The Golden Globes like to spread the wealth to different shows and networks, and that makes sweeps a somewhat rare occurrence. “The People v. O.J. Simpson” scored five nominations in four categories: Best TV Movie/Limited Series, Best Movie/Limited Series Actress (Sarah Paulson), Best Movie/Limited Series Actor (Courtney B. Vance) and Best TV Supporting Actor (Sterling K. Brown and John Travolta). If it pulls off a clean sweep it would become only the fourth miniseries to win four or more awards, joining “The Thorn Birds” (1983), “Angels in America” (2003) and “John Adams” (2008).
Only one limited series has ever been able to sweep all five categories: Mike Nichols’s “Angels in America” won Best Movie/Limited Series, Best Movie/Limited Series Actress (Meryl Streep), Best Movie/Limited Series Actor (Al Pacino), Best TV Supporting Actress (Mary-Louise Parker) and Best TV Supporting Actor (Jeffrey Wright). And it was also nominated an additional two times for Best TV Supporting Actor (Ben Shenkman and Patrick Wilson).
“Angels” broke the Golden Globe record that had been held for 20 years by “The Thorn Birds,” which prevailed four times out of a remarkable eight nominations: Best Movie/Limited Series, Best Movie/Limited Series Actor (Richard Chamberlain), Best TV Supporting Actress (Barbara Stanwyck) and Best TV Supporting Actor (Richard Kiley).
Finally, “John Adams” won four awards in four nominations in 2008: Best TV Movie/Limited Series; Best Movie/Limited Series Actor (Paul Giamatti) Best Movie/Limited Series Actress (Laura Linney) and Best TV Supporting Actor (Tom Wilkinson).
According to Gold Derby’s odds “The People v. O.J. Simpson” is the heavy favorite to win Best Movie/Limited Series with odds of 1/10. Paulson is also the formidable favorite in the Best Movie/Limited Series Actress race with odds of 1/10. So that’s two.
But then things get a little tricky Vance is currently predicted to win Best Movie/Limited Series Actor with odds of 4/9, but this category is ripe for an upset with Tom Hiddleston (“The Night Manager”) currently in second with odds of 5/1 and Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”) close behind in third with odds of 9/1. Ahmed in particular is one to watch out for since he currently stars in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and the “Star Wars” franchise did help Oscar Isaac (“Show Me a Hero”) pull off an upset win last year.
An even bigger hurdle for “People v. O.J.” to clear before it can make history is the catch-all Best TV Supporting Actor category. Currently in first place there is John Lithgow (“The Crown”) with odds of 4/5 but in this category, anything can and has happened. Brown currently sits in second place with odds of 9/5 and could be helped out by his current show “This Is Us” being nominated for Best Drama Series; it’s possible that the Hollywood Foreign Press could see awarding him as a way of rewarding both performances.
Travolta currently sits in fourth place with odds of 40/1, but he is a past two-time Oscar nominee and a two-time Globe winner on the film side (World Film Favorite Male in 1979, Best Film Comedy/Musical Actor for “Get Shorty” in 1995), and he’s been nominated an additional five times, so it is possible that we could be underestimating how much the Hollywood Foreign Press admires him.
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