Golden Globes 2015: PEOPLE Picks the Winners!
Who from movies and TV will step to the podium on Sunday
Before the stars swarm the Beverly Hills Hotel for Sunday’s 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (airing at 8 p.m. ET on NBC), PEOPLE selects the films, TV series and performances that are most likely to make it up to the podium.
Richard Linklater‘s naturalistic take on parents, kids and the inevitable march of time is elegantly universal.
Lead actor, drama
: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Eddie Redmayne’s inspirational work as ALS-stricken physicist Stephen Hawking has earned comparisons with Daniel Day-Lewis‘s Oscar-winning turn in My Left Foot.
Lead actress, drama: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Devastating as a college professor losing her mind – and maybe her soul – to Alzheimer’s, Moore gives the performance of her career.
Set in a Broadway theater with its narrow, winding hallways mirroring the twisting story line, it’s a virtuosic, jazzy riff of a film.
Lead actor, comedy: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Keaton’s soaring performance as an actor going through a nervous breakdown is wrenching, brash and supremely intense.
Lead actress, comedy
: Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Adams captivates in an understated turn as kitsch painter Margaret Keane.
Supporting actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
A career supporting player, Simmons is finally getting his due for his alternately terrifying and hilarious portrayal of an abusive jazz teacher.
: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Smart, tough and fair, Arquette grounds the film as a single mom who grows up alongside her kids.
Drama: The Good Wife
Year in, year out, Julianna Margulies’s legal drama is not merely good but the best – the smartest, subtlest, most delicious series on any network.
Lead actor, drama: Dominic West, The Affair
A writer having a midlife crisis and then a reckless fling – British actor West gave the part all the depth of his intensely chiseled brow.
Lead actress, drama
: Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
A high-flying, at times self-lacerating performance in one of the most daring female roles in some time.
A different kind of modern family: more pain and fewer laughs, but so much truth.
Lead actor, comedy
: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Tambor’s been around Hollywood forever, but as a man seeking gender reassignment surgery, this is the role of his career.
Lead actress, comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Louis-Dreyfus gives a weekly master class in comic timing, but the Globes has a history of honoring new sitcom stars: So who would carp if Gina Rodriguez, irresistible and down-to-earth as Jane the Virgin, took the prize?
The 72nd Annual Golden Globes air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.ADD GALLERIES AT BOTTOM OF STORIES: