Before making your predictions as to which TV stars and shows will be nominated for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards on Dec. 15, be sure to read our overviews and handicapping of all 11 races. And check out the charts that show the odds and rankings for each potential nominee. Then head over to our prediction center to log your forecasts for the eventual nominees. (Signing up for a free account takes just a minute.)
Golden Globe voters love to be the first to reward new television shows and performers. Look back at choices like “Desperate Housewives,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Party of Five,” “The Shield,” and even recent winners like “Boardwalk Empire” and “Glee” to see the pattern. What rookies will be honored at the next Globe ceremony in January?
For dramas, keep an eye on “Game of Thrones” and its stars Sean Bean and Peter Dinklage (an Emmy winner), “American Horror Story” with Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, and Jessica Lange, “Homeland” with Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, and Mandy Patinkin, plus “Terra Nova” with Jason O’Mara and Stephen Lang.
But don’t underestimate continued good fortune by “Boardwalk Empire” with Steve Buscemi and Kelly Macdonald, “The Good Wife” with Julianna Margulies, and possibly “The Walking Dead” with Andrew Lincoln. Remember: three-time champ “Mad Men” is not eligible this year.
On the comedy side, it would be smart to bet on “New Girl” with Zooey Deschanel. Other freshman shows in the running include “Enlightened” with Laura Dern and Luke Wilson, “Episodes” with Matt LeBlanc, “Up All Night” with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett, “2 Broke Girls” with Kat Dennings, and “Wilfred” with Elijah Wood.
Returning contenders include reigning two-time champ “Glee” with winners Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch, two-time Emmy winner “Modern Family,” “30 Rock” with Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey, “The Big Bang Theory” with Emmy and Globe winner Jim Parsons, “The Big C” with Laura Linney and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” with Larry David.
Among the contenders from TV movies and miniseries, expect to see bids by Kate Winslet and many of her “Mildred Pierce” co-stars. Emmy winner “Downton Abbey” and rival nominees “Cinema Verite,” “The Kennedys,” and “Too Big to Fail” could all make strong showings.
Newer telefilms hoping to make an awards debut are “Moby Dick” with Ethan Hawke and William Hurt, “Page Eight” with Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz, “The Song of Lunch” with Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson, and “The Space Between” with Melissa Leo.