Okay, here’s the challenge: Below are the nominees for this Sunday’s Golden Globe awards in the TV categories. I’ll tell you who I think will win (should win is another matter — you can find my choices for that here). Feel free to pick your own will-winners in the Comments section below and we’ll reconvene to see who’s the best forecaster. Good luck; my track-record for predicting Globe TV winners is superb. (Actually, I think I’m just “very good,” but who’s looking it up?) Predict away!
1. BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
a. BIG LOVE
d. MAD MEN WILL WIN The classiest quality basic-cable series is as close as it gets to a sure-shot to win its third consecutive Globe in this category. It helps that its season finale, with the dramatic dismantling of the Sterling Cooper ad agency, was so exciting, and fresh in voters’ minds.
e. TRUE BLOOD
2. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
a. GLENN CLOSE, DAMAGES
b. JANUARY JONES, MAD MEN WILL WIN January Jones had to portray a chilly Betty as wife, mother, and cheating spouse without becoming unsympathetic in Mad Men. She pulled it off with grace.
c. JULIANNA MARGULIES, THE GOOD WIFE
d. ANNA PAQUIN, TRUE BLOOD
e. KYRA SEDGWICK, THE CLOSER
3. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
a. SIMON BAKER, THE MENTALIST
b. MICHAEL C. HALL, DEXTER
c. JON HAMM, MAD MEN
d. HUGH LAURIE, HOUSE WILL WIN House’s Hugh Laurie had a stand-out season, with his Gregory House coming back after an intense rehab session: solo anguish is catnip to voters.
e. BILL PAXTON, BIG LOVE
4. BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
a. 30 ROCK
c. GLEE WILL WIN The season’s most innovative new show, and one of the rare times a Globe could be given to a series that meets both of this category’s description: it’s a comedy and a musical.
d. MODERN FAMILY
e. THE OFFICE
5. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
a. TONI COLLETTE, UNITED STATES OF TARA
b. COURTENEY COX, COUGAR TOWN WILL WIN Courteney Cox’s comic comeback in Cougar Town could easily charm voters into a deserved Globe. She plays her role’s broad-comedy without seeming foolish or desperate.
c. EDIE FALCO, NURSE JACKIE
d. TINA FEY, 30 ROCK
e. LEA MICHELE, GLEE
6. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
a. ALEC BALDWIN, 30 ROCK WILL WIN Alec Baldwin is peerless at comic ruthlessness in 30 Rock, and his Jack Donaghy is probably America’s most beloved corporate suit as well as a voter fave.
b. STEVE CARELL, THE OFFICE
c. DAVID DUCHOVNY, CALIFORNICATION
d. THOMAS JANE, HUNG
e. MATTHEW MORRISON, GLEE
7. BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. GEORGIA O’KEEFFE
b. GREY GARDENS WILL WIN HBO always dominates the tv-movie races, and this adapted story of the eccentric Beales, mother and daughter, is the production that’ll be hard to beat this year.
c. INTO THE STORM
d. LITTLE DORRIT
e. TAKING CHANCE
8. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. JOAN ALLEN, GEORGIA O’KEEFFE
b. DREW BARRYMORE, GREY GARDENS
c. JESSICA LANGE, GREY GARDENS WILL WIN As Mama Edie Beale, Lange faces close competition with her co-star, Drew Barrymore, but I’ll bet Lange’s magisterial acting wins the Globe.
d. ANNA PAQUIN, THE COURAGEOUS HEART OF IRENA SENDLER
e. SIGOURNEY WEAVER, PRAYERS FOR BOBBY
9. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. KEVIN BACON, TAKING CHANCE
b. KENNETH BRANAGH, WALLANDER: ONE STEP BEHIND
c. CHIWETEL EJIOFOR, ENDGAME
d. BRENDAN GLEESON, INTO THE STORM WILL WIN Gleeson as a thundering Winston Churchill, in an HBO production? Engrave the Globe with his name right now.
e. JEREMY IRONS, GEORGIA O’KEEFFE
10. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. JANE ADAMS, HUNG
b. ROSE BYRNE, DAMAGES
c. JANE LYNCH, GLEE WILL WIN Lynch has so many stand-out monologues as Sue the gym teacher that whatever was submitted for Globes consideration probably had them rolling in their little foreign aisles.
d. JANET McTEER, INTO THE STORM
e. CHLOË SEVIGNY, BIG LOVE
11. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. MICHAEL EMERSON, LOST
b. NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
c. WILLIAM HURT, DAMAGES
d. JOHN LITHGOW, DEXTER WILL WIN Lithgow is a Globe favorite dating back to his Third Rock From The Sun days and they’ll want to reward his turn to dead-serious villainy here.
e. JEREMY PIVEN, ENTOURAGE
So: Who do you think will win?
See the Golden Globes 2010 Winners List