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Golden Globe Awards 2016 predictions: 'Spotlight,' Leonardo DiCaprio, 'Mad Max' and more

Who will take home a Golden Globe this year?

Will "Mad Max: Fury Road" bury the competition?

Here are our predictions ahead of the 2016 Golden Globes, set to air Sunday at 8 p.m.

Best Picture, Drama: 'Spotlight'

The terrific investigative journalism drama, about the Boston
Photo Credit: Open Road Films

The terrific investigative journalism drama, about the Boston Globe uncovering the sexual abuse crisis in the archdiocese there, is a true crowd-pleaser and seems poised for a deep awards season run. Everyone seems to love it and it's been a long time since a movie has so authentically conveyed what journalism can and should be at its best.

Best Picture, Comedy, Musical: 'The Martian'

This isn't really a comedy, as it's about
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox / Aidan Monaghan

This isn't really a comedy, as it's about efforts to rescue an astronaut stranded on Mars, but Ridley Scott's megahit is distinguished by the consistent strain of humor that runs throughout. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is known for its populist tastes, and this is the rare movie that's both really big and really good.

Best Actress, Drama: Brie Larson for 'Room'

Larson does incredible work with tiny co-star Jacob
Photo Credit: A24 Films

Larson does incredible work with tiny co-star Jacob Tremblay in this drama about the intense love between a mother and a son trapped in a horrific situation. She's utterly natural and authentic and should take home this award en route to the Oscars.

Best Actor, Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio for 'The Revenant'

DiCaprio works hard for his art, as you
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

DiCaprio works hard for his art, as you might have heard, and the combination of his star power and his hardcore experiences (almost dying, etc.) while shooting Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's picture about the leader of a hunting party left for dead in the wilderness, circa 1823, should be more than enough here.

Best Actress, Comedy: Amy Schumer for 'Trainwreck'

Two-thousand and fifteen was the year of Amy
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures / Mary Cybulski

Two-thousand and fifteen was the year of Amy Schumer in every possible respect. She's just ridiculously cool and did a helluva job playing a version of herself in this entertaining hit comedy, which she also wrote. Plus, imagine the potential for a great spectacle when she gets onstage with host Ricky Gervais.

Best Actor, Comedy: Matt Damon for 'The Martian'

Everyone really likes
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox / Aidan Monaghan

Everyone really likes "The Martian," and category fraud aside (again, the movie is really not a comedy), it's a pretty sure bet that Damon's extensive scenes alone, with no one to play off but himself, will earn him this accolade. Plus, as is always important with the HFPA, he's a big movie star.

Best Supporting Actress: Jane Fonda for 'Youth'

Jane Fonda is barely in
Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Jane Fonda is barely in "Youth," the Paolo Sorrentino drama centered on elderly artists at a highfalutin retreat in Switzerland, but she makes enough of an impact in her two scenes to be considered a prime awards season contender. We're not thrilled by that -- she really isn't in the movie very much -- but expect her to win here.

Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone for 'Creed'

Sylvester Stallone has been playing Rocky Balboa for
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Sylvester Stallone has been playing Rocky Balboa for nearly 40 years, so it's pretty astounding that he managed to find new and interesting depths for the character under the guidance of director Ryan Coogler in this outstanding spin-off. Stallone isn't a great actor but he's a great Rocky, and he'll finally get some hardware for it.

Best Director: George Miller for 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

It's a bit unconventional to predict a best
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

It's a bit unconventional to predict a best director award that diverges from the winner for best motion picture, drama, but have you seen "Fury Road"? It's simply an incredible achievement -- an action movie packed with original visuals, genuine kinetic energy and more kickass women onscreen at one time than we've ever seen before.

Best Screenplay: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer for 'Spotlight'

Here's where McCarthy gets his due for
Photo Credit: Open Road Films

Here's where McCarthy gets his due for "Spotlight," with its script that painstakingly examines every aspect of the Boston Globe's investigation of the Catholic Church while finding more than enough time for subtle but meaningful character details to stress the human cost on the reporters.

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