Who from movies and TV will step to the podium on Sunday

By People Staff
Updated January 11, 2015 11:30 AM
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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.

MOVIES

Drama: Boyhood
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.

Comedy: Birdman
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.

Supporting actress

: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Smart, tough and fair, Arquette grounds the film as a single mom who grows up alongside her kids.

TV

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.

Comedy: Transparent
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?

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