2018 Golden Globes TV nominations: Editors panic over ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ & more [WATCH]

“I’ve got ‘Handmaid’s Tale.’ It feels a little bit like default at this point until we see what the nominees are,” says Daniel Montgomery in a recent video slugfest with Marcus James Dixon, Amanda Spears, and Zach Laws, who are agonizing over our last-minute Golden Globe TV predictions before the nominations are announced on Monday, December 11. But they’re all in a holding pattern to some degree since the nominations can completely change which way the wind is blowing. “I feel like we’ll see some configuration of nominations — a show gets four that we weren’t expecting, or a show under-performs that we weren’t expecting — and that will clarify things.” Watch their slugfest above.

“We know that the Golden Globes love to reward the hot new show, and they also like to be the first one to reward it,” Laws explains, so while he’s also predicting “The Handmaid’s Tale” will win Best TV Drama Series, “it also just won eight Emmys, so is that going to hurt it? … Looking at the other new first-season shows that are in contention like ‘Mindhunter,’ ‘The Deuce,’ ‘American Gods,’ it’s very hard to pick one of those as the Golden Globe winner over ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.'”

But what if the biggest threat to “Handmaid’s” isn’t another new show but a long-running show that is surprisingly still waiting for its first victory in the top category? “Game of Thrones” is overdue after years of sweeping the Emmys, and at this year’s Globes it has shifted its actors Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke into the lead categories for the first time. “I think that was a very shrewd decision because at some point you’re going to have to award ‘Game of Thrones,'” Spears points out about how behind-the-curve Globe voters are when it comes to “Thrones.” “Now it’s nominated for a Grammy, and if the Grammys award it and not the Golden Globes,” then the Globes may have egg on their faces. And nominations (or even wins) for its newly leading stars gives the Globes the chance to make headlines even though “Thrones” seems to have won every other award under the sun.

“I love the decision,” Dixon agrees about Clarke and Harington’s big move. “You don’t want all of your cast members to split the vote … I hope they both get in, and if they get in they could actually win.” What do you think about a potential Globes battle between “Handmaid’s” and “Thrones”?

Be sure to make your Golden Globe predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on December 11. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 Golden Globes taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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