2017 Golden Globes: NYU is the House Favorite But Which School is the Comeback Kid?

For anyone who loves to gamble but isn’t a big sports fan, there is a sweet time of year that comes where you can throw some money around. I’m talking about award season. The time in which the entertainment industry identifies the best and brightest of the year and bestows golden trophies. Like the sports world, there are different tiers of awards, and with each advancement, chances of making it to the finals (in this case, The Oscars) increase.

So let’s talk about the Golden Globes that will be airing January 8th. The Golden Globes are sort of like the playoffs of the awards season- they are a strong indicator of who is going to crush it in the finals, and who will reign supreme award wise.

We’ve broken this down at a high level. Like in sports, there are training camps for actors: their colleges.  Past winners tend to come from certain camps, and below we have identified some notable nominees from training camps that winners may come from. Take a look and see if there is anyone you may add to your bracket.

New York University- The House Favorite

As far as training camps go, graduates of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts are always the industry gold standard. NYU has the most alumni winners of all time, and this year is no different.  There are 30 different alumni nominated, ranging in categories from producers, actors, and screenwriters.  

Even more notable, of the 30 nominated, 8 of the NYU alums are up for multiple nominations, increasing their odds.

Take a look at the list nominated. These are strong contenders.

Kenneth Lonergan (TSOA ’86)- This alumni is up for three awards:

Best director- motion picture: Manchester By The Sea

Best motion picture-drama: Manchester By The Sea

Best screenplay: Manchester By The Sea

Mahershala Ali (TSOA ’00), Actor:              

Best Motion Picture – Drama: Moonlight  

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Moonlight

Best Screenplay: Moonlight  

Donald Glover (TSOA ’06), Actor, Executive Producer            

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy: Atlanta

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy: Transparent

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy: Atlanta

Felicity Huffman (TSOA ’88), Actress

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: American Crime

Best Limited Series: American Crime

Simon Helberg (TSOA ’00), Actor  

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Florence Foster Jenkins

Stanford University – The Underdog

Stanford is not frequently recognized for their drama program. However this may be the year it all changes, as Stanford University is repping hard this award season. Can they get a win?

Issa Rae, a 2007 graduate from the university is nominated for best performance by an actress in a television series – comedy or musical — for Insecure.

Sterling K Brown, a 1998 graduate is nominated for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series, or motion picture made for television, for his role portraying Christopher Darden, one of the prosecutors from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office in the mini series The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

Earlier this year Brown won an Emmy Award for best supporting actor for the same role, so increase the odds on this one.  Oh, Brown also got his Master of Fine Arts from NYU, if that adds to his stats.

Fordham University- Solid Soldier

Fordham University has always produced only a few contenders, but they are always strong. Of their alumni, they have had 4 winners, and those winners have won multiple times. Like Alan Alda, who is a six-time Golden Globe winner!

This year Denzel Washington, a 1977 graduate who studied Drama and Journalism is nominated in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama category for his work on Fences. Denzel is the only 2017 representative from Fordham, but we have a feeling he can pull through for his alma mater. He has won three Golden Globes already, so we can say he knows his craft. Our recommendation? Bet on him.

Columbia University- The Comeback Kid

Columbia University has been a top 10 training camp, having consistently produced winners, and can boast 8 Golden Globe wins to its name. Recently Columbia has been absent from the Golden Globes, having not had any nominees in 2016.  

But this year, Columbia is back to slowly regain their old glory, and representing them is only one alumni:

Casey Affleck, who is nominated for his work in Manchester By The Sea, in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.

California Institute of The Arts- It’s Mr. Steal Your Award

The name of the this school should explain why it frequents award shows; CalArts has a curriculum that is built for success in film. With such a focused study, it’s no surprise that the California Institute of The Arts has been one of the top schools to graduate Oscar winners.

The nominees from CalArts are all up for the same category, which reflects a strength in the program’s curriculum. Four of the five alumni are co-nominated for their work and collaborated together on the projects, which is pretty great school spirit wise.

John Musker, a 1977 graduate- director- Best animated Feature for his work on Moana

Bryon Howard, ‘87- Best animated Feature- Zootopia

Rich Moore,’87- Best animated Feature- Zootopia

Zackary Drucker 2007- Best Television Series- Musical or Comedy

Rhys Ernst- Best Television Series- Musical or Comedy

Hopefully this helps you prep your roster for the big night. I have my winners already picked, and far too much of my paycheck on the line. Its game time.

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