With 2/5 odds from our 13 movie Experts, Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”) is predicted to win Best Film Comedy/Musical Actor at Sunday’s Golden Globes. In the modern-day musical Gosling plays Sebastian, a struggling jazz musician who falls in love with an aspiring actress (Emma Stone). The film has six other nominations including Best Film Comedy/Musical at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards airing live on NBC and hosted by Jimmy Fallon.
Ten of our 13 Experts are predicting a Gosling victory: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Michael Musto (Out.com), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).
In second place is Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool”) with 5/1 odds. The two Experts picking him to win are Edward Douglas (Coming Soon) and Jack Mathews (Gold Derby). He plays the title character in the blockbuster action comedy, a wisecracking mercenary who becomes an avenging superhero; the film is also nominated for Best Film Comedy/Musical.
Christopher Rosen (Entertainment Weekly) is the sole Expert predicting an upset by Hugh Grant (“Florence Foster Jenkins”), giving him 10/1 odds. Grant, a previous Globe winner for “Four Weddings and a Funeral” (1994), plays St. Clair Bayfield, the husband and manager of the title character (Meryl Streep), an amateur opera singer who can’t sing. The film has three other nominations including Best Film Comedy/Musical.
According to our overall combined odds featuring the predictions of all Experts, Editors, Top 24 Users (those who did the best at their winner picks last year), and All Users, the rankings are the same. The favored pick of over 1,200 people is Gosling with even stronger 3/10 odds over Reynolds with 7/1 odds. Grant follows with 14/1 odds, and then Farrell at 33/1 and Hill at 100/1.
Winning this award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. is of mixed significance when it comes to forecasting the upcoming Oscars. During the 21st century only nine out of 16 winners have gone on to at least be nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Actor. And only two actors won at the Globes and then later at the Oscars: Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” 2004) and Jean Dujardin (“The Artist,” 2011).
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