One of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s favorite networks is Amazon. The streaming service has nabbed three Golden Globe Awards for Best Comedy/Musical Series in the past four years, but will its dominance stretch to the drama side? Amazon has its first bid in Best Drama Series this year with “Homecoming.”
Based on the podcast of the same name, the psychological thriller fits the profile of a typical Globes series winner: hot new show from someone they’ve honored before (“Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail) and starring A-list talent (Julia Roberts). Roberts and her co-star Stephan James are also nominated for their lead performances, making “Homecoming” one of two Best Drama Series nominees, the other being “The Americans,” to have two acting nominations. It’s also the youngest of the first-year nominees — “Killing Eve,” “Pose” and Bodyguard” — having premiered most recently, in early November, so recency bias could help it.
Amazon is actually all over the TV genres. It’s back in the Best Comedy/Musical Series race with defending champ “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and has a Best Limited Series/TV Movie bid for “A Very English Scandal.” It’s very unlikely for Amazon to win all three series prizes, since the HFPA likes to spread the wealth.
“Maisel” is also trying to defy the odds and become the first show in eight years to go back to back, while “A Very English Scandal” is up against “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” which leads the TV field with four nominations,” and heavy hitters like “Sharp Objects” and “Escape at Dannemora,” which, like “Homecoming,” is the newest of the nominees. Put it another way: The HFPA has options and “reasons” to go elsewhere in those categories, and it can honor Amazon in Best Drama Series.
“Killing Eve” currently leads our combined Best Drama Series odds, followed by “Homecoming,” “The Americans,” “Pose” and “Bodyguard.”
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