By Paula Hendrickson
About this time every year, as new year resolutions either take hold or fade away, one thing’s for certain: The Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award shows can’t be far behind.
The Golden Globes are first up, with Ricky Gervais returning as host, following a couple years of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-hosting the event. Fey and Poehler got away with some big digs by virtue of their charm, but Gervais’ biting humor that goes for the jugular isn’t always appreciated by the actors in attendance. It does, however, make great fodder for live tweeting.
Like the Screen Actors Guild, the Golden Globes honor actors in both film and television. Unlike the SAG Awards, which are nominated and voted on by fellow actors, winners of the Golden Globes are chosen by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press, which number fewer than 100.
Another reason people enjoy watching the Golden Globes is that alcohol is served at the event, and it’s not uncommon to see a slightly over-served winner (or presenter) say or do something a bit unexpected. In other words, people tend to be more spontaneous at the Golden Globes than they would be at the Oscars or Emmys — occasionally, flat out drunk.
The Globes are also known for including lesser-known shows and actors among nominees, instead of going with more popular or obvious choices.
This year, on the TV side, the major Golden Globe nominees break down like this:
Best TV Series, Drama:
Empire (Fox); Game of Thrones (HBO); Mr. Robot (USA); Narcos (Netflix); and Outlander (Starz).
Best Performance by an Actress, Drama Series:
Caitriona Balfe (Outlander); Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder); Eva Green (Penny Dreadful); Taraji P. Henson (Empire); Robin Wright (House of Cards).
Best Performance by an Actor, Drama Series:
Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Rami Malek (Mr. Robot); Wagner Moura (Narcos); Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul); Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan).
Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy:
Casual (Hulu); Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon Prime Video); Orange is the New Black (Netflix); Silicon Valley (HBO); Transparent (Amazon Prime Video); Veep (HBO).
Best Performance by an Actress, Musical or Comedy:
Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend); Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens); Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep); Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin); Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie).
Best Performance by an Actor, Musical or Comedy:
Aziz Ansari (Master of None); Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle); Rob Lowe (The Grinder); Patrick Stewart (Blunt Talk); Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent).
Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
American Crime (ABC); American Horror Story: Hotel (FX); Fargo (FX); Flesh & Bone (Starz); Wolf Hall (PBS).
Best Performance by an Actress, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Kirsten Dunst (Fargo); Lady Gaga (American Horror Story: Hotel); Sarah Hay (Flesh & Bone); Felicity Huffman (American Crime); Queen Latifa (Bessie).
Best Performance by an Actor, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Idris Elba (Luther); Oscar Isaac (Show Me a Hero); David Oyelowo (Nightingale); Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall); Patrick Wilson (Fargo).
For a complete list of nominees, including supporting players and the film nominees, you can find it at the Golden Globe’s website, goldenglobes.com.
The Golden Globes airs live on NBC on Sunday starting at 7 p.m.