Golden Globes: The Irishman and Marriage Story set to dominate awards

Martin Scorsese and Al Pacino
Martin Scorsese (left) is favourite to win Best Director

The nominees for the Golden Globes have been announced and the odds indicate that two films from Netflix will dominate awards season in the New Year, reports Max Liu.

"Joaquin Phoenix is 2/7 to win Best Actor in the drama category while cinema-goers of a certain vintage will be thrilled to see Eddie Murphy 5/6 for comedy/musical."

The Golden Globes herald the beginning of awards season in the entertainment industry and, with the nominees announced last week, there are betting markets open for all the main categories.

It'll be fascinating to see how the odds fluctuate on the Exchange prior to awards night (6 January) but for now the Sportsbook markets gives us a clearer idea of what and who is truly in contention, so that's what we'll refer to here.

The Globes usually provide pointers to what we can expect at the Oscars. Of course, it doesn't always follow that what happens at the former will be repeated at the latter, as we saw last year when Bohemian Rhapsody won Best Drama Picture at the Globes but was beaten to the Best Picture Oscar by Green Book, to the surprise of film aficionados and bettors who'd backed hot favourite Roma at odds-on.

The Irishman could well be a contender

This year, Marriage Story leads the way with six Globes nominations, followed by Martin Scorsese's The Irishman with five. One is a study of a divorce while the other is an epic mob classic-in-the-making. Both films were financed by Netflix so spent a brief period in select cinemas before becoming available on the streaming platform this autumn.

It's The Irishman at 1/2 that's the favourite to win Best Drama (films are categorised by genre at the Globes unlike the Oscars which simplifies things by mixing them) with Marriage Story its nearest rival in the betting at 9/4. Quentin Tarantino's controversial Once Upton a Time in Hollywood is 1/3 to win in the comedy/musical category.

In the Best Director betting, Scorsese 10/11 is expected to be pipped by Bong Joon Ho 5/6 whose Parasite isn't realised in the UK until February. American critics have raved about the film in their best of year lists but it will be interesting to see if the award goes to the South Korean director instead of the mighty Marty.

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As for the people in front of the camera, Joaquin Phoenix is 2/7 to win Best Actor in the drama category while cinema-goers who grew up on a diet of Trading Places, Coming to America et al in the 1980s will be thrilled to see Eddie Murphy 5/6 for comedy/musical.

For the respective Best Actress gongs, Renee Zellweger (pictured above) is 3/10 for her performance in Judy while you can get same odds on Awkwafina for the guile she brought to the wonderful The Farewell.

There's much more to the Golden Globes, and the Oscars, than the categories mentioned here and there's a panoply of betting opportunities available. Check out the full range on both the Sportsbook and Exchange.

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