Golden Globes 2017 Recap

The 75th Golden Globes are in the books and I have to say it had some surprises for sure. Before the show I issued my predictions for who I thought would win and should win awards in the major film categories. So, in the aftermath of the big night, I’m going to recap my predictions and how I felt about the winners in general. How many did I get right? How many did I get wrong? Did the right people win? You can read my initial predictions here.

Did any of the winners surprise you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!




WINNER: Frances McDormand


This one was the one that shocked me the most, well aside from the Best Film – Drama award which I’ll get to down the line. McDormand was absolutely amazing in “Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, but I really didn’t expect her to take home the gold here especially with all the love that “The Shape of Water” has received. Sally Hawkins in my opinion got robbed as she turned in an absolutely mesmerizing performance in the fantasy drama. However, it’s not like she lost to an unfitting nominee. McDormand’s role in “Three Billboards” helped drive the action and was packed with attitude, sarcasm, and honesty that many dramadies tend to overlook. McDormand’s performance was not one to miss and was part of an absolutely dominating night for “Three Billboards”. I truly wonder if McDormand will win an Oscar though. I mean more often than not Golden Globes success translates to an Oscar nod and a place at the top of the favorites list. However I think Hawkins might have a better chance at the bigger prize later this year and I’ll probably stick with Hawkins as my personal favorite going into the Academy Awards.

“(Mildred Hayes’) every ragged inhalation and fierce exhalation is evidence of my gratitude (to director Martin McDonagh). Our producer, Graham Broadbent, thank you for listening to me and valuing my input. To Fox Searchlight, who allowed our film to find its audience and we are still putting people in the seats of brick and mortar cinemas around the country. Call me old-fashioned, but I love that – So many of you know I keep my politics private but it was really great to be in this room tonight. And to be part of the tectonic movement in our industry’s power structure. Trust me. The women in this room tonight are not here for the food. We are here for the work. Thank you.”

– France McDormand’s Acceptance Speech





MY PICKS – SHOULD/Will WIN: Gary Oldman

WINNER – Gary Oldman


Legitimately one of the night’s most deserving awards and one of the most deserving in year, Gary Oldman had this award wrapped up the moment he stepping in front of the camera for the Winston Churchill biopic “The Darkest Hour”. It was a fabulously entertaining film driven heavily by Oldman’s performance where he completely embraced Churchill’s mannerisms, look, and speech. Few performances ever reach this kind of perfection and Oldman’s is one that will have him as the heavy favorite come Oscar time. I made my call with confidence when I said he should and would win and I was correct. Much deserved!

“Winston Churchill said ‘my taste is simple I am easily satisfied with the very best’ and I was surrounded by the very best – (My wife) would say to friends ‘I go to bed with Winston Churchill, but I wake up with Gary Oldman’ which is I suppose better than the other way around. I am very proud of ‘Darkest Hour’. It illustrates that words and actions can change the world and boy oh boy does it need some changing.”

– Gary Oldman’s Acceptance Speech




MY PICKS – SHOULD WIN: Saoirse Ronan
WILL WIN: Margot Robbie

WINNER – Saoirse Ronan


I called it right who should have won, but I honestly felt like “Lady Bird” would be more underrated than it really was in the grand scheme of things. Happily my want surpased my expectation and despite all the buzz around Margot Robbie’s performance in “I, Tonya” it was indeed the most deserving who took home the award in Saorise Ronan who captured the hearts of critics and fans alike in the fantastic “Lady Bird”. Her speech was short ans sweet but it was nice to see her sharing her moment with her mom, even if over Facetime, as she made her speech. She’ll have tough competition to beat at the Oscars, where she will surely receive a nomination, but for now she can smile wide with a very deserving award that I am proud to have chosen as the most deserving even if the final result surprised me with due respect to her role.

“I just want to say how inspirational it has been to be in this room tonight – Thank you so much for this.”

– Saorise Ronan’s Acceptance Speech







Like Gary Oldman, this one was pretty much written on the wall from the very beginning and, as I predicted, Franco and Oldman will likely be the ones to beat when the Oscars come around. Franco literally became Tommy Wiseau in “The Disaster Artist”and even let the director of the famed train wreck of a film “The Room” join him on stage for the acceptance of the award. Franco was by far the most deserving in a category filled with more mainstream performances that, while great in their own right, could never have lived up to the standard set by Franco’s take on a fascinating man that even today still captures the imaginations of fans worldwide. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top at the Academy Awards, Franco or Oldman, because for me it’s a pretty tough call.

“Nineteen years ago (Tommy Wiseau) was stuck in traffic from the Golden Globes. He said to his best friend Greg ‘Golden Globes, so what I’m not invited. I know they don’t want me. Guy with accent, long hair, so I show them. I don’t wait for Hollywood, I make my own movie’. I’m very happy to share this moment with him today.”

– James Franco’s Acceptance Speech





WILL WIN: Laurie Metcalf

WINNER: Allison Janney


I completely missed the mark on this one, but I’ll blame the lack of exposure for “I, Tonya”. Allison Janney is a truely great actress and here she was awarded for her turn as Tonya Harding’s mother in the dark comedy about the embattled and controversial skater. While many of us have yet to see Janney’s performance, it must be something special to have taken the award away from highlight performance like Chau’s and Metcalf’s. I can’t yet judge whether or not the award was most deserving because, well, I have yet to see the performance for myself but I’ll say one thing: It adds another reason for me to hunt down this biopic and give it a shot.

“Tonya Harding is here tonight and I’d like to thank Tonya for sharing her story – What everyone in this movie did is tell a story about class in American. Tell a story about the disenfranchised. Tell a story about a woman who was not embraced for her individuality. Tell a story about truth and the perception of truth in the media and the truths we all tell ourselves when we wake up in bed every morning and go out and live our lives. It’s an extraordinary movie. I’m so proud of it.”

– Allison Janney’s Acceptance Speech




WILL WIN: Christopher Plummer

WINNER – Sam Rockwell


The first award that signaled the inevitable success for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, Sam Rockwell earned a much deserved Golden Globe for his portrayal of a moody cop paired against Francis McDormand in the film. Rockwell turned in a complex and powerful take on an alcoholic with demons and dreams of being a hero, but I truly thought Christopher Plummer, a perennial favorite, would earn himself the gold here for his surprisingly good performance replacing Kevin Spacey in “All the Money in the World”. Thankfully I was wrong and Sam Rockwell will also probably be my favorite should be receive the inevitable nomination at the Oscars as well. His performance was one of my favorite part of “Three Billboards” and for years Rockwell has deserved the credit this powerful performance finally earned him.


“I’ve been in a lot of indies and it’s nice to be in a film people see. Thanks to everyone who worked on this film – This movie is about compassion and I think we need some of that these days.”

– Sam Rockwell




MY PICKS – SHOULD/WILL WIN: Greta Gerwig  for “Lady Bird”

WINNER: Martin McDonagh for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”


Honestly I thought Greta would take this one in a landslide for “Lady Bird” but after seeing the love the voters had for “Three Billboards” this one was no surprise. This award solidified a big night for the film which is truly deserving in its own right and was maybe even a bit more complex than “Lady Bird” in the grand scheme of things. I mean, even McDonagh admitted his own mom, who celebrated her birthday the day after the awards, wanted “Lady Bird” to win (which was pretty much the highlight of his short speech). While I was completely wrong and totally underestimated “Three Billboards” success I have not problem being wrong here. “Three Billboards” was a fantastic film and Martin McDonagh is a spectacular mind in the industry who helped bring to life a story of grief and forgiveness and what happens when we let those inner demons rule our lives. This category was filled with great nominees and McDonagh can now add a long overdue Golden Globe to his collection which includes an Academy Award and a BAFTA.






MY PICKS: SHOULD WIN: Alexandre Desplat  for “The Shape of Water”
WILL WIN: Hans Zimmer for “Dunkirk”

WINNER: Alexandre Desplat for “The Shape of Water”


This one was a tough call for me from the beginning and while I thought “Durkirk” would receive much more love than it was (it was shutout in fact) I’m happy to see my pick for the most deserving did in fact get the nod. With a haunting and fitting musical design Desplat’s score for the fantastic “The Shape of Water” was mesmerizing and fit not only the era, but the mystical and mysterious mood of the film and added to the atmosphere in all the right ways. Desplat was nearly speechless but said he felt moved by the film when he finally saw it. So were many viewers from the general public and it was his score that helepd add to that emotional experience quite well. Very deserving.




MY PICKS – SHOULD WIN: “Remember Me” from “Coco”
WIN: “This Is Me” from “The Greatest SHowman”

WINNER: “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman”


I had a pretty good feeling my “should win” would fail here but “This is Me” was still a very good pick for this award. Honestly the award could have only gone to one of these two songs and I really do appreciate the quality of “This is Me” even though I felt “Remember Me” was more deserving. Writers Justin Hurwitz and Benj Pasek took home their second Golden Globe in a row, winning last year for “La La Land’s” “City of Stars”, and the duo certainly deserved to at least be in the conversation. Maybe I just wanted to avoid the obvious with this pick but I do appreciate the musical quality of the entire soundtrack for “The Greatest Showman” and this lead single from the film has captured the hearts of so many in just the last month. Expect them to be the top contenders for





MY PICKS – SHOULD WIN:  Christopher Nolan for “Dunkirk”
WILL WIN: Christopher Nolan for “Dunkirk”

WINNER: Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water”


I REALLY overestimated the love “Dunkirk” would receive at the Golden Globes. This was the one category I thought that film not only WOULD take but DESERVED to take as well. However I can’t say I’m disappointed in any way that del Toro won in the end. “The Shape of Water” was an expertly crafted film and one that has gained so much respect from film buffs and critics alike during its short time in theaters. Del Toro had a story to tell and one that paid tribute to fantasies of the past and themes of the present. I went out on a limb with my predictions for this one thinking Nolan would secure his first Golden Globe through a film that has been extremely well liked, but to my surprise del Toro pulled it off and it looks like the art of his masterpiece earned him the respect he deserved. I’m not really sure if he will repeat at the Oscars, but at least he got some hardware to show off for his efforts.


“Since childhood I’ve been faithful to monsters. I’ve been saved and absolved by them because monsters I believe are patron saints of our blissful imperfections and they allow and embody the possibility of failing and live.”

– Guillermo del Toro’s Acceptance Speech







WINNER: “Coco”


There’s really not much to say about this one. I called it right for a reason. “Coco” was never going to lose this category, especially when a few high quality animated features were actually left out of the mix. The crew behind this amazing film did a fantastic job bringing a colorful animated modern classic to life with a great moral center. Pixar is back at the top where it belongs. This is the Oscar winner. No doubt about it. Give em the trophy right now. They earned it.





WILL WIN: “The Disaster Artist”

WINNER: “Lady Bird”


Oh me of little faith. I truly though “Lady Bird” would underwhelm at the Golden Globes despite being a deserving selection, but thankfully I was wrong. I picked the next best thing as it’s possible rival in “The Disaster Artist” and while that film was very very good, “Lady Bird” was stupendous and I was so thrilled to see my hope defeated my expectation here. “Lady Bird” will have a tough time against it’s surprise competition (which I’ll discuss in a second) but I do think this set the stage for the film to become a true Oscar favorite. It didn’t dominate as much as I had hoped, but it did reach the pinnacle of success in its main category just as I said it deserved to. We shall see how well that success carries over to the Oscars. Should be fun to watch.


“Thank you to the people of Sacramento (where the film is set) who gave me roots and wings and helped me to get where I am today.”

– Director Greta Gerwig’s Acceptance Speech



MY PICK – SHOULD WIN: “The Shape of Water”
Will WIN: “Dunkirk”

WINNER: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Probably my biggest misstep of all was this prediction of the biggest award of the night. I chose two possible winners that seemed to never have a chance as “Three Billboards” pulled off a surprising 4-win night. I’ll be honest as much as I loved the film it was not even on my radar for this award and I figured “Dunkirk” would have more success than it did and “The Shape of Water” was more deserving. “Three Billboards” however resonated with voters a bit more it seems and took home the night’s biggest surprise win, in my opinion at least. I’m not saying it was undeserving, but I will admit this was a shocking upset that in all honesty probably should have been expected seeing how successful the film was earlier in the night. It was also a bit surprising that it won for screenplay and drama picture but not director, a trend that is seemingly becoming more common between the two major film award shows in recent years. I am legitimately curious to see exactly how well “Three Billboards” performs when it receives its now inevitable Oscar nods. Will it pull off more surprise success or will the Oscars take a different route? Many believe success at the Golden Globes translates to front runner status at the Academy Awards. If that’s the case then “Three Billboards” has gone from underdog to top of the totem pole with one surprising victory and whether or not it is truly superior to its competition may be more a matter of public opinion that the voters at the end of the day. I don’t think it was, but I’m not the one making the decision am I?

“If you couldn’t tell we had a wonderful time making this film. it was a truly wonderful experience. It had a beautiful heart, it had beautiful people.”

– Producer Graham Broadbent’s Acceptance Speech

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