Who we think will win in 2022

The 2022 Golden Globes won’t be televised this year after the group behind it, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, has been rocked by scandal — including the news it has no black members. But the show will go on, sort of: Beginning at 9 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 9, you can watch for winners’ names to be announced at GoldenGlobes.com and on Twitter. Here are The Post’s critics picks for the top awards in movies and television.


Motion Picture, Drama


Predicted winner: “Belfast” “The Power of the Dog” is a critics’ darling, but “Belfast,” a touching story about a Catholic and Protestant neighborhood during The Troubles in Northern Ireland, is more up the HFPA’s street.

“King Richard”
“The Power of the Dog”

Picture, Musical or Comedy

"West Side Story"
“West Side Story”
20th Century Studios

“Don’t Look Up”
“Licorice Pizza”
“Tick, Tick … Boom!”

Predicted winner: “West Side Story” True, it hasn’t made a killing at the box office, but “West Side Story” has all the trappings of an awards season juggernaut.

Director, Motion Picture

Director Denis Villeneuve filming "Dune."
Director Denis Villeneuve filming “Dune.”

Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”) 
Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Lost Daughter”)
Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story”) 

Predicted winner: Denis Villeneuve (“Dune”) This is a hot race between Spielberg, who has star power, and Villeneuve, who has vision. But you’ve got to bow down to the artful, mammoth “Dune.”

Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana
Kristen Stewart in “Diana.”

Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”)
Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”)
Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”)
Lady Gaga (“House of Gucci”)

Predicted winner: Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”) Ever since the Princess Diana movie premiered on the festival circuit, the terrific Stewart has been the frontrunner for every award. Though, watch out, Olivia Colman is famed for causing an upset. 

Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Will Smith in "King Richard."
Will Smith in “King Richard.”
Warner Bros

Mahershala Ali (“Swan Song”)
Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”) 

Predicted winner: Will Smith (“King Richard”) Playing Venus and Serena Williams’ dad in a broadly appealing movie, Smith delivered some of the finest work of his career. 

Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”) 

Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Rachel Zegler
Rachel Zegler

Marion Cotillard (“Annette”)
Alana Haim (“Licorice Pizza”) 
Jennifer Lawrence (“Don’t Look Up”) 
Emma Stone (“Cruella”)

Predicted winner: Rachel Zegler (“West Side Story”) The Globes love to anoint a new star, and Zegler was a standout in one of the Globes’ most nominated films.

Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Peter Dinklage (left) in "Cyrano."
Peter Dinklage (left) in “Cyrano.”
Monique Carboni

Leonardo DiCaprio (“Don’t Look Up”) 

Predicted winner: Peter Dinklage (“Cyrano”) Garfield has a shot, too, but Dinklage, who won a Globe for “Game of Thrones” in 2012, had the meatier role.

Andrew Garfield (“Tick, Tick … Boom!”) 
Cooper Hoffman (“Licorice Pizza”)
Anthony Ramos (“In the Heights”)

Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Jaime Dornan (right) in "Belfast."
Jaime Dornan (right) in “Belfast.”

Ben Affleck (“The Tender Bar”) 

Predicted winner: Jamie Dornan (“Belfast”) 2021 was a game-changing year for Dornan, who’s lived in the shadow of “50 Shades of Gray.” “Belfast” and “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” proved his versatility.

Ciarán Hinds (“Belfast”) 
Troy Kotsur (“CODA”) 
Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”) 

Supporting Actress, Motion Picture

Kirsten Dunst in "The Power of the Dog."
Kirsten Dunst in “The Power of the Dog.”

Caitríona Balfe (“Belfast”) 
Ariana DeBose (“West Side Story”) 

Predicted winner: Kirsten Dunst (“The Power of the Dog”) I’m not convinced the HFPA will go gaga for “Power of the Dog,” but they should take the opportunity to reward the resurgent Dunst.

Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”) 
Ruth Negga (“Passing”)

Original Score, Motion Picture

"The French Dispatch"
“The French Dispatch”
Searchlight Pictures

Predicted winner: “The French Dispatch” Who walked out of “Dune” thinking “I loved the music!”?

“The Power of the Dog”
“Parallel Mothers”  

Picture, Foreign Language

"Drive My Car"
“Drive My Car”

“Compartment No. 6” (Finland, Russia, Germany)

Predicted winner: “Drive My Car” (Japan) “Drive My Car” has been taking the broader Best Picture at some award shows so far this year, and could be a top Oscars contender.

“The Hand of God” (Italy)
“A Hero” (France, Iran)
“Parallel Mothers” (Spain)

Screenplay, Motion Picture

"Licorice Pizza"
“Licorice Pizza”

Predicted winner: Paul Thomas Anderson (“Licorice Pizza”) Anderson’s movie won’t win much else, but everyone agrees the writing is tremendous.

Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”)
Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog” )
Adam McKay (“Don’t Look Up”)
Aaron Sorkin (“Being the Ricardos”)

Original Song, Motion Picture

Billie Eilish

“Be Alive” from “King Richard” (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson)
“Dos Orugitas” from “Encanto” (Lin-Manuel Miranda)
“Down to Joy” from “Belfast” (Van Morrison)
“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from “Respect” (Jamie Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King)

Predicted winner: “No Time to Die” from “No Time to Die” (Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell) It’s not the best James Bond tune. Heck, it’s barely in the Top 20. But if Sam Smith could win a Globe for the heinous “Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre,” bet on Billie.

Motion Picture, Animated



“Flee” “Flee” is unusual in that it’s an animated film geared towards adults. “Encanto” and “Luca” are lovely, but Disney and Pixar are gonna have a bad year.
“My Sunny Maad”
“Raya and the Last Dragon”


Best Series, Drama

Graeme Hunter

The Morning Show”
“Squid Game”

Predicted winner: “Succession” There’s no horse race here. Not only is the HBO drama universally acclaimed for its acting, writing and bold characterizations, but its Season 3 finale snared nearly 2 million viewers across all platforms — a new series record. The only way “Squid Game” wins is part-and-parcel of its international appeal.

Best Series, Musical or Comedy

"Ted Lasso"
“Ted Lasso”

“The Great”

Predicted winner: “Ted Lasso” The show retained its feel-good approach in that always-tricky sophomore season and viewers responded in kind.
“Only Murders in the Building”
“Reservation Dogs”

Best Actress, Drama

Uzo Aduba in "In Treatment."
Uzo Aduba in “In Treatment.”

Predicted winner: Uzo Aduba (“In Treatment”) Aduba was terrific as her Dr. Brooke Taylor navigated tricky therapist/patient territory, and how those worlds can sometimes collide.

Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”)
Christine Baranski (“The Good Fight”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Michaela Jae Rodriguez (“Pose”)

Best Actor, Drama

Jeremy Strong in "Succession."
Jeremy Strong in “Succession.”
Macall Polay

Brian Cox (“Succession”)
Lee Jung-Jae (“Squid Game”)
Billy Porter (“Pose”)

Predicted winner: Jeremy Strong (“Succession”) A no-brainer for one of the best actors of his generation. Brian Cox will give him a run for his money, but Strong will emerge victorious.
Omar Sy (“Lupin”)

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy

Hannah Einbinder and Jean Smart in "Hacks."
Hannah Einbinder and Jean Smart in “Hacks.”

Hannah Einbinder (“Hacks”)
Elle Fanning (“The Great”)
Issa Rae (“Insecure”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)

Predicted winner: Jean Smart (“Hacks”) It’s her time to shine, and she was terrific — and already won an Emmy — as a Joan Rivers-type comedian forging an unlikely, often-prickly relationship with her much-younger writer (Einbinder).

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy

Jason Sudeikis in "Ted Lasso."
Jason Sudeikis in “Ted Lasso.”
Apple TV Plus via AP

Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
Nicholas Hoult (“The Great”)
Steve Martin (“Only Murders in the Building”)
Martin Short (“Only Murders in the Building”)
Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”) The predictable choice, but inevitable.

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