2013 Golden Globes: Predictions and Proclamations
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To get you prepared for the upcoming ceremony, we’re posting our own predictions and proclamations, taking a look at who will win, who should win and who got snubbed.
Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical
Nominated: The Big Bang Theory, Episodes, Girls, Modern Family, Smash
Who Will Win: Girls
Awards-show favorite Modern Family could give it a run for its money, but the ABC sitcom is having a down year so far, while Girls has only been on the upswing. Our money’s on Lena Dunham and company.
Who Should Win: Girls
From the series’ very first scene where Hannah Horvath pleads with her parents for money at dinner before being told she’s going to have to make it on her own, Girls served to define a certain generation of un- or under-employed post-collegiates. Filled with awkward sex scenes and petty blow-out fights, Girls was purposefully under-polished and was simultaneously praised and criticized—people loved it, hated it or just had no idea what to think about it. What no one could argue, though, was the show’s importance, both in portraying a particular kind of twentysomething and for launching the career of creator, writer and star Lena Dunham, a name we’re sure to hear for years to come.—Ryan Bort
Who Got Snubbed: Parks and Recreation
The five nominees for best comedy or musical series have some serious weak spots, so it’s a shame that NBC’s best series, Parks and Recreation, wasn’t able to fill one of the slots. The city of Pawnee and the great ensemble of characters that inhabit it have created one of the finest comedies on television. Even though Amy Poehler received an acting nomination, it just doesn’t seem like enough for the great year Parks & Rec had.—Ross Bonaime
Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical
Nominated: Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Lena Dunham (Girls), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Who Will Win: Tina Fey
Awards shows love to pay tribute to great shows and performers in their final seasons as a way of saying “thanks for the memories” and bidding them adieu. Don’t be surprised if that’s the case this year and Tina Fey takes home an award for 30 Rock in its seventh and final season.
Who Should Win: Amy Poehler
Poehler’s portrayal of an over-eager small-town bureaucrat with a heart of gold manages to stay peppy and slightly over the top without veering toward annoying; she is the lynchpin of both the Pawnee Parks department and the show.—Alissa Wilkinson
Who Got Snubbed: Kaitlin Olsen (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
While you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a more talented group of women than this year’s nominees, this is the eighth year that Kaitlin Olsen has been ignored for her hilarious work as Dee Reynolds on It’s Always Sunny.
Best Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical
Nominated: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Louis C.K. (Louie), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Who Will Win: Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin’s won this category three times in the past six years, so he’s already a favorite. Will he too benefit from being in his final season on 30 Rock? It almost doesn’t matter—he’s been a staple here.
Who Should Win: Louis C.K.
Louis C.K. has created a fascinating show in Louie. While he is the show’s main director and writer, his performance, a take on himself, is equally as impressive and should get him the Globe.—Ross Bonaime
Who Got Snubbed: Joel McHale (Community)
McHale has received a Critic’s Choice Award nomination two years in a row for his work as Jeff Winger, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has yet to take notice.
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nominated: Hayden Panetierre (Nashville), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Sarah Paulson (Game Change), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
Who Will Win: Maggie Smith
It’s often hard to pin down the best character in shows featuring massive ensembles. Not so with Downton Abbey. As Britain’s upper-class faces the shifting sands of societal change spurred on by a World War, Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess serves as a reminder of the rigidness that came even earlier. But those times when her saucy air of unapproachable superiority cracks to show the humanity beneath are just as much a joy to watch as when she casually delivers her trademark piercing barbs.—Josh Jackson
Who Should Win: Maggie Smith
Dowager Countess for life.
Who Got Snubbed: Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
This year, Christina Hendricks turned in her finest performances to date on Mad Men as her character Joan saw her marriage dissolve and her closest friend in the office kill himself, and—faced with the daunting prospect of single motherhood in the ‘60s—made some tough choices and literally sold herself out for a partnership at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and a more secure future for her child. Hendricks was heart-wrenching this year, and it’s a mystery why her name isn’t on the list of nominees.
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nominated: Max Greenfield (New Girl), Ed Harris (Game Change), Danny Huston (Magic City), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Who Will Win: Mandy Patinkin
At the Emmys, he walked away with the night’s coveted Claire Danes acceptance speech shout-out (“Mandy Patinkin, holla!”). This year, it’s safe to say Danes won’t be the only one hollering at our boy Mandy. If all goes well, it’s likely he’ll have a chance to return the favor tomorrow night.
Who Should Win: Max Greenfield
On New Girl, no one has garnered more laughs than Schmidt. He’s a cocky, organized, control freak who is prone to making himself more so with every episode and unusual Schmidt witticism. Out of all the characters, including Jess, Schmidt has probably become the most complex and fleshed-out—something that seemed entirely unlikely after watching him put money in the “douche jar” when he was first introduced. We now know more about his past, his job, why he is who he is and his romantic life than any of the other characters. It almost seems like Schmidt is becoming the lead, and we’re OK with that.—Ross Bonaime
Who Got Snubbed: Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)
Already a favorite, the meat-loving, wood-working, government-loathing, friend-tolerating mustache that is Ron Swanson grew a little in complexity this past season by falling for a single mom. While his idea for a fresh-pork barbecue to thank city park employees might not have been without its drawbacks, the solid rock of Pawnee allowed himself to be the slightest bit vulnerable, even letting his new girlfriend in on the secret of Duke Silver. Ron Swanson is on our Pyramid of Greatness.—Josh Jackson