Best Television Series - Drama
- Empire, Fox
- Game of Thrones, HBO
- Mr. Robot, USA Network
- Narcos, Netflix
- Outlander, Starz
It's time for Game of Thrones to finally win the Golden Globe award for best television drama series. Though it's never without its controversy, the fifth season of the fantasy show saw some amazing performances and storylines intertwine, resulting in 10 action-packed episodes and a major conclusion which has had the world talking ever since.
With stiff competition from the return of Empire as well as the debuting seasons of Mr. Robot, Narcos and Outlander, it's going to be a tricky choice for judges, but if GoT is to lose out to any of them, it's looking likely to be Mr. Robot because of its huge impact on pop culture.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
- Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
- Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder
- Eva Green, Penny Dreadful
- Taraji P. Henson, Empire
- Robin Wright, House of Cards
How To Get Away With Murder is my favourite show of the last couple of years, and so I'm really rooting for Viola Davis is this category, as she's been a huge part of my love for the series. She missed out on the accolade in 2014 for the show and it would be her first Golden Globe win ever.
Taraji P. Henson would also be a viable candidate, but don't rule out Caitriona Balfe who gave a stellar performance in a show that ended its first season on an incredible high.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
- Jon Hamm, Mad Men
- Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
- Wagner Moura, Narcos
- Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
- Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Rami really has to pick up the win here. The impact Mr. Robot has had is undeniable and that in part is down to this man. This is one of the categories in which things seem a little too straight forward, but if there IS going to be a major shocker, it couldn't go to a better man than Bob Odenkirk.
Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
- Casual, Hulu
- Mozart in the Jungle, Amazon Video
- Orange is the New Black, Netflix
- Silicon Valley, HBO
- Transparent, Amazon Video
- Veep, HBO
The hype and buzz around Transparent has been electric ever since its debut, and now with its return and second season, that shows no signs of changing. The quality of writing here is astounding, it's clever and hilarious but encourages the viewer to go deep within their own souls, relate their own feelings to the stories playing out on screen and really get involved.
However, it's rare for The Golden Globes to reward the same show twice in the same category, so they could give the Globe this time to Mozart in the Jungle for daring to be different.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
- Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex Girlfriend
- Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
- Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
- Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
This has got to be Julia Louis-Dreyfus, cut and dry. Jamie Lee Curtis gave an awesome performance on Scream Queens, and Rachel Bloom is the only woman who could have got the job done on Crazy Ex Girlfriend, but when up next to Julia there's no competition. This category has to be Veep's for the taking.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
- Aziz Ansari, Master of None
- Gael García Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
- Rob Lowe, The Grinder
- Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk
- Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Jeffrey Tambor has to win this again, especially if Transparent loses out in the comedy or musical series category. Never has a man been able to play a transgender woman with such brilliance and elegance, opening up the topic of discussion and bringing normalacy to a subject that was once taboo.
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television
- American Crime, ABC
- American Horror Story: Hotel, FX
- Fargo, FX
- Flesh & Bone, Starz
- Wolf Hall, PBS
American Horror Story has had a fine return to form, but Fargo is taking this one home. It's been tight all season, gruesome and brilliant with incredible writing and acting anybody would be proud of.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television
- Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
- Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel
- Sarah Hay, Flesh & Bone
- Felicity Huffman, American Crime
- Queen Latifah, Bessie
The Golden Globes are big Ryan Murphy fans. They love his shows and the unique shine they bring, and so it would be no surprise to see AHS: Hotel get the praise it deserves here through Lady Gaga. She's been a pleasant surprise to most this season and proved that her acting chops are just as good as those she reserves for singing.
Of course, Kirsten Dunst could sweep in for Fargo and pry the Globe from Gaga's hands - but this is an award's show that likes to spread its gongs equally - our money's on Gaga.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television
- Idris Elba, Luther
- Oscar Isaac, Show Me A Hero
- David Oyelowo, Nightingale
- Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
- Patrick Wilson, Fargo
Luther is the sort of show that picks up a cult following, but somehow it managed to burst out into the mainstream, and it could be in part down to Idris Elba. His brilliance is undeniable and to see him rewarded would be such a joy. His main competition here will, again, come from a Fargo alumni - Patrick Wilson.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television
- Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
- Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
- Regina King, American Crime
- Judith Light, Transparent
- Maura Tierney, The Affair
Whilst Uzo Aduba is deserving, the third season of Orange is the New Black just wasn't good enough to warrant her receiving this award. It's Maura Tierney who should be celebrated here for her amazing take on a wife scorned and left behind for a younger model, as The Affair leapt over its first season in terms of quality this year.
Tierney is a seasoned actress who can deliver emotion whether it's sadness, joy or humour. She's far more than a one trick pony and with this being The Affair's only category this year, she just HAS to pick up the win.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television
- Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
- Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall
- Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
- Tobias Menzies, Outlander
- Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn is a skilled character actor who's managed to make a big name for himself in the US, and this weekend could see just the start of some huge crowning moments for him. Critically-acclaimed in his Bloodline role as Danny Rayburn, could his stirring and prominent performance make him an even bigger name? We think so.
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