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Golden Globes Predictions : Television

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Gervais 560x280In December, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced the nominations for 2016’s 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards. The annual award ceremony recognizes excellence in both film and television. The Golden Globes is the second award show of the year but it is the most important behind the coveted Academy Awards. It airs this Sunday, January 10th on NBC with one of the best hosts in the show’s history, Ricky Gervais.

Television has been one of America’s most popular forms of entertainment ever. It allows us to relax on our sofa and just enjoy watching a story unfold that captivates us. The quality of original programming and variety of networks developing content has never been better. Here are our predictions for the 2016 Golden Globe Award winners in the Television categories, along with the list of nominees. Enjoy.

Best Miniseries or TV Film

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  • American Crime
  • American Horror Story: Hotel
  • Fargo
  • Flesh & Bone
  • Wolf Hall

Summary: Fargo originally came out as a ten episode limited series for TV. But it has been such a huge success that it has signed on for a third season to come out in 2017. The show is not a true story, as it makes you believe before each episode. However, the acting and writing is the best thing on television since Game of Thrones first season. It will win another Golden Globe for Best Miniseries against some really tough competition.

Best Supporting Actor

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  • Alan Cumming – The Good Wife
  • Damian Lewis – Wolf Hall
  • Ben Mendelsohn – Bloodline
  • Tobias Menzies – Outlander
  • Christian Slater – Mr. Robot

Summary: Starz landed a monster from Sony with the TV series, Outlander, based on the Outlander books. Since it began in 2014, the series has slowly become one of the most underrated on cable. Tobias Menzies is another reason for the show’s success.

Best Supporting Actress

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  • Uzo Aduba – Orange Is The New Black
  • Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey
  • Regina King – American Crime
  • Judith Light – Transparent
  • Maura Tierney – The Affair

Summary: Orange is The New Black has an ensemble of amazing characters but Uzo Aduba’s portrayal of Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren has already earned her two Emmy awards and two Golden Globe nominations. She could have won this award last season but Joanne Froggatt’s unforgettable performance in 2014 blocked her from becoming a multiple award winner. She should run away with it this year.

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV

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  • Idris Elba – Luther
  • Oscar Isaac – Show Me a Hero
  • David Oyelowo – Nightingale
  • Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall
  • Patrick Wilson – Fargo

Summary: As we said before, Fargo is one of the best things on cable TV since Sons of Anarchy’s first few seasons. The show has great writing and directing but it still comes down to the acting. Patrick Wilson is just too good in this field. He is nearly a 100% lock to win this one.

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV

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  • Kirsten Dunst – Fargo
  • Lady Gaga – American Horror Story: Hotel
  • Sarah Hay – Flesh & Bone
  • Felicity Huffman – American Crime
  • Queen Latifah – Bessie

Summary: There are times when American Horror Story goes off the deep end but when they announced Lady Gaga will play The Countess, we were curious to see how this would work out for them. Who knew she was going to be so captivating? She was so good, she might beat out Kirsten Dunst which isn’t easy to do.

Best Actor on TV – Musical or Comedy

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  • Aziz Ansari – Master of None
  • Gael Garcia Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle
  • Rob Lowe – The Grinder
  • Patrick Stewart – Blunt Talk
  • Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Summary: Mozart in the Jungle is the first television show Jason Schwartzman has written and produced. Rodrigo De Souza, portrayed by Gael Garcia Bernal, is based on the real life conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Gael’s performance is anything short of perfection. He is not only likeable, he is so much fun to watch and is the main reason the show is doing so well early on.

Best Actress on TV – Musical or Comedy

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  • Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Jamie Lee Curtis – Scream Queens
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
  • Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
  • Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie

Summary: Julia Louis-Dreyfus has now been nominated for a Golden Globe award the last three consecutive years for her role as American President Selina Meyer in the hit show Veep. She has dominated the Emmy’s but has yet to win a Golden Globe for it. It could be the year of the Dreyfus, finally.

Best Actor on TV – Drama

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  • Jon Hamm – Mad Men
  • Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
  • Wagner Moura – Narcos
  • Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
  • Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan

Summary: Many people believe that Jon Hamm might sneak up and shock us by winning this award but he is up against tough competition. He won one back in 2008 when Mad Men started and this could be his year again. Too bad Rami Malek did a better job in Mr. Robot.

Best Actress on TV – Drama

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  • Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
  • Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder
  • Eva Green – Penny Dreadful
  • Taraji P. Henson – Empire
  • Robin Wright – House of Cards

Summary: Can Taraji P. Henson win a Golden Globe Award in her first nomination for one? Without even questioning it, it is a yes.

Best Series – Musical or Comedy

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  • Casual
  • Mozart in the Jungle
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Silicon Valley
  • Transparent
  • Veep

Summary: Transparent couldn’t have come out at a better time. After winning this award last season, there is no chance in hell it doesn’t repeat. The show shows us the lives of a family where the father is a transgender person. Jeffrey Tambor is excellent along with his cast mates. This show teaches us a new way to spread love.

Best Series – Drama

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  • Empire
  • Game of Thrones
  • Mr. Robot
  • Narcos
  • Outlander

Summary: Rami Malek has forced us to watch this show, even when we were not planning on it. His character, Elliot Anderson, is similar to a mutant or superhero in the Marvel world. But he has no superpowers, just an uncanny ability to hack any system. The entire premise of the show is unique and fresh. It is about time we get to see something new.

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