Golden Globe film predictions: ‘Lady Bird’ vs. ‘Get Out’ in close race for Best Comedy/Musical

So far we’ve polled 12 film Experts from top media outlets for their Golden Globe predictions, and according to them the race for Best Film Comedy/Musical looks like a close contest between two very different films: the satirical horror film “Get Out” versus the coming-of-age film “Lady Bird.” Who do you think will win? You can make your own picks by visiting our predictions center here.

As of this writing “Get Out” has support from five Experts: Michael Musto (NewNowNext), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Adnan Virk (ESPN), and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com). A victory here would give the film a major boost in the Oscar race as the last seven Globe winners in this category subsequently earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture — and “The Artist” (2011) ended up winning the top Oscar. But even though “Get Out” is helped by the Globes separating drama and comedy/musical contenders, it would still be an atypical winner. Then again, so was “The Martian.”

“Lady Bird” is close behind with four Experts forecasting it to prevail: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Tariq Khan (Fox News), and Sasha Stone (Awards Daily). Emotional indie comedies have won before, including “Lost in Translation” (2003), “Sideways” (2004), and “The Kids Are All Right” (2010). Also, the star of “Lady Bird,” Saoirse Ronan, is already a frontrunner in the race for Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress, so voters may wish to reward the vehicle for one of their favorite performances.

Those aren’t the only films in this race, though. Two Experts, Kevin Polowy (Yahoo) and Keith Simanton (IMDb), are currently throwing their weight behind the sleeper hit romantic comedy “The Big Sick.” It opened in the summer to some of the best reviews of the year, and it has a feel-good quality similar to “Lady Bird” with an added cross-cultural element that might especially appeal to the international journalists of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

And you can never count out a musical at the Globes, which tend to win when they’re nominated — consider recent champs like “Dreamgirls” (2006) “Sweeney Todd” (2007), “Les Miserables” (2012), and “La La Land” (2016). That could be good news this year for “The Greatest Showman,” which is tipped to win by one Expert: Edward Douglas.

Be sure to make your Golden Globe predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their films and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on December 11. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 Golden Globes taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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