Golden Globes Predictions: Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) – ‘The Prom’ Set to Dominate?

Clayton Davis
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UPDATED: Oct. 29, 2020 (PRE-SEASON)

The HFPA loves European stories and there is talk that they love “The Personal History of David Copperfield” while something like “Emma” may also be able to crack the lineup. Even though it won’t be eligible for the Oscars, Disney Plus will be pushing “Hamilton” forward and it could do very well with the group but if there is no potential overlap for the Oscars, who knows if they’ll go for it or not.

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be deemed or submitted in the drama categories


  1. "The Prom" (Netflix)
    Dir. Ryan Murphy

  2. "Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm" (Amazon Studios)
    Dir. Jason Woliner

  3. "On the Rocks" (A24/Apple TV Plus)
    Dir. Sofia Coppola

  4. "The Personal History of David Copperfield" (Searchlight Pictures)
    Dir. Armando Iannucci

  5. "Palm Springs" (Hulu/Neon)
    Dir. Max Barbakow


  1. "Hamilton" (Disney Plus)
    Dir. Thomas Kail

  2. "Emma." (Focus Features)
    Dir. Autumn de Wilde

  3. "Wild Mountain Thyme" (Bleecker Street)
    Dir. John Patrick Shanley

  4. "French Exit" (Sony Pictures Classics)
    Dir. Azazel Jacobs

  5. "The Forty-Year-Old Version" (Netflix)
    Dir. Radha Blank

  6. "The King of Staten Island" (Universal Pictures)
    Dir. Judd Apatow

  7. "Military Wives" (Bleecker Street)
    Dir. Peter Cattaneo

  8. "Happiest Season" (Hulu)
    Dir. Clea duVall

  9. "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" (20th Century Studios)
    Dir. Jonathan Butterell

  10. "Blithe Spirit" (IFC Films)
    Dir. Edward Hall


  • "Bad Boys for Life" (Sony Pictures)

  • "Bad Hair" (Hulu)

  • "Banana Splits" (Sony Pictures Releasing)

  • "Big Time Adolscence" (Hulu)

  • "Bill and Ted Face the Music" (United Artists Releasing)

  • "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)" (Warner Bros.)

  • "Blithe Spirit" (IFC Films)

  • "The Broken Hearts Gallery" (Sony Pictures Releasing)

  • "Cinderella" (Sony Pictures Releasing)

  • "The Comeback Trail" (Cloudburst Entertainment)

  • "Doolittle" (Universal Pictures)

  • "Free Guy" (20th Century Studios)

  • "Friendsgiving" (Saban Films)

  • "The Gentlemen" (STX Entertainment)

  • "Half Brothers" (Focus Features)

  • "The High Note" (Focus Features)

  • "How to Build a Girl" (IFC Films)

  • "Irresistible" (Focus Features)

  • "Kajillionaire" (Focus Features)

  • "The King's Man" (20th Century Studios)

  • "Marry Me" (Universal Pictures)

  • "Misbehaviour" (20th Century Studios)

  • "Save Yourselves!" (Bleecker Street)

  • "Sonic the Hedgehog" (Paramount Pictures)

  • "Standing Up, Falling Down" (Shout! Factory)

  • "The Trip to Greece" (IFC Films)

  • "The War with Grandpa" (101 Studios)

  • "The Witches" (HBO Max)

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories

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.

The upcoming 78th Golden Globe Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 28, with an extended eligibility deadline.

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