Golden Globes Predictions: Best Actress (Drama) – Can Zendaya’s ‘Marie’ Crash the HFPA Party?
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Variety’s Awards Circuit is home to the official predictions for the upcoming Oscars from Film Awards Editor Clayton Davis. Following Academy Awards history, buzz, news, reviews and sources, the Oscar predictions are updated regularly with the current year’s contenders in all categories. Variety’s Awards Circuit Prediction schedule consists of four phases, running all year long: Draft, Pre-Season, Regular Season and Post Season. Eligibility calendar and dates of awards will determine how long each phase lasts and will be displayed next to revision date.

To see all the latest predictions, of all the categories, in one place, visit THE COLLECTIVE




UPDATED: Jan. 2, 2021


The best actress race’s competitive landscape could be revealed similar to the 2002 Oscar race for best actor. Jack Nicholson (“About Schmidt”) and Richard Gere (“Chicago”) won Golden Globes in the drama and comedy categories, while Daniel Day-Lewis (“Gangs of New York”) won the BAFTA and SAG prizes. Day-Lewis and Nicholson also tied at the Critics Choice awards. However, at the Oscars, Adrien Brody emerged victorious for his work in “The Pianist,” which had a lineup that had snubbed Gere. By the looks of the awards buzz, and how it could shift numerous times over the next few weeks, we could be in store for an unknown outcome on Oscar night, where a presumed frontrunner (Davis or Kirby?) may have been omitted. Maybe a surprise winner emerges (Day, Mulligan or Zendaya)? This could also happen without an important telling nomination at any of the upcoming televised award shows (like Regina King and Christoph Waltz achieved prior to their wins for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Django Unchained” respectively). This could be all mere speculation, and Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”), the current precursor leader, could be on the beginning trails of a steamroll trajectory, bringing her third Oscar win like Daniel Day-Lewis for 2012’s “Lincoln.” And then we still have royalty such as Sophia Loren (“The Life Ahead”) and Michelle Pfeiffer (“French Exit”) to shake it all up. Exciting weeks are ahead as the Globes could set the tone.


Carey Mulligan

Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)

GLOBES HISTORY: 1 nomination (2009’s “An Education”)

ROLE: Cassandra “Cassie” Thomas

DIRECTOR: Emerald Fennell

SYNOPSIS: A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who cross her path.

STARRING:Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox, Molly Shannon, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Max Greenfield, Alison Brie, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Connie Britton, Chris Lowell, Adam Brody, Sam Richardson

Frances McDormand

Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)

GLOBES HISTORY: 6 nominations, 1 win (2018’s “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”)

ROLE: Fern

DIRECTOR: Chloé Zhao

SYNOPSIS: After losing everything in the Great Recession, an old woman embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

STARRING: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Swankie, Bob Wells

Vanessa Kirby

Pieces of a Woman” (Netflix)

GLOBES HISTORY: Never nominated

ROLE: Martha

DIRECTOR: Kornél Mundruczó

SYNOPSIS: When a young mother’s home birth ends in unfathomable tragedy, she begins a year-long odyssey of mourning that fractures relationships with loved ones in this deeply personal story of a woman learning to live alongside her loss.

STARRING: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Ellen Burstyn, Iliza Shlesinger, Benny Safdie, Sarah Snook, Molly Parker

Viola Davis

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

GLOBES HISTORY: 5 nominations, 1 win (2016’s “Fences”)

ROLE: Ma Rainey

DIRECTOR: George C. Wolfe

SYNOPSIS: Chicago, 1927. A recording session. Tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable “Mother of the Blues”. Based on Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play..

STARRING: Chadwick Boseman, Dusan Brown, Jonny Coyne, Viola Davis, Colman Domingo, Taylour Paige, Michael Potts, Jeremy Shamos, Glynn Turman


“Malcolm & Marie” (Netflix)

GLOBES HISTORY: Never nominated

ROLE: Marie

DIRECTOR: Sam Levinson

SYNOPSIS: A director and his girlfriend’s relationship is tested after they return home from his movie premiere and await critics’ responses.

STARRING: John David Washington, Zendaya


Sophia Loren

The Life Ahead” (Netflix)

GLOBES HISTORY: 3 nominations (recepient of Cecil B. DeMille award in 1995 also four-time winner of now retired “Henrietta Award”)

ROLE: Madame Rosa

DIRECTOR: Edoardo Ponti

SYNOPSIS: In seaside Italy, a Holocaust survivor with a daycare business takes in a 12-year-old street kid who recently robbed her..

STARRING: Sophia Loren, Ibrahima Gueye

Andra Day

“The United States vs. Billie Holiday” (Hulu)

GLOBES HISTORY: Never nominated

ROLE: Billie Holiday

DIRECTOR: Lee Daniels

SYNOPSIS: Follows Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.

STARRING: Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes, Natasha Lyonne, Garrett Hedlund, Rob Morgan, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Tyler James Williams

Kate Winslet

Ammonite” (Neon)

GLOBES HISTORY: 11 nominations, 4 wins (Double winner for 2008’s “Revolutionary Road” and “The Reader” and 2015’s “Steve Jobs” – HBO’s “Mildred Pierce” in 2012 for TV)

ROLE: Mary Anning

DIRECTOR: Francis Lee

SYNOPSIS: 1840s England, acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever.

STARRING: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Fiona Shaw, Gemma Jones, James McArdle

Sidney Flanigan

Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (Focus Features)

GLOBES HISTORY: Never nominated

ROLE: Autumn

DIRECTOR: Eliza Hittman

SYNOPSIS: Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn and her cousin Skylar embark across state lines from rural Pennsylvania to New York City on a fraught journey of friendship, bravery and compassion.

STARRING: Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder, Théodore Pellerin

Robin Wright

“Land” (Focus Features)

GLOBES HISTORY: 4 nominations, 1 win (Netflix’s “House of Cards” in 2014)

ROLE: Edie Mathis

DIRECTOR: Robin Wright

SYNOPSIS: A bereaved woman seeks out a new life, off the grid in Wyoming.

STARRING: Robin Wright, Demián Bichir, Kim Dickens, Warren Christie


Amy Adams, “Hillbilly Elegy” (Netflix)

Nicole Beharie, “Miss Juneteenth” (Vertical Entertainment)

Haley Bennett, “Swallow” (IFC Films)

Jessie Buckley, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” (Netflix)

Carrie Coon, “The Nest” (IFC Films)

Clare Dunne, “Herself” (Amazon Studios)

Julie Garner, “The Assistant” (Bleecker Street)

Yeri Han, “Minari” (A24)

Diane Lane, “Let Him Go” (Focus Features)

Lesley Manville, “Ordinary Love” (Bleecker Street)

Sienna Miller, “Wander Darkly” (Lionsgate)

Elisabeth Moss, “The Invisible Man” (Universal Pictures)

Elisabeth Moss, “Shirley” (Neon)

Charlize Theron, “The Old Guard” (Netflix)

Katherine Waterson, “The World to Come” (Bleecker Street)

2021 Golden Globes Predictions (Film)

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

Best Motion Picture – Animated

Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Best Director – Motion Picture

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Best Original Song- Motion Picture

Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement in Motion Pictures

2020-2021 Golden Globes Awards Timeline

Deadline for submission of Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entry forms – Nov. 30, 2020

Deadline for Television nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young – Dec. 30, 2020

Deadline for receipt of Television nomination ballots by Ernst & Young at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT – Jan. 12, 2021

Deadline for Motion Picture nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT – Jan. 13, 2021

The final screening date for Motion Pictures – Jan. 26, 2021

The final date for Motion Picture press conferences – Jan. 27, 2021

Deadline for receipt of Motion Picture nomination ballots by Ernst & Young at 3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT – Jan. 30, 2021

Nominations for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards announced at 8:00 a.m. ET / 5:00 a.m. PT – Feb. 3, 2021

Final ballots mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young – Feb. 23, 2021

78th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live coast to coast at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on NBC from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California – Feb. 28, 2021

2021 Academy Awards Predictions

2021 Oscar Predictions: The Collective

2021 Oscar Predictions: All Categories

About the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes Awards, hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is held annually with 93 members since 1944. The group recognizes excellence in film and television, across drama and comedy or musical categories. Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” holds the record for the most awards won by a single film with seven. Milos Forman’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and Alan Parker’s “Midnight Express” is next in line with six each. Robert Altman’s “Nashville” has the record for most nominations received by a film with 11 while Colin Higgins’ “Foul Play,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather Part III” and Mike Nichols’ “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” share the record for receiving the most nominations and not winning a single award at seven.

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