Will win: Soul
Should win: Soul
Should be here: A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Since its launch in 2007, the Globes’ animation award has been won by Pixar eight of the 11 times the studio has been in contention, and Soul seems too highly regarded to buck the trend. Cartoon Saloon’s glorious Wolfwalkers is the underdog.
Best Foreign Language Film
Will win: Minari
Should win: La Llorona
Should be here: I’m No Longer Here
The Globes are Hollywood-centric to the point of myopia, and bar any film whose screenplay is less than 50 percent English from their two top categories. That’s why the crowd-pleasing Minari – an American film with mostly Korean dialogue – has ended up on their foreign-language list instead. But there’s stiff, star-powered (courtesy of Mads Mikkelsen) competition here in the form of Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round, which could easily squeak in ahead.
Best Original Score
Will win: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste, Soul
Should win: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Mank
Should be here: Dustin O’Halloran and Volker Bertelmann, Ammonite
In the 2021 clash of the composers, Reznor and Ross are their own biggest rivals, having delivered two exceptional and very different scores that shows the long-serving duo at the peak of their powers. But the extraordinary stylistic breadth of the Soul soundtrack – thanks in no small part to significant contributions from jazz pianist Batiste – is what makes it the likelier winner.
Best Original Song
Will win: Speak Now, One Night in Miami
Should win: Fight For You, Judas and the Black Messiah
Should be here: Wuhan Flu, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Stodgy stuff here overall, which could have really done with Borat’s rabble-rousing QAnon singalong to spice things up. In its absence, Fight For You is the most characterful entry, but that isn’t saying much.
The 78th Golden Globe Awards will take place on Sunday February 28
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