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Opening Golden Globe Odds Released: Marriage Story Leads with Six Nominations

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Netflix's Marriage Story is up for the most Golden Globes this year. “Photo courtesy of Netflix.[CC License].”
  • Nominees for the upcoming Golden Globe Awards have been announced, with Netflix’s Marriage Story leading the nominees
  • The awards will honor the best in film and television
  • The 77th Annual Golden Globes will be handed out on January 5, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California

There’s a now-iconic scene on Schitt’s Creek where the character Moira (played by Catherine O’Hara) is asked what her favorite season is. Pausing, she then announces emphatically: “Awards.”

It’s funny, sure. But she’s also not alone. Awards season is beloved and awaited by many. It’s also not too far away, thankfully. With the announcement of Golden Globe nominees, we can officially say Awards Season is upon us. You can shriek externally, we don’t judge you.

The Golden Globes are fun for two reasons. Not just because they honor the best in both film and television. They’re exciting because they double as an awards show as well as a chance to watch your favorite celebrities sit around tables for a couple of hours pounding wine and getting progressively hosed.

But we digress. Here are the nominees and opening odds for the best motion picture in comedy and drama, as well as best director.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Odds

Nominee Odds
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood -200
Jojo Rabbit +300
Knives Out +650
Rocketman +1200
Dolemite Is My Name +1000

All odds taken December 10th

It’s surprising to see Rocketman nominated, but the Globes have a more open-minded nominee list than most award shows. It’s great to see some love for this film as Taron Egerton did a fantastic job in the role of Elton John. But, if anything, he’ll win for performance rather than the movie taking home a trophy of its own.

Anyone who has seen Knives Out can tell you it’s a fun watch. But is a murder mystery going to clean up at an awards show? Probably not. Typically, the films that end up taking home the gold aren’t the ones with the biggest entertainment value.

The most serious contender is the critical smash Jojo Rabbit. It’s just quirky enough while still holding the audience’s attention. This is a film snob’s film that still manages to be accessible to the general public.

Pick: Jojo Rabbit (+300)

Best Motion Picture – Drama Odds

Nominee Odds
The Irishman -170
Marriage Story +225
1917 +600
Joker +1000
The Two Popes +2000

People loved Joker, without a doubt. But it’s contending against some really big ‘awards style’ films.

The biggest contender is looking like Marriage Story. The Netflix release has gained huge traction even long before its release. The Noah Baumbach flick has done remarkably well with critics.

People have also come out for The Irishman (another Netflix release), claiming it’s Martin Scorsese at his best. Many in the entertainment business wonder if this could be a long-overdue chance for Scorsese to sweep an awards season.

But you can’t deny a film festival darling, and Marriage Story was exactly that. The Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver-led film is a modern-day masterpiece and will win, deservedly so.

Pick: Marriage Story (+225)

Best Director – Motion Picture Odds

Nominee Odds
Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) -120
Bong Joon Ho (Parasite) +300
Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) +400
Sam Mendes (1917) +500
Todd Phillips (Joker) +1400

The Irishman may not end up taking home Best Motion Picture, but Scorsese will likely have this one in the bag. His competition for Best Director is much less fierce.

Certainly, Quentin Tarantino is a bit of a dark horse as a nominee. He’s been up for three previous awards in this category through the years and never won. Scorsese has won three of his nominations so far while Mendes won once for American Beauty.

Love it or hate it, Scorsese’s Irishman is an impressive film. All of its moving parts could not have happened without Scorsese’s incredible direction.

Pick: Martin Scorsese

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