A couple days ago, I gave my predictions for the movie categories at this year’s Golden Globes. Now it’s time to cover the major TV awards. Once again, these predictions are not what I would personally choose if I had a vote, but rather what I feel is most likely to win come Sunday night.
Best TV Series, Drama
The Hollywood Foreign Press tends to pick a few awards every year that celebrate newcomers. Given the list of nominees here, I think there’s a very good shot that the freshman Showtime series ‘The Affair‘ will get a surprise win.
Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy
I haven’t seen ‘Jane the Virgin’, nor do I have much idea what it’s about. (I’m guessing a virgin named Jane, right?) While ‘Transparent’ is the critics’ darling right now, I suspect that voters will finally reward ‘Orange Is the New Black‘ for its success, despite the fact that it is neither a musical nor a comedy and is completely in the wrong category.
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
- Clive Owen – ‘The Knick‘
- Liev Schreiber – ‘Ray Donovan‘
- Kevin Spacey – ‘House of Cards’
- James Spader – ‘The Blacklist‘
- Dominic West – ‘The Affair’
With ‘Breaking Bad’ finally off the air and ‘Mad Men’ getting snubbed in all the major categories (far from the only good show to get ignored this year), it looks like it’s time for Kevin Spacey to finally be recognized for his excellent work on ‘House of Cards’.
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
- Claire Danes – ‘Homeland‘
- Viola Davis – ‘How to Get Away with Murder’
- Juliana Marguiles – ‘The Good Wife’
- Ruth Wilson – ‘The Affair’
- Robin Wright – ‘House of Cards’
This is one of the tougher categories to predict. Viola Davis seems to be the odds-on favorite right now, although many suspect that Ruth Wilson may take the prize for her excellent work in ‘The Affair’. However, despite having won this award last year, I’m picking Robin Wright to double up. I think her portrayal of Claire Underwood in Season 2 of ‘House of Cards’ was even stronger and more memorable than Season 1.
Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
- Louis C.K. – ‘Louie’
- Don Cheadle – ‘House of Lies’
- Ricky Gervais – ‘Derek’
- William H. Macy – ‘Shameless‘
- Jeffrey Tambor – ‘Transparent’
Maybe one of these years Louis C.K. will get the recognition he deserves, but it won’t be this year. Jeffrey Tambor is all but a lock to win for his role in the critically acclaimed ‘Transparent’. Of all the television categories of the night, this is probably the one sure thing of the lot.
Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
- Lena Dunham – ‘Girls’
- Edie Falco – ‘Nurse Jackie‘
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus – ‘Veep‘
- Gina Rodriguez – ‘Jane the Virgin’
- Taylor Schilling – ‘Orange Is the New Black’
Even though, like the aforementioned Robin Wright, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won this award last year, should she be penalized when (again, like Ms. Wright) her performance was even better in this most recent season? Sadly, I think the answer here may be yes, which is why I’m picking an upset by Taylor Schilling from ‘Orange Is the New Black’.
The Golden Globes will air this Sunday, January 11th on NBC. Feel free to post your own predictions (or taunt the ones I made) in the Comments section below!