The Golden Globe Awards are airing on NBC this Sunday, and since we’ve already done polls regarding dream nominees, snubs, surprises, and so much more, we’re going to keep things simple this time: We’re talking predictions.
Note that we’re not approaching this list from the vantage point of shows / actors we want to win; we’re instead trying to get into the complicated brains of the Hollywood Foreign Press and predicting who we think will win. Therefore, we’re taking personal preference out of the mix. Also, we’re only discussing TV. There are plenty of other places to chat about feature films.
Drama Series – “Outlander.” To us, this is a two-show race between it and the super-innovative “Mr. Robot.” We’re giving the Starz drama the slight edge based on the global sensibility of the HFPA, and their desire to be different than many other awards shows, which have snubbed “Outlander” in many major categories over the past year.
Drama Actor – Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot.” There’ll still be a chance for USA to get a win during the show. While it’s possible that the voters pick Jon Hamm for “Mad Men’s” final season, this is a group that does love to vote for the fresh face. Without Malek, there is no “Mr. Robot.”
Drama Actress – Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder.” Viola is probably going to be for the next two or three years to this category what “Modern Family” was to comedies for a while. We just have a hard time envision anyone else toppling someone who not only gives a great performance, but is a well-known renowned actress from TV and film who gives fantastic speeches.
Comedy Series – “Silicon Valley.” This is the first real upset we’re picking. We don’t think “Mozart in the Jungle” or “Casual” have the overall support, and we’re thinking that “Transparent,” “Veep,” and “Orange is the New Black” could cancel each other out. “Silicon Valley” is far from the most meaningful of these shows, but it may be the funniest.
Comedy Actor – Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent.” Like with “Mr. Robot,” “Transparent” will still get love somewhere else. We do think it’ll be closer than some expect, though, with Sir Patrick Stewart and Aziz Ansari serving as worthy challengers.
Comedy Actress – Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin.” Go ahead and pencil in another win for the reigning champ. The Globes love Rodriguez, and we think her victory still somehow goes with the show’s underdog spirit, even though she’s won before. Julia Louis-Dreyfus will probably be in second place.
Miniseries / TV Movie – “Fargo.” There is absolutely zero debate that needs to be had here.
Miniseries / TV Movie Actor – Idris Elba, “Luther.” It’s a competitive category, but 2015 was a great year for Elba. He’s got the star power and the acting chops.
Miniseries / TV Movie Actress – Kirsten Dunst, “Fargo.” Had the Globes taken place at a different time we’d say that Queen Latifah wins for “Bessie.” We just think that the timing here benefits Dunst, who gave what may be the best performance of her career on this show.
Supporting Actress – Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black.” Fantastic performer, fantastic material. She could win this category for years.
Supporting Actor – Tobias Menzies, “Outlander.” This will be a competitive category, but we don’t imagine Globe voters going anywhere else after watching his performance as Black Jack Randall. Actors who play villains often have a tendency to take home awards.