Friday, February 26, 2021

Golden Globe Winner Predictions: Best TV Series – Drama

The competition:

The Crown aired its ten-episode fourth season on Netflix in November. It previously won this prize for season one, along with an acting trophy for past star Claire Foy and one for Olivia Colman last year. Its acting bid total increased to a whopping five this year, for Colman, Emma Corrin, Josh O’Connor, Gillian Anderson, and Helena Bonham Carter, making it the nominations leader. This season has yet to contend at the Emmy Awards, but is up for five SAG prizes, including for its ensemble.

Lovecraft Country aired its ten-episode first season from August to October on HBO. None of its cast is nominated, making this its only Globe bid. This season has yet to contend at the Emmy Awards, and the ensemble is up for a SAG prize.

The Mandalorian aired its eight-episode second season from October to December on Disney Plus. This is its first and only Globe nomination, and this season has yet to contend at the Emmy Awards.

Ozark aired its ten-episode third season on Netflix in March. After two previous bids for star Jason Bateman, this show appears in this category for the first time this year along with nominations for stars Laura Linney and Julia Garner. This season won one of its eighteen Emmy bids this past fall and also contend for four SAG Awards, including its ensemble.

Ratched aired its eight-episode first season on Netflix in September. Stars Sarah Paulson and Cynthia Nixon are also nominated. This season has yet to contend for the Emmy Awards.

Additional notes: Only one of last year’s nominees, “Killing Eve,” was eligible but didn’t make the cut. Past nominees “Homecoming,” “This Is Us,” “Westworld,” and “Outlander” could also have been nominated. A freshman series has won this award seven times out of the last fifteen years.
Who should win? I’m much more on board with “The Mandalorian” being here than I would have if it had been nominated for season one, but I’m still not sure it’s one of the best of the year. The same goes for “Ozark,” which has grown on me, and “Lovecraft Country,” though I do appreciate its creativity and style. I liked season three of “The Crown” better than season four, but it was still very good. My vote, however controversial, would be for “Ratched.”
Who will win? While there could be an upset, The Crown feels far enough ahead of the rest of the pack to win without a problem.

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