And now for a continuation of my Golden Globes predictions. The Globes are set to air Sunday, and there are many tight races on both the film and TV side. I’ve already revealed my movie predictions, which you can find here. Below you will find my predictions for the 75th Golden Globes in the TV categories.
BEST SERIES – DRAMA
The Crown (Netflix)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
This Is Us (NBC)
Winner Prediction: The Handmaid’s Tale
Darkhorse: This Is Us
The only new show here is The Handmaid’s Tale, and Golden Globes history is littered with series wins for new shows. The Globes like being “first,” and while the Emmys already awarded The Handmaid’s Tale handily, I can’t see them going for any of the other shows. This Is Us is the only other possibility since the Globes air on NBC and it has two acting nominations, but I still consider it unlikely.
BEST SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Master of None (Netflix)
Will & Grace (NBC)
Winner Prediction: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is the perfect Globes show. It’s new, it’s a period piece, it’s told from a female perspective and it comes from Amazon, a network they’ve rewarded abundantly in recent years. The only other new show here is SMILF, so that is another possibility.
BEST LIMITED SERIES OR MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE
Big Little Lies (HBO)
Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
The Sinner (USA)
Top of the Lake: China Girl (SundanceTV)
Winner Prediction: Big Little Lies
Darkhorse: The Sinner
Big Little Lies was one of the biggest TV events of the season. But again, the Emmys did reward it significantly so it’s possible the Globes will want to go their own way and vote for The Sinner, the newest show here.
BEST ACTOR – DRAMA
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us
Freddie Highmore – The Good Doctor
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
Winner Prediction: Freddie Highmore
Darkhorse: Sterling K. Brown
Some people are going with Sterling K. Brown, due to his popularity as an actor and for his show, but I think Freddie Highmore is more in the Globes wheelhouse. They love watching young actors grow up and giving them a boost, and Highmore is the young British star in a showy role.
BEST ACTRESS – DRAMA
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
Claire Foy – The Crown
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Deuce
Katherine Langford – 13 Reasons Why
Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale
Winner Prediction: Elisabeth Moss
Darkhorse: Katherine Langford
The Globes already awarded Elisabeth Moss for Top of the Lake, but there’s no buzzier contender than her for her bravura performance in The Handmaid’s Tale. I expect the series and actress categories to pair exactly, as we saw in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016. As the youngest nominee here, Katherine Langford is next likely, but the lack of a series nomination for 13 Reasons Why hurts her.
BEST ACTOR – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Anthony Anderson – black-ish
Aziz Ansari – Master of None
Kevin Bacon – I Love Dick
William H. Macy – Shameless
Eric McCormack – Will & Grace
Winner Prediction: Eric McCormack
Darkhorse: Kevin Bacon
It’s very tempting to predict Kevin Bacon, as the nominee from a new show, but something tells me they’re finally going to make up for Will & Grace‘s historic 27 losses and give this to Eric McCormack. He hosted their 75th Anniversary special last month, so he’s definitely in their good graces.
BEST ACTRESS – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Pamela Adlon – Better Things
Alison Brie – GLOW
Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Issa Rae – Insecure
Frankie Shaw – SMILF
Winner Prediction: Rachel Brosnahan
Darkhorse: Frankie Shaw
Much like The Handmaid’s Tale and Elisabeth Moss, I expect The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Rachel Brosnahan to pair up. It also helps that Brosnahan delivers a truly marvelous performance. If they go a different route, we could see SMILF and Frankie Shaw win if they want to award Showtime instead.
BEST ACTOR – LIMITED SERIES OR MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE
Robert De Niro – The Wizard of Lies
Jude Law – The Young Pope
Kyle MacLachlan – Twin Peaks: The Return
Ewan McGregor – Fargo
Geoffrey Rush – Genius
Winner Prediction: Jude Law
Darkhorse: Ewan McGregor
This is a hard one. Ewan McGregor is the only one with a series nomination, but I don’t think they’ll have any urgency to reward a show in its third season. I’m going with Jude Law because he’s an attractive movie star in a European-feeling show, and you just know that Globes voters would respond to his kind of performance.
BEST ACTRESS – LIMITED SERIES OR MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE
Jessica Biel – The Sinner
Nicole Kidman – Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange – Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon – Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon – Big Little Lies
Winner Prediction: Nicole Kidman
Darkhorse: Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel is another very classic Globes type of winner, but I don’t think they’ll be able to resist seeing movie star Nicole Kidman up on that stage. She delivers one of the best performances of the year, male or female, film or TV, so it would be a huge oversight if she lost here.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
David Harbour – Stranger Things
Alfred Molina – Feud: Bette and Joan
Alexander Skarsgård – Big Little Lies
Christian Slater – Mr. Robot
David Thewlis – Fargo
Winner Prediction: Alexander Skarsgård
Darkhorse: David Harbour
The catch-all Supporting Actor field is always hard because you don’t know where they’ll go, but Alexander Skarsgård is another very classic type of Globes winner, an attractive young star from an acting family in a villainous performance. I really can’t imagine anyone else winning, though they may want to see David Harbour deliver another classic blistering speech.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
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
Winner Prediction: Laura Dern
Darkhorse: Shailene Woodley
Needless to say, I think the Globes are going to go gaga for the glamour and class of Big Little Lies, so I expect either Laura Dern or Shailene Woodley to win here. Dern probably has the edge considering they LOVE her, having given her three trophies in the past, and she has the flashier character compared to Woodley.
The Golden Globes will air live Sunday at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC.