Is Netflix’s regal drama “The Crown” about to be coronated into Golden Globes history? The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is notorious for spreading the wealth, with only seven shows being honored with two or more Best Drama Series trophies in the ceremony’s 75-year history. The last time a drama series won back-to-back prizes was Showtime’s “Homeland” in 2011 and 2012. Might “The Crown” be next to join this esteemed list?
According to exclusive Gold Derby predictions, “The Crown” has 25/1 odds to win Best Drama Series, behind frontrunner “The Handmaid’s Tale” (2/13 odds) and second-place contender “Stranger Things” (22/1 odds). Rounding out the list of nominees are “This Is Us” (40/1 odds) and “Game of Thrones” (50/1 odds). “The Crown” leading lady Claire Foy also prevailed last year, but this time around she faces tough competition from Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) in the race for Best Drama Actress.
In this era of peak TV, will Golden Globes voters choose to name “The Crown” as their favorite drama series two years in a row? It’s possible. “Homeland” pulled off the feat just five years ago, when the anti-terrorism thriller came away with consecutive trophies for Best Drama Series and Claire Danes as Best Drama Actress. Meanwhile, Best Drama Actor contender Damian Lewis also scored a victory after losing his first time around to Kelsey Grammer (“Boss”).
The difference between “Homeland’s” second season and “The Crown’s” second season is that “Homeland” actually picked up a nomination (rising from three to four) while “The Crown” lost one (dropping from three to two). That’s partly because last year’s nominee John Lithgow didn’t have a big enough role in Season 2 to warrant a nomination. But if Globes voters really love “The Crown” enough to honor it again, wouldn’t they have nominated some of the other cast members, like Matt Smith or Vanessa Kirby?
Besides “Homeland,” the other shows to win a pair of Golden Globes for Best Drama Series are “Northern Exposure” (1991-92), “L.A. Law” (1986-87), “Murder, She Wrote” (1984-85) and “Hill Street Blues” (1981-82). And two dramas stand alone as being anointed three times: “Mad Men” (2007-09) and “The X-Files” (1994, 1996-97).
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