Experts Golden Globe predictions: Battle for Best Comedy Actor

While our Experts agree that the Globes race for Comedy/Musical Actress is between two womenJulia Louis-Dreyfus (“Enough Said”) and Meryl Streep (“August: Osage County”) — four different fellows top their predictions for Comedy/Musical Actor.

Paramount’s shift of “The Wolf of Wall Street” to the comedy side of these kudos looks like it has paid off as star Leonardo DiCaprio has the backing of three Experts for his portrayal of a disgraced financier who ran roughshod in the 1980s and 1990s. DiCaprio won his only Globe (out of nine noms) for his second film with “Wolf” helmer Martin Scorsese — “The Aviator” (2004) — while the director won the first of his two Globes for his third pairing with the actor — “The Departed.” That film went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars as well as for Scorsese.  

The late James Gandolfini prevailed with the first of his four consecutive Globe bids for Best TV Drama Actor for “The Sopranos” in 2000. In Nicole Holofcener‘s wry romantic comedy “Enough Said,” he plays a sad sack who woos Louis-Dreyfus and two Experts expect him to receive a posthumous Globe. 

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Two Experts are predicting that newcomer Oscar Isaac will win for his performance in the title role of the Coen brothers melancholic “Inside Llewyn Davis.” 

And two Experts think that third time will be the charm for Bruce Dern (“Nebraska“). He lost his two supporting bids back in the seventies for “The Great Gatsby” (1974) and “Coming Home” (1978). This time around, he is showased in Alexander Payne‘s bittersweet film as an elderly man who reconnects with his family in surprising ways. 

While DiCaprio has one more vote, he is tied in the odds with Gandolfini and Isaac at 9 to 2 because of the way each is ranked on the lists of those experts who don’t have them in first place. See the Experts’ latest rankings here.

DiCaprio has the support of: Tariq Khan (Fox News), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby).

Gandolfini has the backing of: Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly) and Michael Musto (Out)

Isaac has in his corner: Thelma Adams (Yahoo) and Edward Douglas (Comingsoon).

And Dern has won over: Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Keith Simanton (IMDb).

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