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2021 Golden Globes Betting Predictions

The 2021 Golden Globes will take place on the date originally set aside for the Academy Awards. Sunday February 28th will see the best of American film and television in 2020 honored, a year when billions have people have spent more time in front of their screens than usual.

Golden Globes betting is a popular pastime for entertainment experts and hobbyist bettors alike. The qualification period runs from January 1st 2020 through to December 31st – there are several different rules for eligibility, including that films must be 70 minutes long and screened for at least a week in the Los Angeles area.

Golden Globes Betting Predictions

There are 27 different awards handed out at the Golden Globes every year. Let’s do a quick run down of the main contenders for the high-profile awards.

Best Motion Picture

Variety has identified the five most likely nominees, including ‘Borat’, ‘The Prom’ and ‘On The Rocks’. Rumors circle that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association really likes ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’, and some are suggesting ‘Emma’ could earn a nomination.

One of Disney Plus’ biggest releases, ‘Hamilton’, will be in the mix. Netflix’s ‘Jingle Jangle’’ and ‘Happiest Season’ from Hulu are also going to be speculated of as contenders for Best Motion Picture.

‘The Prom’ is the likely frontrunner for this award at the time of writing, but don’t be surprised to see a run from Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ – the film won Best Screenplay at the British Independent Film Awards.

Best Actor In A Motion Picture

Sacha Baron Cohen won this award back in 2006 for the original ‘Borat’. While his latest release hasn’t been met with quite the same enthusiasm, Baron Cohen is still considered the early frontrunner for this award.

Jamie Dornan’s performance in ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ will warrant considerable attention in this discussion, too. While barely comparable to Baron Cohen as Borat, Dornan was superb. It’s exactly the kind of performance that is often rewarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

If ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ proves to be popular with the HFPA, Dev Patel is going to be there or thereabouts for Best Actor. It’s not impossible to envisage a very successful evening for Iannucci’s film – could they take home Best Actor and Best Motion Picture?

As usual, there are big names aplenty who will be eyeing up this award. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon could earn nominations for ‘The Trip To Greece’, while Pete Davidson could be a good longshot bet for his performance in ‘The King Of Staten Island’.

Seth Rogen in ‘An American Pickle’ and Will Smith in ‘Bad Boys For Life’ are no more than outsiders at this point.

Best Actress In A Motion Picture

Meryl Streep owns the Golden Globes. The most successful person in the history of the awards with seven, Streep is a lock for yet another nomination (extending another record she already holds). Streep’s performance in Netflix’s ‘The Prom’ is set to go head-to-head with Michelle Pfeiffer in ‘French Exit’.

Pfeiffer has previous Golden Globes success, winning once before and earning six other nominations. Many bettors would consider her the favorite at this early stage, though a lot can obviously change between late-December and February.

Emily Blunt’s performance alongside Jamie Dornan in ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ makes her a sure-fire contender for Best Actress. Expecting a nomination for Best Motion Picture, ‘On The Rocks’ could also see Rashida Jones rewarded with a nomination in Best Actress.

Beyond the leading quartet, it’s a wide open field. Kristin Scott Thomas is deserving of recognition for her performance in ‘Military Wives’, and there will be clamor for Margot Robbie to receive a nomination for ‘Birds Of Prey’.

For now, though, this looks as though it’s a straight shootout between Streep and Pfeiffer. Streep may well be the betting favorite given her history of success with the HFPA.

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