This awards season has been hard to call from day one, with early favourites Marriage Story and The Irishman maintaining steady momentum.

They were quickly joined by Sam Mendes’ World War One movie 1917, Korean film Parasite and Quentin Tarantino’s ode to Tinseltown, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

The acting categories are similarly wide open in a year that’s going to become increasingly hard to predict who will receive their little golden statuettes come February.

But do the recent Golden Globes given us any further clarity?

1917’s Best Picture win in the Drama category came as a relatively big shock, with many having Scorsese’s Indian Summer masterpiece The Irishman or Noah Bambuch’s Marriage Story as leading contenders.

Similarly, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’s win in the comedy section (an odd genre choice, perhaps, for this film) has arguably left the door open for a straight race between 1917 and Tarantino’s latest for the coveted Best Picture Oscar. 

Hye-jin Jang and Woo-sik Choi in Parasite
Hye-jin Jang and Woo-sik Choi in Parasite C: CJ Entertainment

It remains to be seen whether these two films will carry this momentum into the BAFTA’S in February, the nominations for which indicate that all of these titles are in with a shout of at least a serious tilt at nabbing some Oscars.

The surprise omission of Marriage Story, and the apparent lack of love on the awards circuit for Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed take on the classic Little Women which gave fresh life into a novel that is over 150 years old, has raised a few eyebrows. 

Despite safe for nominations at the Globes for lead Saiorse Ronan and in the music and screenplay categories, it feels like it will come up short at the Oscars despite its critical reception, with Gerwig’s exclusion from the best director category severely puzzling. 

Sam Mendes’ win was another upset, given he was up against Scorsese, Tarantino and pre-ceremony favourite Bong Joon Ho for Parasite.

This race will be one of the closest of the season and it would be far from a surprise to see Tarantino adding another Oscar to his bulging cabinet.

But again, Scorsese is Scorsese so can we ever write him off?

The acting categories went, more or less, to script with Joaquin Phoenix’s iconic take on comic book foe The Joker landing him a Golden Globe.

George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman in 1917
George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman in 1917 C: Universal Pictures

Taron Edgerton’s all-singing performance in Rocket Man and Di Caprio’s acclaimed performance in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood means they will be strong contenders going forward, however.

Joel Edgerton has also been nominated for a BAFTA so may well find himself in the mix for an Oscar, although it does seem hard to look past Phoenix at this stage as the Clown Prince of Crime.

Renee Zelwegger won the Best Actress in a Drama, with many having had that pegged as a close call between her and Charlize Theron for her work in Bombshell while Awkwafina’s win for The Farwell in the comedy section ensures everyone is on their toes.

In the Supporting Actor categories, Brad Pitt beat out fellow heavyweights Joe Pesci, Al Pacino (both nominated for The Irishman and Tom Hanks at the Globes, while the supporting actress race was expected to be closer between Jennifer Lopez for Hustlers and Laura Dern for Marriage Story

Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood C: Sony Pictures

This now seems to be in Dern’s corner following her win and no BAFTA nomination for Lopez could signal bad news for her looking ahead.

Overall, the Golden Globes have left an interesting complexion and opened up some new tussles that hadn’t previously been anticipated, especially in the Best Picture and Director fields, while indicating the previously predictable results in others. 

Netflix were perhaps the nights biggest losers, having gone in with more nominations than other studios, but scooped just two wins out of its 34 nominations. 

All in all, despite Ricky Gervais’ attempts to steal the thunder, there was plenty of shock and drama to be found in the winners and losers at the Golden Globes and what it spells for the near future.