The Golden Globes have loved the projects by Ryan Murphy even before he reached major mainstream success with “Glee.” The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) that votes on the Globes named “Nip/Tuck” Best Drama Series in 2005. Murphy’s shows have collected all kinds of Globes in years since, and now the HFPA has the opportunity to reward the multi-hyphenate again with his new Netflix dramedy, “The Politician.” Will Murphy be adding another trophy to his shelf with his latest star-studded series?
“The Politician” centers on an ambitious rich kid named Payton Hobart running for Student Body President at his Santa Barbara prep school. Tony winner Ben Platt plays the power-hungry Payton, who surrounds himself with a team he’s looking to help make him President of the United States someday. He is supported by a pair of Oscar winners: Gwyneth Paltrow as his earthy mother Georgina and Murphy favorite Jessica Lange plays the grandmother and caretaker to Payton’s VP pick. The series features Murphy’s signature blend of dark satire and stunning production design, with a cast that indulges in the campy material from which they’re working.
Critics are somewhat mixed on “The Politician,” but that certainly hasn’t stopped awards bodies like the Golden Globes from embracing Murphy’s shows in the past. After all, “American Horror Story” didn’t exactly have universal praise when it first premiered but continues to earn award nominations every year. “The Politician” is expected to compete in the comedy/musical categories at the Golden Globes and looking at past history with Murphy shows with the HFPA, it would be foolish to dismiss it. In addition to that “Nip/Tuck” win in 2005, we’ve seen series wins for “Glee” (2010, 2011) and both seasons of “American Crime Story” that have aired so far: “The People v. O.J. Simpson” (2017) and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” (2019). Past series nominations include “American Horror Story,” “The Normal Heart,” “Feud: Bette and Joan” and “Pose.”
Numerous actors have won for Murphy productions: Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch for “Glee,” Lange for “American Horror Story,” Matt Bomer for “The Normal Heart,” Sarah Paulson for “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and Darren Criss for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” Even “Scream Queens,” which had very mixed reviews, was able to be represented at the Golden Globes with a bid for Jamie Lee Curtis.
Suffice to say, Gold Derby odds have “The Politician” making it into Best Comedy Series. Platt is probably good for a nomination in Best Comedy Actor, while Paltrow is contending for Best Comedy Actress. Don’t count out Lange either, who could easily sneak into the catch-all Supporting Actress category.
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