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Just like that awards season is upon us, blowing in with such bluster and fanfare you would think there was some sort of procession for a clothes-less emperor approaching. Despite the fact that the Emmys were held back in September, the Golden Globes offer something different from the Emmys. Perhaps it is because the TV gets to rub elbows with movies or simply that the Golden Globes offer a different time table for awards consideration – such as Breaking Bad's final season being up for awards in the Golden Globes or the new Masters of Sex. So without further ado, the predictions.
Breaking Bad and a Three Woman Race
Once all the dust had settled, Breaking Bad was widely regarded as the best ending to a TV show ever. If that is so then there is no way Breaking Bad should lose for best overall drama series. Since Bryan Cranston is so central to the show it would have to make him the front-runner for best actor in a drama. Aaron Paul is also nominated for best supporting actor (the Golden Globes do not differentiated between comedy or drama or series, mini-series, or TV movie for supporting actor/actress awards).
Breaking Bad's toughest competition is most likely Netflix’s excellent House of Cards. Not only did House of Cards receive more nominations than Breaking Bad, but they are also competing head to head with Kevin Spacey and Corey Stoll. Showtime’s Masters of Sex could also be a dark horse for best drama and actor.
Best lead actress might be the best race of them all on the drama side of things. Robin Wright for House of Cards turned in a great performance as the cold, calculating wife to Kevin Spacey. Taylor Schilling of Orange Is the New Black officially took the mantle of “breakout star of 2013” from fellow nominee Kerry Washington. While Orange Is the New Black was a surprise hit, it is certainly arguable that the show’s quality has more to do with the ensemble than the one and a half note Schilling. The oft-nominated Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife returns yet again. Unfortunately I have not seen or do not watch any of the shows for which the best supporting actresses have been nominated.
Interestingly absent from this year’s nominations is Homeland and anything to do with it. After back-to-back wins for the series and its lead actress, Claire Danes, and a win last year for Damian Lewis the show is completely shut out this year. Ouch.
Predictions: I think Breaking Bad and Cranston win in their final year of eligibility, especially since House of Cards Will be returning for a second season. I would not be surprised if Aaron Paul won best supporting actor either but I think Corey Stoll is more deserving. I think Washington gets the nod for lead actress but it will be close with Robin Wright. And picking blindly for supporting actress I say Sofia Vergara finally wins after having lost the past three Golden Globes.