[WATCH] ‘Outlander’: Will Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies be embraced by Golden Globes?

Gold Derby senior editor Marcus James Dixon and I recently joined contributing writer Amanda Spears to dish via webcam about whether the acclaimed Starz fantasy/romance series “Outlander” will return to the Golden Globes this year. Last year the Golden Globes nominated “Outlander” for Best Drama Series (it lost to “Mr. Robot”), Caitriona Balfe for Best TV Drama Actress (she was bested by Taraji P. Henson for “Empire”) and Tobias Menzies for Best TV Supporting Actor (Christian Slater prevailed for “Mr. Robot”). Watch our video slugfest above.

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In the weeks leading up to those nominations, Gold Derby was one of the only outlets to tout “Outlander” as a genuine contender and we predicted that it would be nominated across-the-board. Seeing as we were right last year, we look ahead to next month’s nominations announcement and debate whether “Outlander” might return to the Globes for another shot at its first win.

The first piece of the puzzle in determining whether “Outlander” will be back is to determine whether the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. loves the show enough to nominate it again, despite their well-know bias towards new shows and stars. I suggest, “Unlike the Emmys where we always argue what spots are vacant from the year before, at the Golden Globes they tend to go for people that they really like. If they like someone in a particular role, they’ll nominate them over and over again.”

“If they copy all of last year’s nominees,” Marcus argues, “then they will at least have to replace Jon Hamm, and that’s where someone like Sam Heughan could come in.”

[WATCH] ‘Outlander’ creator and production designer tease season 3 (‘Voyager’) at Creative Arts Emmys

Although we all agree that the Globes don’t play by the usual rules of TV awards like the Emmys, which tend to honor the same shows each year for consistently outstanding work, if there is one rule for the Globes, it is that they favor rookies. “They love shiny new toys and all the new stuff will be at the forefront,” I observe. Marcus and Amanda agree, naming “Stranger Things,” “The Crown” and “Westworld” and stars like Winona Ryder (“Stranger Things”), Claire Foy and John Lithgow (“The Crown”), and Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”) as real contenders that could be standing in the way of a possible “Outlander” return.

Amanda is still hopeful of that “Outlander” will be back, noting that Balfe gave one of the best performances on television last season, especially in the episode “Faith,” in which her character Claire suffers a devastating miscarriage. Of the large supporting cast, featured player Duncan Lacroix could be in the running as we all agree that the actor is deserving of a nod for being a highlight of a strong second season. “We love, love, love Murtagh,” says Amanda, while I concur, “Every time he was on the screen he was captivating.”

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