Golden Globe prediction: ‘Succession’ will become 4th HBO drama series to win after ‘The Sopranos,’ ‘Six Feet Under,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire’

The Sopranos.” “Six Feet Under.” “Boardwalk Empire.” Those are three of HBO’s most iconic TV shows of all time, and all were anointed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in the Best Drama Series category. Now a fourth such program — “Succession” — is hoping to join this esteemed list by claiming victory at the upcoming 2020 Golden Globes. Can it pull it off? According to the predictions of Gold Derby’s staff editors who cover awards year round, the answer is yes.

Joyce Eng, Marcus James Dixon, Zach Laws, Rob Licuria, Daniel Montgomery, Matt Noble and Tom O’Neil all have “Succession” in their #1 positions to claim the Golden Globe for Best Drama Series. Sure, the buzzy series was skunked last year for its first season, but Kieran Culkin still received a surprise nomination in the supporting race, proving voters were watching. For its heralded second season you can expect both male leadsBrian Cox and Jeremy Strong — to earn Globe bids as voters kiss and make up for all of last year’s snubs.

Our editors aren’t unanimous though. Chris Beachum and Susan Wloszczyna think “The Crown” will triumph. The HFPA previously awarded the first season of “The Crown” three years ago, but now its entire cast has been overhauled to reflect the aging of the royal characters. Olivia Colman took over for Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Tobias Menzies has replaced Matt Smith as Prince Philip, and Helena Bonham Carter stepped in for Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret. Will Golden Globes voters embrace the new cast?

Finally, Riley Chow and Paul Sheehan believe “The Morning Show” will make history for Apple TV+. Golden Globes voters are notorious for being the first to reward new shows and stars, and nothing is newer than the recent debut of the media company’s streaming service. Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell are also likely acting nominees for the drama series about a popular AM news program that deals with a sexual harassment scandal.

With last year’s nominees “The Americans,” “Bodyguard” and “Homecoming” being ineligible, that opens three spots for new and returning shows to squeak into the 2020 Golden Globes lineup. Our editors think those slots will go to “Pose” and “Killing Eve,” with three other HBO programs on the bubble: “Game of Thrones,” “Big Little Lies” and “Watchmen.”

Be sure to make your Golden Globe predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions until nominations are announced. And join in the fierce debate over the 2020 Golden Globes taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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