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2020 disrupted Hollywood and the entertainment industry with the onset of the COVID pandemic and the closure of most theatres in the country, but the 78th Golden Globes are still on, and set to be hosted by notoriously funny duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

If February 28 sounds familiar to you when it comes to awards shows, that’s because it is — typically, the Oscars are held on the 28th and the Globes are held in early January, but this year’s scheduling is mixing things up. The ceremony will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, but details haven’t been released (yet) on how much the ceremony will rely on digital elements, video conferencing, or in-person attendance, but many expect the majority of the ceremony to be held virtually.

Golden Globes: When & Where to Watch

Game Information
Date & Time:  5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on NBC on Sunday, February 28, 2021
TV Coverage: NBC, available to stream via Hulu or YouTubeTV
How to Bet: Bovada Sportsbook

When it comes to awards season, our team likes to do what they do best — bet on it. This year’s odds come via sportsbook BetOnline. Read on to discover our team’s picks to win Best Drama, Musical or Comedy, Actor/Actress for Drama, Actor/Actress for Comedy, and Best Director.    


Veronica’s Picks: Film

Best Motion Picture Drama: Nomadland -155

Nomadland is my top pick to win Best Motion Picture Drama. This film combined beautiful cinematography, an emotionally moving story, and a beautiful performance by star Frances McDormand (when does she deliver anything less?) — Nomandland is the overwhelming favorite to win, and it almost feels silly to wager on anything else in this category.

Wager: $100

Win if bet hits: 64.52

Musical or Comedy: Hamilton -120

Hamilton is a musical that follows like the life of Alexander Hamilton, and how various historical figures shaped his life with a blend of show tunes and hip-hop music. Lin-Manuel, who plays the role of Hamilton also created the musical, and arranged the cast to be diverse—to reflect the America we live in today.

The Broadway production has already swept the Tony’s, and has received critical acclaim since opening Off-Broadway in 2015. Although Hamilton wasn’t adapted specifically for the screen, a live-recording of the musical was released on Disney+ in 2020, and caught the attention of many who might not have caught the show on-stage, opening the show up to further acclaim.

Hamilton’s won a number of awards, including a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Musical, a Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical, and, Lin-Manuel Miranda has won a Pulitzer Prize for creating the musical. I’d be shocked if it didn’t nab a Golden Globe, too.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 38.33

Best Performance Actress Motion Picture Drama: Viola Davis (+230)

Davis is a powerhouse as Ma Rainey, and despite not entering the film from the beginning, she delivers an exhilerating performance as the blues singer.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 250.00

Best Performance Actor Motion Picture Drama: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (-900)

Chadwick Boseman is the overwhelming favorite to receive the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama posthumously for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and my pick for this category.

Boseman delivered his final performance as Levee, and gave a standout performance as Levee, Rainey’s trumpet player who’s vying with the titular character for the spotlight. He has arguably the most emotional performance of the film with a complex, layered role, and scenes made even more poignant in the wake of his passing.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 11.11

chadwick boseman portrait wearing yellow sweater

Chadwick Boseman, 2018.

Best Performance Actor Motion Pic Musical Comedy: Lin-Manual Miranda, Hamilton (+250)

While I’m a Borat Subsequent Moviefilm kind of girl personally, my money is on Lin-Manuel Miranda. Hamilton has already secured a bevy of awards, and Lin-Manuel has won an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. Miranda’s been nominated for Golden Globes for his roles in Mary Poppins and for Best Original Song in Moana, and it makes sense that he wins the award for one of his most lauded roles.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 250.00

Best Performance Actress Motion Pic Musical Comedy: Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (-500)

Even if Bakalova doesn’t win the Globe for Best Actress Performance in a Comedy, she’s already made history as the first actress from Bulgaria to be nominated for a Golden Globe. Although the Borat follow-up is a hilarious romp, Bakalova’s performance is nothing short of brave and talented.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 20.00

Best Director Motion Picture: Chloe Zhao -400

This was one release I was personally awaiting ever since they started releasing ‘Best Movies to Release in 2020’ — Nomadland covers themes anyone alive in 2008 or 2020 will relate to, and Chloe Zhao uses a realistic, yet hauntingly beautiful landscape juxtaposed with dark, stark, and brutally industrial factories to portray a humane, touching and thought-provoking image of homelessness in America.

If her timely, relevant themes and impressive use of light & foreground don’t nab her the best director award, her direction of McDormand might just be enough.

Wager: $150

If bet hits: 25.00

Veronica’s Picks: Television

Best Television Series Drama: Ozark +550

Ozark was my pick to win its category in 2020’s Emmy’s, and although it lost to Succession, I have faith that this year, Bateman and Linney’s performances will earn them the Best Television Series win for Ozark. Bateman took home the 2019 Emmy for directing in Ozark, and with the series still in its stride, it’s likely it’ll be recognized overall for it’s riveting story and enthralling performances.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: $550.00

Musical or Comedy: Schitt’s Creek -225

Schitt’s Creek is another title on this list who’s won their fair share of awards – Schitt’s Creek was the first Canadian television comedy to be nominated for a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Series, and set the record for the most Emmy nominations in a comedy show’s final series. I’ll be shocked if Schitt’s Creek doesn’t win big at the Globes.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 44.44


Sydney’s Picks: Film

Best Motion Picture – Drama: The Trial of the Chicago 7 (+125) 

Aside from having the highest approval rating from Google users, I personally thought The Trial of the Chicago 7 was incredible. Based on the true story of the Chicago Seven protesting the Vietnam War, there are so many cinematic and real-life parallels in this film. With such a star-studded cast and fantastic critical reception, I’m excited to see the outcome of this one. Though, I wouldn’t be mad if Nomadland won instead. It comes in at a close second for me.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 125.00

Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy – Hamilton (+100)

I have personal gripes with “Musical or Comedy” being one section and not two separate sections – or, heck, even three. I loved both Hamilton and Palm Springs for different reasons, but I’ll have to settle on Hamilton as my choice. Though Borat is another clear frontrunner, I think the controversy stirred up by the film may be too much for the Golden Globe panel to endorse by giving it the win. 

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 100.00

Best Actor – Drama: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (-900)

Chadwick Boseman (RIP) is the obvious top contender for this award. It’ll be a well-deserved win for a fantastic performance. Though the other nominees were also great in their respective films, I’d be surprised to see anybody else win.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 11.11

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton (+250)

 Lin is my main man. Not only does he star as the titular role in Hamilton, he also wrote the lyrics, book, and composed all the music in the show. His performance was incredible and I think he’s definitely deserving of this win.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 250.00

Best Actress – Drama: Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (+225)

Viola Davis is a legend. Period. Her last Golden Globe win was in 2016 for her role in the film Fences, so I think it’s about time for win number two. If she doesn’t win, I’ll cry. 

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 226.00

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy: Anna Taylor-Joy, Emma. (+1000)

 I’m kind of obsessed with Anna Taylor-Joy, so this pick is pretty biased because of that. Although I haven’t seen Emma. yet, I did really enjoy The Queen’s Gambit, which Taylor-Joy starred in and also received a Golden Globe nomination for (Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film). If successful, this will be her first Golden Globe win. I’m rooting for my girl. 

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 1,000.00

nomadland screening at drive in theatre

Nomadland screening at the drive-thru.

Best Director: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland (-600)

 For the first time in history, more than one woman has been nominated for Best Director. The first (and so far, only) female winner was Barbara Streissand for her 1983 film Yentl. The last time a woman was nominated was Ava DuVernay 2014 for her film Selma. If successful, Zhao would be the first woman of Asian descent to win the Best Director award.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 16.67

Sydney’s Picks: Television

Best TV Drama: Ratched (+1200) 

Ratched is my least likely pick so far, but I stand by it. Sarah Paulson captured my interest when she appeared in American Horror Story: Asylum, and she’s been on my radar ever since. I’ll watch anything that she stars in. Also, Ryan Murphy is a TV production machine and seems to be able to create shows that are with the times while still feeling like a weird fever dream.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 1,200.00

Best TV Musical or Comedy: Schitt’s Creek (-225)

After winning 9 out of 15 nominated awards across 13 categories at the Emmy’s last year, I think it’s almost guaranteed that Schitt’s Creek will mop the floors at the Golden Globes as well.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 44.44


Brad’s Picks: Television

Best Director Motion Picture: Chloe Zhao, Nomadland (-600)

The prohibitive favorite, Zhao is a critical darling. Nomadland also seems to fit the pandemic ethos of directionless motion. At -600, anything else would be a huge upset.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 16.67

Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy: The Prom (+450)

I believe there is going to be resistance to crowning Borat as a runaway winner. Give me the longer odds on a feel good musical with an all-star cast.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 450.00

Best Performance Actor Motion Pic Musical Comedy: Lin-Manuel Miranda (+250)

Hamilton has been a seismic force in pop culture, and landing its rights was a coup for Disney+. What the Mouse wants, the Mouse typically gets. And it is hard to find anyone who dislikes Lin-Manuel Miranda, especially amongst the Hollywood stars who comprehend his absurd talents.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 250.00

Best Performance Actor Motion Picture Drama: Chadwick Boseman (-900)

The largest favorite on the board, the dearly departed Boseman is a deserving winner. His soulful portrayal while suffering such horrific pain is an appropriate capstone on his meteoric career.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 11.11

Best Performance Actress Motion Pic Musical Comedy: Maria Bakalova (-500)

While I believe Borat is not going to run away with the night, Bakalova is clearly the choice here. The unknown Bulgarian was able to extract all the cringe-inducing moments required from her role. However, she gave the character such depth that you actually cared about her journey.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 20.00

Best Performance Actress Motion Picture Drama: Frances McDormand (+350)

Skipping the favorites is the play here. Take the legendary actress in an award-bait role over Carey Mulligan’s freshness and Viola Davis’ timelessness.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 350.00

Best Supporting Actor in Film – Sacha Baron Cohen: (+250)

It’s entirely plausible that Baron Cohen walks away from the Golden Globes with two acting trophies. The writers would consider that outcome implausible and demand rewrites. I believe he’ll be awarded for his gravitas in a historical drama rather than his schtick in an embarrassing time capsule.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 250.00

Best Supporting Actress in Film: Glenn Close (+450)

Much like McDormand in Nomadland, pay attention to the legends in award-bait roles. She likely won’t win an Oscar, but I bet Close gets the Golden Globe consolation prize.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 450.00

Best Motion Picture Drama: Nomadland (-135)

We’ve come full circle from Zhao as best director. Again, Nomadland just seems to encapsulate 2020’s timeline where everything moved too fast but time didn’t move at all. I believe it’ll be the night’s big winner.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 74.07

 Brad’s Picks: Television

Best Television Series Drama: The Crown (-800)

The Netflix show you fell asleep to most often during quarantine (go on, admit it!) is also the most likely to be celebrated as a triumph of storytelling. I may also sprinkle some coins on The Mandalorian at +1000. It was just a better season of entertaining television. Unless you were fighting insomnia.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 12.50

Best Television Series Musical or Comedy: Ted Lasso (+175)

Go watch Ted Lasso. Right now. Stop reading this and go watch it. Then tell me it was not the best comedy series produced this year. You can’t. With plus odds? Easy pick.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 175.00


Maddie’s Picks: Film

Best Motion Picture, Drama: Promising Young Woman (+900)

While it might seem that Nomadland (-135) is destined to win the category, Promising Young Woman is my top pick.

Having already won more than two dozen awards, Emerald Fennell’s masterpiece boasts a black comedy which audiences love. Besides, it’s a story of female friendship in the light of sexual assault and lack of justice, which is fitting as Hollywood continues to be rocked by the Me Too movement. Historically horror and horror-adjacent films have been snubbed by the major industry awards, but I’m hopeful that the success of Get Out (2017) and Parasite (2019) is a sign of a changing tide.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 900.00

lin-manuel miranda portrait at sundance

Lin-Manuel Miranda, 2018.

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Hamilton (+100)

While it qualifies as a musical under the Golden Globe rules, it is a little strange to see Hamilton (2020) in the same category as genuine comedies such as Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (+100) and Palm Springs (+1800). Still, I think it’s a solid pick to take home the globe.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 100.00

Best Actor, Motion Picture, Drama: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (-900)

First things first, it’s a travesty that Mads Mikkelsen wasn’t nominated for his role in Danish drama Another Round (2020). However, given the talented nominees, I suppose we can’t be too upset about it.

While he’s the strong favorite, I fully expect Chadwick Boseman to win Best Actor posthumously. If anyone else pips him to the award, I’d be shocked. That said, Anthony Hopkins (+500) has received eight Golden Globe nominations and has yet to win one – could this be his year?

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 11.11

Best Actress, Motion Picture, Drama: Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman (-140)

The favorite in a category of greats, Mulligan was exceptional in Promising Young Women (2020). A Golden Globe would only be the third award win of her entire acting career, despite having appeared in critically acclaimed work such as An Education (2009) and Mudbound (2017). Besides, next favorites Viola Davis (+225) and Frances McDormand (+350) both won Golden Globes in 2016 and 2018, respectively. It’s about time Mulligan got the recognition she deserves by way of a major industry award.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 71.43

Best Actor, Motion Picture, Comedy: Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield (+900)

Let me preface this by saying, I’ve been a big Patel fan since Skins (2007-2008). While industry giants Sacha Baron Cohen (-275) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (+250) are the favorites, Patel is a phenomenal actor with world-class range. Remember Slumdog Millionaire (2005)? You’d never guess that it was the same actor playing the titular role in The Personal History of David Copperfield. Standing out amongst the star-studded cast of the film is a feat in itself, and Patel carries the film with a performance that is funny, charismatic and fresh.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 900.00

Best Actress, Motion Picture, Comedy: Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (-500)

It was a shock to see that Meryl Streep, who has picked up no less than nine Golden Globes over the years, was snubbed from a nomination for her work in The Prom (2020). That said, I think this category is wide open. Anya Taylor-Joy (+1000) has reached a whole new audience following her role in Emma (2020), while Michelle Pfeiffer (+350) was the saving grace in an otherwise confused film, French Exit (2020).

In the end, I think Bakalova will take it. The little known Bulgarian actress winning a major industry award for her role in one of 2020’s biggest films is simply too good a story for the Globes to pass up. That, and the media coverage following her infamous run-in with Trump lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 20.00

Best Director: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland (-600)

Hollywood has come under fire in recent years for the lack of female directors nominated for major industry awards, so it was no surprise to see the Golden Globes try to remedy that. Three of the five nominees this year are women. Nomadland’s Chloé Zhao is the strong favorite and my lock for the Best Director award.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 116.67

Maddie’s Picks: Television

Best TV Series, Drama: The Crown (-700)

I’d be shocked if any other show won the award – The Crown stepped up in season 4. It was well received by critics and fans alike, and the portrayal of former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, caused enough controversy to boost the show’s viewership.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 14.29

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy:  Schitt’s Creek (-225)

I’d love to see Ted Lasso (+175) win, but following Schitt’s Creek’s dominance at the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards, I think they’ll snatch up the Golden Globe no problem.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 44.44

Neil’s Picks: Film

Drama: Nomadland (-135)

Frances McDormand won Best Actress at the 2018 Golden Globes for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. She might be receiving more acclaim for her role in Nomadland, which she also produced.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 74.07

Musical or Comedy: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (+100)

Given the political climate in which this movie was filmed, it would be shocking if Borat Subsequent Moviefilm did not win the Golden Globe.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 100.00

Actor – Drama: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (-900)

There is no way “Black Panther” is not getting this award. Not a chance.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 11.11

Actress – Drama: Frances McDormand, Nomadland (+360)

This is a tough category featuring some great performances, but McDormand has the best value, so she gets the nod.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 360.00

Actor – Comedy: Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (-275)

Cohen is also nominated for Supporting Actor – Drama for his work in The Trial of the Chicago 7, which is a loaded category. Take him to win in a discipline that he excels in.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 11.11

Sacha Baron Cohen with slicked backed hair on red carpet

Sacha Baron Cohen at the 2019 Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Annual Grants Banquet.

Actress – Comedy: Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (-500)

As good as Cohen was, Bakalova was the star of the show for the Borat sequel. Stealing scenes from Cohen is no small feat, but Bakalova did it with aplomb.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 20.00

Director: Regina King, One Night In Miami (+1800)

There is an excellent chance this goes to Chloe Zhao for Nomadland. But where is the fun in that? I’m taking King, who won Best Supporting Actress in 2019 for If Beale Street Could Talk.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 1,800.00

Neil’s Picks: Television

TV Drama: The Mandalorian (+1000)

The betting favorite here is The Crown. However, you could argue that The Mandalorian was the cultural phenomenon of the pandemic. It has a lot going against it (it’s a Star Wars film, going up against a period classic. Also, Ozark, Lovecraft Country and Ratched were all very good). I’m going with Baby Yoda, though.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 1,000.00

Musical or Comedy: Ted Lasso (+175)

Maybe I’m burnt out on Schitt’s Creek, since I’ve watched it three times (the entire series!) in about 10 months. And if it wins, it’ll be a worthy winner. However, Ted Lasso came out of nowhere, like Schitt’s Creek the year before at the Emmys.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 175.00


Ryan’s Picks: Film

Drama: The Trial of the Chicago 7 (+125)

Despite spending most of 2020 glued to the couch due to the pandemic, this was the only film I saw in the dramatic field. Classic Sorkin provided peppy dialogue that kept me engaged throughout.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 125.00

Musical or Comedy: Hamilton (EVEN / +100)

I subscribed to Disney+ for one month: July 2020. Though I would still like to see a production in theatres, I “watched” Hamilton nearly every day for a month. Perhaps it peaked years ago, but this film version introduced Hamilton’s story to a new and younger audience that might not make it to the playhouse and for that it should be honored.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 100.00

Best Performance Actor Motion Picture Drama: Chadwick Boseman (-900)

 A talented actor taken way too soon and an opportunity to honor him for his contribution to the industry.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 11.11

viola davis on red carpet 2018

Viola Davis at The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast in 2018.

Best Performance Actress Motion Picture Drama: Viola Davis +230

 She doesn’t miss.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 230.00

Best Performance Actor Motion Pic Musical Comedy: Lin-Manuel Miranda (+250)

Again, Hamilton’s popularity may have peaked and Borat is one of the funniest, most creative characters, but I’m looking for some value on the odds board here.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 250.00

Actress: Maria Bakalova (-500)

How to explain this pick without offending most of the internet. Hmmm. Let me think on that.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 20.00

Ryan’s Picks: Television

Best Television Series Drama: Ozark +550

I love The Crown, but the season finale of Ozark still resonates today. It deserves some love at +550.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 550.00

Best Television Series Musical or Comedy: Schitt’s Creek (-250)

Admittedly late to the party, I binged SC over the past two months and, yes, it lived up to lofty expectations. Give them all the awards.

Wager: $100

If bet hits: 40.00


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Veronica Taylor

Veronica Taylor is a card game enthusiast who you can find checking out the latest themed online casino games or sports betting trends. When she’s not writing about what’s new in the gambling world and industry (both online and on land), you can find her watching the NBA and looking up assorted player facts. (Did you know Lebron snacks on apples and almond butter everyday?)

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