Stay Golden, Hollywood Foreign Press
Even in the muck, some true gems arise
Even in the midst of the biggest elephant in the room, there’s still something pleasing about how the Golden Globes always seems to have the finger on the pulse of television better than the Emmys do (or, given the last few years, did) Of course, given all the scandal surrounding Hollywood, the Foreign Press Association did a good job staying away from controversy (except for one case which I’ll get to momentarily)
Here is my reaction to this years nominations in TV (I’ll get to movies in a future article):
It would’ve been odd if The Handmaid’s Tale had been ignored, given the Emmys love for it. The Crown and Stranger Things deserved their nominations, as does This is Us. I’m starting to get a little annoyed at how Game of Thrones is always taking up a spot here, particularly with series like The Deuce or Better Call Saul being shut out.
BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
Sterling Brown more than deserves to be here. Ditto Bob Odenkirk. Jason Bateman is a good choice, considering that Ozark was basically ignored until now. But if you’re going to honor Freddie Highmore, acknowledge him for his brilliant swan song in Bates Motel, not The Good Doctor. (Yes, I saw this coming, but still.) And will someone please explain the fascination with Liev Schreiber? It’s getting insulting.
BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Maggie Gyllenhaal is a very pleasant surprise and could easily pull out an upset win over the equally deserving Elisabeth Moss. Claire Foy does an honor to The Crown, especially considering this will be her last year of eligibility. Catriona Balfe, well, she’s got her fans among Outlander devotees (they were at Broadcast Critics, too) But I still think Katherine Langford doesn’t hold a candle to Tatiana Maslany or Keri Russell. You had your chance guys.
black-ish is a masterpiece, no question. Ditto Master of None. SMILF is an entertaining and popular series, and I’m glad its in the ranks. I now want to see Marvelous Mrs. Maisel more than ever. Will & Grace? I know, it was popular with the Globes in its first incarnation, but this is ridiculous. At least they didn’t nominate Veep.
BEST ACTOR, COMEDY
Anthony Anderson is perfect. Ditto Aziz Ansari. I’m beginning to respect William H. Macy’s work on Shameless more and more with each coming season. Kevin Bacon isn’t a bad choice. But Eric McCormack? Oh well. Could be worse. Could be Jim Parsons.
BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY
Issa Rae deserved to be the one to repeat. Rachel Brosnahan and Alison Brie have more than earned their shot at a trophy, even before their latest brilliant work, and Frankie Shaw is nearly as great as Issa Rae and Rachel Bloom at writing roles to humiliate themselves.
Pamela Adlon is going to be the one tricky award of the night. It’s not that I don’t think she or her series isn’t brilliant. I do. But its also produced and co-written by Louie C.K. , and he’s in a major shadow right now. One wonders why the Globes even allowed her a hint at the award this year. It’s going to be the big controversy of the night.
BEST TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
For once, all mini-series. Big Little Lies, Feud: Bette & Joan, and Fargo were among the best series of last season. Top of the Lake deserved to be considered. The Sinner seems to be gaining strength for next season. Still, this bodes ill for Twin Peaks.
BEST ACTOR, TV MOVIE or LIMITED SERIES
Yes! They recognized Kyle MacLachlan! I’m nearly as overjoyed to see him recognized as I am Ewan McGregor. They’re my favorites. Robert De Niro isn’t a shock. Neither is Geoffrey Rush, frankly. But Jude Law for The Young Pope, a series basically shut out by every major awards group? That’s why the Globes are different
BEST ACTRESS, TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES.
No real complaints. They recognized Susan Sarandon here, at least. I feel sympathy for Jessica Biel. To be going up against four Oscar winners? Then again, I’d feel better if it were Carrie Coon or Felicity Huffman instead. Still, no real complaints.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Can’t really complain about this bunch either. An argument could be made for any one of the five to be the winner. I might prefer David Thewlis or David Harbour over the others, but really no bad choices here.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Hell, they remembered to recognize Shailene Woodley this time. I’d have prefered if they could have found room for Millie Bobby Brown or Regina King to be in the list, but just like supporting actor, no bad choices.
Honestly, this is the best collection of Golden Globe nominees I’ve seen in nearly five years. It’ll be very interesting to see how the Hollywood Foreign Press decides to choose.
Stay tuned for my predictions.