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.