In previous years at the Golden Globes, the competition has been particularly heated and hard to predict... but not this year.
It's true that there were many great performances by actors in dramas, musicals and comedies this year, but because of particularly two stand-out efforts in the drama and musical category, there is not a lot of speculating or disagreement over who will win the Golden Globes in the actor categories.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
So much talent and emotion delivered here, whether Denzel Washington's boozy antihero in "Flight" to John Hawkes' sweet and touching turn in "The Sessions," Joaquin Phoenix's total unhinged tour de force in "The Master" and Richard Gere's bold, baddie banker in "Arbitrage." A job well done by all, but this award will go to the man who became our 16th President.
Who should and will win: Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in "Lincoln." Why? Because people were predicting his multiple award nominations the day his casting was announced, and later, when people finally got to see him in action, his performance has dominated most conversations about the film.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical of Comedy
Once again, this is a category bursting with stellar performances but also one that includes and celebrates a bit more variety in that it recognizes the work of actors in comedies, which rarely receive stand-alone attention, as well as musicals. Out of the five nominees, Jack Black for "Bernie," Bradley Cooper for "Silver Linings Playbook," Hugh Jackman for "Les Miserables," Ewan McGregor for "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" and Bill Murray for "Hyde Park on Hudson," there is one clear front-runner.
Who should win: Bradley Cooper and Jack Black in a tie-vote, because Cooper charmed us all with some serious acting chops in the critical darling, "Playbook" and Black stepped outside his standard raucous, loud comedy route to deliver a subdued and quirky performance in "Bernie."
Who will win: Hugh Jackman. Cooper has a chance to upset here, but Jackman is the shoo-in.
Can "Zero Dark Thirty" track down victory? Will "Les Miserables" hear the voters sing? Check in with MTV News on Sunday night for the 2013 Golden Globes winners, and don't miss all the fashion from the Golden Globes red carpet!