“Stranger Things” is poised to turn the Golden Globes upside down this year and make a big splash in the TV drama categories. Gold Derby has exclusively learned where the performers of the Netflix phenom have been submitted for Hollywood Foreign Press members to consider in the lead and supporting categories.
“Stranger Things” centers around the disappearance of 12-year-old Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) and the eerie and terrifying forces his friends, mother and the small town’s police chief must battle in order to get him back. HFPA voters love to reward first-year shows as Best TV Drama Series. In fact, four of the past six champs in this category — “Boardwalk Empire” (2011), “Homeland” (2012), “The Affair” (2015), and “Mr. Robot” (2016) — were rookie programs.
Gold Derby can now report that Winona Ryder, who plays distraught mother Joyce Byers, and David Harbour, who plays Police Chief Jim Hopper, will compete in the drama lead races. Breakout star Millie Bobby Brown plays Eleven, a young girl with mysterious powers. She will be entered as Best TV Supporting Actress. The other three youngsters on the show — Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), and Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair) — are submitted as Best TV Supporting Actor.
Ryder received her first Golden Globe nomination at the age of 19 for Best Supporting Actress in the film “Mermaids” (1991). Three years later, she would go on to win that same category for “The Age of Innocence.” Harbour is going for his first career Globe nomination, as are his young co-stars.
Though we know young actors aren’t always the taste of award show voters, the Globes have recognized a slew of young actors 16 and under. The list includes Roxana Zal (“Something About Amelia,” 1985), Fred Savage (“The Wonder Years,” 1990 and 1991), Claire Danes (“My So Called Life,” 1995 winner), Frankie Muniz (“Malcolm in the Middle,” 2001 and 2002), and Haley Joel Osment (“The Sixth Sense,” 2000).
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