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2017 Art Director's Guild TV nominations

2017 Art Director’s Guild TV Nominations include Stranger Things, The Crown, and Westworld

The 2017 Art Director’s Guild TV nominations are out and one thing is very clear: people love Stranger Things. The Netflix summer phenom continues to show up in unexpected places, and it received a bid for the 2017 Art Director’s Guild award today. Clearly, this series factors heavily into the 2017 Emmy season. The Crown and Westworld also continue their awards season run with bids. Last year’s winners, including Game of Thrones, all returned with nominations this year.

The full list of TV nominees follows. Check out Awards Daily main for the film nominees.

2017 Art Director’s Guild TV Nominations

One-Hour Period Or Fantasy Single-Camera Series

GAME OF THRONES: “Blood of My Blood,” “The Broken Man,” “No One”
Production Designer: DEBORAH RILEY

STRANGER THINGS: “The Vanishing of Will Byers,” “Holly, Jolly,” “The Upside Down”
Production Designer: CHRIS TRUJILLO

THE CROWN: “Wolferton Splash,” “Hyde Park Corner,” “Smoke and Mirrors”
Production Designer: MARTIN CHILDS

THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE: “The Tiger’s Cave,” “Land O’ Smiles,” “Fallout”
Production Designer: DREW BOUGHTON

WESTWORLD: “Pilot”
Production Designer: NATHAN CROWLEY

 

One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Series

BETTER CALL SAUL: “Inflatable,” “Fifi,” “Klick”
Production Designer: TONY FANNING

BLOODLINE: “Part 16,” “Part 21”
Production Designer: TIM GALVIN

HOUSE OF CARDS: “Chapter 41,” “Chapter 47,” “Chapter 48”
Production Designer: STEVE ARNOLD

MR. ROBOT: “Eps2.0_unm4sk-pt1.tc,” “Eps2.4_m4ster-slave.aes,” “Eps2.9_pyth0n-pt1.p7z”
Production Designer: ANASTASIA WHITE

PREACHER: “See,” “South Will Rise Again,” “Finish The Song”
Production Designer: DAVE BLASS

 

Television Movie Or Limited Series

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE: “Chapter 4”
Production Designer: ANDREW MURDOCK

BLACK MIRROR: “Nosedive,” “Playtest,” “San Junipero”
Production Designers: JOEL COLLINS, JAMES FOSTER, NICHOLAS PALMER

SHERLOCK: “The Abominable Bride”
Production Designer: ARWEL W. JONES

THE NIGHT OF: “Pilot”
Production Designer: PATRIZIA VON BRANDENSTEIN

THE PEOPLE v. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY: “100% Not Guilty,” “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia,” “Manna From Heaven”
Production Designer: JEFFREY MOSSA

 

Half Hour Single-Camera Series

MOZART IN THE JUNGLE: “Now I Will Sing”
Production Designer: TOMMASO ORTINO

SILICON VALLEY: “Two In The Box,” “Vachmanity Insanity,” “Daily Active Users”
Production Designer: RICHARD TOYON

TRANSPARENT: “If I Were A Bell”
Production Designer: CAT SMITH

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH: “Pitch Black,” “The Power of Power,” “Mama’s Hideaway”
Production Designer: BRUCE ROBERT HILL

VEEP: “Kissing Your Sister”
Production Designer: JIM GLOSTER

 

Multi-Camera Series

2 BROKE GIRLS: “And The 80’s Movie,” “And The Godmama Drama,” “And The Two Openings: Part Two”
Production Designer: GLENDA ROVELLO

BABY DADDY: “Love & Carriage,” “Room-Mating,” “Stupid Cupid”
Production Designer: GREG GRANDE

THE BIG BANG THEORY: “The Positive Negative Reaction,” “The Big Bear Precipitation,” “The Fermentation Bifurcation”
Production Designer: JOHN SHAFFNER

THE GREAT INDOORS: “Pilot”
Production Designer: GLENDA ROVELLO

THE RANCH: “Leavin’s Been Comin’ (For A Long, Long Time)”
Production Designer: JOHN SHAFFNER

 

Awards Or Event Special

BEYONCÉ: LEMONADE
Production Designer: HANNAH BEACHLER

GREASE LIVE!
Production Designer: DAVID KORINS

HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
Production Designer: DEREK McLANE

THE 68TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS
Production Designers: TAMLYN WRIGHT, BAZ HALPIN

THE OSCARS
Production Designer: DEREK McLANE

 

Short Format: Web Series, Music Video Or Commercial

ADIDAS: BASKETBALL NEEDS CREATORS
Production Designer: RUTH DE JONG

BEYONCÉ: LEMONADE “6 Inch”
Production Designer: JC MOLINA

BEYONCÉ: LEMONADE “Denial”
Production Designer: JASON HOUGAARD

BEYONCÉ: LEMONADE “Hold Up”
Production Designer: JASON HOUGAARD

iPHONE 7: BALLOONS
Production Designer: JAMES CHINLUND

 

Variety, Reality Or Competition Series

AMERICAN GRIT: “Ruck Up”
Production Designer: MERCEDES YOUNGER

PORTLANDIA: “Weirdo Beach”
Production Designer: SCHUYLER TELLEEN

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: “Larry David/The 1975,” “Peter Dinklage/Gwen Stefani,” “Tom Hanks/Lady Gaga”
Production Designers: KEITH IAN RAYWOOD, EUGENE LEE, AKIRA YOSHIMURA, N. JOSEPH DeTULLIO

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW: “Ellen’s Halloween Show”
Production Designer: KAREN WEBER

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON: “Ep. 0417,” “Ep. 0461,” “Ep. 0493”
Production Designers: EUGENE LEE, PETER BARAN

THE VOICE: “The Blind Auditions, Part 3,” “The Battles Premiere, Part 2”
Production Designers: ANTON GOSS, JAMES PEARSE CONNELLY

TV Shows

What TV shows emerged victorious from the first round of awards contests?

Golden Globes

After being ridiculed for decades for their easily influenced decisions and constant star obsession, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) is slowly becoming more concerned about quality while still making room for their usual confusing choices. New TV shows like Atlanta and This Is Us were able to enter the awards conversation even if they don’t seem like typical contenders. Similarly, long overdue shows like The Americans and black-ish finally received the recognition they deserve. It also wouldn’t be the Golden Globes without a series of head scratchers, though. Shows the average American has never heard of such as Nick Nolte in Graves, Billy Bob Thornton in Goliath, Elvis’s granddaughter Riley Keough in The Girlfriend Experience, and for the second year in a row overall love for Mozart in the Jungle all factored into the 2017 Golden Globe nominations.

The HFPA seems to be really advocating for a series of new shows that will need all the help they can get to be nominated at next year’s Emmys. The Crown and Westworld seem poised to take over the massive hole left by the ending of Downton Abbey and the hiatus of Game of Thrones. Emmy voters tend to have a bias against fantasy shows like Stranger Things and network dramas like This is Us, so the constant winter awards push only helps to keep them in the conversation. The Night Of was a summer hit, but in an ever growing Limited Series race it might seem too small. However, after a strong showing at the Globes, SAG, and the WGA, it just might be able to stay at the forefront of Emmy voters minds.

Next week the ADTV team will release our official Golden Globes predictions, but if one thing is for certain Thandie Newton is about to cement herself as the surest bet of the entire awards season.

TV Shows
(Photo: Netflix)

Screen Actors Guild

SAG voters are typically known for recycling nominees year after year, and they typically rely on obvious Emmy contenders and Royal Shakespeare Company actors. This year, voters abandoned any past sensibilities and embraced a plethora of new TV shows. Along with the Golden Globes, SAG cemented The Crown, Stranger Things, Westworld, and This is Us as serious Emmy contenders. The sudden excitement for new television, especially on the drama side, might be due to the SAG-AFTRA merger from a few years ago, but it’s telling that past favorites and winners like Viola Davis, Juliana Margulies, Dame Maggie Smith, and House of Cards were left out especially when they were replaced by  a string of sci-fi favorites that wouldn’t have been a part of the conversation ten years ago.

Voters did rely on their old habits however in the comedy races with icons like Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda filling up the actress race. If anything, it shows that network executives will need to campaign even harder to get newcomers like Issa Rae and Donald Glover the recognition they deserve.

The most welcome surprise came in the Limited Series race where the nominating committee singled out Bryce Dallas Howard for her one episode performance on Black Mirror, which (alongside an individual nomination for Millie Bobby Brown) might be the strongest indicator that the industry’s idea of what awards-worthy television is finally changing for the better.

What Happened to Mr. Robot?

Mr. Robot was the critical and industry darling of 2015 by picking up major wins at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice, WGA, as well as surprise SAG nomination for Rami Malek which all culminated in Mr. Robot being the most successful new TV show of the 2016 Emmys. So what happened? Just about every precursor award so far has been relatively cold to the sophomore season of Sam Esmail’s hacker vision. The Golden Globes didn’t invite Mr. Robot back as a drama series nominee, although they did nominate Malek and Slater for a second year in a row.

Writers Guild voters completely left out the show after nominating it as a drama series nominee last year and awarding it as the best new series. With the overall industry enthusiasm diminishing, the second season might risk the chance of having a poor showing at the 2017 Emmys. With so many old favorites coming to an end, Mr. Robot has the opportunity to ride that first wave of popularity into becoming one of the leaders of new drama on television. Right now, the show is running the risk of playing second fiddle to an onslaught of more commercially accessible shows. We’ll have to wait and see if DGA and PGA voters insert the second season more fully into the conversation, but it is worth noting that those two guilds didn’t even join the party for the first season.

Readers, what TV shows are you most excited to see be recognized throughout the winter awards season? Do you think that these precursors are a sign that the 2017 Emmys will be friendlier to more popular hits and genre shows? Sound off in the comments below!

insecure

Megan looks at the Emmy potential for HBO’s critically acclaimed Insecure

One quibble with the show Insecure is its title, the fact that implies that its heroine, Issa Rae (or in the show’s case, Issa Dee), is hesitant or scared, when what we see onscreen is a strong woman, mining her way through relationships and career decisions. But there’s a reason for that.

“There’s this idea [on TV] that black women can’t be as insecure as white women or any other women,” Insecure showrunner Prentice Penny explained in an interview with AwardsDaily TV. And that makes sense. When you think of Viola Davis or Kerry Washington, you don’t think of their characters getting to let their hair down and mess things up. They’re simply not getting the opportunity to rap “Broken Pussy” to themselves in the mirror.

Which is where Rae comes in, arriving at a point in television when voices like hers are need to be heard. The Golden Globes certainly have fallen in love with Rae, giving her a shot at the beloved Ingenue award (aka Best Actress Comedy or Musical). But will the Emmys feel the same?

Maybe. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is probably another guaranteed nomination in this category in 2017, especially when it will be Veep‘s final season. Tracee Ellis Ross will probably get in again for Black-ish, too. While slated for Season 5, Inside Amy Schumer may not be coming back in 2017, which could leave that spot open. Ellie Kemper could get in for Season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but this isn’t a guarantee since she didn’t get in for Season 1. Getting On is over, so Laurie Metcalf won’t be getting in in 2017.  Finally, Lily Tomlin could likely get in for Grace & Frankie, since she’s been nominated for each season of the series so far.

That leaves three available spots. Who will she be competing with? Sarah Jessica Parker for Divorce (who’s a big threat); Rachel Bloom for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend; and Gina Rodriguez for Jane the Virgin.

In the Comedy Series categories, including writing and direction, it’s pretty crowded. Insecure would be competing against VeepBlack-ish, Silicon Valley, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Transparent, Master of None, and Divorce. 

Although what if Insecure got a nod for Outstanding Original Music for “Broken Pussy”? That’d be cool AF.

Final Verdict

Insecure’s best bet for a nomination is Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. Here’s how the Emmy nominations could end up in that category. One thing Insecure has going for it that some other shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend don’t have going for it is that it’s on HBO (the Emmys rarely recognize CW).

Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep

Sarah Jessica Parker – Divorce

Issa Rae – Insecure

Lily Tomlin – Grace & Frankie

Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish

 

Breakdown

Most Likely Nominations
Actress – Comedy

Possible Nominations
Comedy Series
Direction
Writing
Original Music

“A HUGE thank you to the Screen Actors Guild! I’m honoured to be recognized by my peers for this incredible project that wouldn’t have been possible without Steve Zaillian, Richard Price, HBO and John Turturro, who I’m so excited to share this moment with. Naz’s story was an important one to tell and I would like to thank everyone who shared their experiences with me to help bring him to life.” – Riz Ahmed, The Night Of

“We couldn’t be more proud of our cast. They excite and inspire us every day with their energy, curiosity and heart. They bring such humanity to these characters, and we are thankful to SAG for this special recognition.” – Stranger Things series creators and executive producers The Duffer Brothers and executive producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen

“Thank you SAG for my nomination and for recognizing the cast of The Crown. It means all the more to know your fellow actors have voted!! And working with an ensemble of the most talented, giving and wonderful actors has been a privilege.” – Claire Foy, The Crown

“This was such a wonderful surprise to wake up to this morning. I’m grateful to have been recognized by my peers. Congrats to all the nominees.” – Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie

“I’m truly overwhelmed and deeply honored to be recognized this way, especially amongst such extraordinary actresses. It means so much to me, and I share this special moment with my wonderful cast and crew, the Duffer brothers, and everyone else involved in the making of Stranger Things.” -Winona Ryder, Stranger Things

Here are your nominations for the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards in the television categories. Stranger Things made a huge showing, receiving two acting nominations for both Winona Ryder and for Millie Bobby Brown as well as a overall series nomination. Those two nominations came at the expense of Westworld‘s Evan Rachel Wood who was left off the list. Thandie Newton, the stunt performances, and the series itself still received nominations. The Crown received the expected noms with Claire Foy, John Lithgow, and the sprawling cast receiving mentions. This potentially gives Downton Abbey competion for the win. 

The People v. O.J. Simpson dominated the TV Movie or Limited Series categories, as expected. The Night Of received dual nominations for its lead performances from Riz Ahmed and John Turturro.

The SAG Awards will take place on Jan. 29, 2017.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
RIZ AHMED / Nasir “Naz” Khan – “THE NIGHT OF” (HBO)
STERLING K. BROWN / Christopher Darden – “THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY” (FX Networks)
BRYAN CRANSTON / President Lyndon B. Johnson – “ALL THE WAY” (HBO)
JOHN TURTURRO / John Stone – “THE NIGHT OF” (HBO)
COURTNEY B. VANCE / Johnnie Cochran – “THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY” (FX Networks)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD / Lacie – “BLACK MIRROR” (Netflix)
FELICITY HUFFMAN / Leslie Graham – “AMERICAN CRIME” (ABC)
AUDRA McDONALD / Billie Holiday – “LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL” (HBO)
SARAH PAULSON / Marcia Clark – “THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY” (FX Networks)
KERRY WASHINGTON / Anita Hill – “CONFIRMATION” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
STERLING K. BROWN / Randall Pearson – “THIS IS US” (NBC)
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
JOHN LITHGOW / Winston Churchill – “THE CROWN” (Netflix)
RAMI MALEK / Elliot Alderson – “MR. ROBOT” (USA Network)
KEVIN SPACEY / Frank Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
MILLIE BOBBY BROWN / Eleven – “STRANGER THINGS” (Netflix)
CLAIRE FOY / Queen Elizabeth II – “THE CROWN” (Netflix)
THANDIE NEWTON / Maeve Millay – “WESTWORLD” (HBO)
WINONA RYDER / Joyce Byers – “STRANGER THINGS” (Netflix)
ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
ANTHONY ANDERSON / Andre Johnson – “BLACK-ISH” (ABC)
TITUSS BURGESS / Titus Andromedon – “UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT” (Netflix)
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank Gallagher – “SHAMELESS” (Showtime)
JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman – “TRANSPARENT” (Amazon)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)
JANE FONDA / Grace Hanson – “GRACE AND FRANKIE” (Netflix)
ELLIE KEMPER / Kimmy Schmidt – “UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT” (Netflix)
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / President Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO)
LILY TOMLIN / Frankie Bergstein – “GRACE AND FRANKIE” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THE CROWN (Netflix)

CLAIRE FOY / Queen Elizabeth II
CLIVE FRANCIS / Lord Salisbury
HARRY HADDEN-PATON / Martin Charteris
VICTORIA HAMILTON / Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
DANIEL INGS / Mike Parker
BILLY JENKINS / Prince Charles
VANESSA KIRBY / Princess Margaret
JOHN LITHGOW / Winston Churchill
LIZZY McINNERNY / Bobo Macdonald
BEN MILES / Peter Townsend
JEREMY NORTHAM / Anthony Eden
NICHOLAS ROWE / Jock Colville
MATT SMITH / Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
PIP TORRENS / Tommy Lascelles
HARRIET WALTER / Clemmie Churchill

DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece/PBS)
SAMANTHA BOND / Lady Rosamund Painswick
HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
PATRICK BRENNAN / Mr. Dawes
LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley
JIM CARTER / Charles Carson
RAQUEL CASSIDY / Baxter
PAUL COPLEY / Mr. Mason
BRENDAN COYLE / John Bates
MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley
KEVIN DOYLE / Joseph Molesley
MICHAEL FOX / Andy
JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna Bates
MATTHEW GOODE / Henry Talbot
HARRY HADDEN-PATON / Bertie Pelham
ROBERT JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas Barrow
SUE JOHNSTON / Miss Denker
ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson
PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes
ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy Mason
LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore
DOUGLAS REITH / Lord Merton
DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
JEREMY SWIFT / Spratt
HOWARD WARD / Sgt. Willis
PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley

GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
ALFIE ALLEN / Theon Greyjoy
JACOB ANDERSON / Grey Worm
DEAN CHARLES CHAPMAN / Tommen Baratheon
EMILIA CLARKE / Daenerys Targaryen
NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU / Jaime Lannister
LIAM CUNNINGHAM / Davos Seaworth
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister
NATHALIE EMMANUEL / Missandei
KIT HARINGTON / Jon Snow
LENA HEADEY / Cersei Lannister
CONLETH HILL / Varys
KRISTOFER HIVJU / Tormund Giantsbane
MICHIEL HUISMAN / Daario Naharis
FAYE MARSAY / Waif
JONATHAN PRYCE / High Sparrow
SOPHIE TURNER / Sansa Stark
CARICE VAN HOUTEN / Melisandre
GEMMA WHELAN / Yara Greyjoy
MAISIE WILLIAMS / Arya Stark

STRANGER THINGS (Netflix)
MILLIE BOBBY BROWN / Eleven
CARA BUONO / Karen Wheeler
JOE CHREST / Ted Wheeler
NATALIA DYER / Nancy Wheeler
DAVID HARBOUR / Jim Hopper
CHARLIE HEATON / Jonathan Byers
JOE KEERY / Steve Harrington
GATEN MATARAZZO / Dustin Henderson
CALEB McLAUGHLIN / Lucas Sinclair
MATTHEW MODINE / Dr. Martin Brenner
ROB MORGAN / Officer Powell
JOHN PAUL REYNOLDS / Officer Callahan
WINONA RYDER / Joyce Byers
NOAH SCHNAPP / Will Byers
MARK STEGER / The Monster
FINN WOLFHARD / Mike Wheeler

WESTWORLD (HBO)
BEN BARNES / Logan
INGRID BOLSØ BERDAL / Armistice
ED HARRIS / Man in Black
LUKE HEMSWORTH / Ashley Stubbs
ANTHONY HOPKINS / Dr. Robert Ford
SIDSE BABETT KNUDSEN / Theresa Cullen
JAMES MARSDEN / Teddy Flood
LEONARDO NAM / Felix Lutz
THANDIE NEWTON / Maeve Millay
TALULAH RILEY / Angela
RODRIGO SANTORO / Hector Escaton
ANGELA SARAFYAN / Clementine Pennyfeather
JIMMI SIMPSON / William
PTOLEMY SLOCUM / Sylvester
EVAN RACHEL WOOD / Dolores Abernathy
SHANNON WOODWARD / Elsie Hughes

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
MAYIM BIALIK / Amy Farrah Fowler
KALEY CUOCO / Penny
JOHNNY GALECKI / Leonard Hofstadter
SIMON HELBERG / Howard Wolowitz
KUNAL NAYYAR / Rajesh Koothrappali
JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper
MELISSA RAUCH / Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz

BLACK-ISH (ABC)
ANTHONY ANDERSON / Andre Johnson
MILES BROWN / Jack Johnson
DEON COLE / Charlie Telphy
LAURENCE FISHBURNE / Pops
JENIFER LEWIS / Ruby Johnson
PETER MACKENZIE / Mr. Stevens
MARSAI MARTIN / Diane Johnson
JEFF MEACHAM / Josh
TRACEE ELLIS ROSS / Rainbow Johnson
MARCUS SCRIBNER / Andre Johnson, Jr.
YARA SHAHIDI / Zoey Johnson

MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
AUBREY ANDERSON-EMMONS / Lily Tucker-Pritchett
JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy
JESSE TYLER FERGUSON / Mitchell Pritchett
NOLAN GOULD / Luke Dunphy
SARAH HYLAND / Haley Dunphy
JEREMY MAGUIRE / Joe Pritchett
ED O’NEILL / Jay Pritchett
RICO RODRIGUEZ / Manny Delgado
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
ARIEL WINTER / Alex Dunphy

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
ALAN AISENBERG / Baxter “Gerber” Bayley
DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson
BLAIR BROWN / Judy King
JACKIE CRUZ / Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales
LEA DeLARIA / Big Boo
BETH DOVER / Linda Ferguson
KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso
ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano
LAURA GOMEZ / Blanca Flores
DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos
MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Sam Healy
BRAD WILLIAM HENKE / Desi Piscatella
VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson
JULIE LAKE / Angie Rice
SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza
NATASHA LYONNE / Nicky Nichols
TARYN MANNING / Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett
JAMES McMENAMIN / Charlie “Donuts” Coates
ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Cindy “Black Cindy” Hayes
KATE MULGREW / Galina “Red” Reznikov
EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor
MATT PETERS / Joel Luschek
LORI PETTY / Lolly Whitehill
JESSICA PIMENTEL / Maria Ruiz
DASCHA POLANCO / Dayanara “Daya” Diaz
LAURA PREPON / Alex Vause
JOLENE PURDY / Stephanie Hapakuka
ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ / Aleida Diaz
NICK SANDOW / Joe Caputo
ABIGAIL SAVAGE / Gina Murphy
TAYLOR SCHILLING / Piper Chapman
CONSTANCE SHULMAN / Erica “Yoga” Jones
DALE SOULES / Frieda Berlin
YAEL STONE / Lorna Morello
LIN TUCCI / Anita DeMarco
SAMIRA WILEY / Poussey Washington

VEEP (HBO)
DAN BAKKEDAHL / Roger Furlong
SUFE BRADSHAW / Sue Wilson
ANNA CHLUMSKY / Amy Brookheimer
GARY COLE / Kent Davison
KEVIN DUNN / Ben Cafferty
CLEA DUVALL / Marjorie Palmiotti
NELSON FRANKLIN / Will
TONY HALE / Gary Walsh
HUGH LAURIE / Tom James
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / President Selina Meyer
SAM RICHARDSON / Richard
REID SCOTT / Dan Egan
TIMOTHY SIMONS / Jonah Ryan
JOHN SLATTERY / Charlie Baird
SARAH SUTHERLAND / Catherine
MATT WALSH / Mike McLintock
WAYNE WILDERSON / Wayne

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
“GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
“MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL” (Netflix)
“MARVEL’S LUKE CAGE” (Netflix)
“THE WALKING DEAD” (AMC)
“WESTWORLD” (HBO)

IMG_3165 – Courtesy of Netflix

“Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this recognition. We are so humbled and honored that our show has struck a chord with audiences around the world. We are constantly inspired by the tireless, phenomenal work of our cast and crew, and we are particularly excited for Winona, who created an indelible performance that viewers won’t soon forget.” — Stranger Things creators and executive producers The Duffer Brothers and executive producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen 

“Huge thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Russian hackers that made our nominations possible.” – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

“The Globes always lead the industry in recognizing the new, the subversive, the wild frontrunners. What an honor it was for me to wake up and see that TRANSPARENT continues to be part an important and lauded part of our culture. How thrilling, also that Jeffrey Tambor’s marvelous and gorgeous portrayal of Maura Pfefferman is getting love. In this post-Trump America, intersectional voices are the future of the taking our power against patriarchy. I am especially so excited to see Issa Rae and Donald Glover nominated for how they are reinventing artistic protagonism as artists and actors. This morning I’m on the set on a mountainside with the I LOVE DICK cast and crew in Marfa, Texas and we’re celebrating for Amazon and Topple. Artmaking — and the revolutionary power of art as a method of political explosiveness — are my rallying cry and my current reason to live these days. This morning puts so much more gasoline in my engine.” – Jill Soloway, Transparent

“The single drama which celebrates great writing and great performances is an endangered species. The Dresser’s nomination is a tribute to the HFPA’s support for this important and beloved form. This nomination is a testament to Ronald Harwood’s brilliant writing, Richard Eyre¹s glorious direction and a masterclass in acting by Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen, along with all the support we received from Starz and the BBC.” – Executive producers Colin Callender from Playground and Sonia Friedman from Sonia Friedman Productions, The Dresser

“It’s nice to be invited to the party, thank you HFPA. I am especially pleased to share it with my acting partner Riz Ahmed. And of course, our indomitable leader Steve Zaillian and Richard Price.” – John Turturro, The Night Of

“I am so excited and proud that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has recognized our show, The Night Manager, as well as the outstanding actors Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Hugh Laurie, and the genius behind it all, John LeCarre. I am incredibly happy by this tremendous honor.” – Susanne Bier, Executive Producer and Director of The Night Manager

“I am thrilled with the nominations for The Crown. Delighted of course for Claire and John, but this was a massive team effort, and the Best Drama – Television nomination really reflects that. I am proud of everyone involved. Thank you so much to the HFPA.” – ​Peter Morgan, writer/producer of The Crown

“I am so delighted by the nominations The Crown has received today! The whole experience has been wonderful. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to bring Peter Morgan’s Princess Elizabeth to life; she is a gift of a role and a challenge I am so grateful for – a young woman trying to navigate a path through an extraordinary situation. I must thank the HFPA for this nomination, it’s such an honour. More than anything I am so happy that people have enjoyed the show the way they have and recognised the hard work of the truly brilliant ensemble cast and crew. I would also like to congratulate John and everyone on The Crown for their nominations today.” – Claire Foy, The Crown

“What a great morning for everyone who worked so hard on THE PEOPLE V. OJ! Thank you Hollywood Foreign Press for the recognition, and congratulations to my incredible producing partners and amazing actors. This project is easily one of the most satisfying of my professional life. I am feeling very blessed and appreciative today.” – Ryan Murphy, The People v. O.J. Simpson

“I’m very grateful to the HFPA for recognizing Black-ish and also mine and Anthony’s work on the show, in a year of such incredible work. So many of the projects that I love in film and television were acknowledged, and I’m honored to be a part of this great class of nominees. I’m thrilled to be included in a category of talented women of all different ages and races, each telling such different stories. As an actress, I’ve dreamt of being at the Golden Globes since I can remember – it seems like the best party of the year. I’m 44 years old, third series in. This is a thrilling moment, and I couldn’t be prouder that it’s because of Black-ish.” – Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

2017 Golden Globe Television Nominees

Here are your 2017 Golden Globe television nominees

The 2017 Golden Globe television nominees were unveiled this morning by Golden Globe winners Don Cheadle and Laura Dern and Golden Globe nominee Anna Kendrick. New series meriting nominations include NBC’s This is Us, FX’s Atlanta, HBO’s Westworld and Divorce, Netflix’s Stranger Things and The Crown, Amazon’s Goliath, and Epix’s little-seen Graves which received a nomination for Nick Nolte.

FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story led television nominations with 5 bids, thanks to the strength of its cast with four acting nominations. The Night Manager followed closely with 4 nominations. On the series side, Westworld and This Is Us each received three bids, although the men of both series were completely shut out. Netflix’s The Crown also received three bids thanks to the international flair of the production.

Interestingly, the nomination for This Is Us is NBC’s first drama nomination in 10 years since Heroes, another Milo Ventimiglia project.

The 74th Golden Globe Awards will be hosted by Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and will air live Sunday, January 8, 2017 on NBC.

And the 2017 Golden Globe television nominees are…

Best Television Series – Drama

The Crown

Game Of Thrones

Stranger Things

This Is Us

Westworld

 

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath

 

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

 

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Atlanta

Black-ish

Mozart in the Jungle

Transparent

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

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Sarah Jessica Parker, Divorce

Issa Rae, Insecure

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

 

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

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or 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, People v. O.J. Simpson

 

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

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Riley Keough, The Girlfriend Experience

Sarah Paulson, People v. O.J. Simpson

Charlotte Rampling, London Spy

Kerry Washington, Confirmation

 

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

Sterling K. Brown, People v. O.J. Simpson

Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager

John Lithgow, The Crown

Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

John Travolta, People v. O.J. Simpson

 

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

TV Critics' Choice

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association unveiled their winners in TV Critics’ Choice categories

Refresh through the night for the latest winners in the 2016 TV Critics’ Choice categories. Be sure to check back Monday night for the latest Water Cooler Podcast. We will provide reactions to the TV Critics’ Choice awards as well as the pending Golden Globe nominations announcement.


BEST COMEDY SERIES – Silicon Valley

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES – Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES – Donald Glover, Atlanta

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES – Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES – Louie Anderson, Baskets

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES – Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live

BEST ANIMATED SERIES BoJack Horseman

BEST REALITY COMPETITION SERIES – The Voice

BEST STRUCTURED REALITY SERIES – Shark Tank

BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY SERIES – Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

BEST TALK SHOW – The Late Late Show with James Corden

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST – Anthony Bourdain, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES – John Lithgow, The Crown

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES – Thandie Newton, Westworld

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES – Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES – Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

BEST DRAMA SERIES – Game of Thrones

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES – Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Walking Dead

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES – The People v. O.J. Simpson

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES – Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES – Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES – Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES – Regina King, American Crime

Golden Globes

Jalal makes his predictions for Monday’s Golden Globes announcement in the television categories

Drama Series

  1. The Crown
  2. Westworld
  3. Mr. Robot
  4. Stranger Things
  5. The Americans

No other show seems more destined to be a Golden Globe favorite than Peter Morgan’s epic decade-spanning saga about Queen Elizabeth II The Crown. Westworld is HBO’s biggest new hit in years, and it might just dominate every awards list from now until the Emmys. Mr. Robot, last year’s winner, might be the only drama to return to the list, but fans have been split on the sophomore season. Stranger Things might seem more like a summer phenomenon than a major awards contender (and its acting chances are probably very overblown) but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has always made room in the drama race for genre hits from True Blood and The Walking Dead to the first season of American Horror Story. The Americans has never come close to being a Golden Globes contender in any category, but sometimes the HFPA tries to play catchup with shows that become major Emmy players and if the show ever breaks through with the Foreign Press it will be now.

Without a doubt, the best part of the Golden Globes and their TV awards is that they never let their nominees become stale. They constantly kick out old shows to make room for the new. Outlander, Narcos, and Empire all seem like they would be right up the alley of the Golden Globes, but after a year of the shows not gaining traction anywhere else voters will probably feel fine dismissing them. Game of Thrones pops up randomly in the drama race but the Foreign Press has never really loved the show. Now that they have Westworld to obsess over, they might just put it aside once again. This Is Us is the biggest network hit of the year, and because of that it almost made it into my predictions (and it could easily replace The Americans) but heartwarming family dramedies don’t necessarily do well at the Golden Globes.

Golden Globes
(Photo: USA Network)

Actor in a Drama Series

  1. Rami Malek, Robot
  2. Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
  3. Wagner Moura, Narcos
  4. Aaron Paul, The Path
  5. Anthony Hopkins, Westworld

Golden Globes voters passed over Rami Malek last year to give Jon Hamm a final sendoff even though Mr. Robot was their favorite drama of the year. After going on to win the Emmy and an even stronger second season in terms of material, he’s probably the frontrunner to win the race this year. Liev Schreiber has somehow become the most consistent nomination in the drama races and without any strong Showtime alternative he’ll probably keep being nominated. Hulu tried to create a lot of buzz around The Path earlier this year but once the show actually premiered it basically all disappeared. Globes voters love to recognize breakout hits however, and Hulu’s first foray into serious drama might be enough to earn Aaron Paul a surprise nomination. Narcos never took off like many of Netflix’s other hits but the show clearly appeals to the foreign press so Wagner Moura has a good chance of coming back for a second year. Anthony Hopkins might not have the screen time to warrant a best actor nomination, but if voters really fall for Westworld he could easily go along for the ride (he is a Cecil B. DeMille recipient after all).

Matt Smith is another actor with little material that might end up with a nomination simply because they love the show. Kiefer Sutherland used to be a Golden Globes favorite during 24, and he could be welcomed back with open arms but Designated Survivor seems to be dropping in viewers and relevance. Other than that the only other possibilities seem to be past nominees like Bob Odenkirk and Kevin Spacey or maybe even someone like Sam Heughan who voters skipped over last year when they recognized the rest of Outlander.

Actress in a Drama Series

  1. Claire Foy, The Crown
  2. Thandie Newton, Westworld
  3. Alice Braga, Queen of the South  
  4. Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld  
  5. Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

As I said before, The Crown feels poised to be one of if not the favorite show of the Foreign Press this year, and it would be shocking if they left out the star herself, Claire Foy. She has been around on television for eight years now acting in mostly BBC period pieces, and voters love to recognize breakout stars like Foy. HBO made the decision to submit both actresses in lead, and although that strategy won’t be as successful at the Emmys, HFPA voters will make room for a cast when they really like the show (The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives). Queen of the South may not seem like an obvious awards contender, but Alice Braga is an international star that first earned success with a supporting role in the foreign-language hit City of Gods. Her show also airs on USA which has had some surprising successes at the Golden Globes over the years. It’s hard to say whether Outlander is really liked by Golden Globes voters, or if they just saw the cult success of the small show on Starz and decided to invite it to the party. Voters might not want to give up on the show entirely, and Balfe would be an obvious choice.

Empire isn’t the network hit it used to be in ratings or content, but voters might feel compelled to invite Taraji P. Henson back to the party after the most exciting speech of the night last year. Voters have an unexplainable obsession with The Good Wife, and they’ve nominated Juliana Margulies every year except last year so they might bring her back for a final farewell (similar to Jon Hamm). Tatiana Maslany finally won her first Emmy, and the HFPA might decide to bring her back because of that even though she hasn’t been nominated since 2013. Other Emmy favorites might return, but voters have never liked Viola Davis enough to actually give her an award and Robin Wright seems to be slowly losing steam.

Golden Globes
(Photo: Netflix)

Comedy Series

  1. Divorce
  2. Fleabag
  3. The Get Down
  4. Transparent
  5. Silicon Valley

Amazon won this award for the past two years in a row. and HFPA voters will probably want to keep up their trend of rewarding the future of television (at least in the nomination phase) by bringing back awards favorite Transparent and newcomer/British import Fleabag. A critical favorite earlier in the year, Fleabag then became a surprise awards contender when it earned a couple Critics’ Choice nominations. The show is a perfect fit for Globes voters and the show’s success will probably depend on whether Amazon puts any weight behind a campaign. The Get Down may not have been the success people were hoping/expecting it to be but voters are suckers for flashy musicals no matter the quality so it could easily earn a sole series nomination.

The HFPA loves no network more than HBO and Divorce has everything voters adore that will likely turn the show into a Golden Globes winner; Sarah Jessica Parker, a dramedy centered around a middle aged woman, Sarah Jessica Parker. The fifth and final slot will probably go to another HBO comedy the only question is which one? Most people are predicting Veep but the Globes haven’t been the biggest fans of the show, in fact they only brought it into the comedy series race for the first time last year (when there was an extra nominee). My guess (as unconfident as I may be) is Silicon Valley which voters welcomed during the first two seasons.

Atlanta is the best reviewed comedy of 2016 on Metacritic (not counting Transparent) but I’m not convinced that the humor of the show translates well to international audiences especially when voters haven’t been the biggest fans of other more personal comedic shows like Masters of None or even Louie (not that the actual tone of the show resembles them at all). Insecure is another show that should be doing well but if critics and the WGA completely snubbed the show I doubt the foreign press will be the first. Orange Is The New Black keeps returning to the comedy race but as the show becomes less and less of a cultural phenomenon voters might feel less inclined to keep bringing it back.

If Crazy Ex-Girlfriend had become a bigger success Globes voters might have wanted to bring the musical into the conversation but after ratings slipped even further and the CW relegated it to the Friday dead zone the show probably doesn’t have a chance. As good as Black-ish is Golden Globes voters have made a clear decision to keep the focus on streaming shows and premium networks and it’s hard to see them all of a sudden embracing the family sitcom even if it is one of the biggest hits on network TV.

Actor in a Comedy or Musical

  1. Thomas Haden Church, Divorce
  2. Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
  3. Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
  4. Donald Glover, Atlanta
  5. Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk

The comedy actor race has become a barren wasteland in recent years so much so that the most celebrated performance in contention is probably one of the more dramatic ones on television. At least HBO gave us something new to talk about with Thomas Haden Church in Divorce, his best performance since Sideways. Divorce may have its flaws but Church is genuinely funny and because of that he probably is the frontrunner to win. Globes voters have a habit of scrapping past winners that never took off in the real world but Gael Garcia Bernal is charming enough to probably sneak back into a deserted category. Patrick Stewart was nominated last year for Blunt Talk and without any legitimate competition he might make it back in even if the average person hasn’t even heard of his show. Donald Glover’s Atlanta may or may not be a Golden Globes contender but everyone is talking about him and voters probably won’t be able to resist nominating the only up-and-coming male star in contention.

Other than that there aren’t a lot of other performances to choose from. Ted Danson used to be a Golden Globes favorite and is one nomination away from tying for the record for most nominated comedic actor with Alan Alda. Voters could bring back a past winner and movie star like Don Cheadle back for his last season. There is talk around Nick Nolte for his work on Graves but I wonder if the show and its network (Epix) is to obscure even for the HFPA. Voters could even decide to bring Thomas Middleditch into the conversation after he finally broke through at the Emmys.

Actress in a Comedy or Musical

  1. Sarah Jessica Parker, Divorce
  2. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
  3. Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  4. Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  5. Issa Rae, Insecure

During the days of Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker was basically the queen of the Golden Globes; she’s won award away from tying Carol Burnett and one nomination away from joining the ranks of Bea Arthur and Mary Tyler Moore. In fact the moment HBO announced they were teaming back up with SJP she basically became the frontrunner for the Golden Globe. Phoebe Waller-Bridge seems like the perfect breakout star that HFPA voters love to reward, especially since her show premiered on Amazon, and if anyone is going to give SJP a run for her money this year it will be her.

Rachel Bloom won last year and although Crazy Ex-Girlfriend struggled to gain significance beyond its loyal group of fans she might be able to enter the race again simply because Globes voters are suckers for musicals. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt may have had an aimless second season but Ellie Kemper benefits from the appeal of a more traditional performance on a more cutting edge streaming network. I’m skeptical on whether or not Issa Rae can break through for her debut performance on Insecure because her show might be too small for voters to pay any attention, but if any network can convince people to pay attention it is HBO.

The rest of last year’s nominees (Lily Tomlin, Jamie Lee Curtis, and even Julia Louis-Dreyfus) feel more like placeholders rather than legitimate Golden Globes favorites. Gina Rodriguez received the “a star is born” throughout Hollywood after her breakout Golden Globes win two years ago but the show is quickly fading. Ten years ago Minnie Driver would be the strongest awards contender for her work on Speechless but in 2016 she mioght get lost among all of the other ABC sitcom moms. As mentioned before Globes voters seem to be the only awards group who aren’t going crazy over Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her nominations feel more like they come from obligation than excitement. America Ferrera would be an obvious Golden Globes choice if anyone besides myself was actually paying any attention to Superstore. Tig Notaro received a lot of critical acclaim this year but One Mississippi probably isn’t the type of show voters are paying attention to.

Golden Globes
(Photo: HBO)

Best Limited Series or TV Movie  

  1. The Night Manager
  2. The People v. O.J. Simpson
  3. The Night Of
  4. The Dresser
  5. Crisis in Six Scenes

I’ve brought up tailor made shows for Golden Globes voters a lot and the John le Carré adaptation The Night Manager is a perfect example of just that. Watched by reportedly 1/6th of the United Kingdom and bringing AMC some of their best ratings in the history of the network the limited series was a global phenomenon that voters will not ignore. The other big limited series of the year, The People v. O.J. Simpson, will likely end up with the most nominations of the night (out of any program) because of its giant ensemble cast.

HBO has dominated this category by producing 17 of the 40 winning programs and although voters seem to be getting bored by their usual biopics (they were left out of the race last year) they will probably embrace The Night Of, an HBO remake of a British crime series. For the past three years voters have embraced miniseries from Starz and this year voters don’t have a lot to choose from besides The Dresser, a BBC import starring some very well-respected names. My fifth prediction, Crisis in Six Scenes,  is a risk to say the least but the critically panned show has a lot of Globes friendly elements; created and starring Woody Allen (another Cecil B. DeMille winner) and produced by Amazon Studios.

Voters could easily go in a completely different direction with so many other miniseries and TV movies to choose from. American Crime was the first great show of 2016 but the second season was so long ago that HFPA voters might not care anymore. Voters love HBO so they might ignore The Night Of for Confirmation or All The Way although it’s hard to imagine the foreign press singling out a couple of generic American political films.  Voters only honor American Horror Story every other year so it will probably be absent. Netflix is trying to force The Gilmore Girls on everyone. Hulu is trying to enter the limited series race with 11.22.63. The Weinstein Company even has a glorified Lifetime movie starring some of the most nominated actresses in the history of the Golden Globes.

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie

  1. Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
  2. Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson
  3. Cuba Gooding Jr, The People v. O.J. Simpson
  4. Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
  5. Ian McKellen, The Dresser

Courtney B. Vance undoubtedly gives one of the best performances of the year but more than any other group the HFPA will likely also love his costar, Cuba Gooding Jr. who is an Oscar winner playing the most infamous athlete of all-time. With Taylor Swift tabloids and James Bond rumors Tom Hiddleston is quickly becoming an international star and because of that he is likely the frontrunner to win the entire race. Riz Ahmed isn’t a household name but voters do like contributing to an up-and-coming star (last year’s winner Oscar Isaac) and Ahmed on top of having a role in the new Star Wars is also a rapper. The last nomination is up for grabs and usually when HFPA have multiple options they go for the safe, respected BBC choice, in this case Ian McKellen.

Benedict Cumberbatch hasn’t been nominated since the first season and it’s hard to argue why he will break into the race over a bunch of more appealing contenders although he is on a career high right now with Doctor Strange. James Franco is the type of star that could get a nomination off of name recognition and a good campaign from Hulu. HBO has other contenders with Bryan Cranston and John Turturro and the network has earned at least two actor nominations for their miniseries/TV movies every year this millennium except 2011.

Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie 

  1. Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson
  2. Kerry Washington, Confirmation
  3. Riley Keough, The Girlfriend Experience
  4. Lily James, War and Peace
  5. Jessica Lange, Wild Oats

2016 is Sarah Paulson’s year and no one is getting in the way of her earning another nomination. Kerry Washington is going to be invited to the party. Riley Keough is an up-and-coming actress, the star of a Starz miniseries, and is the granddaughter of Elvis. She’s the exact type of actress that no one is including in the conversation until the Globes awards her with a surprise nomination. The rest of the nominees get a little tricky. War & Peace was a miniseries that came and went earlier in the year without much attention but it is a sweeping literary epic produced not only by BBC but Weinstein as well. On top of that Lily James was in Downton Abbey for multiple seasons so she is on the radar of many HFPA voters. The Weinstein company has awards campaigning down to a science and Jessica Lange is an easy sell with 5 Golden Globes and 15 nominations (including 7 in this category alone).

Shirley MacLaine, the other star of Wild Oats, is the second most nominated actress at the Golden Globes (behind Meryl Streep) and her name might be enough for voters to invite her to the party. American Crime can’t be dismissed (and Lili Taylor gives my favorite performance of the year) but I’m not convinced the show is on the radar of most voters especially for two leading performances. Depending on the mood of the voters they could welcome back Lauren Graham from the Gilmore Girls revival. Voters are also suckers for musicals and they could nominate someone like Julianne Hough or Laverne Cox but if they do go in that direction it will likely be for someone more prestigious like Audra McDonald.

Golden Globes
(Photo: FX)

Supporting Actor

  1. Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
  2. John Lithgow, The Crown
  3. John Travolta, The People v. O.J. Simpson
  4. Louie Anderson, Baskets
  5. Ed Harris, Westworld

Hugh Laurie was so well-liked by HFPA voters throughout the days of House that he seems like an easy sell to voters for a miniseries like The Night Manager and the same goes for an actor like John Lithgow in The Crown who has already won a supporting Golden Globe for his work on Dexter. All of the attention for the supporting cast of The People v. O.J. Simpson is rightfully on Sterling K. Brown who is having a stellar 2016 but voters might surprise everyone by gravitating towards a campier performance from a movie and tabloid star like John Travolta. I’ve gone back and forth between predicting both Ed Harris and Jeffrey Wright or replacing one of them with Louie Anderson. Baskets might be too small of a show for voters to recognize but they have increasingly used the Emmy races as a starting off point.

These predictions feel pointless could they could all easily be wrong and replaced with the likes of Kit Harington, Sterling K. Brown, or even Chris Cooper. Voters might just rely on last year’s nominees and bring back Christian Slater, Ben Mendelsohn, Tobias Menzies, Jon Voight, or even Alan Cumming.

Supporting Actress 

  1. Olivia Colman, The Night Manager
  2. Judith Light, Transparent
  3. Maura Tierney, The Affair
  4. Dame Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
  5. Grace Gummer, Mr. Robot

I’ve already made the argument for my first four predictions in a previous awards tracker and like the contenders in the supporting actor race they could be easily replaced by a long list of other contenders including Emily Watson, Miley Cyrus, Constance Zimmer, Millie Bobby Brown, Regina King, Kathy Bates, or Lady Gaga. The only prediction I haven’t touched on yet is Grace Gummer who joined the cast of Mr. Robot this year and might appeal to HFPA voters once they realize she is the daughter of their favorite actor of all-time (and this year’s Cecil B. DeMille recipient).

AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR

One fairly surprising omission is, of course, HBO’s Westworld. Insecure should have been on this list as well. The AFI did recognize new shows Stranger Things and This Is Us.

Gone from the list are Homeland and Mr. Robot, two significant Emmy contenders. Will these absences prove troublesome for the 2017 Emmy cycle? We’ll know more with the Golden Globe and SAG awards. I would have expected Westworld to make this list though. 

The Americans
Atlanta
Better Call Saul
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Night Of
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Stranger Things
This is Us
Veep

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