We Go Waiting for the Stars to Come Showering Down: Predicting the Golden Globes (Television) Winners
Due to unforeseen and inescapable circumstances (disinterest, crappy theater selection, laziness, nominees not in theaters yet, who-in-the-hell-would-intentionally-see-War-Horse?), I really can't make any even semi-valid Golden Globe film predictions. Truth be told, when you look at the movie nominees, there's hardly even anything to be excited over. But the television nominees are a different story, especially in the drama categories. Any one of the Best Television Series could (and should) win. And while I had a heck of a time trying to predict them, I'm calling "Homeland" for a clean sweep in its categories.
Here are my not entirely arbitrary winner picks; feel free to grumble and argue with your own choices. If my predictions are all correct, I expect each and every one of you to send me a dollar.
Best Television Series Drama:
Nominees: "American Horror Story, Boardwalk Empire, Boss, Game of Thrones, Homeland"
Predicted Winner: "Homeland" Though I fought with myself over choosing between Showtime's new entry and the glorious "Game of Thrones," Homeland was so completely enthralling, I can't see it not winning. Unpredictable, with great performances and tension that kept viewers on the edges of their seats every single episode--if you haven't caught it yet, you must.
Best Performance By An Actress in a Television Series--Drama:
Nominees: Claire Danes ("Homeland"), Mireille Enos ("The Killing"), Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife"), Madeleine Stowe ("Revenge"), Callie Thorne ("Unnecessary Roughness")
Predicted Winner: Claire Danes Danes blows away the competition with her portrayal of intuitive, brilliant and unbalanced CIA agent Carrie Mathison; she is shockingly good.
Best Performance By An Actor in a Television Series--Drama:
Nominees: Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire"), Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Kelsey Grammer ("Boss"), Jeremy Irons ("The Borgias"), Damian Lewis ("Homeland")
Predicted Winner: Damian Lewis As rescued Marine, brought home after eight years in captivity, Lewis plays a man who is broken and destroyed--and also may have been turned against his home country--to perfection. Delivering the gamut of emotions, he left audiences unsure from beginning to end.
Best Television Series--Comedy or Musical:
Nominees: "Enlightened, Episodes, Glee, Modern Family, New Girl"
Predicted Winner: "Modern Family" Not much of a choice here, right?
Best Performance By An Actress in a Television Series--Comedy or Musical:
Nominees: Laura Dern ("Enlightened"), Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl"), Tina Fey ("30 Rock"), Laura Linney ("The Big C"), Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation")
Predicted Winner: Laura Dern Though Deschanel seems to be the favorite here, I'm going out on a limb and choosing Dern's accident-from-whom-you-can't-look-away, the cringe-worthy freak show that is Amy Jellicoe.
Best Performance By An Actor in a Television Series--Comedy or Musical:
Nominees: Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), David Duchovny ("Californication"), Johnny Galecki ("The Big Bang Theory"), Thomas Jane ("Hung"), Matt LeBlanc ("Episodes")
Predicted Winner: Alec Baldwin Let's face it, Alec Baldwin is the best thing about "30 Rock" and the Golden Globes people love him.
Best Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Nominees: "Cinema Verite, Downton Abbey, The Hour, Mildred Pierce, Too Big to Fail
Predicted Winner: "Downton Abbey" Everyone is hooked; the end.
Best Performance By An Actress in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Nominees: Romola Garai ("The Hour"), Diane Lane ("Cinema Verite"), Elizabeth McGovern ("Downton Abbey"), Emily Watson ("Appropriate Adult"), Kate Winslet ("Mildred Pierce")
Predicted Winner: Kate Winslet She won the Emmy and she'll win this.
Best Performance By An Actor in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Nominees: Hugh Bonneville ("Downton Abbey"), Idris Elba ("Luther"), William Hurt ("Too Big to Fail"), Bill Nighy ("Page Eight"), Dominic West ("The Hour")
Predicted Winner: Hugh Bonneville Okay, so I haven't seen Nighy nor West, but Bonneville's strong yet emotional turn as Earl Crawley is perfection.
Best Performance By An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Nominees: Jessica Lange ("American Horror Story"), Kelly MacDonald ("Boardwalk Empire"), Maggie Smith ("Downton Abbey"), Sofía Vergara ("Modern Family"), Evan Rachel Wood ("Mildred Pierce")
Predicted Winner: Jessica Lange Come on now, these other ladies don't stand a chance. Maggie Smith is glorious as Countess Violet--delightful and curt--but not even she can hold a candle to Lange's wonderfully wicked and effortlessly evil Constance Langdon. Actually, I'd love to throw these two into a swimming pool and see who makes it out.
Best Performance By An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Nominees: Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones"), Paul Giamatti ("Too Big to Fail"), Guy Pearce ("Mildred Pierce"), Tim Robbins ("Cinema Verite"), Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family")
Predicted Winner: Peter Dinklage Stole every frame in which he appeared. (Sorry, Guy! Nice tush!)
Cindy Davis cannot wait to see who ends up on Ricky Gervais' human shish kebab tonight.