Who will be leaving the Beverly Hilton with a shiny new doorstop? Our predictions for some key races on the film side, as NBC gets set to air the proceedings live at 5 p.m. Pacific time Sunday:
BEST FILM DRAMA
The nominees: "Boyhood," "Foxcatcher," "Selma," "The Imitation Game" and
The winner: Let's go with the eventual Oscar winner, "Boyhood." The
BEST FILM COMEDY/MUSICAL
The winner: Globes voters don't go for ha-ha funny. They like their humor dark and curdled (or, sometimes, in the case of "The Tourist," nonexistent). That comedic taste should translate into a win for "Birdman," though it's possible that
The nominees: Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"; David Fincher,
The winner: Inarritu. The Mexican-born director has been nominated before ("Babel"), and the razzle-dazzle style he employed in "Birdman" should get HFPA voters' attention.
BEST ACTOR DRAMA
The nominees: Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"; Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"; Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler";
The winner: Give Redmayne the edge for his transformative portrayal of Stephen Hawking in "Theory." But it's close and it wouldn't be shocking if voters choose another Brit (Cumberbatch or Oyelowo) or go with Gyllenhaal, whose movie has been gaining serious momentum the past few months.
BEST ACTRESS DRAMA
The nominees: Jennifer Aniston, "Cake"; Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything"; Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"; Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"; and Reese Witherspoon, "Wild"
The winner: Moore has been considered the front-runner in the lead actress race since
BEST ACTOR COMEDY/MUSICAL
The winner: Of the nominated actors, only Keaton figures to find favor with the academy too. That makes him the likely winner, though Fiennes, so good as the can-do concierge in "Budapest," could surprise for a movie that many HFPA members adore.
BEST ACTRESS COMEDY/MUSICAL
The winner: It's possible that none of these women will win an Oscar nomination, making this category something of a wildcard. Historically, Globes voters have been partial to musicals, giving Blunt the edge. But they adore Adams, nominating her six times and giving her this prize last year for