Binge Break: What to watch over the holidays to catch up on awards season

The Golden Globe nominations have been announced, and despite the abundance of snubs, many fantastic movies and shows are up for the gold.


Kayli Reese, Managing News Editor

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — award season.

Both the Golden Globes and SAG Awards announced their nominations last week, and, per usual, there were many delights and disappointments in the results. However, one thing is clear: the films and television created over the past year are at an unparalleled level of quality.

As I begin carefully mapping out my Academy Award predictions, I tend to pay more attention to what’s happening with the Golden Globes to make my decisions. The Globes are also the first major award show of the season (taking place Jan. 5), so I’ve compiled my list of Globe hopes and what you should watch over winter break to catch up on the best in each category.

Best Motion Picture — Drama

Neither Best Motion Picture category includes any films created by women, which is entirely disappointing and a problem the Hollywood Foreign Press and the Academy have been plagued with throughout history for no reason I or anyone else can understand.

Personally, I would recommend seeing Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, which comes out on Christmas with a star-studded cast. It’s what I anticipated to be nominated in this category, and I feel like it’ll be my personal favorite film of award season. However, Marriage Story was also heartbreaking and raw if you’d like to watch a nominated film.

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

There are two must-see films in this category: Jojo Rabbit and Knives Out. Jojo Rabbit, the story of a little boy whose imaginary friend just so happens to be the leader of Nazi Germany, is a brilliant satire that had me laughing so hard my stomach hurt — until it took a very dark turn, and I don’t think I was able to breathe the rest of the film. Jojo Rabbit isn’t favored to win Best Picture, but it should.

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Knives Out is also a wonderful highlight of the year, blessing audiences with an Agatha Christie-esque story come to life and Chris Evans wearing the world’s coziest looking sweaters. It’s the kind of movie you genuinely have fun watching, someone we could all use more of.

(Again, no female directed films in this category. Do yourself a favor and watch Lady Bird again, since it won this award two years ago.)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama

Little Women’s lone major award nomination at the Globes comes in this category in the form of what will surely be an amazing performance from Saoirse Ronan as Jo March, which is what I’m personally rooting for. However, Renée Zellweger in Judy will be the performance to beat, and Charlize Theron playing Megyn Kelly in Bombshell also is something to keep an eye on this award season. 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama

There’s been a lot of conversation involving Adam Driver taking this home for Marriage Story (especially since Robert De Niro is apparently to The Irishman cast as Mean Girls’  Gretchen Wieners was to getting Christmas candy canes). He very well could for the very intense scene that was honest and hard to watch.

However, my heart belongs to Christian Bale, who was, as always, amazing in Ford v. Ferrari. Both of my parents liked that movie, as well, so Ford v. Ferrari is a certified Reese family pick.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

This category: Awkwafina in The Farewell, Beanie Feldstein in Booksmart, Ana de Armas in Knives Out, Emma Thompson in Late Night, and Cate Blanchett in Where’d You Go, Bernadette? You literally cannot go wrong and should watch all.

That being said, de Armas was a gem in Knives Out.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the great loves of my life, should always win all the awards. However, I shrieked in absolute delight seeing 12-year-old Roman Griffin Davis get a nomination for Jojo Rabbit. He’s immensely talented for an actor at any age and toed the line of comedy and tragedy perfectly throughout the film.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

I do believe that the only two people I know who saw Hustlers was my dear friend Brooklyn Draisey and myself. That’s a shame if it’s true, because it’s a film full of heart. No one does better in the film than Jennifer Lopez, who hasn’t been nominated for a Golden Globe since her turn in the phenomenal 1998 film Selena. I want her to win, Brooklyn wants her to win, A-Rod wants her to win, and she deserves her Oscar.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

While Tom Hanks is very lovely and may win for his turn as Mr. Rogers, it’s probably going to be a battle between the cast of The Irishman for this one. Personally, I think Al Pacino should win because he terrified me in that film, but I know Brooklyn would want me to put in a good word for Joe Pesci, “the most harmless man in the world.”

Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy 

Anyone who knows me knows that I will go up to people randomly and scream “WATCH FLEABAG” in their face, and that’s no exception to what I would do to any member of the Hollywood Foreign Press should I ever meet one.

Best Television Series — Drama 

So I haven’t been keeping up with “drama” TV shows as much as I have with “comedies.” First of all, no show nowadays is a straight comedy or straight drama. Second, shows considered comedies have been setting the bar in recent years for unique storytelling and knockout performances.

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But I will say, watching Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer in Killing Eve is breathtaking, and all should watch the intoxicating storyline (the first season was even written by my idol Phoebe Waller-Bridge).

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama

Even if Billy Porter wasn’t amazing on Pose, I would still think he deserves to win for his Emmy speech in September alone.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama

It must be Jodie Comer, for reasons referenced above. You can just see how much fun she has playing a murderer learning how to be empathetic.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

I really liked The Politician, and Ben Platt and his angel voice always need to be center stage. However, Bill Hader in Barry is doing something so unique to television, and I’m rooting for him.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

I loved Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Natasha Lyonne in Russian Doll, but Phoebe Waller-Bridge is something so special in Fleabag. I really believe she’s one of the great artists of our time; everything she does is just pure gold.

Other categories

I would give my thoughts on categories involving a Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, but I’m so upset When They See Us and the astounding Emmy-winner Jharrel Jerome didn’t get any nominations that I’ll just tell you that When They See Us is mandatory viewing.