In addition to today being Christmas Day, today just so happens to also be the day that we’re going to be resuming our Golden Globes Preview Series specifically looking at some of the nominees. Every day, we’re going to be examining closely not only the people / shows that will be up for awards, but also a list of snubs in that same category. Hopefully, it’ll give us a good sense as to where public opinion lies going into the January 8 broadcast.
After we reveal our own analysis of the field, we’ll then point you to the poll below for you to pick your winner! We’ll announce the reader picks for the Globes the morning before the show airs.
Drama Series – The Nominees
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
“This Is Us” (NBC)
What will win – “Westworld.” While it could be easy to say that “Game of Thrones” is the consensus favorite here given how many awards it has won as of late, the Globes do have a tendency to favor more of the super-current, forward-thinking shows. “Westworld” has a ton of critical acclaim, and it also has the recency bias on its side. Remember that the Globes gave a lot of love once to “The Affair,” a show that aired late in the fall on Showtime that eventually was ignored at many other shows.
As for the other nominees, “The Crown” is good but mostly happy to be there. Meanwhile, “Stranger Things,” while nostalgic and fun, simply doesn’t have the resonance.
What should win – “This Is Us.” This is not meant to take anything away from “Westworld,” which is also fantastic, but “This Is Us” is a fantastic show with poignant writing, and one that really hits you to your emotional core. In a world that has become very complicated and stuffed full of distractions, we do think that there is something delightful about a show that is very simply what it is: A powerful character study about a family, and the complicated relationships that form there over time.
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