January is upon us again and that means one thing in the world of TV, the Golden Globe Awards.
Here are the nominees for this year’s TV awards and CultBox guest writer Harry Alty’s favourites to take home the big prizes on Sunday night…
Best Television Series – Drama
- The Crown
- Game Of Thrones
- Stranger Things
- This Is Us
It will be a tight race for the best drama category this year with the unstoppable Game Of Thrones up against four strong newcomers. Many would say this has been Game Of Thrones best season to date but with the buzz surrounding newcomer Stranger Things it might pip it to the post. The dark horse comes in the form of Netflix’s most expensive series to date – The Crown.
Our tip to win: The Crown.
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
- Mozart in the Jungle
Unfortunately for Mozart in the Jungle, I don’t think there will be a repeat of their win from last year with some big competition from favourites Black-ish and Veep. The favourite, however, has to be Donald Glover’s smash hit Atlanta which followers a struggling young dad juggling his relationship and managing his rapper cousin.
Our tip to win: Atlanta.
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
- American Crime
- The Dresser
- The Night Manager
- The Night Of
- The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
A great year for this category with two clear front runners. The Night Manager took the world by storm, Tom Hiddleston led a stellar cast in this crime thriller. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story also boasted an impressive cast who gave some stunning performances. However, The HBO crime-mystery The Night Of also could be a dark horse receiving high praise from critics.
Our tip to win: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
- Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
- Claire Foy – The Crown
- Keri Russell – The Americans
- Winona Ryder – Stranger Things
- Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld
Many have campaigned for The American’s to get nominated at the Golden Globes, having finally gained a nomination Keri Russell might go all the way to take the trophy. Another safe bet would be with Claire Foy who superbly portrays a young Queen Elizabeth in Netflix’s The Crown. Again, the hype surrounding Stranger Things might push fan-favourite Winona Ryder to the win.
Our tip to win: Claire Foy – The Crown.
Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
- Rami Malek – Robot
- Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
- Matthew Rhys – The Americans
- Live Schreiber – Ray Donovan
- Billy Bob Thornton – Goliath
Probably one of the harder categories to predict, any one of these incredible actors could take home the trophy. The positive buzz around The Americans may put Matthew Rhys to poll position. Another strong contender is Rami Malek, after having missed out to Jon Hamm last year.
Our tip to win: Rami Malek – Mr. Robot.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
- Sarah Jessica Parker – Divorce
- Issa Rae – Insecure
- Gina Rodriguez – Jane The Virgin
- Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish
- Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
With just too many stong female comedians to contend with this year, The Golden Globes decided that they would add another nominee! Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a comedy legend and her role as Selena Meyer in Veep is possibly her best yet. It might be Golden Globe’s favourite Sarah Jessica Parker who will add a fifth Golden Globe to her prestigious mantelpiece.
Our tip to win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical Or Comedy
- Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
- Gael Garcia Bernal – Mozart In The Jungle
- Donald Glover – Atlanta
- Nick Nolte – Graves
- Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent
The running joke at the Emmys is that Jeffrey Tambor walks away with this award every year for his superb performance in Transparent, but his luck at the Golden Globes hasn’t been as successful. The favourite has to be Donald Glover for his refreshing role in Atlanta, a series he not only acted in but also co-created.
Will Win: Donald Glover – Atlanta.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
- Riley Keough – The Girlfriend Experience
- Sarah Paulson – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
- Charlotte Rampling – London Spy
- Kerry Washington – Confirmation
- Felicity Huffman – American Crime
If Sarah Paulson doesn’t win this category, it will probably be the biggest upset of the night. Her performance as lawyer Marcia Clark is simply unbeatable and a major highlight of TV in 2016. If anyone could come close it might be Felicity Huffman who continues to give a great performance in American Crime.
Our tip to win: Sarah Paulson – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
- Riz Ahmed – The Night Of
- Bryan Cranston – All The Way
- Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager
- John Turturro – The Night Of
- Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
The Night Of has had a great first season, so it’s no surprise to see both lead actors earn a nomination. Of the two, the favourite would be Riz Ahmed whose character undergoes a massive transformation in the short series. Courtney B. Vance is also a strong contender giving the performance of his career as O.J. Simpson’s lawyer; Johnnie Cochran.
Our tip to win: Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
- Olivia Colman – The Night Manager
- Lena Headey – Game Of Thrones
- Chrissy Metz – This Is Us
- Mandy Moore – This Is Us
- Thandie Newton – Westworld
Lena Headey is a fan favourite for her role as the villainous Cersei, a role which she perfects each season, but she has four newcomers to fend off for this year’s trophy. Both actresses from This Is Us are also in for a chance, the Golden Globes might want to reward the surprise hit family drama. Thandie Newton gave an incredible performance in Westworld as the AI with a conscious, she also may be accepting the Globe this Sunday evening.
Our tip to win: Thandie Newton – Westworld.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
- John Lithgow – The Crown
- Christian Slater – Robot
- John Travolta – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
- Sterling K. Brown – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
- Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager
Each actor in this category deserves this award and any of them could win so it is definitely the category to watch. The two actors starring in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story could complete a clean sweep for the show, but out of the two Sterling K Brown is more deserving of the win. In his role as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, John Lithgow was almost unrecognisable and has a good chance of triumph.
Our tip to win: John Lithgow – The Crown.
Who do you think the winners will be? Let us know below…