The 74th annual Golden Globe awards air this Sunday on NBC. The inaugural kickoff to award season, the Golden Globes have a storied history of helping determine potential Oscar contenders on the film side.
However, what is special about the Globes is the fact that they also have categories dedicated to television. The television winners typically give good insight into what the next big series are. Voters also love to crown up and coming talent as well as film actors that make a successful jump to television.
After dissecting the film categories, it is now time to see actors and series should win and will win.
Best Television Series – Drama
Should Win: “The Americans”
FX’s critical hit, “The Americans,” entered its final season this year. After six years of of lies and decent, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys spy couple finally ended their run. The show has been a critic favorite since its debut in 2013. Honoring it at the Globes for a stellar final season seems like a no-brainer.
Will Win: “Homecoming”
Amazon has another home run with “Homecoming.” Starring legendary actress Julia Roberts in here first television series, the show is anything but boring. Haunting, tense, and breathtaking are just a few words to describe this new series. The Globes love to be the first to crown the next hot new series and I will not be surprised Sunday when it happens here.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Should Win: Sandra Oh – “Killing Eve”
Sandra Oh made a name for herself starring on the hit series “Greys Anatomy” for nine years. Her new role in the hit BBC series, “Killing Eve,” gave fans even more to love about her. Playing MI5 agent Eve, Oh holds her own against Julie Comer’s sadistic Villanelle in this twist on the spy vs spy story. Oh’s acting is exquisite and it also does not hurt that she will be sharing hosting duties that evening as well. Making history twice in one night does not seem to far out of reach for Miss Oh.
Will Win: Julia Roberts – “Homecoming”
As much as the Golden Globes love to honor devoted television actors, they rarely miss at chance to honor a film actor when they make the effortless leap to television. Just is the case here with Julia Roberts role in Amazon’s “Homecoming.” Roberts ditches her trademark smile to play damaged caseworker Heidi Bergman. A role many would not expect from Roberts but perfect nonetheless. There is no doubt Roberts leaves Sunday with her fourth Golden Globe.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Stephan James (“Homecoming”)
Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”)
Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
Should Win: Billy Porter – “Pose”
The heartbeat of Ryan Murphy’s latest FX series, “Pose,” Billy Porter plays the MC of the ballroom antics, Pray Tell. As Pray Tell, Porter is able to throw scathing critiques while also giving loving praise that could boost any soul. Porter’s performance is one that should be recognized for giving people a different type of leading man.
Will Win: Matthew Rhys – “The Americans”
After already winning an Emmy for the final season, a Golden Globe win is not out of the question either. Six season of playing Russian spy Phillip Jennings, Matthew Rhys seems to finally be getting the accolades he deserves. This being his final chance to win for the critically loved roles seems like justice.
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
“The Good Place” (NBC)
“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
Should Win: The Good Place
The NBC series in its third season does not seem anywhere close to losing steam. Three seasons in and still fresh as ever it is no surprise it was the only network comedy series to be nominated in this category. Kristen Bell and Ted Danson leads an awesome supporting cast that social media cannot stop talking about. Critics and fans agree it is simply one of the best series on TV. The Golden Globes would be forking nuts to not give “The Good Place” the gold come Sunday.
Will Win: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Could Amazon actually walk out with the trophies for Best Drama and Best Comedy Series? The consensus is yes. With its strong sense of empowerment, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” charged ahead in its second season delivering warmth and laughs along the way. The team of Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, and Tony Shalhoub are no joke here in this critically loved comedy. After picking up the Emmy and Golden Globe last year for Best Comedy Series it will surprise no one Sunday when they win another globe.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Kristen Bell (“The Good Place”)
Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”)
Alison Brie (“Glow”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”)
Should Win: Kristen Bell – “The Good Place”
Spending most of her acting career on television, Kristen Bell seems to have hit her stride as Eleanor on “The Good Place.” After three season, Bell is only getting hotter and with the series streaming on Netflix it is able to reach an even broader audience. As someone who has loved Kristen Bell since she starred on “Veronica Mars,” it was be fantastic to see her walk away a winner this weekend.
Will Win: Rachel Brosnahan – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Even though Bell has paid her dues in the industry, critics and award voters cannot get enough of Rachel Brosnahan. As the housewife and mother turned stand up comic, Brosnahan gives us a fresh take on what audiences expect from a women in the 1950s. During the #MeToo era, having a character like Mrs. Maisel who takes her life by the horns is nothing short of empowering. Expect Brosnahan to leave Sunday with consecutive Best Actress wins in this category.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen (“Who Is America?”)
Jim Carrey (“Kidding”)
Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
Should Win: Bill Hader – “Barry”
SNL-vet Bill Hader took what he learned from the sketch show and expanded it with his new HBO series. Creating, directing, and starring in the hit comedy series, Hader has all the critics talking. Already getting honored with an Emmy award in this category shows that Hader has what it takes to leave Sunday with the gold. “Barry” for the most part is a tragic character study into what it means to find acceptance and a community where we can be ourselves, however Hader is what makes the show what is truly is, endearing.
Will Win: Michael Douglas – “The Kominsky Method”
In his first television series Michael Douglas proves he still has it. Douglas shines the the role as Sandy Kominsky, a actor who does not feel like his age should limit his work. The heart-warming series from “Two & a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre, shows that age truly is nothing but a number.
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“The Alienist” (TNT)
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
“Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime)
“Sharp Objects” (HBO)
“A Very English Scandal” (Amazon)
Should Win: A Very English Scandal
Being able to able to blur the lines of comedy and drama is a rare feet for a television series. With “A Very English Scandal ,” Amazon has done just that. Starring Hugh Grant as
British Liberal Party hiding an affair with another man played brilliantly by Ben Whishaw.
Critics and voters love a true story especially when it is done this well.
Will Win: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
One of the best shows of 2018, American Crime Story delivered another stellar season. This time focusing on the cold-blooded murder of famed designer Gianni Versace. Ryan Murphy does it again crafting an intricate tale of murder and madness. Championed by the performance of Darren Criss, American Crime Story is a slow burn that is worth the watch.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Amy Adams (“Sharp Objects”)
Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora”)
Connie Britton (“Dirty John”)
Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)
Should Win: Patricia Arquette – “Escape at Dannemora”
Some series are worth a watch simply based on writing or source material and some are worth the watch based on performances allow. That is the case here in “Escape at Dannemora,” Patricia Arquette steals the show in this limited series. Playing a real life criminal who helps her convict lovers escape jail, Arquette delivers one of the best roles in her career. Making the audience feel for such a selfish character is no easy job and for that Arquette should be rewarded come Sunday.
Will Win: Amy Adams – “Sharp Objects”
One of the most talked about shows from the past summer, “Sharp Objects,” is a southern gothic thriller that both critics and audiences loved. The limited series is carried by the powerhouse performance of Hollywood golden girl Amy Adams. The Golden Globes have a love affair with Adams, who has been nominated nine times and won twice. She is also a two time nominee this Sunday, though I doubt she will win in her other category this one seems like a shoe-in for Adams.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Daniel Bruhl (“The Alienist”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”)
Should Win: Hugh Grant – “A Very British Scandal”
The Amazon limited series is wholly held together by the performance of Hugh Grant. The famed British actor truly brings his best to the role of a manipulative political leader. Giving some humanity to such a scheming character is not easy, but Grant pulls it off with ease. Probably his best role to date, it would be a shame to seem Grant leave empty handed.
Will Win: Darren Criss – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Absolutely insane is the best way to describe Darren Criss’s star making role in the second season of American Crime Story. Playing real-life murderer of designer Gianni Versace, Andrew Cunanan. Criss steals the show in this career-defining role, already snagging an Emmy previously for the role. Criss should definitely make room on his mantle for after Sunday.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Patricia Clarkson (“Sharp Objects”)
Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Should Win: Patricia Clarkson – “Sharp Objects”
One half of the powerhouse duo that made “Sharp Objects” summers hottest series deserves this award. Patricia Clarkson plays the over-bearing, oppressive mother to Amy Adams lead here. She does so we ease, as if this character has been living under Clarkson’s skin for years. She is so perfect in the role that it is almost scary. Voters should be scared straight come Sunday and give Clarkson the Golden Globe.
Will Win: Alex Borstein – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
A character actor who been around for decades, Alex Borstein has finally gotten the credit she truly deserves. Spending years in comedies and voice over work, Borstein is ultimately her best in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Playing the manager of the lead, Midge, Borstein is as funny as ever. After picking up an Emmy for the shows first season, a Golden Globe is all but expected come Sunday.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”)
Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)
Should Win: Henry Winkler – “Barry”
Playing pathetic acting coach Gene Cousineau, television veteran Henry Winkler is in the best role of his long career. Starring opposite star Bill Hader, watching these two play off each other is nothing short of a treat. Already snagging an Emmy for his role, and the first of his career, Winkler should be on his way to his first Golden Globe since 1978.
Will Win: Ben Whishaw – “A Very English Scandal”
The Golden Globes love to award a first time nominee any chance they get. However, when the performance is as good as Ben Whishaw in “A Very English Scandal” winning is all but justified. Playing the scorned lover opposite Hugh Grant’s manipulative political leader, Whishaw delivers both comedy and drama in this three episode limited series. While Henry Winkler might be the tried and true vote, but seeing Ben Whishaw leave Sunday would be a real treat.
There are my predictions for this years Golden Globe television awards. Make sure to check out the show Sunday, January 6th on NBC.