2018 Golden Globe Predictions Part 2 – Television

Welcome to the second part of our Golden Globes forecast where we predict who will go home with the gold in the world of TV. The Globes is one of the most lively TV awards of the year, because it consistently recognizes new shows and exciting up-and-comers (say it louder for the Emmy voter in the back who voted for Modern Family for the 10th time in a row). While there were some obvious oversights (I promise not to rant about The Leftovers), this year’s categories are stacked with some really fantastic nominees. Here’s who we think the HFPA will show some love to on Sunday.

Best TV Series – Drama:

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I know I just praised the Globes for being an award show that goes against the grain, but all eyes are on Emmy darling The Handmaid’s Tale to win this award. Aside from the fact that it’s the only freshman show in this category, the Hulu Original was featured on just about every critic’s Best of 2017 list (including our own), and features a plot that’s crucially relevant in a year when Hollywood’s dark underbelly has been exposed on a weekly basis. Except Bruce Miller’s perturbing dystopian thriller to walk away with this one. Will/Should Win: The Handmaid’s Tale


Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Drama:

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I expect The Handmaid’s Tale to clean up at the Globes pretty similarly to how it did so at the Emmy’s. Elizabeth Moss only ever got one nomination during her time on Mad Men, but then won for the first season of Top of the Lake, so it’s clear that the HFPA is a fan. Her performance is utterly gripping, so this award feels like it’s hers to lose. Still, if there is a surprise upset, I hope it goes to Maggie Gyllenhaal for her wonderfully nuanced work on The Deuce this year. She ended up stealing every scene she was in. Will Win: Elizabeth Moss for The Handmaid’s Tale / Should Win: Maggie Gyllenhall for The Deuce


Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series – Drama:

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Sterling K. Brown didn’t win last year for The People Vs. OJ Simpson, so this category feels like a chance for the Globes to make it up to him. His character on This is Us is earnest and heartwarming enough for voters, and the show has been an awards pick since it premiered. In contrast to this is Jason Bateman’s bleak, brooding Ozark character, which is easily some of the best work he’s ever done. I doubt he’ll be recognized, but he certainly deserves it. If there’s any upset in this category, it will be Freddie Highmore for The Good Doctor, if only because the HFPA loves to reward freshman shows. Will Win: Sterling K. Brown for This is Us / Should Win: Jason Bateman for Ozark


Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy:

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Given the HFPA’s penchant for rewarding freshman series, this award will likely come down to a race between Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Showtime’s SMILF. For the record, both shows are really amazing and both feature breakout performances from their leads. Mrs. Maisel is the frontrunner here, if only because it has a sense of showmanship—period piece costumes, showy performances, a timely message—that the Globes seem to love so much. Expect Amazon to chalk this one up for a win. Will/Should Win: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel


Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy:

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This is a category stacked with winners, so predicting the actual winner is no easy task. Each of these ladies delivered powerhouse performances this year, but the HFPA seems to have a thing for spunky up-and-comers, so Rachel Brosnahan has the edge here. It will be a tough call for sure, but if I’m proven wrong, I hope it’s because Issa Rae has taken home the award. Season 2 of Insecure dove into engrossing new layers of her character, and her distinctive performance terrifically reflected this. Will Win: Rachel Brosnahan for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel / Should Win: Issa Rae for Insecure


Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy:

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Eric McCormack is the frontrunner here, if only because this category is all previous nominees and one dark horse. McCormack has been nominated for his titular role on Will & Grace five times before, and the show’s revival has been very well received. Expect him to walk away with the statue, despite the fact that Kevin Bacon’s turn in the little-seen I Love Dick is completely mesmerizing. Also, don’t count out Anthony Anderson after his co-star Tracee Ellis Ross’ win last year. Whichever way this goes, except a really great speech. Will Win: Erick McCormack for Will & Grace / Should Win: Kevin Bacon for I Love Dick


Best Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television:

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It’s a little unfair that HBO’s A-list juggernaut is nominated in this category now that it’s been announced there will be a season 2. Still, this is Big Little Lies‘ award to lose. If there’s one thing the HFPA loves more than freshman TV series, it’s movie stars doing TV, so this show is a 2-for-1 hit. Expect Big Little Lies to wipe the floor in almost every category its nominated in, deservedly so. Will/Should Win: Big Little Lies


Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television:

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While I was personally very excited to see Jessica Biel nominated for her incredible work on The Sinner, she’s unfortunately no match for Nicole Kidman. The Oscar-winning actress was simply extraordinary on Big Little Lies, so much so that it was impossible to take your eyes off of her whenever she appeared onscreen. Again, the HFPA loves movie stars doing TV. Kidman is going to add a Golden Globe to her already impressive awards shelf for this one. Will/Should Win: Nicole Kidman for Big Little Lies


Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television:

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I’m going to go against what I just said with the Globes favoring movie stars doing TV. There’s more than one instance of that in this category, but I really think this award is going to go to Kyle McLachlan. The Twin Peaks revival has been critically adored, and landed the number one spot on several Best of 2017 lists. McLachlan won a Golden Globe during the original run of the series and I have a feeling that lighting will strike twice for him. If there’s an upset, I hope it’s for Jude Law for his magnetic turn in The Young PopeWill Win: Kyle McLachlan for Twin Peaks: The Return / Should Win: Jude Law for The Young Pope


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television:

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Big Little Lies will likely continue its winning streak in this category, but this is the one award where I wouldn’t mind an upset. Laura Dern is incredible as Celeste, and every role she does makes me weirdly want her to be my mom, but Ann Dowd is pure, spine-chilling dread in The Handmaid’s Tale and she deserves to give another emotionally resonant acceptance speech. And yes, I know I said I wouldn’t do this, but if she wins I will count this as another stealth with for The Leftovers, OK? Will Win: Laura Dern for Big Little Lies / Should Win: Ann Dowd for The Handmaid’s Tale


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television:

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It’s a shame that Feud is going up against Big Little Lies in so many categories this year. It really is a tremendous series, and the performances were all tour-de-force. I expect that Alexander Skarsgård will win this award for his malicious turn on the HBO series, but it would be nice to see Alfred Molina take the stage for his empathetic portrayal of Robert Aldrich. In a show full of illustrious acting, his simplistic approach was often the most effective. Will Win: Alexander Skarsgård for Big Little Lies / Should Win: Alfred Molina for Feud: Bette and Joan


Do you agree with our predictions? Let us know in the comments below.


By Mike Papirmeister

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