On Sunday the Hollywood Foreign Press will award the winners of the 2015 Golden Globes!
Below I have my picks and predictions for the TV nominees.
Best Television Series – Drama
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Should Win: House of Cards
House of Cards is far and away the best show on this list. Netflix should be preparing to celebrate; a streaming-only released series winning one of the big TV titles marks a fairly significant moment in the transformation of the television industry.
Could Win: ………..
It’s a draw. The Drama Series nominees seem so random this year. Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, and The Good Wife are all great shows but seem like the obligatory nominees at this point. The Affair is a new show on Showtime with great potential but has hardly earned a spot on this yet. Where is Mad Men? What about The Knick? Maybe even The Leftovers?
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Ruth Wilson, The Affair
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Should Win: Robin Wright, House of Cards
Robin Wright is just ridiculously intense and intimidating and gracious all at the same time on House of Cards. She has created an unstoppable and terrifying Claire Underwood, who is arguably the more powerful than her ruthless husband.
Could Win: It’s a toss up. Ruth Wilson is wonderful in The Affair, but I think that the other veterans on this list will trump her this year. Juilianna Margulies is always a category favorite, but I wouldn’t be completely shocked if Viola Davis won this category.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Clive Owen, The Knick
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist
Dominic West, The Affair
Should Win: Clive Owen, The Knick
This is a list of crazy talented people playing very, very interesting characters. The Knick is a new show on Cinemax about the early days of medicine and Clive Owen plays a brilliant cocaine addicted doctor at The Knickerbocker hospital in New York City. I’d love to see him win for this performance because that show is vastly under appreciated.
Could Win: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Because Frank Underwood is just the best.
Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Jane The Virgin
Orange is the New Black
Should Win: Veep
‘What? But Veep isn’t even nominated!’ you say? I’M AWARE. I hate this category so much this year. Veep should be WINNING in this category. That show is painfully hilarious. I would argue that the next best option is definitely Girls. It had a terrific third season.
Could Win: Orange is the New Black
I like this show. I do. But I don’t quite understand the amount of praise that it gets. I mean, it’s good. It’s questionable whether it belongs in the comedy category, but it’s still entertaining. If Jane The Virgin wins I give up.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Gina Rodriguez, Jane The Virgin
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
Should Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
At least there is justice here. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is absolutely ridiculous, and I swear she gets better every season. I’m fairly confident that she’ll walk away with the win for this category.
Could Win: Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Edie Falco is great in Nurse Jackie and would be a logical 2nd place to Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Again, if Gina Rodriguez wins I give up.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Should Win: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Praise has been through the roof for Jeffrey Tambor’s performance in the Amazon original series, Transparent, as a trans-gender woman.
Could Win: ……..
No, really. I’m nearly positive that Jeffrey Tambor is winning this category.
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Normal Heart
Should Win: True Detective
I really think that the best thing about 2014 might have been True Detective. This show was excellent; and I hate to be a pessimist, but I’m skeptical that the second season will live up to the first one, so I want the first season to get as much recognition as possible. I think it’s fairly likely that True Detective will win this category and it’s the category that it should have won in the Emmys last year.
Could Win: Fargo
This has gotten lots of positive attention. I’d be surprised to see it win over True Detective, but I’d put money on Fargo being the runner-up.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Frances O’Connor, The Missing
Allison Tolman, Fargo
Should Win: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Olive Kitteridge might be the most depressing 4 hours I’ve ever watched but Frances McDormand was fantastic as the main character. Also, Is Jessica Lange really nominated for Freak Show? That can’t be right. This has been the worst season of AHS so far- if this nomination was for Coven I might be on board.
Could win: Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
There was enough buzz about this show when it aired early last year to put Maggie Gyllenhaal on the short list for this category.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Should Win: Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Hands down this should go to Matthew McConaughey. True Detective was like a rich novel and he was the perfect narrator.
Could Win: Woody Harrelson, True Detective
I think some people prefer Woody Harrelson’s performance because he plays his character brilliantly even if the part is less flashy than Matthew McConaughey’s. It’s possible that voters could split on the two from True Detective and then I would consider it a toss up between Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Allison Janney, Mom
Michelle Monaghan, True Detective
Should Win: Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
As previously stated I’m not the biggest supporter of Orange is the New Black but Uzo Aduba is great. Sidebar- This list of nominees is baffling to me. Elizabeth Moss should be winning for just about every season of Mad Men; and we’re nominating Kathy Bates for AHS but not Julia Roberts for The Normal Heart? What???
Could Win: Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
People go nuts for Downton Abbey actors and Joanne Froggatt recently had her best season playing Mrs. Bates.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Should Win: Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
I was a little disappointed that Matt Bomer didn’t get more attention for his role in The Normal Heart, because his performance as a man dying from AIDS in the 80’s was the best part of that movie.
Could Win: Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
When in doubt, give awards to The Good Wife.