Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Golden Globe Musings: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a TV Series

Golden Globe nominations for this year will be soon, so here’s a survey of the contenders and the most likely predictions at this time. Weigh in with your thoughts, and let me know if I’ve left off anyone important. A reminder that last year’s nominees mean zilch at the Globes and that the race is almost entirely unpredictable.

Last year’s nominees:
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story)
Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire)
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
Evan Rachel Wood (Mildred Pierce)

Like supporting actor, this category, which lops together supporting women from drama series, comedy series, miniseries, and TV movies, tends to draw from all four media relatively equally. Last year’s winner Jessica Lange (American Horror Story) is likely to be promoted to the lead race, and Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) is almost guaranteed to return here. Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire) and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) might be back, but they may also make way for newer contenders, namely two veteran actresses with the same first name, Ellen Barkin (The New Normal) and Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals). Vergara may be joined by two-time-Emmy-winning costar Julie Bowen, and multiple Emmy nominee Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) could show up here for the first time too. New series “Smash” and “The Newsroom” both have a few contenders, as does “Downton Abbey.” With an increased role in season two, Morena Baccarin (Homeland) could show up for the ever-popular series. On the TV movie and miniseries front, Emmy nominees Mare Winningham (Hatfields and McCoys) and Sarah Paulson (Game Change) are strong contenders.

Current predictions:
Morena Baccarin (Homeland)
Ellen Barkin (The New Normal)
Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals)
Sarah Paulson (Game Change)
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

No comments: