On Monday, Jeffrey Dean Morgan earned a Critics’ Choice TV Award nomination as Best Drama Guest Actor for his portrayal of villainous Negan on AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” It’s the first major awards citation for one of the most talked about characters on television. Looking ahead to the Golden Globes (which announce their noms on December 12), we want to know whether you think Morgan should submit in the supporting race or as a lead actor? Vote in our “The Walking Dead” poll below.
If AMC hopes to parlay this CCTA nomination into an awards run for Morgan, they will have to choose his future category placements carefully. Negan is a major player in Season 7 of “The Walking Dead,” his visage becoming the main element of advertising leading up to the season premiere. Morgan will likely appear in far too many episodes this season to remain in the Guest Actor race at the Emmys (thanks to their 50% rule), and the Golden Globes do not honor such a category.
So should Morgan submit himself as a supporting actor or a lead actor at the Globes? Unlike the Emmy Awards, where the show has never competed in top categories (though it did win for Best Prosthetic Makeup in 2011 and 2012), the Globes nominated “The Walking Dead” for Best Drama Series in 2011. With the show back in the spotlight, this awards ceremony is a great opportunity for Morgan to land a nomination.
The current assumption is that Jeffrey Dean Morgan will try for Best TV Supporting Actor. After all, the series has always been Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) story. While plenty of characters receive special focus in one-off bottle episodes, it would be difficult to argue that Rick isn’t the central figure. Plus, the impressive amount of screen time given to Negan could help him prevail in a supporting category against performers with fewer scenes. He delivers many over-the-top monologues, which have helped plenty of performers take home trophies in the past.
However, those big monologues could also help make the case to move to Best TV Drama Actor. Negan has been given more dialogue than any other cast member so far this season. Whenever he appears on screen, his presence dominates the proceedings. In this sense, AMC could surely argue that he has become a co-lead to Andrew Lincoln. The advertisers certainly bought the argument for lead when Morgan was the only cast member featured on billboards and subway posters before the premiere. Since the eye-popping season premiere, Negan has remained the most-discussed element of the show.
Make your early Golden Globes TV Awards picks now and tell industry insiders which shows and performers you have out front to win on January 8. You can keep changing them until just before nominations are announced on December 12 at 5 am PT/8 am ET. But it is important to register your initial predictions now both to lock in those all-important starter odds and let Hollywood know who has the inside track for these kudos. Be sure to make your predictions right here. You’ll compete for a place of honor on our leaderboard and a starring role in next year’s Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year’s nominees). Read our contest rules.