So many talented men gave amazing performances on screens big, small, and tablet-sized this year, but only a handful will walk away with Best Actor trophies at the Golden Globe awards on Sunday (January 11). The races are all pretty tight, but we're here to make your betting pool a little bit easier with these oh-so-solid predictions:
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy
Who Will Win: Michael Keaton had one of the buzziest "comeback" performances of the year in "Birdman," and will likely fly away with the Globe, if not the Oscar. Ca-caw.
Who Should Win: Keaton is a great pick, but we're here for Ralph Fiennes in "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Who Will Win: This is an extremely tough decision, and arguably the toughest call the Hollywood Foreign Press will have to make this year. But we think Eddie Redmayne's transformation into physicist Stephen Hawking for "The Theory of Everything" will win out.
Who Should Win: Steve Carell was haunting and transformative in "Foxcatcher." It's not a performance that we, or the HFPA, will ever forget.
Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama, Musical or Comedy
Who Will Win: J.K. Simmons should walk away with it for his extremely intense performance in "Whiplash."
Who Should Win: Mark Ruffalo for "Foxcatcher." It can be tough to play the everyday, solid good guy in a movie about larger-than-life personalities, but Ruffalo was excellent -- and somehow, a scene-stealer. (Though, pssst, Edward Norton was pretty great in "Birdman" too.)
Best Performance in a Television Series – Drama
Who Will Win: With Bryan Cranston finally out of the running, the other nominees can breathe a little easier. It's still a tight race, but our money is on Kevin Spacey for "House of Cards" finally picking up a Globe.
Who Should Win: Clive Owen for "The Knick." He'd be our shoo-in if he wasn't the show's only nomination -- buzz can mean trophies, people.
Best Performance in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Who Will Win: Will the Globes give it to former controversial host Ricky Gervais as a peace offering? Um, probably not. Let's bet on Jeffrey Tambor for his lauded performance in "Transparent."
Who Should Win: Tambor was transcendent as Maura, a retired parent who came out as transgendered to her children after a lifetime of living as a man. He deserves all of the accolades he gets -- and besides, Louis C.K. has no more room on his NYC apartment trophy shelf.