Yes, as usual there will be surprises at the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night. Here is what TheWrap's Steve Pond predicts will go down in the TV categories:
Best Television Series - Drama:
In the TV categories, HFPA voters love to salute new shows, and to go a different route than the Emmys. The first of those won’t be difficult, but the second will be – “The Handmaid’s Tale” was the big winner at the Emmys, but it feels too much like the show of the moment for the Globes to shy away just because the Television Academy likes it too.
Prediction: "The Handmaid's Tale"
Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy:
It’ll be easy to go for a new show in this category, too – but which one, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” or “SMILF?” Maybe the former, which had a splashy debut just as the HFPA was voting.
Prediction: "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
The voters reportedly loved “The Sinner,” but this is probably another category where the reigning Emmy champ will be too much of an event to ignore. But there’s one potential snag: Now that HBO has announced a second season, “Big Little Lies” should really be in the drama-series category – and if voters feel as if they’re victims of category fraud, “The Sinner” could stage an upset here.
Prediction: "Big Little Lies"
Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama:
Sterling K. Brown could well win for “This is Us,” but I suspect voters will want someone from a slightly newer show – either Jason Bateman for “Ozark” or Freddie Highmore for “The Good Doctor.”
Prediction: Jason Bateman, "Ozark"
Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama:
Maggie Gyllenhaal gets “newest, hottest show” points for “The Deuce,” but even the HFPA knows this is the year of Elisabeth Moss.
Prediction: Elisabeth Moss, "The Handmaid's Tale"
Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy:
Voters apparently really liked the revived “Will and Grace,” so Eric McCormack is a contender. Aziz Ansari is always a cool choice. And Kevin Bacon is not only a star, he’ll let some lucky presenter say “I Love Dick” on national television.
Prediction: Kevin Bacon, "I Love Dick"
Best Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy:
There are lots of fresh new faces on fresh new shows in this category, and you could make a case for any of them winning. But as creator, showrunner and star of a late-breaking show, maybe Frankie Shaw has a slight edge over Rachel Brosnahan.
Prediction: Frankie Shaw, "SMILF"
Best Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television:
Fresh new faces? Not so much. In a category filled with esteemed veterans, look for the most veteran and most esteemed to take the prize.
Prediction: Robert De Niro, "The Wizard of Lies"
Best Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Yes, this should be an easy win for Nicole Kidman, who already has the Emmy for her performance in “Big Little Lies.” But voters know it’s not really a limited series, and they do love Jessica Biel and “The Sinner,” so this is an upset waiting to happen.
Prediction: Jessica Biel, "The Sinner"
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
The supporting categories mix drama and comedy series with limited series and TV movies, which means that qualms about where “Big Little Lies” belongs are meaningless here. That’ll help Alexander Skarsgard, who had the most eye-catching, um, part of the season.
Prediction: Alexander Skarsgard, "Big Little Lies"
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
And the absence of potential category fraud will also help Laura Dern at the end of a year in which everybody finally kind of figured out that Laura Dern rocks.
Prediction: Laura Dern, "Big Little Lies"