Last night’s Golden Globes proved to be great entertainment, as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took the reigns once again as hosts of the show.
But, the most exciting part of the awards show is always what happens in the movie categories.
While the awards are glamorous to win in their own right, we all know they’re just a preview for what’s to come at the Oscars.
Some of the awards last night were a bit of a surprise when the winner was called, and now, some of the big prizes at the Oscars might turn out a bit differently.
First, let’s take a look at the people and movies already guaranteed a nomination and likely win.
Richard Linklater’s work over 12 years on the film “Boyhood” certainly paid off last night, as it took home awards for Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), Best Director (Linklater) and Best Motion Picture: Drama.
When the Oscars come along, you can surely bet Hollywood will, once again, praise this one-of-a-kind film with the Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Picture awards.
The only great competition thus far for the Best Picture title was “Birdman,” which lost the award for Best Motion Picture: Comedy to “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
It also looks like the fifth time will be the charm for Julianne Moore at this year’s Oscars, as she took home the award for Best Actress in a Drama for “Still Alice.”
She beat out Reese Witherspoon, Felicity Jones, Rosamund Pike and Jennifer Aniston, which are likely to be the same contenders she will face at the Oscars. It will truly be satisfying to see Moore win the Oscar she so rightly deserves.
However, the nominees for Best Actress at the Oscars might see one major shake up. Amy Adams is the dark horse and the one person who is likely to fight her way into the nominations for “Big Eyes.”
After her win last night for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, she definitely has a better chance at pushing out one of the other women (predictably Aniston).
When it comes to the award for Best Actor at the Oscars, it is seemingly certain Michael Keaton will take home the prize for his role as a washed-up actor trying to get his career back in “Birdman.”
Keaton took home the award last night in the Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy category, while Eddie Redmayne took home the award in the Drama category for his role as Stephen Hawking in “The History of Everything.”
However much of a threat Redmayne is now, many believe there will be a huge upset, and he may not even receive a nomination at the Oscars.
As everyone expected, JK Simmons won Best Supporting Actor for “Whiplash.” The actor went against great contenders, including “Boyhood” actor Ethan Hawke, but it seems he will take this prize again at the Oscars.
The award for Best Animated Movie last night also went to a surprise winner.
While everyone thought it was a sure thing “The Lego Movie” was going to take the award as an original film that was as enjoyable for adults as it was for children, it, instead, went to “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”
While both movies are sure to get nominated, it’ll be interesting to see who takes the top award. Of note, this is one of the categories that tends to have different winners at both awards shows.
While there were some surprises at this year’s Golden Globes, it seems most of what we thought was going to happen here (and, again, at the Oscars) did happen.
If the predicted four actors win the Oscar, it will be the first Oscar win for all four, which would be a nice change and should bring humble acceptance speeches.
We shall find out what goes down when the Academy Awards take place on Feb. 22 on ABC.
This article first appeared on Elite Daily on Jan. 12, 2015 and can be found here.