‘American Gods’: Why it could be this year’s ‘Outlander’ at the Golden Globes

Will “American Gods” win Best TV Drama Series at the Golden Globes? The supernatural program didn’t make a big impact at the Emmys, where it only received nominations for its main title design and visual effects, but there’s reason to believe it will rebound with the Hollywood Foreign Press. That awards group has been especially generous to the Starz network.

“American Gods” features Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, whose life is turned upside down after his release from prison. He encounters Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), who enlists him in a war between old gods and modern deities like Media (Gillian Anderson) and Technology (Bruce Langley). It was popular with critics and audiences — scoring 77 on MetaCritic and getting a second-season pickup. But just as importantly, Starz has a proven track record at the Globes.

Most recently “Outlander” performed well. In 2016 it earned bids for Best Drama, Best Drama Actress (Caitriona Balfe), and Best TV Supporting Actor (Tobias Menzies). Then in 2017 it received a second straight bid for Balfe.

Before “Outlander” the Golden Globes recognized “Boss,” starring Kelsey Grammer in an against-type role as a corrupt politician. Grammer won Best Drama Actor in 2012 for his antihero performance, and the show was nominated for Best Drama Series.

Starz has done even better in longform categories, earning four nominations for Best Movie/Miniseries: “The Pillars of the Earth” (2011), “The White Queen” (2014), “The Missing” (2015), and “Flesh and Bone” (2016). And who just so happened to earn a Golden Globe nomination for acting in “Pillars”? None other than McShane, who had previously won Best Drama Actor in 2005 for HBO’s “Deadwood,” so we know the HFPA likes him.

And though “American Gods” is set in the US it has international cachet, which is often appealing to the Hollywood Foreign Press. Its lead actors Whittle and McShane are both Brits, and it’s based on a novel by another famed Englishman: Neil Gaiman, the man behind “Coraline.” Most of the previous Globe contenders from Starz were largely British productions, so that doesn’t hurt.

What do you think? Will “American Gods” be the latest Starz series to earn the seal of approval from the Golden Globes?

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