After popular demand from my dad, below are my who should win/who will win predictions for the television Golden Globe awards. Enjoy, and comment for chastization if I’m wrong.
Best Television Series – Drama
Who Should Win: Game of Thrones - HBO’s medievally fantastical series deserves top prize this year, but its awards season heat has cooled off considerably since its first season finale aired in June.
Who Will Win: Homeland - An Iraq war veteran? A swearing CIA agent? Who could resist?
Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Who Should Win: Claire Danes in Homeland - Good girl goes bad Danes’ transformation is awe-inspiring in this Showtime series. Angela Chase, be damned!
Who Will Win: Claire Danes in Homeland - HFP voters have taken note of every F bomb and have loved every syllable.
Best Performance by an Actor In a Television Series – Drama
Who Should Win: Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire - Although buzz for HBO’s 20′s period piece has hushed considerably, Buscemi continues to amaze as political bootlegger Nucky.
Who Will Win: Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad - As high school chemistry turned meth dealer, Cranston continues to be a voter favourite, and the Hollywood Foreign Press are no exception.
Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Who Should Win: Enlightened - This entirely underrated little HBO show about a high-powered female executive (Laura Dern) in the midst of an existential crisis will almost certainly be overlooked. Le sigh.
Who will Win: Modern Family - Everyone’s favourite Arrested Development knock-off just won’t cool off. Cue stereotypically gay comment by Cam.
Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Who Should Win: Laura Dern in Englightened – Sensing a theme yet? Dern absolutely kills it as the over-bearing power bitch in rehab. Her tour-de-force performance of physical hilarity deserves the accolade.
Who Will Win: Laura Dern in Englightened - Praise HBO, but I think it might actually happen.
Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Who Should Win: Matt LeBlanc in Episodes - I know! Who knew Joey Tribbiani could act!
Who Will Win: Johnny Galecki in The Big Bang Theory - Them Hollywood Foreign Press voters love the clichéd nerds. Again, le sigh.
Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Who Should Win: Downton Abbey – It’s all about the aristocrats and the Brits. Just don’t watch it and expect it to be about a hip Bronx nunnery. I’ve already made that mistake once . . .
Who Will Win: Downton Abbey - I’m sorry, but Damn Maggie Smith is just the shit. Well deserved.
Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Who Should Win: Kate Winslet in Mildred Pierce – If I had it my way, the goddess of the Brits and Jack Dawson’s heart deserves a double win, for Mildred Pierce and Carnage.
Who Will Win: Kate Winslet in Mildred Pierce – You don’t save Richard Branson’s mother from a burning building and come away with nothing.
Best Performance by an Actor In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Who Should Win: Bill Nighy in Page Eight – Bill Nighy, aka Billy Mack from Love Actually, is horridly underrated in this harrowing film of homeland security and M15 officers. I feel it in my fingers . . . that he will get unjustly snubbed.
Who Will Win: Hugh Bonneville in Downton Abbey – Yeah we get it, the brits rock.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Who Should Win: Evan Rachel Wood in Mildred Pierce - I am one of ERW’s sole-supporters, but I was a big fan of her horrifying portrayal as Vita, the daughter who knows how to get what she wants at any cost. What can I say, I admire a girl with work-ethic.
Who Will Win: Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey – She’s a dame, literally. Yep, it’s happening.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Who Should Win: Guy Pearce in Mildred Pierce - Maybe I’m biased to this particular mini-series, but Pearce was fantastic and so was the series. It deserves a rewatch by voters and viewers, alike.
Who Will Win: Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones – A worthy choice for his portrayal as Tyrion Lannister, the aristocratic ‘imp’.
For a complete list of the 2012 Golden Globe nominees, click here.