Every year the Golden Globes shock and surprise us with their announcements of the TV winners, and 2018 was no different. What did YOU think of this year’s crop of winners (and losers) from the 2018 Golden Globes, hosted by Seth Meyers? And how did the ultimate champs line up with Gold Derby’s exclusive predictions? Read our TV winners blog below and be sure to keep refreshing/reloading as we’ll be updating live.
Up first was the category of Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress, presented by a pair of worldwide superstars: Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson. The nominees in this category were Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”), Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”), Jessica Lange (“Feud: Bette and Joan”), Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies”) and Susan Sarandon (“Feud: Bette and Joan”). Kidman prevailed and thanked all of her female co-stars in her acceptance speech, championing the power of women, which was the major theme of the evening.
Presenters Jennifer Aniston and Carol Burnett handed out the next pair of television Golden Globes for Best Comedy Actress and Best Drama Actress. The comedic contenders were Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Frankie Shaw (“SMILF”), Alison Brie (“GLOW”), Issa Rae (“Insecure”) and Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”). Brosnahan took the stage as the winner on her very first nomination, expressing her gratitude for her “fearless creators” Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino.
And the dramatic nominees were Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”), Katherine Langford (“13 Reasons Why”), Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Deuce”) and Claire Foy (“The Crown”). Following her decisive Emmy victory just a few months ago, Moss was named the winner tonight — her second career Globe following her lead acting victory for “Top of the Lake.”
Next up was the category of Best Drama Actor, presented by Garrett Hedlund and Kerry Washington. The five contenders were Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), Freddie Highmore (“The Good Doctor”), Jason Bateman (“Ozark”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) and Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”). On this his second career Globe nomination, Brown prevailed and appeared breathlessly gobsmacked by seeing Oprah Winfrey sitting in front of him.
One of the biggest TV prizes of the night was handed out next: Best Drama Series. The Globes chose a pair of classic comedy stars — Roseanne Barr and John Goodman — to present the prize to either “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Crown,” “Stranger Things,” “This Is Us” and “Game of Thrones.” After dominating the Emmys in 2017, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” scored a major victory tonight. Showrunner Bruce Miller thanked everyone out there who’s trying to stop “The Handmaid’s Tale” from “becoming real.”
Best Supporting Actor — a catch-all category that combines performances from dramas, comedies, telefilms and limited series — was presented by Neil Patrick Harris and Christina Hendricks. The nominees were Alexander Skarsgard (“Big Little Lies”), David Harbour (“Stranger Things”), David Thewlis (“Fargo”), Alfred Molina (“Feud: Bette and Joan”) and Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”). On his first-ever nomination, Skarsgard took the prize and thanked his eight-year-old friend who was perplexed when Skarsgard forgot to thank him at the Emmys.
As for Best Supporting Actress, J.K. Simmons and Sharon Stone named the winner from one of these five nominees: Laura Dern (“Big Little Lies”), Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”), Shailene Woodley (“Big Little Lies”) and Michelle Pfeiffer (“The Wizard of Lies”). And the Golden Globe went to Dern, her fourth career victory overall, proving that when the Globes like you they really, really like you. She called her fellow “Big Little Lies” co-stars “my new family” and that she was “so forever grateful.”
The cast of FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” (Darren Criss, Penelope Cruz, Ricky Martin and Edgar Ramirez) came out to present the award for Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actor. The nominees were Robert De Niro (“The Wizard of Lies”), Kyle MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks”), Ewan McGregor (“Fargo”), Jude Law (“The Young Pope”) and Geoffrey Rush (“Genius”). McGregor prevailed for his double roles as troubled twins, giving “Fargo” its second Golden Globe following Billy Bob Thornton for the first season.
“Game of Thrones” stars Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington came out next to reward the trophy for Best Comedy Series. Of the five nominees — “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Master of None,” “Will and Grace,” “SMILF” and “Black-ish” — the big winner was Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, who was infamously snubbed for “Gilmore Girls,” thanked the Globes for inviting them “to the dance.” The show now becomes the third Amazon comedy in only four years to win Best Comedy Series.
Clarke and Harington also presented the trophy for Best Comedy Actor, with the five nominees being Eric McCormack (“Will and Grace”), Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”), Kevin Bacon (“I Love Dick”), Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) and William H. Macy (“Shameless”). Ansari prevailed and joked at the podium, “I genuinely didn’t think I would win because all the websites said I was gonna lose.” Hey, Aziz, we’re sorry for ever doubting you!
For the final television category of the night, Robert Pattinson and Emma Watson came out and announced these five nominees for Best Limited Series/TV Movie: “Big Little Lies,” “Feud: Bette and Joan,” “The Sinner,” “Fargo” and ” Top of the Lake: China Girl.” Surprising nobody, HBO’s “Big Little Lies” proved victorious. This brought the show’s tally to four wins, more than any other television program this year and the most since “John Adams” at the 2009 ceremony.