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Predicting winners for the 2021 Golden Globe Awards

It may not be the usual weird ceremony we love, but we’ve got Tina and Amy, a tinge of scandal, and some really good movies and prestige television to acknowledge.

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The 2021 Golden Globes are here, and the best in film and television will be honored for the 78th time by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, an organization that might not be on the level. But you don’t watch the Globes for the riveting competition, you watch them to see inebriated celebrities say cool stuff. Or for the fantastic monologues.

And DraftKings Sportsbook has a way you can follow along with a free Golden Globes Awards Pool where you can win up to $1,000 just by predicting the correct winner in 12 categories! Remember the Globes separate “comedy or musical” and “drama” in the major categories, which does make sense when you think about it. Having Jim Carrey competing against Daniel Day-Lewis hasn’t always made a lot of sense.

This year Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are back, with the former in the Rainbow Room in New York City, and the latter in the traditional Globes home of the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton. I stayed there once, and yes I stuck my head in the empty ballroom and the famous Trader Vic’s in the hotel like a complete tourist. I am not ashamed.

So here are a few picks with our guesses as to who will walk home with a statuette very possibly paid for by a movie studio via junkets.

Best Picture - Drama

  • Mank
  • Nomadland
  • Promising Young Woman
  • The Father
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

I haven’t seen Chole Zhao’s masterpiece yet but the Oscar buzz is tangible, and Frances McDormand is a national treasure. It’s the kind of film you pick when you don’t want anyone questioning your integrity about the vote in 2021.

Best Picture - Musical/Comedy

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Hamilton
  • Music
  • Palm Springs
  • The Prom

The legitimate political impact of Sasha Baron Cohen for this one should get it over the top. Rare is the movie that makes you laugh out loud as well as humiliate a lawyer for the leader of the free world.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy

  • Andy Samberg (Palm Springs)
  • Dev Patel (The Personal History of David Copperfield)
  • James Corden (The Prom)
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton)
  • Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat Subsequent Movie Film)

You can acknowledge the genius of Cohen in other ways, as well as give the biggest Broadway star of the century his due via accepting your award. And since only 87 people are voting on these awards, there’s a good chance they could be conspiring here.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy

  • Anna Taylor-Joy (Emma)
  • Kate Hudson (Music)
  • Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Movie Film)
  • Michelle Pfeiffer (French Exit)
  • Rosamund Pike (I Care A Lot)

See real-life impact of Borat above, though Rosamund Pike is a national treasure and must be protected at all costs.

Which series will win Best Television Series - Comedy?

  • Emily in Paris
  • Schitt’s Creek
  • Ted Lasso
  • The Flight Attendant
  • The Great

It’s going to look real weird if Emily in Paris wins, so they might tackle the accounting firm before that envelope gets on stage. Schitt’s Creek dominated the Emmys, and honoring the brilliant Levy family is the move here. Can we retroactively give this to I May Destroy You however?

Best Television Series - Drama

  • Lovecraft Country
  • Ozark
  • Ratched
  • The Crown
  • The Mandalorian

Full disclosure: I haven’t seen The Crown, I don’t know anything about Star Wars, and I liked Ozark way more when it was directed by Vince Gilligan and took place in New Mexico. But this is the type of non-controversial safe choice an organization that’s looking to move on should make. Plus Olivia Colman is apparently terrific.

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