SNL return could lift Murphy to Globes win
Could a “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig help win a Golden Globe?
Eddie Murphy’s highly entertaining return to “SNL” in December may lift him to the best comedy prize for “Dolemite Is My Name” this weekend. His strongest competition is Leonardo DiCaprio of “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.”
Both films are about the love of moviemaking, and the Golden Globes are expected to spread the awards love at 8 p.m. Sunday on NBC.
Ricky Gervais will bring the edge as host, and he has electrified the Globes with his bracing humor four previous times.
The presenters include nominees DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Daniel Craig, Margot Robbie, Cate Blanchett, Kit Harington, Rami Malek, Christian Bale and Antonio Banderas. Also handing out prizes will be Glenn Close, Will Ferrell, Tiffany Haddish, Harvey Keitel, Salma Hayek, Tim Allen and Amy Poehler, another performer who dazzled as Globes host.
In career recognition, Tom Hanks will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and Ellen DeGeneres is getting the Carol Burnett Award. Hanks speaks to NBC’s “Today” on Monday.
There isn’t a lot of suspense about this year’s movie awards, so Gervais’ quips will be more important than usual.
The big movie prizes are likely to go to “The Irishman” for drama and “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” for comedy.
Renee Zellweger is a shoo-in for dramatic actress for playing Judy Garland in “Judy.” Awkwafina has the edge for comedy actress for “The Farewell,” and a memorable speech could boost the comedian’s chances for an Oscar nomination.
The supporting prizes will be collected by Pitt of “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and Jennifer Lopez of “Hustlers.”
The lead actor prizes are more competitive. Murphy probably has the edge over DiCaprio. “SNL” was a wonderful reminder of Murphy’s abilities and legacy.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association could help Antonio Banderas’s Oscar chances for “Pain and Glory” with the prize for dramatic actor. It’s career-best work for the Spanish actor, and it’s less controversial than Joaquin Phoenix’s work in “Joker.”
More likely wins: “Parasite” for foreign language film and “Toy Story 4” for animated film. If Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”) and Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time”) split the vote for director, South Korea’s Bong Joon Ho could triumph for “Parasite.”
The TV awards don’t generate as much attention, but the mixing of TV and film performers makes the Globes a loopy, frequently joyous event. And who doesn’t need some joy these days?
Eddie Murphy is a Golden Globe nominee for “Dolemite Is My Name.”