The Golden Globes famously honours both television and film in one night, making it quite a unique award show. Here are my predictions for the television awards. You might notice I ignored the miniseries and made for television movie categories because no one really cares. I do hope Helena Bonham Carter snags one for her work in Burton and Taylor though, but other than that I’m not bothered. As for the rest:
Best TV Comedy or Musical
Nominees: Girls, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, The Big Bang Theory, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
This is a super unpredictable category. The Globes like to be deliberately different than the Emmys (I mean they gave this award to Glee twice) but Modern Family (who has won the Emmy in this category four consecutive years) is a safe bet: it’s a rare for a show to be so consistent and it has been nominated a lot without ever winning, so this could be its year. But I think that, after winning last year, Girls will probably get another trophy. It’s by far the most divisive and talked about show, and in my opinion the best one on the list. Then again, Parks and Recreation has never been nominated before and they are due for a win somewhere. And that show’s star, Amy Phoeler, is co-hosting the Globes with Tina Fey , so a win for her show will have nice poetry. And this isn’t even considering new kid on the block Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Told you it was complicated.
Will Win: Girls
Might Win: Modern Family
I wish: Girls
Best TV Drama
Nominees: Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, House of Cards, Masters of Sex
None of the shows that have won this award in the last five years have been nominated this time round. No Mad Men and no Homeland which won in 2012 and 2013 but had a choppy third season . Breaking Bad hasn’t ever won this (despite dominating every other award show ever) and it had a spectacular, spectacular final season, so really should win. But House of Cards is new and shiny and has Kevin Spacey, so might prove irresistible. I have a secret wish that The Good Wife wins because it is by far the best show on a broadcast network and isn’t nearly acclaimed enough if you ask me, but it’s never going to happen.
Will Win: Breaking Bad
Might Win: House of Cards
I wish: Breaking Bad
Best Actress in a TV Drama
Nominees: Julianna Marguiles – The Good Wife, Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black, Taylor Schilling – Orange Is the New Black, Kerry Washington – Scandal, Robin Wright – House of Cards
No Homeland nominated and no Claire Danes (who like her show has won the past two years). So what the what? Julianna Marguiles has won before (yay!). Kerry Washington wasn’t good enough for the Emmys, but is exactly the kind of the thing the Globes love and she and her show has had momentum building for a while. Then we have Tatiana Maslany who is doing such, such brilliant work on Orphan Black, which, let’s not forget, is a foreign show and this is the Hollywood Foreign Press after all. Robin Wright was the favourite at the Emmys but people seem to have dismissed her here. She was robbed of that Emmy though and if the Globes love House of Cards and Kevin Spacey that allure might spill over to her category as well.
Will Win: Robin Wright
Might Win: Kerry Washington
I wish: Tatiana Maslany
Best Actor in a TV Drama
Nominees: Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad, Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan, Michael Sheen – Masters of Sex, Kevin Spacey – House of Cards, James Spader – The Blacklist
Last year, Homeland’s success meant both its stars (Claire Danes and Damien Lewis) won their categories as well. I think House of Cards, if it wins, will do the same. So really, this depends on whether House of Cards or Breaking Bad secures the Best Drama trophy. But I’ll stick to my guns and say that since I think Breaking Bad will win that race, this one is Bryan Cranston’s to lose. If he does it will be to Kevin Spacey. James Spader stands a small, small chance too.
Will Win: Bryan Cranston
Might Win: Kevin Spacey
I wish: Bryan Cranston
Best Actress in a TV Comedy
Nominees: Zooey Deschanel – New Girl, Lena Dunham – Girls, Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie, Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep, Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is twice nominated (she is also nominated for her film acting in Enough Said) but has very little chance of winning her film category and the Globes like to award double nominees with at least one trophy because, dude, they totally deserve it. Add to that she won the Emmy for her work on Veep twice AND that same show, easily neck in neck with Girls as the best comedy on television, wasn’t even nominated for best TV comedy (biggest snub of the night) so Louis-Dreyfus is its only chance of securing a trophy and then you have to conclude that she can’t lose. Lena Dunham could maybe win. She did last year. But probably not. Amy Poehler is hosting and again there is the poetry of the handing a trophy to the host, but that didn’t help Tina Fey last year when she was nominated for the final season of 30 Rock. So again, probably not.
Will Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Might Win: Lena Dunham
I wish: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Best Actor in a TV Comedy
Nominees: Jason Bateman – Arrested Development, Don Cheadle – House of Lies, Michael J. Fox – The Michael J. Fox Show, Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory, Andy Samberg – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
This category suuuuuuuuucks. None of these actors are doing anything interesting or very good with the possible exception of Andy Samberg, because at least he’s new. But who even cares. Jason Bateman probably deserves something because Michael Bluth is legendary, but he won’t win. Jim Parsons should stop winning things (one Golden Globe and three Emmys already in the bag) for playing Sheldon Cooper, who is the most annoying character on TV and not all that inspired. Michael J. Fox will probably win because his return to television is a big deal, even if his show isn’t all that great. So probably him. But whatever, just go make tea while they announce this one.
Will Win: Michael J. Fox
Might Win: Jim Parsons
I wish: Adam Driver from Girls, who wasn’t even nominated because this category suuuuuucks.