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2023 Golden Globes Television Category Predictions

Well, they’re back. The now infamous Golden Globes, an awards show which is historically unpredictable and also historically troubled. With its return we have decided to provide our votes in all television categories. What is most surprising this year is not the outlandish out-of-nowhere nominations, but the fact that they played it so safe, leaving off some of the year’s best television series and performances. Included with each prediction are some of the most surprising omissions and others which I feel it is time voters stop overlooking.

Best Television Series — Drama

Better Call Saul
The Crown
House of the Dragon

Could Win: Better Call Saul
Will win: Severance
How did voters forget?: Yellowjackets, Andor, The Boys, Bad Sisters, Stranger Things, Pachinko, Euphoria, The Old Man

Thoughts: Isn’t it time for Better Call Saul to take home some major gold? The clock is ticking. I will not hide my love and appreciation for the series which overcame many odds in terms of expectations to deliver one of the most complex and rewarding television experiences ever – one that will firmly state eclipses the series from which it spun off. Then there’s Severance. Wow that was good! With this being Saul‘s last chance though, my hopes are to see it walkaway with the trophy. If not, as fans are used to, Severance is very deserving. Spoiler: they both land very high on my best of 2022 TV lists, coming to Awards Radar on Groundhog Day.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama

Emma D’Arcy, House of the Dragon
Laura Linney, Ozark
Imelda Staunton, The Crown
Hilary Swank, Alaska Daily
Zendaya, Euphoria

Could Win: Imelda Staunton
Will win: Zendaya
How did voters forget? Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets, Britt Lower, Severance, Sharon Horgan, Bad Sisters, Lauren Ambrose, Servant, Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Thoughts: Zendaya proves time and again to be one of the most talented people of her generation. I have a hard time seeing the Globe go to anyone else. But, if some of my forgotten nominees made the list she would had a much tougher road to gold. Still, this is the Golden Globes, so anyone can win with Staunton leading that list.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama

Jeff Bridges, The Old Man
Kevin Costner, Yellowstone
Diego Luna, Andor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Adam Scott, Severance

Could win: Bob Odenkirk
Will win:
Adam Scott
How did voters forget?
Antony Starr, The Boys, Paddy Considine, House of the Dragon

Thoughts: Odenkirk has some strong competition and with 4 previous nominations and zero wins, I am guessing he goes home empty handed. If that is the case, Adam Scott of Jeff Bridges both look likely to take the gold and with good reason.

Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Abbott Elementary
The Bear
Only Murders in the Building

Could win: The Bear
Will win: Abbott Elementary
How did voters forget? The Afterparty, Ghosts, What We Do In the Shadows, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Barry, Our Flag Means Death

Thoughts: A fantastic category with nominees top to bottom which make a good case for your vote. I feel we will see the Globes follow others and hand Abbott the win, but literally not one other nominee winning would surprise me.

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

Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Selena Gomez, Only Murders in the Building
Jenna Ortega, Wednesday
Jean Smart, Hacks

Could win: Quinta Brunson
Will win: Jenna Ortega
How did voters forget?
Ana Gasteyer, American Auto, Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 

Thoughts: Jenna Ortega is a star on the rise and Wednesday just took her to astronomical levels. Expect her to win for two reasons, she was splendid in the role and also Globes voters like to award newer talent. It’s kind of their thing. But remember, several nominees could spoil this Tuesday for Wednesday. Brunson and Smart lead the list.

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

Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry
Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building
Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building
Jeremy Allen White, The Bear

Could win: Bill Hader
Will win: Jeremy Allen White
How did voters forget?
Rhys Darby, Our Flag Means Death, Ramy Youssef, Ramy, John Cena, Peacemaker

Thoughts: Flip a coin. Hader or White? I have a tough time deciding myself.

Supporting Actress in a TV Series – Drama/Comedy

Elizabeth Debicki, The Crown
Hannah Einbinder, Hacks
Julia Garner, Ozark
Janelle James, Abbott Elementary
Sheryl Lee Ralph, Abbott Elementary

Could win: Elizabeth Debicki
Will win: Sheryl Lee Ralph
How did voters forget?
Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul,  Ayo Edebiri, The Bear, Sarah Goldberg, Barry, Danielle Brooks, Peacemaker, Christina Ricci, Yellowjackets, Sophie Nélisse, Yellowjackets, Emma Myers, Wednesday

Thoughts: It is time to split the supporting category into dedicated drama and dedicated comedy categories. Look at the forgotten list. And I have many more where this comes from. Sheryl Lee Ralph on the comedy side and Debicki on the drama are neck and neck for this trophy.

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series – Drama/Comedy

John Lithgow, The Old Man
Jonathan Pryce, The Crown
John Turturro, Severance
Tyler James Williams, Abbott Elementary
Henry Winkler, Barry

Could win: Henry Winkler
Will win: John Turturro
How did voters forget?
Patrick Fabian, Better Call Saul, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, The Bear, Brandon Scott Jones, Ghosts, Ismael Cruz Córdova, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Thoughts: John Turturro is the frontrunner here with his emotional work in Severance though Winkler’s range this season on Barry is not making that an easy pick.

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Black Bird
Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
The Dropout
Pam & Tommy
The White Lotus

Could win: Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
Will win:
The White Lotus
How did voters forget?
Gaslit, The Staircase, Station Eleven, Moon Knight

Thoughts: The White Lotus has the momentum and is an easy watch. For that reason, I would be surprised by any other winner.

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

Taron Egerton, Black Bird
Colin Firth, The Staircase
Andrew Garfield, Under the Banner of Heaven
Evan Peters, Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
Sebastian Stan, Pam & Tommy

Could win: Colin Firth
Will win:
Evan Peters
How did voters forget?
Oscar Isaac, Moon Knight

Thoughts: While Peters’ performance is undeniably good, Firth delivered the best work of his career in his nuanced performance in The Staircase.

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

Jessica Chastain, George & Tammy
Julia Garner, Inventing Anna
Lily James, Pam & Tommy
Julia Roberts, Gaslit
Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout

Could win: Lily James
Will win: Amanda Seyfried
How did voters forget?
Mackenzie Davis, Station Eleven, Toni Collette, The Staircase 

Thoughts: Seyfried has that Emmy win behind her, but something makes me think James will surprise.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role / Limited Series or Motion Picture

Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus
Claire Danes, Fleishman Is in Trouble
Daisy Edgar-Jones, Under the Banner of Heaven
Niecy Nash, Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
Aubrey Plaza, The White Lotus

Could win: Claire Danes
Will win: Jennifer Coolidge
How did voters forget?
Danielle Deadwyler, Station Eleven, Lizzy Caplan, Fleishman Is in Trouble

Thoughts: Coolidges seems like the safe bet, but if voters watched Danes’ amazing work in the second half of Fleishman then it is not so safe. Nash and Plaza also make a good case for the Globe, but have their work cut out for them with fan fave Coolidge in the running.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role / Limited Series or Motion Picture

F. Murray Abraham, The White Lotus
Domhnall Gleeson, The Patient
Paul Walter Hauser, Black Bird
Richard Jenkins, Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
Seth Rogen, Pam & Tommy

Could win: Richard Jenkins or F. Murray Abraham
Will win:
Paul Walter Hauser
How did voters forget?
Himesh Patel, Station Eleven, Dan Stevens, Gaslit, Shea Whigham, Gaslit

Thoughts: This is a huge toss-up. I will leave it at that. None will surprise (too much), none will disappoint.


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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.

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