The year begins in style in Hollywood, as the Golden Globes 2018 are announced at a star-studded ceremony on Sunday January 7. Max Liu selects five outside bets that could be in with a chance at this most unpredictable of events...
"Could Ronan be edged out by Emma Stone, who won this award last year for La La Land, for her turn as tennis player Bille Jean King in The Battle of the Sexes? If you think so then 10/1 is a must.
For much of 2017, Hollywood made headlines for the wrong reasons, with hundreds of allegations of sexual harassment made against numerous high-profile figures, including Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. On Sunday January 7, however, Tinsel Town will be back in the news for what it does best, as the Golden Globes 2018 take place in Los Angeles. A number of women actors, including Jessica Chastain and Meryl Streep, will wear black to protest against sexism in Hollywood, as will several men to show solidarity.
The Globes, which are supposed to recognise the best work in the fields of film and television, are often viewed as an indication of what we can expect at the Oscars which this year takes place on March 4. They are also notoriously difficult to predict, so here are five outside bets that could cause an upset on January 7.
James Franco is 3/10 favourite for his turn in the weird and reportedly wonderful The Disaster Artist which he also directed. The film is picking up praise and enjoying word of mouth success. However, I reckon Daniel Kaluuya, who starred in another sleeper hit of the year - Get Out - is the man to back at 11/2.
Gary Oldman leads the market for Darkest Hour and, while I won't be disappointed if he brings home the prize, fellow-Brit Daniel Day-Lewis at 17/2 for his role in the yet to be released Phantom Thread holds great appeal. The film is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson: the last time Day-Lewis worked with him, he scooped this prize.
Everyone who has seen it - the film is out in America but not yet released in the UK - is talking about Greta Gerwig's directorial debut Ladybird and Saoirse Ronan is favourite for her performance here at 4/11. But could she be edged out by Emma Stone, who won this award last year for La La Land, for her turn as tennis player Bille Jean King in The Battle of the Sexes? If you think so then 10/1 is a must.
Frances McDormand leads the market and, as a huge fan of her work in films like Short Cuts and Wonder Boys, it pains me to bet against her. However, at 10/1, it's possible that Jessica Chastain has slid under the radar for her performance in Molly's Game and could be a surprise winner.
So great to see two directorial debuts at the top of the market - Gerwig's Ladybird is 4/7 favourite but I reckon Get Out is the bet at 5/2. A clever, funny and scary meditation on being black in America, it's a film for our times and would be a worthy winner.