Motion Picture - Drama
"The Ides of March"
Prediction: "The Descendants" starring George Clooney looks set to take out the best motion picture drama category. Director Alexander Payne has managed to once again tap into the tragic-comic vein that made his films like "Election", "About Schmidt" and "Sideways" big hits. We also wouldn't totally rule out Martin Scorsese's beautiful "Hugo" which has critics waxing lyrical about the old master's latest work.
20th Century Fox
Actress – Drama
Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs"
Viola Davis, "The Help"
Rooney Mara, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"
Tilda Swinton, "We Need to Talk About Kevin"
Prediction: It's a tight field and any of these ladies could win. While Viola Davis' performance in "The Help" has all the hallmarks of an award winner it’s hard to imagine that Meryl Streep won't take home the best actress award for her pitch perfect portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady".
Actor – Drama
George Clooney, "The Descendants"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "J. Edgar"
Michael Fassbender, "Shame"
Ryan Gosling, "The Ides of March"
Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"
Prediction: This category pits two perennial Globe favourites against one another: Leonardo DiCaprio (Eight nominations, one win) and George Clooney (12 nominations, two wins). We think George should be making room in his trophy case for a third globe (but there's still room for an upset by Pitt).
20th Century Fox
Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
"Midnight in Paris"
"My Week With Marilyn"
Prediction: "Bridesmaids" was a massive box office success in 2011 and shouldn't be totally discounted but we think "The Artist", which has had critics in raptures, will take home the prize on the night.
Actress - Comedy/Musical
Jodie Foster, "Carnage"
Charlize Theron, "Young Adult"
Kristen Wiig, "Bridesmaids"
Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn"
Kate Winslet, "Carnage"
Prediction: While "My Week With Marilyn" hardly screams comedy Michelle Williams seems a sure thing to win best actress in this category.
Actor - Comedy/Musical
Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
Brendan Gleeson, "The Guard"
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "50/50"
Ryan Gosling, "Crazy, Stupid, Love."
Owen Wilson, "Midnight in Paris"
Prediction: Jean Dujardin will likely win hands down for his work in "The Artist" but we think special mention should go to Brendan Gleeson in "The Guard". He is superb in this plucky little Irish fish-out-of-water comedy that leaves many of its big budget Hollywood counterparts for dead. Special mention also to Ryan Gosling's abs.
"The Adventures of Tintin"
"Puss in Boots"
Prediction: "The Adventures of Tintin" seems sure to win this category. It's an innovative, razzle dazzle crowd pleaser that comes with a solid gold Steven Spielberg/Peter Jackson pedigree. "Rango" offers some quirky competition.
Berenice Bejo, "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain, "The Help"
Janet McTeer, "Albert Nobbs"
Octavia Spencer, "The Help"
Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"
Prediction: It seems most likely that the big momentum from "The Artist" will carry Berenice Bejo to victory. It's worth noting that it's been a bumper year for Jessica Chastain who also turned in a stellar performance in "The Tree of Life", voters have been known to recognize a body of work.
Kenneth Branagh, "My Week With Marilyn"
Albert Brooks, "Drive"
Jonah Hill, "Moneyball"
Viggo Mortensen, "A Dangerous Method"
Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"
Prediction: No one deserves this more than 82-year-old Christopher Plummer who seems a near-certainty to take home an award for his fantastic portrayal of a father who comes out of the closet just prior to a terminal cancer diagnosis.
TV: Drama Series
"American Horror Story"
"Game of Thrones"
Prediction: This is something of a strange category. The brilliant "Boardwalk Empire" probably won its share of awards last year so voters will be looking to something new. In the inexplicable absence of a nom for the show everyone is talking about, "Breaking Bad", "Homeland" could well take it home.
TV: Actress – Drama
Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Mireille Enos, "The Killing"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Madeleine Stowe, "Revenge"
Callie Thorne, "Necessary Roughness"
Prediction: Danes has won twice before at the Globes (once for "My So-Called Life") and we're betting that she'll be three for three for her performance in "Homeland".
TV: Actor – Drama
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Kelsey Grammer, "Boss"
Jeremy Irons, "The Borgias"
Damian Lewis, "Homeland"
Prediction: We’re betting that the omission of “Breaking Bad” from the Best Drama Series category means that voters will reward Bryan Cranston a win for best actor instead. Depending on how big the love is for "Homeland" Damian Lewis is also in with a chance.
TV Series: Comedy/Musical
Prediction: "Modern Family" has been nominated twice without a win, we think it could be a case of third time's a charm. "New Girl", starring Zooey Deschanel, also warrants a mention.
TV: Actress - Comedy/Musical
Laura Dern, "Enlightened"
Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Laura Linney, "The Big C"
Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"
Prediction: The Globes love to reward fresh new shows and we think this impulse will see the adorable Zooey Deschanel ride to victory.
TV: Actor - Comedy/Musical
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
David Duchovny, "Californication"
Johnny Galecki, "The Big Bang Theory"
Thomas Jane, "Hung"
Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"
Prediction: After "Friends" spinoff "Joey" it seemed possible that LeBlanc would never be on TV again, let alone nominated for a Golden Globe, but playing himself in "Episodes" is exactly the kind of self-referential humour that plays well with voters. He's our prediction for a comeback win.
"Too Big to Fail"
Prediction: "Downton Abbey" triumphed over the depressingly amazing "Mildred Pierce" at the Emmys and we're predicting a repeat performance at the Globes.
Actress - Miniseries/Made-for-TV Movie
Romola Garai, "The Hour"
Diane Lane, "Cinema Verite"
Elizabeth McGovern, "Downton Abbey"
Emily Watson, "Appropriate Adult"
Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce"
Prediction: "Mildred Pierce" might be too gnawingly depressing to win best miniseries but there is no doubting that Kate Winslet delivers a great performance as a middle-class depression era housewife forced out to work when her husband leaves her. We think she's a shoe in to win best actress.
Actor: Miniseries/Made-for-TV Movie
Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey"
Idris Elba, "Luther"
William Hurt, "Too Big to Fail"
Bill Nighy, "Page Eight"
Dominic West, "The Hour"
Prediction: Idris Elba was great as Stringer Bell in "The Wire" and he's our prediction to win with his new show "Luther".
Supporting Actress: Series/Miniseries/Made-for-TV Movie
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story"
Kelly Macdonald, "Boardwalk Empire"
Maggie Smith, "Downtown Abbey"
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"
Evan Rachel Wood, "Mildred Pierce"
Prediction: With two Oscars already under her belt we're tipping Jessica Lange to take home the Globe for her role in the creepy new hit "American Horror Story".
Supporting Actor/Series/Miniseries/Made-for-TV Movie
Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"
Paul Giamatti, "Too Big to Fail"
Guy Pearce, "Mildred Pierce"
Tim Robbins, "Cinema Verite"
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"
Prediction: Medieval fantasy "Game of Thrones" has made a big impact this year and Peter Dinklage looks set to take home the best supporting actor gong. Despite this you can never completely rule out the star power of Giamatti and Pierce.