It’s the weekend of the Golden Globe Awards, and here’s a look at who’s been nominated, and who’s most likely to take home the Gold!
When the nominations were announced for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, I was pleasantly surprised to see several new nominees in almost every TV category. While I thought that some were very deserving of their nominations, I was disappointed to see others on the list of nominees. My main concern is that performers like Kerry Washington (who overacts grossly on SCANDAL) are occupying positions in the list that much more deserving performers like Vera Farmiga (for BATES MOTEL) should occupy. Let’s see all the TV categories and consider the possible winners…
Best TV Series, Drama
THE GOOD WIFE
HOUSE OF CARDS
MASTERS OF SEX
This is probably the most impressive list of drama series nominees in recent years. I would have a tough time deciding which one to give it to. None of the last six years’ winners in this category (HOMELAND, BOARDWALK EMPIRE and MAD MEN) are on the list this time, which means the competition is wide open. Freshman dramas HOUSE OF CARDS and MASTERS OF SEX are very strong contenders, and THE GOOD WIFE is literally the best series on network television. While DOWNTON ABBEY has such a fan following, I think this year, they’ll give this one to BREAKING BAD. It’s never won, and the show’s final eight episodes wrapped up the series so beautifully last year. It deserves to win.
Best Actress in a TV Series, 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
I personally think that Julianna Margulies has done a tremendous job in the current season of THE GOOD WIFE so far, with all the ongoing changes in her character’s life and relationships, so I would give it to her this year. However, I think the HFPA will reward Robin Wright for her intense silences on HOUSE OF CARDS. (If they give it to Kerry Washington, it’ll reflect quite poorly on them.)
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Bryan Cranston, BREAKING BAD
Liev Schreiber, RAY DONOVAN
Michael Sheen, MASTERS OF SEX
Kevin Spacey, HOUSE OF CARDS
James Spader, THE BLACKLIST
I don’t see why James Spader has made it to this list. While he does command attention with his performance on THE BLACKLIST, I still don’t think his material on the show is deserving of a nomination. As was mentioned above for their series, Kevin Spacey and Michael Sheen have delivered exceptionally good performances this last year in HOUSE OF CARDS and MASTERS OF SEX. However, Bryan Cranston’s consistently good performance on BREAKING BAD deserves a win this year, given that he’s never won, and especially because of how he did complete justice to his character’s gut-wrenching last days in the series.
Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy
THE BIG BANG THEORY
PARKS AND RECREATION
I have a bad feeling that GIRLS will win this year again. I think MODERN FAMILY still deserves to win, because of how consistently good it’s been, till date. But unfortunately, it’s not common for a series to win a second time, if not consecutively. Therefore, I say that this year the HFPA should reward THE BIG BANG THEORY, another consistently good show that has never won.
Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, NEW GIRL
Lena Dunham, GIRLS
Edie Falco, NURSE JACKIE
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, VEEP
Amy Poehler, PARKS AND RECREATION
Last year, this award was stolen from Julia Louis-Dreyfus and given to Lena Dunhum. This year, I think they might repeat last year’s debacle, especially because of Dunham’s character dealing with OCD on GIRLS last year. Host Amy Poehler is a very deserving contender; However, I think it should be Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
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
Although I would love to see Jim Parsons winning again in this category, I think the HFPA will repeat last year’s result—Don Cheadle. Although I think Michael J. Fox would really deserve a win for his performance on his show.
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Jacqueline Bisset, DANCING ON THE EDGE
Janet McTeer, THE WHITE QUEEN
Hayden Panettiere, NASHVILLE
Monica Potter, PARENTHOOD
Sofia Vergara, MODERN FAMILY
Seeing Monica Potter and Hayden Panettiere’s names up there was really a good surprise, because despite their excellent performances in PARENTHOOD and NASHVILLE last year, it wouldn’t have been shocking if they were still ignored. It’s also good to see Sofia Vergara still contending for this award, which she’s never won. I would like it to go to any of these three women, but I think it should be Monica Potter.
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Josh Charles, THE GOOD WIFE
Rob Lowe, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
Aaron Paul, BREAKING BAD
Corey Stoll, HOUSE OF CARDS
Jon Voight, RAY DONOVAN
Josh Charles and Corey Stoll have been brilliant on THE GOOD WIFE and HOUSE OF CARDS this last year, and I wouldn’t mind if either of them won this award, but Aaron Paul’s performance in BREAKING BAD’s final episodes was too amazing for the HFPA to not finally give him an award for a role he has more than done justice to over five seasons of the show. I say this one should go to Aaron Paul.
As for the mini-series TV movie categories, I’m not very familiar with those that have been nominated, except for BEHIND THE CANDELABRA. However, even without knowing much about the others, I’m pretty sure that this year, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA and Michael Douglas are winning.
Who do you think will walk away with Golden Globes? Which performances have been your favorites this past year? Share your views and your excitement over the award season’s first big award show.