“There is only one lead and it’s Rick!” That’s how a whopping 60% of our readers responded when asked if “The Walking Dead’s” Jeffrey Dean Morgan should submit as supporting or lead at the Golden Globes. Morgan’s character Negan was first introduced in 2016, but he has so dominated the show in recent weeks that we wondered if AMC might strategically try and place Morgan in the lead race at the Globes. But our readers took a bat to that theory. In their mind, Andrew Lincoln‘s Rick is the one and true lead of “The Walking Dead.”
Morgan earned a Critics’ Choice TV Award nomination as Best Drama Guest Actor earlier this week, but the Globes do not have such a category, so an argument could be made that he should go either supporting or lead. And at next year’s Emmy Awards, Morgan will no doubt appear in too many episodes to submit for the Guest Actor race (thanks to their 50% rule), so whatever is decided for the Globes will likely be echoed at the Emmys.
If Morgan enters the supporting race at the Golden Globes, which announce their nominations December 12, he could very well wind up being nominated for his villainous turn. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association loves anointing the buzziest TV shows and roles, and no one has been buzzier than Negan in recent months. Don’t forget, “The Walking Dead” was nominated for Best Drama Series at the Globes for its breakout first season, so they clearly aren’t afraid of the show.
Make your early Golden Globes TV Awards picks now and tell industry insiders which shows and performers you have out front to win on January 8. You can keep changing them until just before nominations are announced on December 12 at 5 am PT/8 am ET. But it is important to register your initial predictions now both to lock in those all-important starter odds and let Hollywood know who has the inside track for these kudos. Be sure to make your predictions right here. You’ll compete for a place of honor on our leaderboard and a starring role in next year’s Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year’s nominees). Read our contest rules.