‘A Star is Born’ leads the way

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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

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