FX’s drama series “The Americans,” starring Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell as Russian spies, has long been a critical favorite but has had a tough time winning awards. After closing up shop for good in 2018 (*sniff*), the Emmys responded by giving it a warm goodbye hug in the form of trophies for Rhys as Best Drama Actor and Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg as Best Drama Writing. Now it’s the Golden Globes’ turn. Will the Hollywood Foreign Press Association finally reward “The Americans” after having it go empty-handed for five years?
“The Americans” may have an uphill climb at this Sunday’s ceremony since the HFPA is notorious for favoring new shows and stars. It’s by far the oldest program in the running for Best Drama Series, as “Killing Eve,” “Homecoming,” “Pose” and “Bodyguard” are all first-year shows and “The Americans” is nominated for Season 6. However, voters have been known to go back and reward older fare they may have missed over the years. “Breaking Bad,” for example, didn’t win a single Golden Globe until its final season, when it ran off with Best Drama Series and Best Drama Actor for Bryan Cranston.
Since the Golden Globes don’t have a category for television writing (though they do for film writing), the only place for voters to reward showrunners/producers Fields and Weisberg for their Emmy-winning finale script would be in the main category of Best Drama Series. That could help push “The Americans” over the Golden Globes finish line for its final hurrah, as could the fact that the four first-year shows are all in danger of splitting the “new” vote.
In the lead actor race, Rhys comes in first place in our Golden Globes predictions with leading 17/5 odds, ahead of Stephan James (“Homecoming”) at 39/10 odds, Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”) at 4/1 odds, Billy Porter (“Pose”) at 4/1 odds and Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) at 9/2 odds. As for the lead actress category, Russell comes in third place at 4/1 odds, behind frontrunners Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) at 82/25 odds and Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”) at 37/10 odds, and ahead of Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”) at 9/2 odds and Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) at 9/2 odds.
The Golden Globes previously recognized “The Americans” with a pair lead acting 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-ever Golden Globe nomination, Russell is of course a former favorite, winning this same category at age 22 for WB’s college drama “Felicity” (1999).
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