Last Thursday, Hollywood was buzzing with news of the Golden Globe nominations. But over on this side of the pond, champagne glasses were also clinking as a selection of British stars found themselves in the race to win some coveted silverware at Tinseltown’s first major awards ceremony of 2015.
And what a year it’s been for film on this side of the Atlantic. In the movie categories, three British stars – Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and David Oyelowo – are vying for leading actor in a drama, with the best actress shortlist featuring both Felicity Jones and Rosamund Pike. Ralph Fiennes, Helen Mirren and Emily Blunt are also among those nominated – but with just under a month to go until the ceremony, there’s still plenty to play for.
So, for some early predictions, we’ve turned to social media for some spurious predictions…
If the Globes took into account overall buzz around these films and their stars on Twitter, news, forums and blogs (it’s an exact science, this), The Theory of Everything’s British leads Redmayne and Jones would be walking away with prestigious acting prizes, as would Fiennes for The Grand Budapest Hotel and Amy Adams for Tim Burton’s Big Eyes.
Boyhood would pick up best motion picture for drama, over Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, Selma and the Theory of Everything, while Michael Keaton-starring Birdman would be named best motion picture – comedy.
Over in the TV categories, social media indicates The Affair (starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson) would narrowly beat Downton Abbey to best drama series, with comedy series Jane the Virgin (yet to air in the UK) triumphing over Silicon Valley and Amazon original Transparent.
And – if social media had its way – Brit stars would score another coup in the acting categories, with Clive Owen’s performance in The Knick and Ruth Wilson’s in The Affair landing the most pre-awards buzz for their work in drama, with Americans Louis C.K. (Louie) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) predicted to top the comedy shortlists.
The Golden Globes are held on Sunday 11th January, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler