We’ve already been through our picks for the film categories of the Golden Globes and now its time to turn our attention to TV. It’s also time to laugh long and hard about the decisions made by that funny little group of jokesters known as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Mad Men and Game of Thrones completely shut out? No nomination for Anna Gunn? A nomination for Andy Samberg? Oh, HFPA, you’re too much. But while its easy to roll our eyes at some of the omissions, we wouldn’t be doing out part as critics if we didn’t pay some lip service to the actual (mostly) deserving nominees.
Note: As always, when I say “Will Win” I am basing it off the current odds and general buzz and when I say “Should Win” I’m basing it off my own personal and deeply biased opinions.
BEST DRAMA SERIES
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex
What Should Win: Breaking Bad
What Will Win: Breaking Bad
The year 2013 will henceforth be known as The Year of Breaking Bad. Or at least it should be. This is the last round of awards for Breaking Bad to sweep up before bowing out and spending the rest of eternity at the top of TV history. And if they don’t sweep up these awards the HFPA is even crazier than I suspected and trust me, that is a low bar.
Kyle here. Really what is there to say, but I'll tread lightly to not hurt the feelings of other shows. Breaking Bad will win.
BEST PERFOMANCE BY AN ACTOR - DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist
Who Should Win: Bryan Cranston
Who Will Win: Bryan Cranston
^ Bryan Cranston.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS – DRAMA
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Who Should Win: Tatiana Maslany
Who Will Win: Kerry Washington
I love me some Olivia Pope, so please don’t interpret this pick as any kind of slight towards Ms. Washington or Scandal as a whole. But Tatiana’s performance in Orphan Black is truly unprecedented and unparalleled. She played six different characters so effectively that you truly forgot she was only one actress. She deserves a Golden Globe for every character she played, but we’ll start with one.
Unless you've been living under a rock or are just typically not fond of water coolers, you know that Orange is the New Black is one of this years most talked about shows. I would hate to see it go completely unrecognized here, so I'm rooting for Taylor Schilling.
BEST COMEDY OR MUSICAL
The Big Bang Theory
Parks and Recreation
What Should Win: The Big Bang Theory
What Will Win: Girls
Just once I’d like an awards show to honor a show that’s not only critically successful but also wildly commercially successful. But the HFPA isn’t the group to bring that wish to fruition.
I really enjoy all these shows. People have claimed that Modern Family has lost a little of its edge so perhaps this won't go unnoticed by the HFPA and they'll give it to Girls. However, my gut is saying The Big Bang Theory.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
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
Who Should Win: Jim Parsons
Who Will Win: Michael J. Fox
Probably Fox, but I'm going to have to go with Andy Samberg. Call me crazy, but we definitely have a new hit comedy on our hands with Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Samberg was the right man for the job.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Who Should Win: Amy Poehler
Who Will Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
I could probably just copy and paste what I’ve written every other time these two ladies have met on a ballot. Its getting a little tedious to repeatedly point out how much Amy Poehler deserves a Golden Globe and how much Julia Louis-Dreyfus is going to actually win one.
Devin is absolutely right here. Its shocking that Poehler hasn't won yet, but she is consistantly grouped among some very talented women. In typical fashion, she'll be honored once Parks and Rec announces their last season - though this didn't fair well for Tina Fey. I'm going with Lena Dunham.
BEST TV-MOVIE OR MINISERIES
American Horror Story: Coven, FX
Behind the Candelabra, HBO
Dancing on the Edge, Starz
Top of the Lake, Sundance
The White Queen, Starz
What Should Win: Top of the Lake
What Will Win: Behind the Candelabra
At the Emmys I bemoaned the fact that a movie was beating out an actual TV miniseries. This bothers me less at the Golden Globes, but I’ll still argue that Top of the Lake deserves a little love. Also, I still haven’t seen Behind the Candelabra.
Top of the Lake does indeed deserve some love. Please check it out on Netflix if you haven't already. Behind the Candelabra will get the glory on Sunday night, though.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR – TV MOVIE OR MINSERIES
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector
What Should Win: Michael Douglas
What Will Win: Michael Douglas
I’m starting to think I really should just copy and paste everything I wrote for the Emmys.
Michael Douglas. He gave one of the best performances of his career in the film that no studio wanted to touch. Go HBO.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS – TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton & Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson, The White Queen,
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Who Should Win: Elizabeth Moss
Who Will Win: Helena Bonham Carter
Part of me wants Elizabeth Moss to win just to smite the HFPA for so totally ignoring Mad Men and part of me wants her to win because she’s amazing and deserves mountains of awards.
Elizabeth Moss. Because A) she gives a damn-good performance here and B) see above.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – SERIES, TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Who Should Win: Aaron Paul
Who Will Win: Aaron Paul
See: Breaking Bad, Year of.
Aaron Paul. It would be nice to see him happy again.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – SERIES, TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES
Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
Janet McTeer, The White Queen
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Who Should Win: Sofia Vargara
Who Will Win: Sofia Vargara
Truthfully, I don’t have a lot of feelings about this category, but Vargara is consistently overlooked in favor of Julie Bowen and the HFPA is just the organization to give her some love, whether in the form of a shiny award or a roving hand we’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out.
I've only seen Modern Family among this bunch, so I'll go with Devin here and say Sophia Vargara.
The Golden Globes air at 8/7c Sunday, Jan. 12 on NBC.
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