Everything You Need to Know About the 78th Golden Globe Awards

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What are the Golden Globes?

The Golden Globe Awards is an annual awards ceremony that honors the year’s best in film and television. This year’s ceremony will be held at 8pm ET/5pm PT on Sunday, February 28th and air live on NBC. There are 25 categories, with 14 for film and 11 for television. The voting body is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), a collection of 87 journalists and photographers who cover the U.S. entertainment industry for foreign publications. The HFPA recently came under fire (again) for a number of questionable practices, including receiving lavish gifts from potential nominees, delivering outsized financial handouts to its members, and not having a single black member.

Do the Golden Globes generally matter in awards season?

The fact that the Golden Globes are not voted on by film industry insiders, film critics, or film fans make them a very curious awards show. Nevertheless, they hold weight for four key reasons. First, they have been around a very long time (since 1943). Second, they are traditionally the first major ceremony of awards season. Third, they throw a great party. They have a history of well-selected hosts, the pace is usually significantly snappier than the Oscars, and with an overwhelming number of acting categories spanning film and television, the broadcast is brimming with A-listers. Fourth, they tend to correspond with the eventual Oscar winners more often than not. In the last 25 years, the Oscar and Globe winners have coincided 14 times for Best Picture, 14 times for Best Director, 18 times for Best Actor, and a whopping 21 times for Best Actresses. Astonishingly, the last 11 Best Actor and Best Actress Oscar winners also picked up a Globe. (Of course, the fact that the Globes give two Best Actor and two Best Actress awards by separating the lead acting categories into Drama and Musical or Comedy categories muddies things a bit.)

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Why are the Golden Globes especially important this year?

As I have discussed in a previous article, the road to Oscar has been drastically altered in unprecedented ways by COVID-19. Among these change are that for the first time, the eligibility window was expand beyond twelve months (films released between January 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021 are eligible) and movies that premiere on streaming services are eligible. In part due to all of these changes, the race to Oscar feels particularly unpredictable this year. And with Oscar nomination voting beginning just five days after Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony, the HFPA is in a strong position to influence Oscar voters. It should be noted that although the vast majority of Oscar voters are unlikely to explicitly look to the HFPA for guidance, a surprise upset, a terrific acceptance speech, or a buzzy fashion statement can raise a potential Oscar nominee’s profile at just the right moment.

Are the Golden Globes worth watching?

Due to their fun atmosphere and sea of (often intoxicated) A-listers, the Golden Globes are usually the most entertaining of the awards shows. Off the top of my head I can think of a dozen exceedingly memorable moments from recent years, including Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s epic hosting gigs, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig’s hilarious presentation of Best Actress, and fiery, headline grabbing speeches by the likes of Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey. And unlike the Oscars, whose attempts to find a host the last couple of years was nothing short of a dumpster fire, they generally have inspired and successful picks.

This year, the Globes are going bicoastal for the first time, with Tina Fey hosting from the Rainbow Room in New York City and Amy Poehler hosting from the traditional Globes venue, the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Although social distancing requirements will undoubtedly render certain aspects of the ceremony nontraditional at best and painfully awkward at worst, I strongly suspect that Tina and Amy will pull off an inspired telecast. There is also a fairly impressive list of presenters lined up, including Kristen Wiig, Margot Robbie, Joaquin Phoenix, Tiffany Haddish, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angela Bassett, Renee Zellweger, and many more.

Who do we know for sure is going to win?

Two awards we know for sure. Jane Fonda will become the 68th awardee of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, which is given to someone who has made outstanding contributions to the film industry. Norman Lear will become the third awardee of the Carol Burnett Award, which is given to someone who has made outstanding contributions to television. (The prior two awards went to Burnett herself and Ellen DeGeneres.) It should make for good television given that both are extremely worthy recipients as well as engaging personalities.

Why are the Globes more relevant to film than TV despite awarding both?

There are two reasons for this. One is that due to their eligibility period not aligning with the Emmys (the primary television awards) different shows are often going up against each other here than they are at the Emmys, making it a weak predictor. The other is that the Globes have a longstanding tendency to award hot new out-of-the-box shows and then drop them instantly, in stark contrast to the Emmys. They have made so many puzzling choices over the year that it’s almost comical to review their track record.

Why should you listen to me?

My ability to predict the Globe winners has significantly varied over the years, but last year I did quite well. I correctly predicted 11 out of the 14 film categories and 7 out of the 11 television categories. (Note: As I have yet to finish seeing all of the major film contenders, I have refrained from stating who I think should win.)

THE FILM CATEGORIES

Best Motion Picture — Drama. It feels like any of the five nominees has a legitimate shot at the win, with The Father (Florian Zeller’s dementia drama headlined by Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman) being in the weakest position due to it being the sole film that has yet to be wildly released and the perception by some that it is mostly an actors’ showcase. It is certainly possible that David Fincher’s Mank (about the writing of Citizen Kane) could win the top prize given that it led the nominations with 6, but its buzz appears to be fading. In stark contrast, Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell’s electrifying revenge tale) has been gaining buzz by the week and could be a real threat. However, I suspect it will still come down to a tight race between Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland (a meditative drama about the Great Recession) and Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 (a drama chronicling the aftermath of the violent protests at the 1967 democratic National Convention). I suspect that they will split the top prizes with the Zhao taking Best Director for the more artistic Nomadland and the more crowd-pleasing Chicago taking Best Picture. Will Win: The Trial of the Chicago 7 Possible Spoiler: Nomadland

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Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama

Andra Day has popped up only sporadically during awards season for her portrayal of Billie Holliday in The United States vs. Billie Holliday and feels like a filler nomination here. Despite winning big at the Venice Film Festival, Vanessa Kirby’s wrenching turn in Pieces of a Woman has been overshadowed by her competitors so far in the race and her film has failed to garner many mentions outside of her performance. Viola Davis was a long-presumed frontrunner for her turn in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, but the Globes showed little love for the film and seem more likely to fete her co-star, the late, great Chadwick Boseman. Frances McDormand could very well win her second trophy in this category in the past four years for her role in Nomadland but I am not sure the Globes will award her again so soon. That leaves Carey Mulligan as the frontrunner for her stunning work in Promising Young Woman. She is a well-respected actress who has yet to win a Globe that gives an acclaimed and hotly debated performance in a film that the Globes clearly loved. Will Win: Carey Mulligan Possible Spoiler: Frances McDormand

Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama

Tahar Rahim’s out-of-left-field nomination for the Guantanamo Bay drama The Mauritanian was a major Globes morning surprise, but he undoubtedly lacks the buzz and support to go all the way. Gary Oldman’s turn as screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz in Mank was a well-received turn in the Globes top-nominated film, but his recent win in this category for The Darkest Hour weakens his chances (as does the perception that the film is more of an aesthetic achievement than an actors’ showcase). In a less competitive year, Riz Ahmed would be an easy frontrunner for his searing turn as a drummer going deaf, but he has the unfortunate timing of have to face off against two powerhouses. The first is Anthony Hopkins as a man succumbing to dementia in The Father. Astonishingly, Hopkins has gone 0-for-7 at the Globes, with his only win being the lifetime achievement award they bestowed upon him at the ceremony held in 2006. This could be their last chance to honor the legend with a competitive trophy and his performance is exceedingly well-regarded. However, he has to compete against Chadwick Boseman, the beloved and gifted actor who died tragically young from colon cancer earlier this year. It’s neck and neck between the two, but given the higher profile of Boseman’s film and his devastating narrative, I give him the edge. Will Win: Chadwick Boseman Possible Spoiler: Anthony Hopkins

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

As is too often the case, this category is an absolute mess. Two of the nominees were very poorly reviewed, making their inclusion utterly perplexing. One was Australian singer-songwriter Sia’s directorial debut Music, which was lambasted for being incompetent filmmaking and being a deeply offensive portrayal of autism. The other is Ryan Murphy’s glitzy, all-star musical The Prom, which was widely seen to be far beneath the talent involved. The other three films are strong, but one isn’t even technically a film. The HFPA deemed the original cast recording of the Broadway musical Hamilton that premiered on Disney+ last July to be eligible even though the Oscars didn’t. It is in a neck-and-neck race with Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, the sequel to the Globe-winning 2006 comedy that surprised critics and generated countless headlines and controversies. I don’t think the HFPA will pass up the chance to honor Lin-Manuel Miranda’s theatrical masterpiece, but there is a terrific alternative to both Hamilton and BoratPalm Springs, an original, passionate, hilarious, and audacious comedy that should easily be winning this trophy. Will Win: Hamilton Possible Spoilers: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

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Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

We can immediately rule out Kate Hudson, whose nomination for Music was perhaps the biggest head-scratcher when the nominations were announced. Anya Taylor-Joy’s turn in the Jane Austen adaptation Emma is a worthy nominee, but she seems much more likely to win for other nominated turn this year in the acclaimed Netflix limited series The Queen’s Gambit. Rosamund Pike’s turn in the black comedy I Care A Lot was met with significant acclaim and is riding a wave of buzz with its recent Netflix release, but neither she nor the film seem to have the support necessary to pull off a win here. Michelle Pfeiffer has a strong history with the Globes with 7 previous nominations and 1 previous win. She could easily add another win here in a weak lineup, but her film French Exit is severely lacking in buzz. The lack of formidable competition all but paves the way for Maria Bakalova to continue her incredible awards season run for her role as Borat’s daughter in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. The bold and hilarious performance has been an unexpected — but worthy — awards darling so far this season. Will Win: Maria Bakalova Possible Spoiler: Michelle Pfeiffer

Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

First off, we can immediately count out James Corden. Nominating his atrocious and borderline offensive work in The Prom is one of worst of the many, many bad decisions the HFPA has made in recent years. Dev Patel’s turn in the acclaimed The Personal History of David Copperfield is a worthy nominee but the film has almost zero buzz. Andy Samberg — a previous Globe winner for his starring role on the television comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine — gave a terrific performance in an acclaimed film and deserves to be a real contender. However, I suspect it will go to either Lin-Manuel Miranda or Sacha Baron Cohen for their titular roles in Hamilton and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, respectively. I give the slight edge to Cohen, who prevailed in this category for the same role 14 years ago. Will Win: Sacha Baron Cohen Possible Spoiler: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

After being dominated from start-to-finish by Laura Dern last year, the race for Best Supporting Actress is one of the most unpredictable this year. It seems safe to rule out two nominees. 12-year-old German actress Helena Zengel’s turn in News of the World was well-received by critics but her film mostly received the cold shoulder from the Globes. Jodie Foster, who has won two competitive Globes as well as the lifetime achievement award, received an unexpected nomination for The Mauritanian but has virtually no buzz this year. That leaves three contenders duking it out. Olivia Colman has won all three Globes she has previously been nominated for, so its unwise to bet against her turn in The Father, but I am not sure she or the film have the support this year to take her all the way. Glenn Close also has three Globes, but from 15 nominations over the past 36 years. Her turn in the divisive Hillbilly Elegy is prime Oscar-bait and would be my pick had the Globes not just awarded her three years ago for The Wife. I suspect that the Globes will fete Amanda Seyfried for her luminous turn as actress Marion Davies. The Globes love feting young starlets and it would be away for them to give a major win to their most nominated film. Will Win: Amanda Seyfried Possible Spoiler: Glenn Close

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

The only thing more surprising than Jared Leto’s surprise nomination for The Little Things was the fact that it was repeated by the SAG Awards the following day. Given the widespread ridicule both groups got for nominating his uninspired turn in a weak film, he is undoubtedly in last place. Not far ahead is Bill Murray, a previous Globe winner who gives an inspired turn in a movie that failed to generate much buzz (Sofia Coppola’s On the Rocks). This seems to be a three-way race between Leslie Odom, Jr. as legendary crooner Sam Cooke in One Night in Miami, Sacha Baron Cohen as activist Abbie Hoffman in The Trial of the Chicago 7, and Daniel Kaluuya as Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah. Any of the three could take it, but I give the edge to Cohen as Chicago was far more warmly received by the HFPA than Judas or Miami. Will Win: Sacha Baron Cohen Possible Spoiler: Daniel Kaluuya

Best Director — Motion Picture

The HFPA’s decision to nominate beloved actress Regina King for her directorial debut in One Night in Miami was an inspired one, but their failure to nominate the film in Best Picture shows that support may be limited. Emerald Fennell would be a dazzlingly deserving upset for her directorial debut Promising Young Woman, but I suspect she doesn’t quite have the necessary support. Acclaimed writer Aaron Sorkin is also up for his directorial debut for The Trial of the Chicago 7, but he seems far more likely to win for his trademark zippy and intelligent writing than his fine but unspectacular directing. That leaves David Fincher for Mank against Chloe Zhao for Nomadland. Fincher, a previous winner in this category for The Social Network, is a well-respected veteran whose film was clearly adored by the HFPA, but Zhao’s work has swept the awards season and seems likely to continue its streak here. Will Win: Chloe Zhao Possible Spoiler: David Fincher

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture

Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton’s screenplay for The Father simply doesn’t have anywhere near the support of the other nominated screenplays. The narrative surrounding Jack Fincher’s screenplay for Mank, which was written many years ago and was filmed by his son David after his death, is a compelling one, but few view Mank as a screenwriting triumph. A similar issue befalls Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland, which is viewed more of a directorial achievement than a writing one. That leaves us with two frontrunners. The smart money is on Aaron Sorkin to score his third win in the category for The Trial of the Chicago 7, but I am calling this one for Emerald Fennell’s bold and buzzy screenplay for the scorching Promising Young Woman. Will Win: Emerald Fennell Possible Spoiler: Aaron Sorkin

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Best Original Score — Motion Picture

Ludwig Gorannson’s score for Tenet and Alexandre Desplat’s score for The Midnight Sky would be shocking wins given the fact that neither composes are perceived as overdue and they represent the film’s sole nominations. James Newton Howard could prevail for News of the World after going 0-for-4 at the Globes in the past but he has to face off against double nominees Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross who are nominated for their bold and acclaimed work in two very different films — Mank and Pixar’s Soul (they share their nomination for the latter with Jon Batiste). Given how prominent — and brilliant — the score for Soul is, I give it the edge. Will Win: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste Possible Spoiler: James Newton Howard

Best Original Song — Motion Picture

This uninspired race is in stark contrast to last year’s, which saw an almost unimaginable list of music legends like Beyonce, Elton John, and Taylor Swift facing off. None of the songs are hits, none are particularly acclaimed, and none of the nominated writers or performers are considered especially overdue. I give the edge to “Speak Now” due to it being prominently featured in One Night in Miami and performed by acting nominee Leslie Odom, Jr., but legendary songwriter Dianne Warren’s Italian-language track “Io Si (Seen)” from The Life Ahead could upset. Will Win: “Speak Now” Possible Spoiler: “Io si (Seen)”

Best Animated Feature Film

The reviews and buzz for The Croods: A New Age, Over the Moon, and Onward pales in comparison to those of the two frontrunners — Soul, Pixar’s meditation on the afterlife, and Cartoon Saloon’s Celtic fantasy Wolfwalkers. Either could take it, but I give the slight edge to Soul, because, well, it’s generally not wise to bet against an acclaimed Pixar film here. Will Win: Soul Possible Spoiler: Wolfwalkers

Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language

France’s Two of Us and Guatemala’s La Llorona have very little buzz compared to the other three films and are unlikely to prevail. Denmark’s Another Round and Italy’s The Life Ahead are both acclaimed and high profile films, but are mostly notable for the lead performances of Mads Mikkelsen and Sofia Loren, respectively). That leaves the beloved Minari as the frontrunner despite the fact that many in the industry argued that it isn’t actually a foreign film at all given that it was made in America by Americans and is about immigrants trying to achieve the American dream in — you guessed it — America. Will Win: Minari Possible Spoiler: The Life Ahead

THE TELEVISION CATEGORIES

Best Television Series — Drama

Five wildly different series are competing in this category and anything’s possible when you consider the HFPA’s absolutely chaotic and nonsensical history of voting in the television categories. I have to conclude that the least likely winner is Ratched, Ryan Murphy’s mediocrely reviewed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest prequel. In stark contrast, HBO’s horror drama Lovecraft Country had sterling reviews but seems a bit too niche in terms of genre to win the top award. Ozark, the Netflix drama about money launderers, had its best season yet and certainly has a shot, but lacks the buzz of the top two contenders. The Disney+ cultural phenomenon The Mandalorian had a well-received second season and could snag a win here, but I suspect we are in for a second win for Netflix’s royal family drama The Crown. Even though the HFPA rarely gives repeat wins in this category, the mega-nominated fourth season was arguably its best yet and garnered incredible buzz for its portrayals of Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher. It seems unlikely they will pass up a chance to honor it. Will Win: The Crown Possible Spoiler: The Mandalorian

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Best Actress in a Television Series — Drama

Sarah Paulson’s turn in Ratched was solid but far from her best work, making it unlikely that she will triumph over the other powerhouse nominees. Jodie Comer is overdue for a Globe for her work on Killing Eve, but the show’s exclusion from the Best Television Series — Drama category after two prior nominations suggests that its third season was tepidly received by HFPA. Two-time Globe winner Laura Linney could swoop in for her chilling work on Ozark if the ladies of The Crown split votes, but I suspect it will either go to Emma Corrin as Princess Diana or Olivia Colman as her mother-in-law Queen Elizabeth II. Colman has gone 3-for-3 at the Globes so it’s unwise to bet against her, but Corrin has so much buzz for how she inhabited the role of the beloved People’s Princess that I give her the edge. Will Win: Emma Corrin Possible Spoiler: Olivia Colman

Best Actor in a Television Series — Drama

If the Globes want to fete a legend, they could give a fifth (!) acting Globe to Al Pacino for his role in Hunters but both he and the show seem to lack buzz. Matthew Rhys’s turn in Perry Mason has a bit more buzz, but the show’s lack of other nominations makes me question the HFPA’s enthusiasm for it. Bob Odenkirk is certainly overdue for a win for Better Call Saul with three prior losses but the lack of other nominations for the show suggest the HFPA might have moved on. In contrast, Jason Bateman has yet to win for Ozark despite two prior nominations and the show did well at this year’s Globe nominations. I suspect it will come down to Bateman and Josh O’Connor for his complex turn as Prince Charles on The Crown. I am going to go out on a limb and predict that the Globes gives its lead acting trophies to Charles and Diana. Will Win: Josh O’Connor Possible Spoiler: Jason Bateman

Best Television Series — Musical Comedy

The decision to nominate Emily in Paris, a mediocrely reviewed Netflix trifle that essentially bribed HFPA members, is an embarrassment. It seems unlikely that the HFPA will double down on their decision to nominate it by granting it a win. The Great and The Flight Attendant are two bold, fresh, and well-reviewed new series that could upset. However, it seems likely to me that this is a race between Schitt’s Creek, which has never won a Globe and recently made an unprecedented sweep at the Emmys for its final season, and Ted Lasso which has steadily been gaining buzz and acclaim in the weeks leading up to the awards. It could go to either, but I simply don’t think that HFPA will miss an opportunity to anoint the cultural phenomenon that is Schitt’s Creek, even if it wrapped its run over nine months ago. Will Win: Schitt’s Creek Possible Spoilers: Ted Lasso

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Best Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Lily Collins’s nomination for Emily in Paris and Jane Levy’s nomination for Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist feel like filler nominees that don’t have the required support for a win. Ellen Fanning should fare a bit better due to the fact that she is a more established actress and that her show was warmly received by the HFPA. But I suspect this will come down to Kaley Cuoco and Catherine O’Hara. Cuoco is a well-liked star who was overlooked for 12 years of work on The Big Bang Theory and then turned in an acclaimed, attention grabbing turn on the HBOMax series The Flight Attendant. However, the fact that she is not perceived as overdue and that The Flight Attendant is not actually a musical or comedy seems to pave the way for Catherine O’Hara to be anointed for her iconic role as Moira Rose on Schitt’s Creek. Will Win: Catherine O’Hara Possible Spoiler: Kaley Cuoco

Best Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Don Cheadle’s turn in Black Monday unfortunately feels like a perennial filler nominee at the Globes and Emmys. Nicholas Hoult’s work in The Great is widely acclaimed, but he lacks the buzz of his remaining competitors. Ramy Yousef scored a surprise win in the category last year, but the Globes haven’t given out repeat wins in this category in well over a decade. That leaves Eugene Levy as the Schitt’s Creek patriarch and Jason Sudeikis as titular football coach Ted Lasso. I don’t think the Globes will give Schitt’s Creek an Emmy-like sweep and this would be the perfect place for them to reward Lasso, so I give the edge to Sudeikis. Will Win: Jason Sudeikis Possible Spoiler: Eugene Levy

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

This stacked category has five worthy nominees and no obvious frontrunner. Despite their passionate critical following, Unorthodox and Normal People seem to be lacking the requisite buzz to pull off a win. Steve McQueen’s anthology series Small Axe was also critically adored, but many feel that it is a series of individual films and not a limited series, which may hurt its chances. The Undoing is prime Globes bait in subject matter and star power, but it wasn’t as universally beloved as the chess prodigy drama The Queen’s Gambit, which I think will take the win. Will Win: The Queen’s Gambit Possible Spoiler: The Undoing

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Best Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Despite turning in spectacular performances, Unorthodox’s Shira Haas and Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones seem to be lacking the name recognition and buzz to take the prize. Mrs. America’s Cate Blanchett and The Undoing’s Nicole Kidman combined have 32 nominations and 8 wins at the Globes, so they can certainly never be discounted. However, I suspect that the fresh blood-loving HFPA will give the trophy to double nominee Anya Taylor-Joy, whose turn in The Queen’s Gambit won over fans and critics. Will Win: Anya Taylor-Joy Possible Spoiler: Nicole Kidman

Best Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

This somewhat lackluster lineup is ripe for a surprise. Despite impressively mounted marketing campaigns neither Bryan Cranston’s Your Honor or Jeff Daniels’s The Comey Rule particularly impressed critics or audiences. Ethan Hawke’s turn in The Good Lord Bird could upset given the series’ strong reviews and a sense that he’s overdue, but its lack of other nominations hurts it. I suspect that this will be a race between Mark Ruffalo repeating his Emmy win for I Know This Much is True and Hugh Grant for turning in an against-type villainous performance in The Undoing. I give the edge to Grant for his Globes-friendly performance and narrative. Will Win: Hugh Grant Possible Spoiler: Mark Ruffalo

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

The typically bizarre supporting categories (which absurdly lump together performances in sitcoms, dramas, miniseries, and TV movies) are always a massive headache to predict. All five have a genuine shot here, except maybe Cynthia Nixon, whose turn in Ratched was far from her best work. Julia Garner has yet to win a Globe despite two consecutive Emmy wins for Ozark, but here she has to face off against three actresses with bigger buzz. Annie Murphy could easily waltz off with a Globe for her iconic role as Alexis Rose on Schitt’s Creek, but I suspect that the award will go to Gillian Anderson for her impeccable turn as a very different icon (Conservative British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher) on The Crown. A win for either of them would mean that like her character Princess Margaret, Helena Bonham Carter will be the overlooked runner-up. Will Win: Gillian Anderson Possible Spoiler: Annie Murphy

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

As is the case with the corresponding actress category, this is really anyone’s for the taking. Jim Parsons feels like the weakest nominee given the lack of any other nominations for Hollywood. It seems almost as unlikely that voters are ready to award someone for a dramatic interpretation of Donald Trump, rendering Brendan Gleeson’s chances for The Comey Rule low. Donald Sutherland would be an inspired winner for his menacing turn in The Undoing, but he’s a two-time Globe winner already and not seen as overdue. That leaves two fresh faces — Star Wars star John Boyega for his turn in the “Red, White, and Blue” installment of Small Axe and Dan Levy for his work on Schitt’s Creek. Levy gives a powerhouse performance in the final season and is also the creative brainchild behind the series serving as its co-creator, producer, writer, and director. It seems unlikely to me that the HFPA will pass up this chance to honor him. Will Win: Dan Levy Possible Spoiler: John Boyega

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