You predict: How closely will Golden Globes nominations foresee Oscars?

Before making your predictions as to which films and performanaces will be nominated for the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards on Dec. 14, be sure to read our overviews and handicapping of all nine races. And check out the charts that show the odds and rankings for each potential nominee. Then head over to our Golden Globes prediction center to log your forecasts for the eventual nominees. (Signing up for a free account takes just a minute.) 

The Golden Globes divide drama and comedy/musical films and performances into separate categories. In their almost seven decades, these kudos handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. have presaged many of the eventual Oscar acting champs and most of the Best Picture winners.

Will this year’s Golden Globe race for Drama Actress be a showdown between two-time winner Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs“) and seven-time champ Meryl Streep(“The Iron Lady“)? Or will a newcomer like Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene“) or Mia Wasikowska (“Jane Eyre“) take them both down?

These four are considered strong contenders, as are past Globe winner Rachel Weisz (“The Whistleblower“) and previous nominees Viola Davis and Emma Stone (“The Help“), Kirsten Dunst (“Melancholia“), Vera Farmiga (“Higher Ground”), Keira Knightley (“A Dangerous Method”), Carey Mulligan (“Drive” and “Shame”), Saoirse Ronan (“Hanna”), and Tilda Swinton (“We Need to Talk About Kevin“). And either Felicity Jones (“Like Crazy”) or Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) could prevail with their first Globe bid. 

The competition for Drama Actor is equally intense including strong submissions by previous Globe winners George Clooney (“The Descendants“), Leonardo DiCaprio (“J. Edgar“) and Brad Pitt (“Moneyball“) as well as past nominees Antonio Banderas (“The Skin I Live In“), Ralph Fiennes (“Coriolanus“) and Woody Harrelson (“Rampart“).

Among the potential rookie Globe nominees are Demian Bichir (“A Better Life“), Daniel Craig (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo“), Michael Fassbender (“A Dangerous Method” and “Shame“), Ryan Gosling (“Drive” and “The Ides of March“), Thomas Horn (“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close“), Jeremy Irvine (“War Horse“), Gary Oldman (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”) and Michael Shannon (“Take Shelter“).

This year, the comedy/musical acting contenders include many performers who could also compete at the Academy Awards. Among the funny fellows in the running for Comedy/Musical Actor are Matt Damon (“We Bought a Zoo“), Jean Dujardin (“The Artist“), Paul Giamatti (“Win Win“) Joseph Gordon Levitt (“50/50“) and Owen Wilson (“Midnight in Paris“).

Golden Globe voters love Johnny Depp who has racked up 10 nominations including a win in 2008 for “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” He had two nods last year (“Alice in Wonderland” and “The Tourist”) and could be returning once again for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and/or “The Rum Diary.” 

Other past film champs who could contend again include Jim Carrey (“Mr. Popper’s Penguins”), Robert Downey Jr., “(Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”), Tom Hanks (“Larry Crowne”), Eddie Murphy (“Tower Heist”) and Christoph Waltz (“Carnage”). Among those looking for their first Globe bids are Eddie Redmayne (“My Week with Marilyn”), Jason Segel (“The Muppets”) and Ben Stiller (“Tower Heist”).

Contenders for Comedy/Musical Actress include past Globe champs Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet (“Carnage“), Julianne Moore (“Crazy, Stupid Love”), Julia Roberts (“Larry Crowne“), and Charlize Theron (“Young Adult“). Past nominees hoping to return include Amy Adams (“The Muppets”), Penelope Cruz (“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”), Cameron Diaz (“Bad Teacher”), Scarlett Johansson (“We Bought a Zoo”), and Michelle Williams (“My Week with Marilyn“). Looking for their first Globe bid are Berenice Bejo (“The Artist“), Julianne Hough (“Footloose”), Rachel McAdams (“Midnight in Paris” and Kristen Wiig (“Bridesmaids”).

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