ABOVE: Gold Derby editors Tom O'Neil, Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum duke it out over who'll win the Globes in the comedy-musical film categories.
According to exclusive Gold Derby statistics, the silent black-and-white film "The Artist" has a commanding lead with 2/5 odds to take home the Golden Globe this weekend for Best Comedy/Musical Picture. The throwback film directed and written by Michel Hazanavicius has reaped many prizes from critics and appears right now as the film to beat at the Academy Awards. The film is predicted to win by all 13 of our Experts, all nine Editors and 68% of our Users.
The spoiler in this race could be "Midnight in Paris" (a romantic comedy starring nominee Owen Wilson directed and written by Woody Allen) with 13/2 odds. Allen won this very race three years ago with "Vicky Christina Barcelona."
Williams is one of the biggest locks of the night with 2/5 odds to win Best Comedy/Musical Actress. All of our Experts and Editors and 69% of users expect her to claim her first Golden Globe after losses for "Brokeback Mountain" and "Blue Valentine." Charlize Theron ("Young Adult") is a previous winner for "Monster" but trails this year with 15/2 odds. Wiig is a first-time nominee and has only 9/1 odds. The two female stars of "Carnage" fill out this category, and while both Kate Winslet ("Revolutionary Road," "The Reader") and Jodie Foster ("The Accused," "Silence of the Lambs") are two-time Globe champs, they have very distant 20/1 and 33/1 odds, respectively.
Jean Dujardin ("The Artist") has a comfortable lead in the race to win Best Comedy/Musical Actor. The little known French actor enjoys 8/15 odds and is predicted by 12 Experts, seven Editors and 69% of Users. Gordon-Levitt, who contended in this category two years ago for "500 Days of Summer," stands in second place with 15/2 odds. Next in line is Wilson with 9/1 odds, who is enjoying his first Golden Globe bid. Ryan Gosling ("Crazy, Stupid, Love"), who is also nominated in the dramatic category for "The Ides of March," only has 12/1 odds as a comedic actor. While Brendan Gleeson ("The Guard") has a previous win for TV work, he is in last place with 20/1 odds.