You can’t swing a cat without hitting a Ryan Murphy show on TV these days, and that may be the case at the Golden Globes as well. The ubiquitous producer could make history by winning all three of their program awards in the same year: Best Comedy Series (“The Politician”), Best Drama Series (“Pose”) and Best TV Movie/Limited Series (“American Horror Story: 1984”).
Awards voters have long been fond of Murphy’s work; he has six Emmys after all. But Globe voters liked him before the television academy caught on. His outlandish plastic surgeon drama “Nip/Tuck” won Best Drama Series back in 2005 even though the show never made a splash at the Emmys in top categories. Then “Glee” took Best Comedy Series at the Globes twice (2010-2011) despite never taking top honors at the Emmys. Then Murphy took Best TV Movie/Limited Series for both “The People v. O.J. Simpson” (2016) and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” (2018), which the Globes and Emmys agreed on.
This year Murphy is eligible in all three categories at once. According to the combined predictions of almost 1,000 Gold Derby users who have made their forecasts here in our predictions center as of this writing, his best bet is “The Politician,” his star-studded Netflix comedy about high school politics featuring Tony champ Ben Platt as well as Globe winners Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Lange. It ranks among our top five likeliest nominees for Best Comedy Series with 13/2 odds.
He’s got a shot with “Pose” too. It was already nominated for Best Drama Series last year, and we think Billy Porter will follow his recent Emmy win by claiming Best TV Drama Actor on his second try after losing to Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”) at last year’s Globes. But the show itself is an underdog in the top category with 18/1 odds. Don’t count it out, though. Globe voters often follow the buzz, and Porter has a level of cool factor in 2019 that could bolster the entire show.
Perhaps the longest shot for Murphy this year is “American Horror Story.” The anthology series has been nominated in the past for its “Coven” and “Hotel” seasons, and the show has won acting awards for the aforementioned Lange (2012) and Lady Gaga (2016). But like the Emmys, the HFPA prefers Murphy’s crime stories to his horror stories. And the franchise hasn’t been nominated anywhere at the Globes since 2016. So “1984” is a 100/1 underdog in our odds.
Still, that’s a lot of chances to make an impact across Golden Globe categories. And Murphy seems to be in his golden age when it comes to awards recognition. What do you think the chances are of Murphy going three-for-three in the same year?
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