2018 is barely a week old and its already time to hand out the first round of gold trophies. The winners of the 75th Golden Globe Awards – honouring the best in US film and television – will be announced Monday, January 8, and unlike the Oscars, the results are slightly less predictable. Here then are STACKs tips for who will cross the finish line in what promises to be a very close race  

Best Picture – Drama
Call Me by Your Name
Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Gay romantic drama Call Me by Your Name is more likely to win Oscars than Globes, as is Christopher Nolan’s mighty Dunkirk, which leaves the always brilliant Guillermo del Toro’s latest, The Shape of Water, to claim the award.

Best Picture – Comedy or Musical
The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

At least there are comedies and a musical nominated this year (remember The Martian’s nod last year?!), although horror-satire Get Out’s inclusion in this category is slightly contentious. Greta Gerwig’s fabulously funny coming-of-age film Lady Bird is the hot favourite and will follow through, although James Franco’s hilarious The Disaster Artist is equally worthy.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Tom Hanks, The Post
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Timothée Chalamet was the breakout performance this year but veteran thoroughbreds like Daniel Day Lewis and Gary Oldman are going to be hard to beat. Oldman’s transformation into Winston Churchill will claim victory.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl Streep, The Post
Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

Five brilliant actresses, one Golden Globe. Frances McDormand’s fiery performance as a grieving mother is a career best and will claim the Globe, although Sally Hawkins mute janitor is every bit as deserving.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

No contest here – James Franco becomes weirdo filmmaker Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, leaving no room for the competition.

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes

Margot Robbie is the hot favourite, and Emma Stone’s authentic Billy Jean King the dark horse. However, Saoirse Ronan will claim this one – but will the presenters pronounce her name right? 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Another tough one to pick. It will be a tight finish between Willem Dafoe, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Plummer, and Armie Hammer (sorry Richard). Too close to call, but whoever wins this will also take home an Oscar.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Alison Janney’s scene-stealing monstrous mother will skate away with the Globe. Go figure.

Best Animated Film
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Pixar’s Coco is the obvious choice, but up against a work of art like Loving Vincent – beautifully rendered with animated oil paintings – there’s no contest. The Boss Baby’s incomprehensible inclusion is simply to make up the numbers, surely?

Best Director – Motion Picture
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Ridley Scott, All The Money in the World
Steven Spielberg, The Post

The Post is minor Spielberg, Christopher Nolan will have to wait for the Oscars, and Martin McDonagh is a better writer than director. That leaves Guillermo del Toro to take home the Globe for his best film since Pans Labyrinth. Ok, we’ll admit a little bias here. 

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Guillermo Del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Liz Hannah, Josh Singer, The Post
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game

McDonagh’s Three Billboards is the clear winner here, although Gerwig’s Lady Bird could snatch victory in a photo finish.

Best Television Series – Drama
The Crown
Game of Thrones
This is Us
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things

Game of Thrones wins Emmys, not Globes, which gives the grim Handmaids Tale and the majestic Crown a clear run to the finish line. Handmaids by the tip of a bonnet.

Best Television Series – Comedy
Black-ish
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Master of None
SMILF
Will & Grace

The Hollywood Foreign Press usually favour a hot new show in this category, and period comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will be their choice this year.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Could this finally be Bob Odenkirk’s year? It would be if he wasn’t facing stiff competition from Sterling K. Brown, and that’s no lie.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Claire Foy, The Crown
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s independent hooker is one of the great things about The Deuce, but Elizabeth Moss is the safe bet here.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
William H. Macy, Shameless
Eric McCormack, Will and Grace

Given Will & Grace’s track record at the Globes previously, Eric McCormack is the winner in an otherwise uninspiring field. Wait for the sniggers when Kevin Bacon’s new show is mentioned!

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Alison Brie, Glow
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Issa Rae, Insecure
Frankie Shaw, SMILF

As the 1950s Jewish housewife who aspires to be a stand-up comedienne, the marvellous Rachel Brosnahan will be duly rewarded.

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Sinner
Top of the Lake: China Girl

Emmy-winning juggernaut Big Little Lies is the Black Caviar of TV and will continue its unbroken streak, even with the excellent Top of the Lake: China Girl in the same race.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Jude Law, The Young Pope
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius

Ewan McGregor’s double act was the highlight of Fargo’s third season, but Kyle MacLachlan is the worthy winner for slipping effortlessly back into Agent Cooper’s suit after a 27-year break.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Nicole Kidman already has the Emmy and a Globe will complement it nicely on the mantelpiece. No contest.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Alfred Molina, Feud
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo

David Harbour’s bearish Jim Hopper is the people’s choice, and Alfred Molina is a convincing Robert Aldrich, but this award is Alexander Skarsgård’s for the taking.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies 

When you’re up against Big Little Lies in the acting honours, you can hit the bar early. Laura Dern.

Check in on Monday afternoon for all the winners.