The 2013 Golden Globes airing Sunday, January 13th could be all I’ve ever wanted. I’ve always loved award shows. I’m not sure why. The Golden Globes are perhaps one of my favorite shows for several reasons:
1. I love TV AND movies.
2. The categories make A LOT more sense. (Separating Drama & Comedy for example).
3. Party atmosphere because there’s lots of drinking.
4. More laid back, less serious than the Emmys or Oscars.
This year in particular, the Golden Globes are set to be outstanding. The choice of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (who happen to be the first female hosts of the Golden Globes, ever) is enough to keep it interesting. Add in some controversial shows and films being nominated and the show airing so soon after the Oscar nominations (which had some big snubs).
No matter who takes home the gold, it’s sure to be a surprising night. But below I’ve tried my best to pick wins that would make the night especially outstanding, with a little explanation of why I chose them.
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
DOWNTON ABBEY: SEASON 2
I love BREAKING BAD as much as the next meth-head and most likely, it will win. Season 2 of DOWNTON ABBEY may be the best ever if Season 3 gives any indication of the direction of the show. Since I’ve yet to catch up on HOMELAND or BOARDWALK EMPIRE, I can’t fairly choose one of those. This leaves me with my choice for Ideal Best Drama: THE NEWSROOM. I have a few Award Show Prediction Rules and one of them includes never betting against Aaron Sorkin. So despite the fact that I anticipate a BREAKING BAD or HOMELAND win, I bet on Sorkin.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Connie Britton NASHVILLE
Glenn Close DAMAGES
Claire Danes HOMELAND
Michelle Dockery DOWNTON ABBEY: SEASON 2
Julianna Margulies THE GOOD WIFE
This category is difficult for me. One, I’m not caught up on any of these shows excluding DOWNTON ABBEY. Two, I have a primal instinct to always pick Julianna Margulies for anything, ever. I saw the Pilot of NASHVILLE, and while I think Connie Britton is fantastic, I can’t say that was my first thought after the show ended. So on this category, I’m going to have to remain undecided based on lack of knowledge/decision-making abilities.
Steve Buscemi BOARDWALK EMPIRE
Bryan Cranston BREAKING BAD
Jeff Daniels THE NEWSROOM
Jon Hamm MAD MEN
Damian Lewis HOMELAND
I love Jeff Daniels and as stated earlier, I normally always default to Sorkin. And Jon Hamm? He could win every award ever and I would most likely agree with it. But in this category, I have to choose Bryan Cranston. BREAKING BAD wouldn’t be what it is without him.
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
THE BIG BANG THEORY
For me, this choice is easy. I’ve seen all of these shows (with the exception of EPISODES) and to me, GIRLS stands above the rest. Happily, each of the shows nominated in this category are actually funny. Personally, I think PARKS AND RECREATION should be on this list, but alas, it isn’t.
Zooey Deshanel NEW GIRL
Julia Louis-Dreyfus VEEP
Lena Dunham GIRLS
Tina Fey 30 ROCK
Amy Poehler PARKS AND RECREATION
Welcome to the most difficult category in the history of any award show ever. I would honestly be happy if ANY of these funny ladies won. How can you choose? So here we are, at another one of my Award Show Prediction Rules: Tina Fey must win. Add that with the rule that if a show is in it’s last season, it gets a tiny bump and I can’t help but dream that this may be Tina’s night. Obviously, Amy could win despite PARKS AND RECREATION constantly being under appreciated and GIRLS is in a honeymoon phase, so it’s also a major possibility for Lena Dunham.
Alec Baldwin 30 ROCK
Don Cheadle HOUSE OF LIES
Louis C.K. LOUIE
Matt LeBlanc EPISODES
Jim Parsons THE BIG BANG THEORY
Considering I don’t watch most of these shows with any regularity, I had to choose 30 ROCK.
BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
HATFIELDS & MCCOYS
Of these, I’ve only seen GAME CHANGE, which I thoroughly enjoyed. But I’ve heard great things about the rest too. So I’ll remain neutral on all of the Mini-Series Categories other than saying that Benedict Cumberbatch is fantastic in SHERLOCK.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Nicole Kidman HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN
Jessica Lange AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM
Sienna Miller THE GIRL
Julianne Moore GAME CHANGE
Sigourney Weaver POLITICAL ANIMALS
Kevin Costner HATFIELDS & MCCOYS
Benedict Cumberbatch SHERLOCK (MASTERPIECE)
Woody Harrelson GAME CHANGE
Toby Jones THE GIRL
Clive Owen HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Hayden Panettiere NASHVILLE
Archie Panjabi THE GOOD WIFE
Sarah Paulson GAME CHANGE
Maggie Smith DOWNTON ABBEY: SEASON 2
Sofia Vergara MODERN FAMILY
I’m obsessed with Sarah Paulson. I think she’s brilliant. And in GAME CHANGE, I found her to be one of the most compelling characters. But Maggie Smith in DOWNTON ABBEY has to be one of the greatest performances ever. So, I’ll stick with my heritage and go British.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Max Greenfield NEW GIRL
Ed Harris GAME CHANGE
Danny Huston MAGIC CITY
Mandy Patinkin HOMELAND
Eric Stonestreet MODERN FAMILY
Max Greenfield is my favorite thing about NEW GIRL. He steals almost every scene. So despite it being an odd choice, I think it’d be fantastic if he won.
So there it is. Those are my TV choices for the 2013 Golden Globes. For my full picks, check out NerdHeather.com. And don’t forget to watch the 2013 Golden Globes on Sunday, January 13th on NBC at 8E/5P