Since its debut in 1998, NBC’s “Will & Grace” has amassed 16 Emmy wins and seven SAG trophies, but zero Golden Globes. That’s right, it lost a whopping 27 Globes throughout its initial run, including Best Comedy Series six times and multiple acting bids for the core four: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally. In fact, the so-called “Will & Grace” curse became such a running gag that the cast even began toasting to their losses in the Beverly Hilton ballroom. But all of that could change this year if the show wins Best Comedy Series or if McCormack, the sole acting nominee, prevails as Best Comedy Actor. No pressure, Eric!
Since all of McCormack’s cast members were snubbed when the nominations were announced, that leaves Globes voters with only one performer to rally behind. The fact that McCormack (along with Messing) hosted the Globes’ 75th anniversary special last month could also give him a leg up in the Best Comedy Actor category, where his fellow nominees are Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”), Kevin Bacon (“I Love Dick”), Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) and William H. Macy (“Shameless”).
What do Gold Derby’s editors think about McCormack’s chances of winning the Globe? In our latest TV predictions video, Tom O’Neil says of the “Will & Grace” curse, “It’s an ongoing running gag. It’s top of mind with voters and I could see them going, ‘All right, this is where we go here.'” He adds, “It would be a win for NBC because NBC broadcasts the Globes.”
“They like to play catch-up,” Joyce Eng reminds us. “Sometimes they feel obligated just to give it to you. They didn’t like ‘Breaking Bad,’ but they knew they had to reward that show.”
While I make a last-minute switch in my predictions to McCormack, Paul Sheehan warns, “Given that nobody else [was nominated], then how much affection really is there for the return of ‘Will & Grace'”?
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