The road to the Oscars is officially underway, but before you start placing your bets for the big show, it's time to talk about this Sunday's (January 11) Golden Globes. Think of it as the boozy pre-show before the main event.
This year's Best Actress categories are filled with some of our favorite ladies — from veterans Meryl Streep and Julianna Margulies, to young "It" girls Emma Stone and Gina Rodriguez, and dancing queen Reese Witherspoon. But only a handful will walk away winners on January 11 and earn the right to be called 2015's Golden Girls. Let's take a look at the contenders:
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Who Will Win? Perhaps the most predictable acting category, Julianne Moore seems poised to take home the Golden Globe for her powerful performance as a college professor grappling with early-onset Alzheimer's in "Still Alice."
Who Should Win? As terrific as Moore's performance is, we'd love an excuse to hear Reese Witherspoon say "y'all" in her acceptance speech. That, and we just love Reese Witherspoon. Her performance in "Wild" was fearless — and it inspired us to always go a size up when it comes to footwear.
Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Who Will Win? Emily Blunt will likely slide in with the win here for her uber-charming role in "Into the Woods." (Seriously. She out-charms Anna Kendrick, which we never thought was possible.) And we will predictably swoon when she thanks her husband John Krasinski and daughter Hazel.
Who Should Win? Amy Adams' performance as artist Margaret Keane was brilliantly layered, and if she hadn't taken home the Golden Globe in this category last year for "American Hustle," victory would be hers.
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Who Will Win? Meryl Streep has always been a favorite at the Globes — she's won eight already! — but we think Patricia Arquette has this one in the bag for her incredibly nuanced performance in "Boyhood."
Who Should Win? We couldn't take our eyes off Emma Stone — or her eyes, for that matter — in "Birdman." As the young ingenue in a group of veterans, we'd love to see Stone pull away with the win.
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Who Will Win? We expect a shakeup in the TV categories, with both Best Actress awards going to TV newcomers this year. Viola Davis delivers a powerful performance as the lead in Shonda Rhimes' primetime soap "How to Get Away With Murder," and we expect HFPA to make up for Davis' Oscar snubs by giving her the Globe. After all, they love when Hollywood actors take on small screen roles.
Who Should Win? Two words come to mind when we think of Ruth Wilson's performance on Showtime's "The Affair": emotionally devastating. Her work is gripping and insightful — and more importantly, ambitious. It would be great to see her recognized for it.
Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Who Will Win? "Jane The Virgin" darling — and first-time nominee — Gina Rodriguez is poised to walk away with the win. "Jane The Virgin" was not only the most critically acclaimed new series of the 2014 season, but Rodriguez was universally hailed for her performance as Jane Villanueva, a 24-year-old Latina who becomes pregnant after being artificially inseminated by mistake.
Who Should Win? If G.Rod doesn't steal your heart by the end of the Golden Globes, you obviously have no soul. She's undoubtedly the new "It" girl on television, and she's paving the way for Latinas in Hollywood to be more than just a stereotype. We'd love to see her win — if only for the adorable reaction from her biggest fan, Lena Dunham.