for the Globes. But upon its theatrical release on Christmas Day, it earned decidedly mixed reviews.
Will that sink its chances at the Golden Globes?
Most critics agree that Welsh actor Christian Bale's transformation into Cheney is exceptional, but some quibble with the film's decidedly glib treatment of the politician's rise to power.
It is (curiously) competing in the comedy categories, and none of the awards experts polled by prediction website Gold Derby have it winning for best musical or comedy, instead favouring royal romp The Favourite, race dramedy Green Book or Mary Poppins Returns.
Bale has far better chances than the film does to receive an award, and is seemingly locked in a tight race with Viggo Mortensen (Green Book).
How will 'Roma' do at Globes?
Roma, Alfonso Cuaron's critically acclaimed film chronicling his childhood in Mexico City, is not competing for best film honours at the Globes due to an eligibility issue, but will vie for best foreign film and best director awards.
Many believe Cuaron's personal drama will be a major Oscar winner – and that a best director win on Sunday would solidify its chances.
"Cuaron is riding a huge wave of critical raves for Roma," Paul Dergarabedian of media analysis firm ComScore told AFP. "If there is any such thing as a front-runner when it comes to the Globes, this is it."
TV: old favourites vs new guard
The television awards at the Golden Globes are sort of a wild card – they are preceded by the Emmys, but the eligibility periods are not the same, meaning you end up with a mix of award-winners and new programmes.
The 90-odd members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who choose the Globes winners, are known for their maverick picks.
So, on Sunday, top Emmy winner like The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story will be pitted against new shows like Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts, and Netflix comedy The Kominsky Method.
Will Roberts earn a trophy for her first starring role in a television show? Or will Globes host Sandra Oh take home an award for her work on the Emmy-nominated Killing Eve?
What about the hosts?
Can Oh and co-host Andy Samberg save the flailing awards show format? In the age of social media, watching a three-hour gala with commercials in real time is increasingly unpopular.
Last year, 19 million people tuned in for the Globes. In September, the Emmys posted an all-time low audience of about 10.2 million.
Oh and Samberg earned laughs when they teamed up to present an award at the Emmys. So far, their quirky promos for the gala have been well-received. And in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the pair promise a show high on fun and low on politics.
Tune in on Sunday to find out if it works.
Full list of nominees for this year's Golden Globes
Best Motion Picture – Drama
If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Picture – Comedy or Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close, The Wife
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Nicole Kidman, Destroyer
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Rosamund Pike, A Private War
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale, Vice
Lin Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Robert Redford, The Old Man & the Gun
John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Charlize Theron, Tully
Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Amy Adams, Vice
Claire Foy, First Man
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Best Director – Motion Picture
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Peter Farrelly, Green Book
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay, Vice
Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite
Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Adam McKay, Vice
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Green Book
Best Motion Picture – Animated
Best Picture – Foreign Language
Never Look Away
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place
Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs
Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther
Justin Hurwitz, First Man
Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“All the Stars,” Black Panther
“Girl in the Movies,” Dumplin’
“Requiem for a Private War,” A Private War
“Revelation,” Boy Erased
“Shallow,” A Star Is Born
Best Television Series – Drama
The Americans (FX)
Killing Eve (BBC America)
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
The Good Place (NBC)
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Alienist, TNT
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, FX
Escape at Dannemora, Showtime
Sharp Objects, HBO
A Very English Scandal, Amazon
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Stephan James, Homecoming
Richard Madden, Bodyguard
Billy Porter, Pose
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Julia Roberts, Homecoming
Keri Russell, The Americans
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen, Who Is America
Jim Carrey, Kidding
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Kristen Bell, The Good Place
Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown
Alison Brie, Glow
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Debra Messing, Will & Grace
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Daniel Bruhl, The Alienist
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Connie Britton, Dirty John
Laura Dern, The Tale
Regina King, Seven Seconds
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
Henry Winkler, Barry
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale
Updated: January 5, 2019 10:22 AM