If there’s one thing you can usually count on at the Golden Globes, it’s that there are going to be plenty of upsets, especially in TV categories where the Hollywood Foreign Press Association often throws us curve balls with new shows and left-field choices. Below were the biggest surprises that the HFPA dished out this year in the television races. The full list of winners can be found here.
“The Americans” was never able to pull off an Emmy win for Best Drama Series, but that didn’t stop the FX spy thriller from taking the Golden Globe for its final season. Heading into the telecast it was in third place in our combined odds at 4/1. “Killing Eve” was expected to prevail (17/5), followed by “Homecoming” (19/5). The upset victory for “The Americans” was all the more remarkable since this was the show’s very first nomination for Best Drama after six seasons, and its only win in any category.
Similarly, “The Kominsky Method” was ranked third with 39/10 odds to win Best Comedy Series. The Netflix show defied those odds to take home top honors to go along with its expected win for Best TV Comedy Actor for Michael Douglas. Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was predicted to repeat (69/20), followed by HBO’s “Barry” (39/10). This was actually the first victory for Netflix in the race for Best Comedy.
Speaking of Netflix, Richard Madden took home an unexpected Globe for Best TV Drama Actor for his work in “Bodyguard,” which aired on the BBC before coming stateside on the streaming service. Madden was ranked second in our combined odds at 39/10. Most thought Matthew Rhys would repeat his Emmy win for “The Americans” (71/20); it was ironic that he didn’t since “The Americans” ended up winning the top prize.
In the longform categories, Patricia Arquette pulled off an upset for Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress for her role in the Showtime docudrama “Escape at Dannemora.” The majority of derbyites thought Amy Adams would take home the gold for her role in “Sharp Objects” (16/5 odds), but it was the second-ranked Arquette who took home the trophy despite odds of 39/10. It was Arquette’s second win following a victory for her supporting role in the film “Boyhood” (2014).
Finally, Ben Whishaw may have surprised a few viewers when he won for Best TV Supporting Actor for “A Very English Scandal.” He was ranked a very close second heading into the telecast with odds of 18/5. The favorite was Henry Winkler, who led with 7/2 odds of following-up his Emmy win for his work on “Barry.”
Were you surprised too, or did you see those winners coming?