Will Golden Globes predict Oscar winners again?

Golden Globe nominations will be announced on Dec. 10, a full 20 days before Oscar voters begin filling in their nomination ballots  And these prizes bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. will be handed out on Jan. 10, two days after Oscar nomination ballots are due and four days before those nominations are announced. This kudofest, now in its 73rd year, remains one of the best indicators of what will win (and be nominated) at the Academy Awards. 

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Last year, all four of the individual Oscar winners for acting — leads Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) and Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) as well as supporting players J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), and Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) — picked up prizes from the HFPA first. And seventeen of the 20 Golden Globe nominees for acting went on to reap Oscar bids. 

With separate awards for drama and comedy/musical films, the Globes doubles its chances of getting Best Picture right. Last year, HFPA voters went with “The Grand Budapest Hotel” over eventual Oscar champ “Birdman” for Best Comedy/Musical while on the drama side the Globe went to “Boyhood.”

In 2013, “12 Years a Slave” won Best Drama over, among others, its closest Oscar rival “Gravity” and went on to claim the Oscar for Best Picture as well.

Likewise in 2012 when “Argo” won here first over, among others, “Life of Pi,” before prevailing at the Academy Awards. 

What will happen at this year’s Golden Globes? Our predictions center is now open. To get started with your predictions, take a look at our previews for Best Picture (drama and comedy), director and all six acting races. Be sure to click on each film and person to read more about that contender.

Then head over to our predictions center to log your forecasts for the eventual slate of nominees. (Sign in via Facebook or register for a free account in under a minute.) Or get started below by predicting the winner of Best Drama by using our easy drag-and-drop menu. 

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