When the 2017 Golden Globe Awards are handed out this Sunday on NBC, I predict a major upset victory for “Outlander” star Caitriona Balfe as Best TV Drama Actress. What other shockeroos and jaw-droppers might be in store for us? Watch our new editors’ slugfest above, where Tom O’Neil, Chris Beachum, Daniel Montgomery and I dish all of our latest Golden Globes TV predictions. (Also watch our film predictions video.)
While most prognosticators think TV veteran John Lithgow will win for “The Crown,” Chris warns to watch out for Sterling K. Brown (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”), who might gain extra votes because he also stars in nominated drama “This Is Us.” Speaking of “The Crown,” we predict this show (which we liken to “Downton Abbey” meets “House of Cards”) will have a big night for Netflix with potential wins for Best Drama Series, Best Actress for Claire Foy and Best TV Supporting Actor for Lithgow.
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has never won Best Drama Series at the Globes, so is this the year? Daniel reminds us that this is Lena Headey‘s first-ever Globe nomination, so perhaps that’s an indication the voters like the show more than they have since Season 1, when Peter Dinklage won Best TV Supporting Actor. But there’s also “Westworld” and “Stranger Things” to watch out for … what a race!
We predict that FX will be the big winner on the TV side, with “The People v. O.J. Simpson” likely to clean up for Best Limited Series and Best Actress (Sarah Paulson). However, we warn to watch out for film star Tom Hiddleston (“The Night Manager”) in the Best Actor race, who’s looking to get awards revenge on Emmy winner Courtney B. Vance. And then there’s Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”), who just happens to be starring in the #1 movie in the country, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
Also in the running for FX is “Atlanta” as Best Comedy Series and Donald Glover as Best Comedy Actor. But will FX really win everything it’s nominated for, or might Globes voters want to throw a bone to ABC in the comedy races for “Black-ish” and/or stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross? Whatever the case, we’re not banking on “Veep” or Julia Louis-Dreyfus to follow up their Emmy wins with Globe victories because, as I suggest, the Golden Globes might hate her.
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