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Awards Radar Golden Globe Television Predictions

Here at Awards Radar, we strive to bring you the best coverage in awards and entertainment. With that in mind, we are excited to announce an increased focus on television and streaming series. Moving forward, we are committed to the same level of passionate, engaged reporting on the world of television and TV awards that you have relied on since our site first came on line. 

To kick off our expanded television coverage, we assembled an ace team to discuss and predict the television categories at this Sunday’s Golden Globes. Mitchell BeaupreNiki CruzAbe FriedtanzerChris James, and Steven Prusakowski put their heads together to break down each category, ranking the nominees in order from most likely to win, to least likely. 

You will soon have quick access to our TV predictions, including our upcoming SAG Awards predictions for the television categories at our Awards Radar Predictions page. 

See our breakdown of each Golden Globes TV category below. The team went for some seemingly obvious choices along with a few educated NGNG predictions for the curveballs that the Globes throw in every year. Be on the lookout for more TV coverage from Awards Radar coming soon! 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Supporting Role 

1. Dan Levy – Schitt’s Creek 

2. Brendan Gleeson – The Comey Rule 

3. John Boyega – Small Axe 

4. Donald Sutherland – The Undoing

5. Jim Parsons – Hollywood 

The first category opens up the big discussion of the night, which is, how well is Schitt’s Creek going to perform? While it’s hard to see the beloved comedy having as dominant a sweep as it did at the Emmys, it’s still safe to say that it’ll be picking up at least a couple of awards. The question then becomes, where? With an interesting category, we think Dan Levy takes the prize here, although if he’s going to be defeated we’re placing our bets on Brendan Gleeson in the very showy role of a former President. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Supporting Role 

1. Gillian Anderson – The Crown 

2. Cynthia Nixon – Ratched 

3. Julia Garner – Ozark 

4. Annie Murphy – Schitt’s Creek 

5. Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown 

Annie Murphy pulled off a surprise win at the Emmys, but she’s up against tough competition here, as the Globes combine all of the television categories when nominating supporting performances. That means she’s up against former winner Gillian Anderson, and three acclaimed ladies who have never won. There’s a possibility that Anderson and Helena Bonham Carter take some votes away from each other, but with the much showier role this season we think that Anderson has it in the bag. Look out for Cynthia Nixon as a potential surprise, though, as the Globes clearly love Ratched, and the actress has been nominated five times previously without having won a Globe yet. 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television 

1. Mark Ruffalo – I Know This Much Is True 

2. Hugh Grant – The Undoing 

3. Ethan Hawke – The Good Lord Bird 

4. Jeff Daniels – The Comey Rule 

5. Bryan Cranston – Your Honor 

This is one of the rare categories where it feels like there’s a road for any of these actors to win. All of them acclaimed veterans of the screen, all of them former nominees (Hugh Grant and Bryan Cranston have won Globes, the other three have not). Mark Ruffalo has been a dominant force for this performance since the moment it aired, and we think he pulls off his first Globes win against tough competition. Grant poses the biggest threat, as they clearly love The Undoing, and if the series can get any win on Sunday night it’ll likely be here.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television 

1. Anya Taylor-Joy – The Queen’s Gambit 

2. Shira Haas – Unorthodox 

3. Nicole Kidman – The Undoing 

4. Cate Blanchett – Mrs. America 

5. Daisy Edgar Jones – Normal People 

We think the category here comes down to Anya Taylor-Joy versus Shira Haas. Both young stars have come in like wrecking balls with their Netflix series, and both stand as representations for their series overall. A potential split may happen here, with one of the ladies winning this category, while the other sees their series win the big prize. For now we’re leaning towards recency, with Taylor-Joy pulling off the win, and Haas as the potential spoiler. 

Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 

1. The Queen’s Gambit 

2. Unorthodox 

3. The Undoing 

4. Small Axe 

5. Normal People 

Small Axe is a big question mark, but the dilemma about the Globes’ problematic history with race, and the question of whether it should even be considered television, likely sits it out. Normal People has virtually no chance, and while the Globes love The Undoing, it seems like a stretch to call the win for it here. That leads us down to two Netflix series, one that took off in popularity towards the beginning of COVID quarantine last year, and one that has been a more recent sensation. While we do think there’s a strong possibility for a split between this category and the Actress in a Limited Series category, we’re banking on The Queen’s Gambit pulling in the wins for both, edging out Unorthodox

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy 

1. Jason Sudeikis – Ted Lasso 

2. Eugene Levy – Schitt’s Creek 

3. Nicholas Hoult – The Great 

4. Ramy Youssef – Ramy 

5. Don Cheadle – Black Monday 

This category is looking like a two man race between Jason Sudeikis and Eugene Levy. There is the possibility that Schitt’s Creek remains the juggernaut that it was at the Emmys and dominates the Comedy categories, but the Globes like to spread their awards around. Sudeikis is the kind of actor that everyone has always loved, and with a show that has been universally adored with the surge in popularity that Ted Lasso has received, we think the Globes will lean his direction, especially if they don’t give the series the win in the main category. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy 

1. Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek 

2. Kaley Cuoco – The Flight Attendant 

3. Lily Collins – Emily In Paris 

4. Elle Fanning – The Great 

5. Jane Levy – Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist 

Catherine O’Hara, shockingly, has never even been nominated for a Golden Globe until now, and this really looks like her time to shine. If any one person has been representative of the wave of Schitt’s Creek, it’s likely been O’Hara, a beloved figure finally getting her due. This category is a wild one, where it wouldn’t be especially surprising to see any of these women announced as the winner. While Kaley Cuoco seems the likeliest spoiler though, we’re betting on O’Hara to be giving another speech on Sunday. 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama 

1. Matthew Rhys – Perry Mason 

2. Josh O’Connor – The Crown 

3. Jason Bateman – Ozark 

4. Al Pacino – Hunters 

5. Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul 

While some categories are tough to predict because it feels like any one of the nominees could win, this one goes in the opposite direction, as none of the five potential winners feel like they have a strong enough narrative. Jason Bateman was the only Ozark nomination for the first two seasons of the series, but this year is the first where it received nods across the board. Al Pacino was one of the most surprising selections on nomination morning, but it would be a very Golden Globes thing to do to give him the win. Josh O’Connor is in the strongest series, but is this the season he would win for? While Perry Mason not getting nominated for Drama Series raises a red flag, we’re going with Matthew Rhys, who was nominated twice for The Americans without winning, and we think will finally get his first win here. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama 

1. Emma Corin – The Crown 

2. Sarah Paulson – Ratched 

3. Olivia Colman – The Crown 

4. Laura Linney – Ozark 

5. Jodie Comer – Killing Eve 

If the Golden Globes want to make their “Globe-iest” choice of the night, we could see a Sarah Paulson win here. With her two biggest contenders being from the same series, there is the possibility that a split between them happens and Paulson sneaks through for the win. That being said, Emma Corin and Princess Diana were very much the talk of this season of The Crown, and with all of the attention given to the performance and the real-life woman, it’s hard to imagine Corin not taking the win. Paulson should still have a speech ready though, just in case. 

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy 

1. Ted Lasso 

2. Schitt’s Creek 

3. The Flight Attendant 

4. Emily in Paris 

5. The Great 

While this is a category where anyone could feasibly take the win, we imagine it coming down to either Ted Lasso or Schitt’s Creek. The Globes can be extremely difficult to predict, and this is a decision that could really go either way. Everyone loves Schitt’s Creek, and again it could simply pull off a massive run and take all, or most, of the categories it’s nominated in. Most people are (wisely) predicting it to win big in this category, but we’re leaning a little riskier with the prospect of Ted Lasso pulling off a bit of a surprise win, its charm and optimism being the relief that people have needed in recent months. 

Best Television Series – Drama 

1. The Crown 

2. Ratched

3. The Mandalorian 

4. Ozark 

5. Lovecraft Country 

This one feels a bit easier to predict than the other two series categories. At least on paper, The Crown seems to be far and away the winner. That’s where the Globes can trick you sometimes though, and the question becomes what could the potential spoiler be. While Ozark has the most nominations out of the remaining four, and The Mandalorian is maybe the most-discussed, we think that Ratched feels the most on brand choice for the Globes, partly because it’s the least well-received critically. They clearly love the show, with nominations for Paulson and Nixon, so if anything can surprise on Sunday night, we’re betting on Ratched


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