My Golden Globes TV Predictions

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards will take place on Sunday, starting at 8 p.m., on NBC. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the awards, is, well, foreign press, so the nominations and winners are often a bit skewed. Additionally, since most of the voting body covers film, and not television, the TV categories are especially hard to predict. Nevertheless, I’m going to give it a shot after the jump — and you can give your own predictions in the comments.

Best Television Series – Drama

  • *Boardwalk Empire
  • Dexter
  • The Good Wife
  • Mad Men
  • The Walking Dead

WILL WIN: Boardwalk Empire – The HFPA loves a film pedigree, and with Martin Scorsese and Steve Buscemi, this one has it.

SHOULD WIN: Breaking Bad, but it wasn’t even nominated, so Mad Men – The series’ fourth season was its best so far, as we got to see the the new Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and the downward spiral of Don Draper.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

  • Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
  • Michael C. Hall – Dexter
  • *Jon Hamm – Mad Men
  • Hugh Laurie – House

WILL WIN: Jon Hamm – He is on the HFPA’s radar after winning in 2008, and this season he gave his best performance yet as a deteriorating Don Draper.

SHOULD WIN: Bryan Cranston – His work as Walter White in Breaking Bad‘s third season was top-notch, as always, and he already won the Emmy for his performance.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

  • *Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
  • Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men
  • Piper Perabo – Covert Affairs (?!)
  • Katey Sagal – Sons of Anarchy
  • Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer

WILL WIN: Julianna Margulies – She won last year, and has continued to deliver a wonderful lead performance on one of broadcast’s best dramas. Could be edged out by Sedgwick, though, who won the Emmy this year.

SHOULD WIN: Katey Sagal or Elisabeth Moss – Sagal didn’t receive the awards attention she deserved for her work on Sons last year, so this would help make up for it; Moss continued to shine as Peggy, and her work in “The Suitcase” helped make it one of the best episodes the series has ever done.

Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical

  • 30 Rock
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • The Big C
  • *Glee
  • Modern Family
  • Nurse Jackie

WILL WIN: Glee – It’s wildly uneven, but it’s in the zeitgeist, and that’s what the HFPA cares about.

SHOULD WIN: Modern Family – Last year’s Emmy winner has continued to shine this season, and while I would have included Parks and Recreation, Community, Party Down, and Cougar Town over most of the nominees, out of this crop, MF deserves the win.

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

  • *Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
  • Steve Carell – The Office
  • Thomas Jane – Hung
  • Matthew Morrison – Glee
  • Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory

WILL AND SHOULD WIN: Alec Baldwin – He’s won three times before, losing only to David Duchovny in 2008. With Duchnovny out of the running this year, Baldwin should continue his streak. Plus, his Jack Donaghy is consistently the funniest part of 30 Rock, and grounds the show even when it veers off into unevenness.

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

  • Toni Collette – The United States of Tara
  • Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
  • Tina Fey – 30 Rock
  • *Laura Linney – The Big C
  • Lea Michele – Glee

WILL WIN: Laura Linney – The Big C itself won’t get any love, but movie-star Linney should be able to pull out the win over her Showtime colleagues.

SHOULD WIN: Tina Fey – It’s not really fair to compare Collette, Falco, and Linney’s much more dramatic roles to Fey’s comedic one, but that’s the way the Globes work, and Fey continues to give a great performance as Liz Lemon.

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Carlos
  • *The Pacific
  • Pillars of the Earth
  • Temple Grandin
  • You Don’t Know Jack

WILL AND SHOULD WIN: The Pacific – The epic mini-series from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks wasn’t as universally-praised as Band of Brothers, but it was still a masterful 10-episode look at the other half of WWII, and the HFPA should reward it for its pedigree and grand scope.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Idris Elba – Luther
  • Ian McShane – Pillars of the Earth
  • *Al Pacino – You Don’t Know Jack
  • Dennis Quaid  – The Special Relationship
  • Edgar Ramirez – Carlos

WILL AND SHOULD WIN: Al Pacino – Again, he’s a movie star, but he also has multiple former nominations and an Emmy win for the role. It’s his to lose.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Hayley Atwell – Pillars of the Earth
  • *Claire Danes – Temple Grandin
  • Judi Dench – Return to Cranford
  • Romola Garai – Emma
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt – The Client List

WILL AND SHOULD WIN: Claire Danes – Her Temple Grandin performance was universally acclaimed, and had great support from the real-life Temple Grandin. Like Pacino, it’s hers to lose.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Scott Caan – Hawaii Five-0
  • Chris Colfer – Glee
  • Chris Noth – The Good Wife
  • *Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family
  • David Strathairn – Temple Grandin

WILL WIN: Eric Stonestreet – He won the Emmy last year, and if the HFPA awards the Best Comedy trophy to Glee, this will be their way of showing Modern Family some love, too.

SHOULD WIN: Chris Colfer – He’s one of the best actors and singers on Glee, and is able to pull off the comedic and dramatic elements. The second season has basically turned into the Kurt show, and Colfer carried it

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Hope Davis – The Special Relationship
  • *Jane Lynch – Glee
  • Kelly MacDonald – Boardwalk Empire
  • Julia Stiles – Dexter
  • Sofia Vergara – Modern Family

WILL AND SHOULD WIN: Jane Lynch – Even though Sue Sylvester is often a two-dimensional villain on Glee, Lynch adds something special to even the flattest of story lines. It’s likely the HFPA will follow Emmy voters’ thinking and reward her here, too.


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