2016 Golden Globes Predictions Part 2: Television

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The Golden Globes might be a stepping stone to the Oscars and the Emmys, but they’re also a pretty great marker for the past year in entertainment. Coming right after New Years and combining the HFPA’s top picks in both film and television, it really is an awards show that has the best of both worlds. Matt already gave his predictions for which movie stars will go home with gold, and now it’s TV’s turn. Without further ado, here are the stars and the shows that should and will win:

 

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This is an incredibly interesting—and somewhat frustrating— category this year, as it’s made up almost entirely of new shows. Though Game of Thrones debuted one of its best seasons yet, it doesn’t stand too good of a chance in an awards show that loves to let freshman series shine right out of the gate. The cyber-thriller Mr. Robot was one of the most inventive shows of the year, but my money is on Starz’s time-travel romance Outlander. Critical appraise has been incredibly positive, and who can say no to a good period piece? Will Win: Outlander / Should Win: Mr. Robot

 

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As much as I would love to see the brilliant Silicon Valley get some recognition for its scorching take on the tech industry, there’s no way this award isn’t going to Transparent. Coming off of another stellar season, this series is a force to be reckoned with. The first season of the show deserved to be celebrated for its honest portrayal of a transgender woman coming out to her family, but now it deserves to be celebrated simply for being an excellent show featuring a transgender character. It’s almost a shame that this was put in the comedy category, because in my opinion it has an equally fair chance amongst the dramas. Will/Should Win: Transparent

 

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This is Fargo‘s to lose. For two season’s now, the show has done a miraculous job at spinning a fascinating, albeit slightly absurd, mystery with wonderfully developed characters and an excellent sense of cynicism. The only other show that might best it is American Crime, which deals with potent material and some truly captivating performances. Still, there is no doubt in my mind that Fargo will dominate this category once again. Will/Should Win: Fargo

 

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In his time playing Don Draper, Jon Hamm has quickly become the Leonardo DiCaprio of TV, by which I mean, a brilliant actor who is always the nominee and never the winner (except that one time!). The final season of the show is no exception, and Hamm gives one of his finest performances of the whole series. Still, I have a feeling that voters will look the other way and give captivating newcomer Rami Malek the award. Will Win: Rami Malek for Mr. Robot / Should Win: Jon Hamm for Mad Men

 

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The HFPA has been known to give this award to standout performers in new shows: Claire Danes won for the first season of Homeland, Robin Wright won for the first season of House of Cards, and last year’s winner was newcomer Ruth Wilson for The Affair. Though Empire is in its second season, it premiered as a midseason show last January, which makes Taraji P. Henson the frontrunner here for her fiery performance as Cookie Lyon. That being said, it would be nice to see Viola Davis win another award for her mesmerizing turn in How to Get Away with Murder. Either way, I’m expecting an amazing speech. Will Win: Taraji P. Hensen for Empire / Should Win: Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder

 

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I have a feeling that Jeffery Tambor will once again take this one home, as his performance in Transparent is as quietly powerful as ever. Still, as the show opened up its second season to capture a wider glimpse of the whole family, he hardly remained the star player. A more deserving choice would be Aziz Ansari for his poignant debut in Master of None. It’s not a particularly flashy performance, but it’s one that comes from the heart, and it feels absolutely genuine. Will Win: Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent / Should Win: Aziz Ansari for Master of None

 

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I am very much hoping that the HFPA repeats its initiative to honor new and promising talent in this category this year, and gives Rachel Bloom the Globe. As the fearless leader of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, she proves herself to be a true triple-threat. Still, you can never count out Julia Louis-Dreyfus, especially with Veep having its best season yet. Will Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep / Should Win: Rachel Bloom for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

 

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Great performances all around, but the clear frontrunner is Oscar Isaac in Show Me A Hero. David Simon’s moving portrait of government and class warfare in the late 80s is perhaps the most fascinating story on public housing development you’ll ever see, and Isaac’s charisma is a large part of its success. He’s a clear choice for the win. Will/Should Win: Oscar Isaac for Show Me A Hero

 

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This category has Kirsten Dunst’s name written all over it. As the darkly complicated housewife Peggy, she absolutely stole the show in the second season of Fargo, making her more than deserving of this award. This is a category filled with some big names—Queen Latifa, Felicity Huffman, Lady Gaga—but it’s Dunst who blows them all out of the water. Will/Should Win: Kirsten Dunst for Fargo

 

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I want so badly for Ben Mendelsohn to win for his explosive performance on Bloodline. His turn as Danny is one of the most haunting things to come out of TV this past year, on one of Netflix’s most underrated shows. Unfortunately, The Good Wife is like catnip to awards voters, and so I have a feeling that Alan Cumming will take this one home. Will Win: Alan Cumming for The Good Wife / Should Win: Ben Mendelsohn for Bloodline

 

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This is the toughest category to call, because basically every nominee is deserving. Regina King, fresh off her Emmy win, could very well take this home. The same goes for Uzo Aduba. Judith Light is one of the most interesting parts of Transparent, and Maura Tierney really shined this season on The Affair. When it comes down to it, my personal favorite is Aduba, however I think King will walk away with the award. Will Win: Regina King for American Crime / Should Win: Uzo Aduba for Orange is the New Black

 

So what did you think of our TV predictions for this year’s Golden Globes? Who are your picks for who will take home the gold? Sound off in the comments below!

 

By Mike Papirmeister

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