‘AHS: Freak Show,’ ‘Normal Heart,’ ‘Orange is the New Black’ will earn 4 Golden Globe nominations each

Based on the combined Golden Globe predictions of our Experts, Editors, Top 24 Users (highest scorers predicting last year’s nominations), and All Users, three TV programs will tie as the most nominated of 2014: “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” “The Normal Heart,” and “Orange is the New Black.” (Click here for our complete predictions by category.)

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The latest installment of FX’s “American Horror Story” anthology will pick up four nominations: Best TV Movie/Limited Series, Best Movie/Limited Series Actress (Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson), and Best TV Supporting Actress (Kathy Bates). To date, the series has only won one Golden Globe: Best TV Supporting Actress for Lange in 2011.

“Freak Show” will compete against “The Normal Heart” in the race for Best Movie/Limited Series. The HBO film will also earn four total bids, including Best Movie/Limited Series Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Best TV Supporting Actor (Matt Bomer), and Best TV Supporting Actress (Julia Roberts). Our predictors give the film best odds to win both supporting prizes.

Joining those programs at the top of the nominations list will be Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.” The prison dramedy earned just one nomination last year – for lead actress Taylor Schilling – when it competed as a drama series, but “Orange” subsequently changed course, entering as a comedy at the Emmys and making the same switch now at the Globes. It’s likely to pay off with a repeat nomination for Schilling, in addition to a bid for Best Musical/Comedy Series, and two for Best TV Supporting Actress (Uzo Aduba and Kate Mulgrew).

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Expected to follow close behind with three bids apiece are Showtime’s freshman series “The Affair,” FX anthology series “Fargo,” Netflix political drama “House of Cards,” and HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge.”

The Affair” will pick up bids for Best Drama Series and for its lead actors Dominic West and Ruth Wilson. “House of Cards” will compete in the same categories, with Kevin Spacey and defending Drama Actress champ Robin Wright picking up repeat acting bids. “House of Cards” is expected to win two of those categories: Drama Series and Drama Actor for Spacey.

Fargo” will be nominated for Best Movie/Limited Series and twice for Movie/Limited Series Actor (Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman). “Olive Kitteridge” will also compete for Movie/Limited Series, in addition to acting nods for its leading lady Frances McDormand and supporting actor Bill Murray; McDormand is the frontrunner to win her race.

Likely to receive two nominations each are “The Big Bang Theory,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife,” “Masters of Sex,” “Sherlock: His Last Vow,” “True Detective,” and “Veep.”

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