Golden Globes 2022 has raised a lot of questions, particularly about why the award ceremony is not being streamed. Despite the low-key nature of the event, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) still gives out one of the most significant awards, often touted as a precursor to the Academy Awards. 

This year has seen some fantastic films and shows which have kept us entertained. Ahead of the 79th Golden Globes on January 9, here are our predictions.  

Best Motion Picture, Drama

This category has quite a few excellent entries including ‘Belfast’, ‘Dune‘, ‘Coda’, ‘King Richard’, and ‘The Power of the Dog’. However, ‘The Power of the Dog’ is a clear favourite for being a dark Western with a surprising twist. 

The tale is built and executed with a degree of finesse, dropping hints within the narrative, but never really revealing the complete picture, making this a fantastic viewing experience. 

Best Actor (Male) in Motion Picture, Drama

This category is filled with powerhouses like Mahershala Ali, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Javier Bardem. While all their performances have been memorable, Smith stands out in particular for his role in ‘King Richard’. 

He essays the part of Richard Williams, a man determined to make his two daughters, Serena and Venus, tennis legends. The rest, as they say, is history. So far, Smith has left empty-handed, but this could change at the 2022 award ceremony. 

Best Actor (Female) in Motion Picture, Drama

Looking at the phenomenal talent populating this category, finding a winner is sure to be a tough choice. With the likes of Lady Gaga, Jessica Chastain, and Nicole Kidman vying for top place, the race is on. 

However, there has been an undeniable buzz about two performances – Olivia Colman’s in ‘The Lost Daughter’ and Kristen Stewart’s ‘Spencer‘. The former is a veteran, but Stewart is our favourite to win, with her transformational performance as Princess Diana

Best TV series, Drama

Any category that includes the Netflix favourite ‘Squid Game’ is bound to face a tough challenge. However, the contenders are more than up to the task, including notable shows like ‘Succession’, ‘Pose’, ‘Lupin’, and ‘The Morning Show’. 

Despite the popularity of the South Korean drama, ‘Succession’ is still the favourite to win this year. The family drama surrounding the media mogul who refuses to retire, and his many relatives vying for a piece, has been strong right from the start. Somewhat based on the Murdoch family, ‘Succession’ has already wowed award shows including the Emmys and the Golden Globes, back in 2020. 

Best Limited Series or TV Movie

While ‘Dopesick’, ‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’, ‘Maid’, and ‘The Underground Railroad’ are all strong entries, ‘Mare of Easttown’ takes the cake. 

The crime drama perhaps showcases one of Kate Winslet’s finest performances, in an overall stellar career. The tale is layered and takes us through the protagonist’s grief and redemption. The series is a whole package, and while it didn’t get the spotlight it deserved at the Emmys, the HBO show is sure to grab eyeballs here. 

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At the time of announcing the nominations, the current president of the HFPA Helen Hoehne said that there is more diversity in the HFPA members now. Accordingly, we might see a more inclusive nomination list in the award ceremony that had infamously snubbed works like ‘I May Destroy You’ and ‘Da 5 Bloods’.