THERE'S one question on everybody's lips ahead of the 2016 Golden Globes: who among the crowd of Hollywood's elite will be safe from host Ricky Gervais?
After hosting the Globes for three straight years, ending in 2012, Gervais returns and has already taken to Twitter to apologise in advance for his antics.
"Because I can see the future, I'd like to apologise now for the things I said at next week's Golden Globes," the British comedian wrote.
The Globes kick off the Hollywood award circuit, which culminates in the Oscars held in February.
Among the Globes nominees, Carol starring Cate Blanchett leads the way with five nominations followed closely by The Revenant, The Big Short and Steve Jobs on four.
While the TV competition sees a lot of newcomers including Outlander, Mr. Robot take on some of the staples such as Orange is the New Black and Game of Thrones.
Streaming services such as Netflix and US cable stations HBO and Starz dominated nominations continuing the trend away from traditional network television shows.
As usual for Australian viewers, there will be a number of films and TV shows that have yet to grace our screens but they will hopefully whet your appetite for things to come.
And the film nominees (with predictions in bold) are:
Best Picture - Drama
Mad Max: Fury Road
Thoughts: Spotlight is firm favourite in this category thanks to its meticulous examination of how the Boston Globes uncovered the scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese. A great ensemble cast featuring Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and Liev Schreiber deliver in spades. Will face some strong competition from Carol and The Revenant.
Best Picture - Comedy/Musical
The Big Short
Thoughts: An interesting category with crowd-pleasing dramas such as The Martian up against out-and-out comedies like Trainwreck. Despite its serious plot about an astronaut left behind on Mars, The Martian will win thanks to a witty script from scribe Drew Goddard (Buffy, Cabin in the Woods) and a fun, yet complex performance from Matt Damon.
Best Actress - Drama
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Thoughts: Wow. This is tough. Blanchett, a three-time Golden Globe winner, delivers yet again in romantic drama Carol. But her vote could be split with her on-screen partner, the equally impressive, Rooney Mara. This could open the door for Larson, who has now firmed as favourite. Larson's portrayal as mother who will go to any lengths to protect her son is truly harrowing.
Best Actor - Drama
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Will Smith, Concussion
Thoughts: He ate raw bison and endured freezing temperatures for his role in The Revenant. There is a strong momentum building to make 2016 the year of DiCaprio and it should all start with a win here. The always magnetic Fassbender is the only real threat here for his brilliant depiction of Steve Jobs.
Best Actress - Comedy/Musical
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Melissa McCarthy, Spy
Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van
Lily Tomlin, Grandma
Thoughts: Best friends Lawrence and Schumer will battle it out in this category. Joy's mixed reviews may hurt Lawrence, who is fantastic in the role of the famous mop entrepreneur. Schumer had an incredible 2015 and should cap it off with a win here for her role as a commitment-phobic career woman in Trainwreck.
Best Actor - Comedy Or Musical
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Steve Carell, The Big Short
Matt Damon, The Martian
Al Pacino, Danny Collins
Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear
Thoughts: Matt Damon should win here for his charismatic, tour-de-force performance as astronaut Mark Watney in The Martian. Take that Neil Armstrong!
Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian
Thoughts: Can the action symphony that Miller conducts in Mad Max: Fury Road overcome the flashy camera work of Inarritu's The Revenant? Or perhaps the sombre craft of Tom McCarthy's Spotlight will be appreciated more than Haynes' beautifully shot Carol? A very tough category, with not much separating the nominees. Despite its simple road-movie premise, here's hoping Miller is rewarded for one of the most unique action movies in decades.
Best Animated Feature Film
The Good Dinosaur
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Thoughts: Anomalisa is one of the most interesting films of the year from the mind of Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Pixar has two horses in this race with The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out and it is the latter that should take home the prize. Its unique insight into the mind of a young girl adjusting to her new home and the conflicting emotions that arise.
Best Supporting Actress
Jane Fonda, Youth
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Best Supporting Actor
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Emma Donoghue, Room
Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight
Charles Randolph, Adam McKay, The Big Short
Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight
Best Original Score
Ricky Gervais Golden Globe zingers
Alexandre Desplat, The Danish Girl
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto, The Revenant
Best Foreign Film
The Brand New Testament (Belgium/France/Luxembourg)
The Club (Chile)
The Fencer (Finland/Germany/Estonia)
Son of Saul (Hungary)
Best Original Song
Love me Like You Do, Fifty Shades of Grey, written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ali Payami, Ilya Salmanzadeh
One Kind of Love, Love & Mercy, written by Brian Wilson, Scott Bennett
See You Again, Furious 7, written by Justin Franks, Andrew Cedar, Charlie Puth, Cameron Thomaz
Simple Song #3, Youth, written by David Lang
Writing's on the Wall, Spectre, written by Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes
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