Hey, Golden Globes voters: Did you know that you’ve never given “The Americans” a single trophy? Not for Matthew Rhys. Not for Keri Russell. Not for Best Drama Series. FX’s critically acclaimed spy thriller signed off earlier this year, so it’s now or never to finally reward the series with a trophy (or two). That’s exactly what happened at this year’s Emmy Awards, when voters gave it farewell prizes in Best Drama Actor (Rhys) and Best Drama Writing (Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg).
While it’s true the Hollywood Foreign Press Association traditionally favors new shows and stars, they have been known to go back and reward older fare they may have missed over the years. One of TV’s most cherished shows of all time, “Breaking Bad,” is a prime example of this. It didn’t win a single Golden Globe until its final year of eligibility, when it took home Best Drama Series and Best Drama Actor (Bryan Cranston) at the 2014 ceremony.
The truth of the matter is that Golden Globes voters have never been head-over-heels in love with “The Americans.” In fact, the show has only nabbed two prior nominations, both in 2017, where Rhys lost Best Drama Actor to Billy Bob Thornton (“Goliath”) and Russell lost Best Drama Actress to Claire Foy (“The Crown”). While that marked Rhys’ first career Globe bid to date, Russell was a former HFPA favorite, winning this same category at age 22 for “Felicity” in 1999.
According to Gold Derby’s exclusive predictions, “The Americans” is set to receive its first-ever nomination this year in the Best Drama Series category. It’s predicted to compete against last year’s winner “The Handmaid’s Tale” and hot new shows “Killing Eve,” “Homecoming” and “Pose.”
Rhys currently leads our odds for who will win Best Drama Actor, where his competition should include the likes of Kevin Costner (“Yellowstone”), Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”), Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) and John Krasinski (“Jack Ryan”).
As for Russell, she’s predicted to receive a farewell nomination for Best Drama Actress, though Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) leads our predictions to win. The other contenders will likely be Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”).
Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s Golden Globe contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Golden Globe predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on Dec. 6.