‘A Star is Born’ leads the way
Hollywood’s A-listers will hit the red carpet on Sunday for the Golden Globes, the glitzy start to the entertainment industry’s awards season, with popular music romance A Star is Born the overwhelming favorite for top honours.
Even though Dick Cheney biopic Vice leads the nominations with six, it looks likely that “Star” – and its power duo of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – will be the film that seizes the momentum ahead of next month’s all-important Oscars.
“A Star is Born has everything going for it, including box office and critical success,” senior media analyst at industry data firm ComScore Paul Dergarabedian said.
But he cautioned that the Globes – handed out by the 90odd members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – are notoriously unpredictable.
This year, the Globes come at the start of voting for Oscar nominations, and while they are not a clear predictor of Academy Award success, they are a bellwether of momentum.
“A Star Is Born seems to be a favourite for best drama at the Globes, but it’s hard to rule out an upset by a film like Black Panther or possibly even BlacKkKlansman,” says Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at boxoffice.com.
If there is a sure bet on Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton, it is that Alfonso Cuaron’s heartfelt Roma , a cinematic ode to his childhood in 1970s Mexico City, will take home honours for best foreign film. He is also up for best director.
Competing against the Mexican filmmaker for the best director prize are Spike Lee ( BlacKkKlansman), Peter Farrelly ( Green Book), Adam McKay ( Vice ) and Cooper, who made his debut behind the camera with “Star”, directing himself.
For the experts polled by awards prediction website Gold Derby, A Star Is Born is a lock for best drama film, but Cuaron will take home top director honours.
Unlike the Oscars, the Golden Globes have parallel categories for dramas and musical/comedy films – meaning two times the prizes, and a chance for Oscar voters to consider a wider range of performances.
Gaga could be a double winner, with nods for both best drama actress and best original song for the film’s mega-hit, Shallow .
For best actor, Cooper is locked in a duel with Rami Malek, who portrays Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
The field on the musical/comedy side is wider.
Beyond Vice, top contenders include offbeat royal romp The Favourite , civil rights dramedy Green Book and Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns.
Welsh actor Christian Bale, nearly unrecognisable as Cheney, is tipped to take home best actor honours.
But he has stiff competition from Viggo Mortensen, who stars alongside Mahershala Ali in Green Book, the story of a black classical pianist in 1960s America who hires an ItalianAmerican bouncer as his driver for a tour of the racially divided South.
In the best musical/comedy actress race Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Anne in The Favourite, is up against Emily Blunt, who fills the shoes of Julie Andrews as the magical British nanny.
IN TUNE: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in a scene from the movie