Ricky Gervais has won Golden Globes in the past, so it stands to reason he’d be a contender this year for his new Netflix comedy “Derek.” But this is his first time headlining a new show since he skewered the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. for three years running (2010 – 2012) while hosting the Globes. Will he be forgiven?
Gervais first fired shots at the HFPA during the 2010 ceremony, saying, among other things, “I’d like to quash this ridiculous rumor going around that the only reason ‘The Tourist’ was nominated was so the Hollywood Foreign Press could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. That is rubbish. That is not the only reason. They also accepted bribes.”
Of course, that didn’t stop the HFPA from inviting Gervais back for more in 2011 and 2012, but now that he has a new series in contention, we might find out if the HFPA really is ready to kiss and make up. The Globes usually love cool new shows, and the combination of Gervais and the groundbreaking streaming service Netflix would normally be something they’d rally behind to demonstrate that they’re ahead of the curve.
And there’s plenty of room for new blood in this year’s race. The final handful of “30 Rock” episodes from January aren’t eligible, so Alec Baldwin is out, as are two more of last year’s nominees – Louis C.K. (“Louie“) and Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes“) — as their laffers didn’t air new episodes in 2013.
Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory“) and defending champ Don Cheadle (“House of Lies“) could return, and high-profile TV comebacks for Robin Williams (“The Crazy Ones“) and Michael J. Fox (“Michael J. Fox Show“) make them likely candidates as well. But who gets that last spot?
In the race for Best TV Comedy Actor, Gervais ranks 10th in our racetrack odds, so he needs to catch up soon. Meantime, another Netflix star can be found in our top five: Jason Bateman, who won the category for “Arrested Development” in 2004, the year after Gervais won for the original version of “The Office.” Now the program’s revival is back in contention.
Will Gervais be nominated for “Derek”? And if not, will it be because of continued blowback from his stint as Golden Globes host? Make your predictions below. Change them as often as you like.