Will a new ‘queen’ be ‘crowned’? Will Netflix outdo HBO and FX? Will GAME OF THRONES finally win? Or will the HFPA go left-of-center with it all, as they often tend to do? Till we find out, here are my predictions…
Best Television Series, Drama
THE HANDMAID’S TALE
THIS IS US
GAME OF THRONES
This isn’t tough. Of course it’ll be THE HANDMAID’S TALE! Why? Because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) have been partial to new series in recent years. THE CROWN, currently reigning, was one of them, and it’s time for a new queen. As for the others, they’ve all been nominated before and haven’t won, so never mind them. Besides, THE HANDMAID’S TALE is that good. Personally, THE CROWN is my favorite of these, but I'm confident that the HANDMAID will be crowned this year.
Best Television Series, Comedy
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
MASTER OF NONE
WILL & GRACE
None of the last six winners (and beyond) have been nominated here. And the last five wins have gone to new series. WILL & GRACE has had 29 nominations in various categories, but never won. Maybe this will be the year the HFPA makes up for that. However, I think it’ll be THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL.
Best Limited Series or Television Movie
BIG LITTLE LIES
FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL
BIG LITTLE LIES all the way! It's their year. And with all the recent buzz surrounding the miniseries and the confirmation of a second season, this one's pretty much a done deal.
Best Actress, Limited Series or Television Movie
Nicole Kidman, BIG LITTLE LIES
Reese Witherspoon, BIG LITTLE LIES
Jessica Lange, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
Susan Sarandon, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
Jessica Biel, THE SINNER
Again, this is the year of BIG LITTLE LIES. I’m sorry, Sarandon, Lange. And, sorry, Witherspoon; Kidman was better, ‘by a nose’ (get it?)! This is not where the HFPA will go left-of-center.
Best Actor, Limited Series or Television Movie
Robert De Niro, THE WIZARD OF LIES
Kyle MacLachlan, TWIN PEAKS
Jude Law, THE YOUNG POPE
Ewan McGregor, FARGO
Geoffrey Rush, GENIUS
This could be anyone’s! In recent years, there’s been no clear winner, except for Billy Bob Thornton for FARGO, in 2014. But he was exceptional. McGregor was good, but this season of FARGO was way off the mark, in my opinion, and I think he’ll suffer. Law has a slim chance, since the buzz surrounding THE YOUNG POPE has been way below expectations. On the other hand, TWIN PEAKS had a good run. And I think MacLachlan will be the one to benefit from that this year.
Best Actress, Television Series, Drama
Elisabeth Moss, THE HANDMAID’S TALE
Claire Foy, THE CROWN
Katherine Langford, 13 REASONS WHY
Maggie Gyllenhaal, THE DEUCE
Caitriona Balfe, OUTLANDER
I think we can safely say that Moss’ performance has been exceptional enough for the HFPA to go with the obvious. She is the obvious choice, and with very good reason. Claire Foy would have won again this year, if Moss had not been in the running. Yes, there’s been no offbeat picking so far. But wait for it...the HFPA will go left-of-center. They will.
Best Actor, Television Series, Drama
Freddie Highmore, THE GOOD DOCTOR
Sterling K. Brown, THIS IS US
Bob Odenkirk, BETTER CALL SAUL
Jason Bateman, OZARK
Liev Schreiber, RAY DONOVAN
Let’s just say last year, Billy Bob Thornton winning for GOLIATH was just as offbeat as the HFPA goes. This year, we have two usual suspects, who won’t win, because they never do – Odenkirk and Schreiber. Brown just lost out last year, so there’s a chance he could win. But then he won the Emmy, and is hence a popular choice, so maybe he won't. Highmore is so far a stretch, I don’t know how he even made it to the list. So I’m going to go with Bateman.
Best Actress, Television Series, Comedy
Pamela Adlon, BETTER THINGS
Alison Brie, GLOW
Rachel Brosnahan, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
Issa Rae, INSECURE
Frankie Shaw, SMILF
This one’s really tough to predict. The HFPA have gone with unlikely candidates over many recent years, but this list is brand new. None of these roles have been nominated before, except for Rae’s. So we can safely say that she won’t win! (Sorry!) Besides that, it’s an open playing field, and I must admit, I haven’t seen any of these shows to even have an idea. Let me just put my finger on a rolling wheel here… And I got Brosnahan! Let’s just go with that.
Best Actor, Television Series, Comedy
Anthony Anderson, BLACK-ISH
Aziz Ansari, MASTER OF NONE
Kevin Bacon, I LOVE DICK
William H. Macy, SHAMELESS
Eric McCormack, WILL & GRACE
I think the buzz for BLACK-ISH has come and gone, as is the case for MASTER OF NONE. SHAMELESS has sadly become that show that gets nominated for something or the other every year, but rarely ever wins. So it’s between McCormack and Bacon. The former has been nominated five times before for this role, and went home without a Globe each time. And I don’t think this year will be any different. Bacon winning for DICK will be one of their less predictable wins this year. But I’m predicting it anyway.
Best Supporting Actress, Television Series
Laura Dern, BIG LITTLE LIES
Ann Dowd, THE HANDMAID’S TALE
Chrissy Metz, THIS IS US
Michelle Pfeiffer, THE WIZARD OF LIES
Shailene Woodley, BIG LITTLE LIES
The HFPA have been quite left-of-center with this one too, sidelining popular favorites, except for maybe Maggie Smith or Jessica Lange in recent years. This time, it’s tough, since the Television Academy also went with the unobvious, making Ann Dowd an unlikely winner here. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it’ll be Michelle Pfeiffer!
Best Supporting Actor, Television Series
Christian Slater, MR. ROBOT
David Harbour, STRANGER THINGS
Alfred Molina, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
Alexander Skarsgård, BIG LITTLE LIES
David Thewlis, FARGO