The 78th Annual Golden Globes handed out their awards Monday night via a ceremony that had Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting on bicoastal stages, with the nominees dialing in through Zoom to see who would receive the trophies through their mail in a few business days.
While the film categories featured a bevy of major surprises, things in TV land were a bit more on the safe side. Our Awards Radar TV team attempted to call some of the shocking wins that the Globes like to throw out every year, and yet those ended up being the few categories where we got the predictions wrong, leading to us ultimately predicting 8 of the 11 television categories correctly. Not too bad!
Schitt’s Creek, the beloved series that pulled off a historic sweep at last year’s Emmys, beat out freshman series Ted Lasso for the Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy award. While the win looked like a sure bet on paper for Schitt’s Creek, its final season was the first, and only, time that the series received nominations from the Golden Globes, so there wasn’t a precedent set yet for how it would perform with the HFPA.
Schitt’s joined previous comedy series All in the Family, Glee, Just Shoot Me, Three’s Company, and Will & Grace in the esteemed record books as comedy series to have earned nominations in all five major Globes TV categories, with nominations for four of its actors. Catherine O’Hara was the only one able to eke out the win though, earning the gold for Comedy Actress over the fresh faces of Lily Collins, Kaley Cuoco, Elle Fanning, and Jane Levy. Considering her illustrious career, it’s surprising that this was O’Hara’s first ever Golden Globe nomination, and nothing was stopping her from the win.
While Ted Lasso couldn’t come up with the Series win in its first year, it did get some hardware for its star Jason Sudeikis, winning for his first ever Golden Globe nomination. Sudeikis’ mustache and tie-dyed hoodie marked one of the fashion talking points of the night, and his speech featured an instantly meme-worthy moment when his fellow nominee Don Cheadle signaled for Sudeikis to wrap his rambling speech up. Sudeikis, ever the charmer, took it in stride, with a smile on his face the whole time. With Schitt’s Creek out of the running, we’ll have to see what the future holds for Ted Lasso, with the possibility of it earning its own Comedy Series win looking fairly bright at the moment.
The Schitt’s Creek train couldn’t dominate to the extent that it did at the Emmys, however, as Sudeikis beat out Eugene Levy in Comedy Actor, and neither of the show’s supporting nominees could translate their nominations to wins. In perhaps the only minor surprise of the TV categories, John Boyega beat out Dan Levy for Supporting Actor, winning for his performance in Steve McQueen’s anthology film series Small Axe. With the debate raging over whether Small Axe qualifies as film or television, along with the Globes’ ever-flowing issues with race, Boyega winning didn’t seem like a safe bet, but the star (who is a lead in his Small Axe film Red, White, and Blue) was able to have his moment to shine last night.
Gillian Anderson won the Supporting Actress prize, signaling a major night for her Netflix series The Crown. Out of everything from the television or film side of the Globes, The Crown bolstered the highest win total by double what any other film or series managed to achieve. Alongside Anderson’s win, the series also managed wins in Drama Actor for Josh O’Connor and Drama Actress for Emma Corin. All three stars gave delightful speeches that made it hard not to root for them. The Crown beat out Lovecraft Country, The Mandalorian, Ozark, and Ratched for the Drama Series win, ending its night with a total of four wins.
The Netflix success story didn’t end there, as one of its most adored series, The Queen’s Gambit, earned the prize for Best Miniseries or TV movie, beating out Small Axe and Netflix’s own Unorthodox. The Queen’s Gambit also scooped up the win for its star, Anya Taylor-Joy, for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie. Without a leading actor to compete in the Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie category, however, Netflix had to let that win go to Mark Ruffalo, who gave a passionate speech while accepting the win for his HBO series I Know This Much Is True.
All of this year’s Golden Globe winners aside from Boyega are competing in next month’s SAG Awards, including The Crown and Schitt’s Creek in their respective Ensemble categories. Will we be seeing a lot of familiar faces giving speeches again? SAG doesn’t have supporting categories for their TV awards, meaning that Golden Globe winners Gillian Anderson and Emma Corin will be facing off against one another, with only one able to be victorious. Who will take home that prize, and all of the others? Stay tuned soon to find out who the Awards Radar TV team are predicting to win the SAG Awards, and see if we can do as good, or even better, than we did with the Golden Globes!