It is an exciting time for fans of televisions awards. In the last few weeks, the Critics’ Choice Awards held their annual ceremony, the American Film Institute named their Top 10 programs of the year and both the Screen Actors Guild and the Writers Guild of America announced their nominations. I had much to discuss with fellow Gold Derby contributors Amanda Spears and Tony Ruiz when we gathered for a video slugfest (watch above).
“One thing that we’ve seen across all these awards and nominations so far is that there’s been a very strong embrace of four new dramas,” I open, alluding to “The Crown,” “Stranger Things,” “This is Us” and “Westworld.” “It’s nice to see new blood in these categories instead of the same old,” Amanda adds.
Tony remarks on the dominance of Netflix, particularly in the SAG nominations. Not only did their new dramas “The Crown” and “Stranger Things” clean up, but they also scored a pair of nominations on the comedy side for each of “Grace and Frankie,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” In fact, Netflix leads with a total of 17 nominations from nine programs — “Black Mirror,” “Daredevil,” “House of Cards” and “Luke Cage” are the others — across eight of the nine SAG television categories this year. Netflix even occupies four of five slots in both Best Drama Actress and Best Comedy Actress.
Although HBO’s “Westworld” itself was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild, Critics’ Choice and the Golden Globes, its male headliner Anthony Hopkins is yet to be nominated as Best Drama Actor. Looking ahead to the Emmys, Amanda wonders, “Maybe he needs to enter the supporting race.”
Conversely, Amanda suggests that Netflix should “move John Lithgow to lead, since he’s doing so well.” Indeed, Lithgow won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Drama Supporting Actor, is favored to win the mixed-genre Best Supporting Actor category at the Golden Globes and is nominated in the SAG race for Best Drama Actor opposite the leading performances by reigning SAG winner Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”) and incumbent Emmy winner Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”). Amanda is so confident about Lithgow’s Emmys chances that she adds, “I think he could win Best Actor.”
Make your Golden Globe winner predictions now for both film and television and change them until the ceremony on January 8, 2017. Log your SAG Awards predictions too for both television and film and change those as often as you please until the ceremony on January 29, 2017.