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Our Picks for the Golden Globes TV Acting Categories

Boy, if you think running through a bunch of movie acting categories in just a few hundred words is tough, imagine doing it in the TV division, with even more categories! Sheesh! What I do for you people! Luckily, I’m in it for the love, and since there is, as noted, a limited amount of space, let’s get to it.

In the Drama categories, your Best Actress nominees are Emma D’Arcy for House of the Dragon, Laura Linney for Ozark, Imelda Stanton for The Crown, Hilary Swank for Alaska Daily and Zendaya for Euphoria. The Actor nominees are Jeff Bridges for The Old Man, Kevin Costner for Yellowstone, Diego Luna for Andor, Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul and Adam Scott for Severance.

In the Actress category, I think there is great love for Zendaya, but even greater love for all things related to The Crown, which means Imelda Staunton takes home the gold. Meanwhile, if Bob Odenkirk doesn’t win every single award for which he is eligible in this, the final year of Better Call Saul, then those awards must be dismissed as pretenders. The notion of giving a win to Bridges or Costner might be tempting, but come on. Bobby O, all the way.

Musical or Comedy category nominations go thusly: Actress nods are for Quinta Brunson for Abbott Elementary, Kaley Cuoco for The Flight Attendant, Selena Gomez for Only Murders in the Building, Jenna Ortega for Wednesday and Jean Smart for Hacks. For the Actors, it’s Donald Glover for Atlanta, Bill Hader for Barry, Steve Martin and Martin Short for Only Murders in the Building and Jeremy Allen White for The Bear.

These two are trickier than the Drama division. Smart won this last year, and could win again, but there’s also Brunson, whose show is really beloved, and Cuoco, who was nominated for the first season of this show, but whose work in the second was even better. I’m going to go with Cuoco, because I think the HFPA will want to spread the wealth around. On the Actor side, I think it’s hard to reward either Martin or Short over his co-star, and while I love Hader and his work here, he’s been nominated twice before and never won. It’s Glover’s last year eligible for Atlanta, and while I think White deserves it most, I suspect Glover will take it home.

Limited Series awards are pretty star-studded. For Actress, the nominees are Jessica Chastain for George & Tammy, Julia Garner for Inventing Anna, Lily James for Pam & Tommy, Julia Roberts for Gaslit and Amanda Seyfried for The Dropout. The Actor noms are Taron Egerton for Black Bird, Colin Firth for The Staircase, Andrew Garfield for Under the Banner of Heaven, Evan Peters for Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story and Sebastian Stan for Pam & Tommy.

The part of me that believes the HFPA is nothing more than a bunch of groupies at heart lead me to believe they’ll give this award to Roberts, but I think Seyfried deserves it and will ultimately take it. The Actor side is simple: they’ll give it to a deserving Egerton, who gives the performance of his career in Black Bird.

Supporting Actor and Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or TV Movie are up next. For Actress, you have Jennifer Coolidge and Aubrey Plaza for The White Lotus, Claire Danes for Fleishman Is in Trouble, Daisy Edgar-Jones for Under the Banner of Heaven and Niecy Nash for Dahmer. For Actor, you’ve got F. Murray Abraham for The White Lotus, Domhnall Gleeson for The Patient, Paul Walter Hauser for Black Bird, Richard Jenkins for Dahmer and Seth Rogen for Pam & Tommy.

Coolidge somehow didn’t win this award last year, so I think they’ll correct their mistake and give it to her this year. On the Actor side, as good as Abraham, Gleeson and Jenkins are, this award belongs to Hauser. I’m hoping that the HFPA recognizes that as well.

And finally, Supporting Actor and Actress in a Musical, Comedy, or Drama Series. Actress nominees are Elizabeth Debicki for The Crown, Hannah Einbinder for Hacks, Julia Garner for Ozark and Janelle James and Sheryl Lee Ralph for Abbott Elementary. Actor nominees are John Lithgow for The Old Man, Jonathan Pryce for The Crown, John Turturro for Severance, Tyler James Williams for Abbott Elementary and Henry Winkler for Barry.

Both Garner and Ralph won Emmys this year for their work in this category, and since Garner’s run at Ozark is over, I suspect they’ll finally reward her for it this year, but don’t be surprised if they give this to Ralph, too. Actor is trickier. Part of me believes the HFPA is finally going to reward Winkler for his years of iconic work, but I also think their love of The Crown will lead them to give it to Pryce.

And that’s it! Best of luck with your wagers! Hooray for Hollywood!

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