2017 Golden Globe Predictions Part 2: Television

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With 2016 (finally) coming to an end, it’s time for awards season to kick into high gear! This Sunday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will dole out their picks for the best in film and television from the past year. The night’s winners could very well go on to be the next Oscar and Emmy nominees. Without further ado, here are our TV predictions for who will and should win a Golden Globe.


Best Television Series – Drama:

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A fairly stacked category, with the exception of This Is Us, which feels very out-of-place amongst the rest of these high-concept dramas. Strangely enough, fan and critical darling Game of Thrones has yet to take home a Golden Globe for Best Drama Series. While the show is easily coming off of its best season yet, I have a feeling that Netflix’s sleeper hit Stranger Things will be the winner here. The HFPA often likes to recognize newcomers in its TV categories, which is great when it stops a show like Modern Family from winning for the 10,000th time, but frustrating when another show’s accolades are long overdue. Will Win: Stranger Things / Should Win: Game of Thrones


Best Television Series – Comedy:

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Last year, Mozart in the Jungle surprised everyone by winning Best TV Comedy, so it’s safe to say that this category is a total wildcard.Veep just had an incredible season, but while it always cleans up at the Emmys, it has yet to make any headway with the HFPA. Transparent is also coming off of a stellar season, and even though it annoys me that this show is in the comedy category, it is a safe bet. Still, I’m going to stick with the Globes’ penchant for honoring TV newcomers and say that Atlanta will deservedly take home the gold. Will/Should Win: Atlanta


Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

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A lot of great mini-series here, but the clear frontrunner is The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story. Aside from being the best show of 2016, this series is awards season catnip. All-star cast? Check. Based on real-life events? Check. Previous awards wins? Check, check, and check. If another show besides this takes home the trophy, it will be the biggest surprise of the evening. Will/Should Win: The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story


Best Television Performance by an Actor – Drama:

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Better Call Saul is an excellent and often overlooked show, and so I have a feeling that Bob Odenkirk’s fantastic work this season will not be awarded. Billy Bob Thorton is easily the biggest name in this category, and his performance in the Amazon series Goliath has been praised by critics, but he already took home gold in 2015 for Fargo. My money is on Rami Malek. Even with Mr. Robot‘s inconsistencies in season 2, his performance remained one of the best things about the show. Fresh off his Emmy win, this one is his to lose.  Will Win: Rami Malek for Mr. Robot / Should Win: Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul


Best Television Performance by an Actress – Drama:

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It’s a shame that it took the HFPA this long to nominate Kerri Russell for her outstanding work on The Americans. As much as I’d like FX’s criminally underrated spy drama to get all the awards recognition it deserves, I have a feeling that this one is going to Winona Ryder. Though her character in Stranger Things doesn’t do all too much—except for talk to Christmas lights, of course—the HFPA is a fan of rewarding big-name actors and actresses when they make the transition into TV. This one has Ryder’s name all over it. Will Win: Winona Ryder for Stranger Things / Should Win: Kerri Russell for The Americans


Best Television Performance by an Actor – Musical/Comedy:

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If Atlanta wins Best Comedy Series, then the Best Comedy Actor award has to go to Donald Glover. As creator and star, his surrealist vision is what fuels the show’s success, and his nuanced performance as Ern is nothing, if not fully realized. As far as his competition goes, both Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffery Tambour have taken home this award in past years and the Globes don’t like to repeat themselves too much (take notes Emmys!), Anthony Anderson is terrific in Black-ish but I don’t think his network comedy stands a chance against one from a prestige cable channel, and Nick Nolte’s Graves received middling reviews. Will/Should Win: Donald Glover for Atlanta


Best Television Performance by an Actress – Musical/Comedy:

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For proof that the HFPA likes newcomers, just take a look at this category. Last year Rachel Bloom took home the award for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and the year before that it was Gina Rodriguez for Jane the Virgin. Both shows were in their freshman seasons when they won. While there’s no new CW critical darling to award this year, there is Issa Rae, and she deserves every ounce of praise she’s received. Rae was one of the freshest voices in 2016 with her breakout hit Insecure, and I eagerly await her acceptance speech. Will/Shoud Win: Issa Rae for Insecure


Best Television Performance by an Actor – Limited Series:

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Woof, talk about some serious competition. Riz Ahmed and John Turturro are both phenomenal in The Night Of. Tom Hiddleston easily stood his ground against acting heavyweights like Hugh Laurie and Olivia Coleman in The Night Manager. Bryan Cranston is now a huge star, and in All the Way he plays a former president, which just screams, “awards bait!” Still, I think the winner here will be Courtney B. Vance. By making Johnnie Cochran both a civil rights activist and a sleazy hustler of a lawyer, he gave one of the most interesting and complex performances of the year.  Will/Shoud Win: Courtney B. Vance for The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story


Best Television Performance by an Actress – Limited Series:

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After Lady Gaga’s surprise win in this category last year, this one is a little more difficult to predict. There’s star power all-around from Kerry Washington’s portrayal of Anita Hill in Confirmation to Charlotte Rampling’s turn in London Spy to Felicity Huffman playing a different character in the second season of American Crime. The odd woman out appears to be Riley Keough. Though her performance in The Girlfriend Experience has been critically lauded, I still think this one will go to Sarah Paulson for her powerful redemption of Marcia Clark in The People vs. OJWill/Should Win: Sarah Paulson for The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:

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While it would be great to watch The People vs. OJ clean up in every category its nominated in, something tells me that the HFPA will go for someone a little more…international for this category. Hugh Laurie and John Lithgow are two major stars that are likely to be acknowledged just so that the Globes’ can acknowledge either of their shows in some capacity. Laurie is excellent on The Night Manager, but I have a feeling this one will go to Lithgow for his portrayal of Winston Churchill on The Crown. Not to disparage his performance by any means, but it’s a shame that the delightful Sterling K. Brown will likely be shut out for his sublime turn as Christopher Darden.  Will Win: John Lithgow for The Crown / Should Win: Sterling K. Brown for The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:

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Who do you think will take home the TV awards on Sunday night? Let us know in the comments below!

By Mike Papirmeister

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