The Golden Globe Awards has been in a love affair with Amazon the past four years, handing out wins and nominations to its series and stars — all but one of which have been on the comedy/musical side. Amazon has yet to field Best Drama Series Golden Globe nominee, but that could finally change this year with the streaming service’s new half-hour psychological thriller “Homecoming.”
Based on the Gimlet Media podcast of the same name, “Homecoming” is directed by Sam Esmail (“Mr.Robot”) and written by Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz. The series follows Heidi Bergman (Julia Roberts), a counselor at Homecoming, a facility that helps soldiers adjust back to civilian life, who interviews the soldiers upon return from combat. While she is committed to the cause, her impatient and controlling boss, Colin Belfast (Bobby Cannavale), is more interested in what these soldiers are holding onto. Years later, Heidi’s moved on and started an entirely new life, now waitressing at a seafood restaurant. When a Department of Defense employee (Shea Whigham) questions her about her decision to leave Homecoming, Heidi realizes that there’s more to the story than she’s been telling herself. The main question is: why did she leave?
While Amazon has never been nominated in the Best Drama Series category, it has snatched quite a few nominations and wins in several other TV categories over the last few years:
Wins: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Best Comedy Series), Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Best Comedy Actress)
Nominations: Kevin Bacon (“I Love Dick,” Best Comedy Actor)
Wins: Billy Bob Thornton (“Goliath,” Best Drama Actor)
Nominations: “Mozart in the Jungle” (Best Comedy Series), “Transparent” (Best Comedy Series), Gael García Bernal (“Mozart in the Jungle,” Best Comedy Actor), Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent,” Best Comedy Actor)
Wins: “Mozart in the Jungle” (Best Comedy Series), Bernal (“Mozart in the Jungle,” Best Comedy Actor)
Nominations: “Transparent” (Best Comedy Series), Judith Light (“Transparent,” Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series or TV Movie), Tambor (“Transparent,” Best Comedy Actor)
Wins: “Transparent” (Best Comedy Series), Tambor (“Transparent,” Best Comedy Actor)
“Homecoming” has a very good chance of joining this list very soon. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association loves to award anything shiny and new. The last time Best Drama Series went to a show for a later season was in 2014, when the Globes awarded “Breaking Bad” — for the first time — for its final season. On the comedy side, you have to go all the way back to 2012, when they gave the trophy to the third season of “Modern Family.”
The HFPA also likes to be the first industry group to recognize a new show, which could benefit “Homecoming,” as its 10-episode first season will be released in its entirety on Nov. 2 — just in time for Globe voters to see it! The star-studded cast, led by three-time Golden Globe winner and eight-time nominee Roberts, is just another tempting reason for the HFPA to nominate the show and perhaps even have the entire cast onstage to accept the top prize.
According to our early combined odds, “Homecoming” is currently in fourth place with odds of 13/2, just behind “Killing Eve,” “The Handmaid’s Tale“ and “The Americans,” and ahead of “Pose.”
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