Awards Season is here! While Hollywood has been breaking out the jewels, gowns, tuxes and spray tans, we here at toofab have been conducting copious amounts of research to figure out who is going to win the trophies at the Golden Globes this Sunday … and who we think should win.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Will win: The "it" show right now is definintely the Showtime, CIA-centered smash “Homeland,” and we see Damian Lewis taking home the prize. His portrayal of a Marine Sergeant who was held hostage by al-Qaeda then "turned" keeps us constantly guessing.
Should win: We've said it before and we'll say it again – Bryan Cranston on "Breaking Bad!" His role as a chemistry teacher turned cancer patient turned meth producer turned drug lord is remarkable, because he's a realllly bad guy now, yet we keep rooting for him!
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Will win: This will be Claire Danes' third Globe win in a row – last year for "Homeland," the year before for her turn in the made-for-TV film “Temple Grandin.” She also won the Emmy in September for her portrayal as crazy (or is she?) Carrie in the Showtime series, and we're sure she'll repeat.
Should win: Michelle Dockery really wowed us with her portrayal of the unlucky-in-love Lady Mary Crawley during season 2 of the British drama "Downton Abbey," and we'd be happy with a win for her.
Best Television Series - Drama
Will win: Let's just call it a sweep. Everyone is all about "Homeland" right now, and hot off of their Emmy win for Best Drama (not to mention they won the Best Drama Globe last year as well), the series should snap up this award with ease.
Should win: We touched on it above, but let us repeat -- where's the "Breaking Bad" love? The HFPA finally wised up and nominated the show for the first time ever (which is insane as it's an Emmy nominee staple), though we're pretty certain they won't go home with the trophy. But as anyone who's watched can tell you, this AMC series deserves way more than it's been getting.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Will win: Comedian Louis C.K. has been raking in the Emmy nominations for a couple years, now earning his first Globe nod for his role as a fictionalized version of himself on the hilarious FX series "Louie." We think he'll take the win on his first invite to the party.
Should win: See above.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Will win: Have you heard of a little HBO show called "Veep?" If not, check it out now as Julia Louis-Dreyfus is going to take home the trophy for her role as a slightly off-the-wall U.S. Vice President, surrounded by even more-off-the-wall colleagues. She just won the Emmy in September for this role and should snap up her second Golden Globe (the first was in 1994 for her role on "Seinfeld").
Should win: We adore Julia but as we stated last year -- the much-overlooked “Parks and Recreation” continues to get better week after week, and amazing Amy Poehler leads the charge. This show needs award recognition now, and Amy is a great way to start.
Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Will win: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association loves honoring new and edgy “it” shows, so we're going with a win for Lena Dunham's HBO hit, "Girls." The show -- about a group of 20-somethings living their crazy lives in New York City -- has struck a nerve with some and hit home for others, and we see it taking the trophy.
Should win: See above. We love "Modern Family," but it's time for some fresh blood.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Will win: This one is pretty neck-and-neck. One one hand, you have Kevin Costner who just won the Emmy for his portrayal of William McCoy in the feud mini-series "Hatfields & McCoys." On the other hand, you have the outstanding Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes in the British series "Sherlock."
Both men are outstanding, but we are giving the slight edge to Cumberbatch. (The deciding factor for us is his awesome name.)
Should win: As we said above, both Costner and Cumberbatch (seriously, what a great name!) are worthy of this one, so we'll be happy either way.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Will win: The Sarah Palin-skewering HBO hit "Game Change" swept the Emmys this year, and we see that trend continuing, starting with a win for Julianne Moore as the former Vice Presidential candidate. Admittedly, the first time we saw the poster we thought it was actually Sarah Palin. Sold!
Should win: See above (though we really, truly do love Jessica Lange on "American Horror Story: Asylum").
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Should Win: "Game Change," "Game Change," "Game Change."
Will Win: "Game Change." (Notice the trend?)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Will win: Remember that "Game Change" sweep we were just discussing? Keep it going -- we see Ed Harris continuing the streak for his portrayal of Senator John McCain.
Should win: We're all Schmidt, all the time! We love Max Greenfield's portrayal of the narcissistic womanizer with the (deep down) heart of gold, Schmidt on "New Girl," and would love to see him be honored with the trophy.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Will win: Oh, Maggie Smith, how we love thee. A master at whatever she does, this amazing Brit shines as the curmudgeonly matriarch Violet Crawley on "Downton Abbey." We only hope we're still delivering barbs as well as she does at age 78.
Should win: See above.
Find out all the big winners when the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards air this Sunday on NBC! Be sure to come back to toofab for a complete list of winners, red carpet photos, and more!
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