So is “Nomadland” the Oscar film to beat now?

Sure. It pretty much always was.

But a couple of things add an asterisk to the already unconventional “Wisdom” of the Golden Globes.

The latest investigative reminders of how corrupt and disconnected from Hollywood and America the HFPA is might have cowed the group into some of their “voted” wins.

Still, Chao becomes the second woman ever to win best picture and director there.

Lest you get too carried away, remember the first. Streisand. “Yentl.”

Andra Day seems a long shot for the best actress Oscar, but she’s the best thing in “United States vs Billie Holiday,” very good in a middling movie. Anybody who remembers Marion Cotillard’s Oscar has to think this Lady Day has a shot.

Pixar’s “Soul” might have been headed to dominating the awards season animated buzz, but with cries of “racism” in the air, the Globes didn’t dare pick last year’s best animated film, “Wolfwalkers.”

The best actress favorites? Still McDormand and Mulligan and Viola Davis.

Daniel Kaluuya? Certainly a contender. Jodie Foster? Probably not.

Does anybody seriously think “Borat 2” is an Oscar contender?

Will “Mank” and “Da Five Bloods” be left out of Oscar contention, with reduced profiles, the way they were at the Globes?

They should be, and I’d leave “One Night in Miami” out, too. Middling script, pedestrian direction, underwhelming cast etc. But you’ve got to have 5 or 10 contenders, so…

Is “I Care a Lot” an outsider with a shot? Late entry “U.S. vs Billie Holiday” isn’t getting any buzz, but with Chadwick Boseman love spreading, “Ma Rainey” is looking a lot better. “Minari” hype may be about to bear fruit.

It’s a thin year for Best of the Best, and “Nomadland” and “The Father” and “Ma Rainey” and “Another Round” and “News of the World” might seem like sure things. Maybe “Promising Young Woman” and “Minari” can elbow their way in

But remember “Green Book.” That Best Picture field is going to seem padded, no matter what. And once you’re in actual Oscar contention, anything could happen.

And as entertaining as the hosts always are, paying no attention to the Golden Globes gets easier, year by year.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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